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

Anthony Giggins seven at seven.dorksville.net
Thu Dec 14 22:20:33 UTC 2017

On 15 December 2017 at 05:31, Greg Oliver <oliver.greg at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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 :)
Key Presses are much more responsive (makes the whole frontend feel faster)
and theres no messing around with lirc or ir-keytable

The only down side is trying to get "cheap" linux compatible BT dongles,
seems to be hit or miss which chipsets are floating about.


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