[mythtv-users] Setting up a Logitech Harmony Smart Control remote with mythtv

Greg Oliver oliver.greg at gmail.com
Thu Dec 14 19:31:09 UTC 2017

On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 1:23 PM, Andre Newman MythTV <
mythtv-list at dinkum.org.uk> wrote:

> > On 14 Dec 2017, at 16:53, David Engel <david at istwok.net> wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 12:37:02PM +0100, Andre Newman MythTV wrote:
> >>
> >>> On 14 Dec 2017, at 00:54, Anthony Giggins <seven at seven.dorksville.net>
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On 14 December 2017 at 09:33, David Engel <david at istwok.net> wrote:
> >>> On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:01:42PM +0000, Jim Abernathy wrote:
> >>>> I have 2 Harmony Smart control remotes and I love them.  For
> controlling standard stuff it works great.  I even have one mythtv frontend
> controlled by it.  That system has a Microsoft MCE 1039 IR remote and I
> added the Mythtv FE as a Microsoft Media PC.  That remote works on Live TV,
> FireTV, and Mythtv.
> >>>>
> >>>> So now to the problem.  My newest FE uses an old Vista MCE remote
> model VRC-1100.  Using the wiki on mythtv on the VRC-1100, I got my FE
> working fine with the Microsoft Vista remote.  Now I want the Harmony Smart
> Control remote to work with it.  But not sure where to start.  I thought
> I’d check with the experts here before digging much further.
> >>>
> >>> Chuck your IR remote and receiver and go get a ~$15 (or less) USB
> >>> Bluetooth dongle.  Then configure your Harmony Hub to use BT instead
> >>> of IR.  You'll get a *much* more reliable and faster remote.
> >>>
> >>> David
> >>>
> >>> Ditto Bluetooth is miles better then IR with the Harmony setup.
> >>
> >> Very interesting, which Harmony profile do you use for the Bluetooth?
> >>
> >> My IR has always been a bit of a pain and I have a couple of BT
> adaptors knocking around.
> >
> > As noted in another message in this thread, tell the Harmony you're
> > setting up a Windows Computer.
> Thanks I spotted that on the way past, a little job for the weekend.
> Just a curious bystander, but could someone tell me *why* this is so much
better than IR which has worked for me well for so many years.  In my
opinion, I have had several issue with BT on Linux in the past, and I
cannot think of a single time IR has failed me.

Is it just the response time?  So going from IR on the remote directly to
the IR receiver through USB on the host is that much slower than going WiFi
from the remote to the Hub, then BT to the BT receiver through the same USB
with keyboard emulation is that much faster?

Any other pros to switching to BT?  I guess I could always run them both
since the remote does both and play with it, but it just seems like I would
not notice anything since I never type with a remote and I have already
mapped all the keys I would ever use in my lirc config file..

Just trying to get the benefits all explained :)
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