[mythtv-users] Controlling a satellite box from MythTV

Josh TwoOneSix at thatclothingco.com
Tue Feb 13 00:06:45 UTC 2007

JCA wrote:
>    My apologies in advance, for I have already inquired about this,
> but I am still confused.
>    I would like to control my satellite box from MythTV. My satellite
> box has no USB or serial sockets - or any sockets of any sort, other
> than coaxial in/out and S-Video out, plus the usual audio sockets. My
> only hope, other than getting a new satellite box, would consists of
> getting MythTV to send the appropriate infrared commands to my
> satellite box somehow.
>    I understand that one can purchase inexpensive IR blasters to be
> connected to a USB port in the MythTV PC. MythTV would somehow manage
> to control the IR blaster so that this sends the relevant IR command
> to the satellite box.
>    Is this really possible?
>    My confusion arises from my research into LIRC. LIRC seems to do
> with controlling MythTV by means of some IR remote control unit.
> That's not what I want, for I am already controlling MythTV remotely
> by means of a wireless cable - bulkier than a little remote control
> unit, but adequate for my needs (and more reliable to boot - the
> wireless keyboard seems to work no matter how it is oriented with
> respect to the PC).
>    Does LIRC provide the means to control external satellite boxes by
> infrared signals, with the USB infrared device connected to the MythTV
> PC, in the way I described above? If not, and assuming this
> undertaking is at all feasible, what software/hardware set should one
> use instead?
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Yes, LIRC is the answer you're looking for. You can find details on the 
Wiki: http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/LIRC


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