[mythtv-users] OT: Programming a universal remote with an IR keyboard

Jarod C. Wilson jcw at wilsonet.com
Fri Jan 30 19:21:41 EST 2004

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On Friday 30 January 2004 15:46, Bruce Markey wrote:
> Clay Boeschen wrote:
> ...
> > The keyboard works beautifully with my Myth machine.  I plugged it in
> > and it just worked, absolutely no problems or quirks.  Since it worked
> > so perfectly, I figured it was time to program some of the key commands
> > into my universal IR remote.  Here is where the problems come in.  The
> > following keys from the keyboard can be mapped to any button on my
> > universal remote: 1, F1, Fn, PauseBreak, I.  Those keys always work, no
> > matter what button on the universal remote I program them to.  They also
> > work with the Myth machine and the keyboard's IR receiver.  There might
> > be more but I haven't found them yet.  Just about every single other key
> > on the keyboard cannot be programmed into my universal remote -- it
> > seems to reject them.
> >
> > My question is: does anyone have any idea what's going on?  Why won't
> > the other keys work, while those other five DO work?  The keyboard model
> > is SK-7500.
> I use a LiteOn keyboard and Marantz remote and it's all happy.
> However, there is no guarantee that any learning remote and
> IR keyboard will work together. In fact, I suspect that
> combinations that work are few and far between. I bought and
> returned a series of cheap learning remotes from Fry's and
> most would learn a few keys, a couple didn't learn any and
> none of then were usable with the LiteOn keyboard.
> I'm not familiar with your keyboard or remote so I don't know
> what might work if anything. However, if you are not embarrassed
> by returning items, you may want to test other devices.

The other issue that I ran into, at least with my universal remote, is that it 
didn't have enough memory to learn all the keys I wanted to program (about 
40). It meant I had no choice but to make the remote work with lirc, rather 
than simply circumventing it with an IR keyboard receiver. However, in the 
end, I'm quite happy, and it really wasn't that hard.


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Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE

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