[mythtv-users] Remote controls on OS X (Mac Mini)
matt at mattwynne.net
Sat Mar 24 21:17:14 UTC 2012
On 23 Mar 2012, at 15:59, Joe Nyland wrote:
> -----Original message-----
> From: Matt Wynne <lists at mattwynne.fastmail.fm>
> Sent: Fri 23-03-2012 13:47
> Subject: [mythtv-users] Remote controls on OS X (Mac Mini)
> To: Discussion about MythTV <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>;
> I'm trying to set up a Mac Mini as a frontend. I have everything working
> bar the remote control, and I've rather hit the wall trying to
> understand how to do it. I have a Hauppague remote that came with my DVB
> card which worked wonderfully with the Ubuntu box (which is now the
> >From my research, it seems as though OS X doesn't really support any
> other remotes than the crappy Apple one, or a handful of others. I'd
> much rather use a nice remote like the Hauppague one. Is it going to be
> possible to use this remote with OS X, or am I going to need to rebuild
> the box with Ubuntu instead? From this tutorial I get the impression
> that Ubuntu should be a viable option, but I'd prefer to sick with OS X
> if possible.
> Can I make the remote work with OS X? If so, any pointers to tutorials /
> guides? I don't mind building from source as long as I know what
> incantations I need to spell out :)
> Thanks in advance for any help,
> Hi Matt,
> I use MythFrontend on my Mac mini too.
> I wasn't overly impressed with the Apple remote in MythFrontend when I first set it up, so I did some research into the alternatives.
> I have ended up using Remote Buddy with the Apple remote, which gives you the ability to completely customise what button does what on the remote, on a per application basis - i.e. separate layouts for MythTV, XBMC, etc.. I use the Apple remote as it does everything I need and it's only £15.00, but I'm sure you can use lots of other types of remotes with Remote Buddy which may help you to configure the remote you already had working under Ubuntu. The downside is that it's not open source - it's still pretty inexpensive at 19.99€.
> I know this doesn't directly address your question, but I hope it helps. If you do decide to go down this route, I can provide my key map for MythFrontend, if you want.
>  http://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/
>  http://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/hardware/
> ** I am in no way affiliated with iOSpirit or the Remote Buddy product in anyway - just a user recommending it to others.
Thanks for the tips Joe. I think I'm resigned to changing my remote, but I need to provide something that feels like a TV remote for my wife to be happy!
I think I'm going to go for one of the Logitec Harmony remotes since they seem to work with Macs, though I still can't understand whether or not I need Remote Buddy as well. What a minefield!
Anybody recommend a particular one from the Logitec Harmony range? The simpler the better.
Freelance programmer & coach
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