[mythtv-users] Best latest Ion Boards?

R. G. Newbury newbury at mandamus.org
Mon Nov 30 17:20:50 UTC 2009

On 11/30/2009 10:03 AM, Andrew Close wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM, Jarod Wilson<jarod at wilsonet.com>  wrote:
>> On Nov 30, 2009, at 9:52 AM, Andrew Close wrote:
>>> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 8:44 AM, Tom Lichti<redpepperracing at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:02 AM, Brad Fuller<bradallenfuller at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>>> Jarod and Tom
>>>>> Thanks for the input. Very helpfl!
>>>>> What do people use for remote control on an ION board?
>>>> I have two USB based MCE clone/compatible remotes, and they work
>>>> fantastically. FC10 (and I presume anything higher) LIRC automatically
>>>> sees it, and using the MCE config file, I don't have to do anything
>>>> other than modify the MythTV lircrc file to match up. I paid around
>>>> $30 CDN for one. It is the Mediagate GP-IR01BK.
>>> Tom, is that for the remote, the USB I/R dongle, or both?
>> Both.
>>> i currently have a Logitech Harmony 670 as my remote and i'm using the
>>> I/R receiver that came with my PVR-250.  but in my new ION F/E (that
>>> should arrive today :) i won't have room for the PVR-250, so no I/R
>>> receiver.
>>> initially i'm planning on trying to use the I/R receiver that's built
>>> into my HDHR, but i've heard that's tricky to get working and then a
>>> so-so solution...
>> For what its worth to ya, the mce usb transceivers have far and away the best reception of any IR thingamajig I've played with, and they're pretty much a no-brainer to set up. As an added bonus, they work with pretty much every IR protocol and at any common IR carrier frequency, so while you may opt to reprogram your harmony remote using an mce remote profile, its most likely not required.
> ah, ok.  reprogramming the Harmony (if required) is dead simple, so
> that's not an issue.  just finding a suitable I/R receiver is what i
> thought may be a problem.  i'll take a look on ebay and see if i can
> find some MS remote/receivers there.

You might find what you need under the Antec Veris brand, which are 
re-branded iMon units. Last time I was at the toy store, they had an 
Antec Veris unit for $30 which could clip on like a webcam. Another unit 
for about $80 slips into a floppy disk sized space...IIRC both came with 
a minimal remote. The first one might be just what you need, and is 
probably returnable if it doesn't...can't always be sure of that with eBay.
And of course, the iMon stuff works out of the box with lirc.


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