[mythtv-users] Dedicated frontend IR remote control without a tuner card.

Clay ctmythtv at pacbell.net
Fri Jul 9 03:51:14 UTC 2010

Jarod Wilson wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 9:08 PM, Clay <ctmythtv at pacbell.net> wrote:
>> First off, I have to say 0.23 is turning out to be a gem of a release....
>> I see online stores selling USB transceivers as an option, but I want it
>> NOW! *g* and I'd hate to order one and find out it doesn't work.
>> If The $50.00 MCE remote is my best option, I'll go with that.
>> Is there an off the shelf IR USB (or serial) solution?
> Speaking as one of the core lirc developers and the guy who is doing
> the bulk of the kernel driver porting to the new in-kernel IR
> infrastructure, stick with the mce transceiver -- the driver for it is
> merged in an upstream staging tree, pending pull into Linus' tree when
> the 2.6.36 merge window opens. Bundles can be had for $25 or less from
> newegg.com, and you don't *have* to use the bundled remote either, you
> can use just about any remote with them. They support the widest range
> of IR protocols and carrier frequencies of any hardware I know, have
> excellent reception range, and pretty much Just Work (at least, with
> sufficiently new enough code, if you get one of the newer devices...
> :).
> As for the streamzap recommendation... meh. I have one of those too.
> Its okay. The mce receiver hardware is definitely better though -- its
> got a wider range of frequency support, and a 50ms sampling interval,
> where the streamzap has only a 250ms sampling interval. Its fine for
> the stock remote, and some other remotes, but not as good if you're
> looking to use a different remote that may use a different carrier
> frequency and/or shorter pulse/space intervals. (lirc_streamzap is
> definitely high on the list to port to the new IR infra, but not 'til
> after lirc_zilog).

Well, that's two votes for the MCE so it looks like I'll feed the beast 
one last time.

The Hauppauge gray remote I was using is a crapshoot with button 
presses... Might be nice to have one that actually responds when a 
button is pressed once.

Thanks all, for the info!

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