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

Johnny Walker johnnyjboss at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 14:46:44 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM,  <mythtv at derdev.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:24:13 -0400, "David Brieck Jr." <dbrieck at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I've already read these two pages in the Wiki, but I'm still as confused
> as
>> before. Jarod always seems to recommend MCE remotes on the list, but in
>> searching for one online it's nearly impossible to find an original MS
>> remote, and I am not clear on which, if any of these other brands
> support
>> blasting.
>> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Using_an_IR_Blaster_with_MythTV
>> <http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Using_an_IR_Blaster_with_MythTV>
>> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/MCE_Remote
>> <http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/MCE_Remote>I already have Snapstream Firefly
> RF
>> remotes for my front ends, but I need to add a blaster for the new HDPVR
>> that's on it's way. From reading the list, it seems like the one that's
>> built in isn't very stable. I like the guys at Iguana Works, but I don't
>> want to recompile LIRC just to get their blaster to work. I'm looking
> for
>> something that will work out of the box with Ubuntu and MythTV and not
>> interfere with my Fireflys.
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> I went straight to the IguanaIR as my emitter/blaster.  I control two
> different models of Comcast STB and plan to add ComcastHD STB and HDPVR
> fairly soon.
> The instructions to recompile LIRC to include the iguanaIR are really
> accurate and simple on Ubuntu platforms because you can leave a fair bit in
> the hands of 'apt' and source packages.
> A couple of main things that are not so well documented.
> Ubuntu needs USB Lib 1.0, which probably isn't on your distro by default.
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lirc/+bug/153457/comments/23
> You need to suppress 'apt' updates for LIRC from that point forward.
> Otherwise 'apt' will try to overwrite your compiled LIRC with whatever's in
> your fav repo (even though your LIRC is the same "version" as the repo LIRC
> in terms of code base).  Decided to use 'wajig' hold back updates on LIRC
> and it's libs.
> http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/debian-linux-help/53089-how-exclude-some-packages-during-apt-get-upgrade.html#post290819
> 'wajig hold liblircclient-dev liblircclient0 lirc lirc-modules-source'

I haven't heard of this wajig program but AFAIK one can mark packages
for hold as follows:

sudo aptitude hold package_name

See http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-prevent-a-package-from-being-updated-in-ubuntu.html
for other ways to use the package manager to manage packages.


> I'm really happy with my IguanaIR (4 emitter USB model).
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