[mythtv-users] best remote to buy for mythtv

Jarod Wilson jcw at wilsonet.com
Wed Dec 1 20:23:17 UTC 2004

On Wednesday 01 December 2004 11:30, nate s wrote:
> Well, firstly, the fundamental difference between RF and IR is that IR
> requires line of sight, RF does not.

RF typically has much better range also.

> Second, the recievers on the PVR 
> cards only support one remote protocol, so it's hard to find a
> different remote that will work with them.

The PVR-x50 cards use the less-common RC-5 IR protocol, so they may be 
slightly more difficult to find a remote for, but they'll work with just 
about any Philips, Magnavox or Marantz remote, or a universal programmed as a 
Philips (this is what I do).

The bigger issue is coming up with a functional lircd.conf for your remote if 
one doesn't already exist, but there are quite a few sample files provided 
with lirc that should get you close.

Good info on IR protocols (and a good site on remotes in general):


Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE
jcw at wilsonet.com

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