[mythtv-users] Finding an IR blaster, really that hard?

David Brieck Jr. dbrieck at gmail.com
Tue Jul 27 14:37:52 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM, Calvin Harrigan
<charriglists at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> On 7/27/2010 9:52 AM, David Brieck Jr. wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM, Jarod Wilson<jarod at wilsonet.com>  wrote:
>>> Yeah, "MCE compatibility" doesn't guarantee its a device driven by
>>> mceusb these days, unfortunately. The thing to do is to look for an
>>> MCE-compatible device that has transmit support as well, as that's
>>> highly likely going to be an mceusb-driven device. And yes, there's a
>>> separate cable that plugs into the back side of each and every mceusb
>>> device I've seen (all of them I've seen have two blaster ports, but
>>> most only come with one blaster cable).
>>> --
>>> Jarod Wilson
>>> jarod at wilsonet.com
>> Thanks for all your help. I found one on ebay for $17 shipped (from
>> Hong Kong). it works out of the box with LIRC, out of the box with my
>> STB, and perfectly with my HDPVR (didn't want to use the built in one
>> for stability reasons). It even has two outputs in case I get crazy
>> and add another STB.
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> Could you provide more details?  A link perhaps to the one you got?

Sure. Not sure of list etiquette, but this is what I bought:
http://bit.ly/arzeyf and they have more available.

Also not sure why the price is slightly higher than when I bought, but
it's still pretty cheap. It did take about a week to get to my house
via airmail, but it was in good condition and works.

This is how it appears to the system:

dbrieck at myth-slave:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 026: ID 0471:0815 Philips eHome Infrared Receiver

In Ubuntu I just told it it was an MCE transmitter (didn't bother to
setup the receiver since I don't need it), picked my STB brand and I
was off and running.

There's a good tutorial for creating a channel changing script in the
wiki that worked well for me:

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