[mythtv-users] Which IR Blaster

Paul Andreassen paulx at andreassen.com.au
Sun Mar 5 12:10:21 UTC 2006

On Sun, 5 Mar 2006 01:34 pm, Brian Sutcliff wrote:
> What is a good IR Blaster to buy?  Is there one that most people use?
> Where would you buy it?

Hi Brian,

Here is a run down I did a while ago.

        TX only
http://www.irblaster.info/          $15 USD
Dumb serial

probably more of these

        RX only

http://www.irblaster.info/receiver.html $20 USD
Dumb serial

http://usbirboy.sourceforge.net/    Still in development
Non programable Motorola MC68HC908 on USB, Programable require second circuit

http://www.evation.com/irman/       35.00 EUR

http://www.zapway.de/e_index1.htm   21.80 EUR
Dumb serial

probably more of these

        RX and TX

http://irdeo.de/eremote.htm         No price listed

http://iguanaworks.net/ir/          30.00 USD = 40.9305 AUD
Dumb serial, no external power

http://fukushima.us/UIRT2/          53.50 EUR = 85.9708 AUD
Programable PIC on serial, PC-power-switch/Wake-on-lan/Wake-on-modem/

http://www.mytvstore.com/product_id_003.html 29.95  Actisys IR-200L
serial, modified IrDA signal

http://www.mytvstore.com/product_id_001.html 44.95  MyBlaster
serial/usb, no linux usb driver, rf repeater available, can record new codes

http://www.innovationone.ca/products/commandir/ Not released
usb, linux module, lirc support,

http://www.irtrans.de/en/           119.00 EUR = 191.225 AUD        ()
Programable Atmel Mega16/162 Microcontroller on usb/serial SMD,
USB Wake-from-Standby, no external power,
PC-power-switch (extra 25.00 EUR = 40.1733 AUD),
External IR LED 1-way (extra 8.00 EUR),
IRTrans server has LIRC interface,
no linux driver required because seen as a serial FTDI device (device id in 
receive 36-40 kHz

http://www.home-electro.com/        79.00 US        Tira-2.1        (*)
usb 1.1, Tira-2 serial protocol available, SMD, lirc receive, detachable usb,
USB Wake-from-Standby, no external power,
transmit/recieve (short range) 18-80 kHz
receive (long) 36-40 kHz
Right now LIRC only supports receive mode.
Complete support for Lirc will be available shortly.
no linux driver required because seen as a serial FTDI device

http://www.usbuirt.com/             75.00 US == 102.076 AUD         (**)
usb, flash upgradable, SMD, patch for lirc-7.1 (usb-uirt_raw),
USB Wake-from-Standby, no external power,
UIR-compatible Receiver Mode, UIRT-compatible Struct and Raw modes,
transmit 20-60kHz
receive (short) wideband IR detector,
receive (long) 34-40 kHz optional 56 kHz,
no linux driver required because seen as a serial FTDI device
http://www.gemair.com/~neveld/  (lirc patch)
http://www.usbuirt.com/phpBB2/ (USB-UIRT Forum)
    (link on http://www.usbuirt.com/support.htm, search forum for 'linux')

I bought the usbuirt and my only complaint is that the lirc patch isn't 
included in the offical version.

Best of luck,

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