[mythtv-users] Remotes, IR Receivers and MCE remotes

Andrew Barbaccia andrew at monolithmc.com
Sat Dec 20 16:27:26 UTC 2008

The StreamZap PC remote is also excellent and quick to setup:

On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 10:53 AM, Tom Lichti <redpepperracing at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 10:33 AM, Chuck Peters <cp at ccil.org> wrote:
> >
> > It seems that buying just an IR receiver is costlier than buying a remote
> > with a IR receiver.  That doesn't make a lot of sense.  With all the old
> > remotes around it would be nice to buy a receiver and program whatever
> > remote...  Is it possible to find a good inexpensive USB IR receiver?
> >
> > The mythtv wiki has a couple of pages on MCE remotes and it looks like
> one
> > needs to be careful about which one to get.
> > http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/MCE_Remote
> > http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Generic_HID_"MCE"_Remotes
> >
> >
> > These two appear fairly similar and work from what I can tell.  A similar
> > Pinnacle model for $29.99 did not seem to work well for one mythbuntu
> user.
> > What is most preferred by people?
> >
> > Microsoft A9O-00007 WinXP Media Center Infrared Remote Control  $38.99
> >
> > Anyware HA-IR01SV Infrared Certified MCE VISTA Remote Control   $21.99
> I have gone through hell and back to get a solid, working remote. For
> a long time I had excellent results with a Home-Electronics serial IR
> receiver, and any remote I cared to use. Then I upgraded my frontend
> and it didn't have a serial port, so I got an IguanaIR USB
> receiver/transmitter, but I never ever got that working very well. It
> was either too sensitive, or not sensitive enough, and really killed
> the WAF. Then I bought this:
> http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=018276&cid=ET.674
> which comes with a USB IR receiver, and it worked out of the box with
> Ubuntu 8+ and FC8. The IR receiver shows up as:
> Philips eHome USB IR Transceiver and Microsoft MCE 2005 Remote Control
> and in LIRC I just used the OOB MCE config file, and it worked perfectly.
> Tom
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