[mythtv-users] What IR receiver do you use?

Ceri Coburn ceri.coburn at googlemail.com
Tue Jun 17 09:48:01 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-06-17 at 01:19 -0400, Carl Reynolds wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I have a system I've been running MythTV on for a couple of years. I've 
> been using a keyboard to control the system, but am interested in 
> hooking up an IR receiver to use a remote.
> I wanted to find out what receivers other people are using that might be 
> a good choice for me.

I use a simple IR diode connected to the CD-in port of the soundcard,
you may even be able to recycle that IR receiver that you already have.
I guess it depends on if you want a cheap/free solution or go for the
more expensive MCE type receiver.

Anyway if you want more information on the IR receiver using the
soundcard check this out here.


I've written a guide on  how to do it using the soundcard.

> I would like to connect the receiver to a USB port on the machine and I 
> have a Universal Electronics remote I would like to try. I think what I 
> want is a universal receiver, but I'm not sure about that.
> I do know that I would like the receiver to come with at least some 
> documentation as to how to use it and how to set up the remote and/or 
> the receiver so they will work with each other. I actually have an IR 
> receiver that I got several years ago with no documentation and have 
> recently tried to get it to work, but not been able to get it to receive 
> a signal from the remote and give it to lirc, so I think documentation 
> with the receiver is probably pretty important.
> I would appreciate any suggestions you might have about the IR receivers 
> you're using and how easy you found them to setup.
> Thanks,
> Carl.
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