[mythtv-users] suggestions for IR receiver

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Sun Jun 12 02:18:51 UTC 2005

On 6/11/05, Carl Fongheiser <carlfongheiser at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/11/05, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 6/11/05, Paul Harvey <paul.l.harvey at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > It isn't a IrDA dongle....it is an IR receiver.  When I set it up a
> > > while ago it required the latest version of LIRC, but did work.
> > >
> >
> > Paul,
> >    Thanks. So I'll order a StreamZap this evening and try it out next
> > week when it arrives. I've not found anywhere to purchase it locally
> > in San Jose although I'm sure someone must sell them. Guess I'll go
> > Amazon for now.
> >
> >    So there's a difference between an 'IrDA dongle' and an 'IR
> > receiver'? I know absolutely nothing of this technology.
> Yes, there's a big difference.  IrDA is a data communications protocol
> that uses infrared.  The IR receivers being talked about here are for
> CIR (short for consumer infrared), which is a catchall term for the
> sort of IR used by remote controls.  It's just happens that a few IrDA
> transceivers can be coaxed into handling CIR as well (the Actisys
> IR-200L, for example.)  I don't think any of the USB ones are capable
> of this.  The Actisys I mentioned is a serial model, and I don't
> really recommend it; the range is pretty lousy.
> Carl Fongheiser
Carl & Nick,
   First, thanks for the info and the links. I'll need to spend more
time reading them. Still the light is not turning on.


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