[mythtv-users] suggestions for IR receiver

Dan Littlejohn dan.littlejohn at gmail.com
Mon Jun 13 12:54:20 UTC 2005

I have a simular situation and was wondering that to.  I have a pvr350
sensor with a bad plug.  I was going to repair it with a new one, but
if I could just wire it up and use it as a serial LIRC that would be


On 6/12/05, Steve Tate <srt at cs.unt.edu> wrote:
> On Sat, 11 Jun 2005, Carl Fongheiser 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.
> Here's what I'm wondering: I've got a Hauppauge PVR-250, which came
> with an IR receiver and remote.  However, then I decided to stick the
> tuner in the backend (different room) and have a play-only frontend
> based on an EPIA motherboard.  That means using the PVR-250 remote is
> a bit of a problem, but I hate for it to go to waste and buy another
> remote.
> The EPIA has a CIR header on the board.  Is it possible to somehow
> wire the Hauppauge IR receiver to this block and use it without having
> the PVR-250 in that box?
> I've googled a bit to try to figure this out, but haven't found
> anything.
> --
> Steve Tate
> srt at cs.unt.edu
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