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Old 04-09-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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Suggestions on remote controls?

Hello,

I am looking for a remote control for my computer, like this one:
http://www.snapstream.com/products/firefly/

Then I started looking at some Logitech ones that work for both my computer and all my TV's and stuff, but I'm not sure about the high price tags on those.

So I'm just wondering if anyone here has anything they could recommend, or insights or whatever.

Specifically, I would like something that, on the computer side, is user supported. I don't necessarily mean open source, but something like my logitech lcd keyboard where they released an api/sdk where people can program their own stuff. I say this because I want to buy a remote that will have support for applications released 5 years from now.

Right now I am using a wiimote for my PC via bluetooth, there's a nice little scripting language that has been developed for it but I find that I am in need of more buttons than the wiimote provides, hence my search for a new remote.

So yeah, that's my question, I just want suggestions on PC remotes. Sorry if I am rambling.
-VVV
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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If you are using Windows Media Center, you just need a WMC Remote. Make sure you get RF, not IR. IR is a pain, it has to have line of sight. I have the IR version of this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826641002

The WMC Remote Control protocols are open, but the RF or IR interfaces are designed by the manufacturer.

Anything more advanced then that would be like the Logitech Harmony series.

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:13 PM   #3
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I would recommend a Flirc. It's essentially a USB receiver that works as a keyboard, so you can set it up to control anything on your PC.

It is IR though, so it will have to be visible. However, I've noticed that it's pretty sensitive with my Harmony remote. For instance, I can aim in the opposite direction and the signal bounces off the wall and works.

You'll need a remote to pair with it, but just about any will do. Of course if you have other components to control, you'll want something that works with those as well. BTW, there are inexpensive Harmony remotes (the 200 or the 300) with no screen that should be fine.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:34 PM   #4
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I would recommend a Flirc.
I like this. Thanks.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:50 PM   #5
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I actually use an old xbox remote (yes the original) with the RF dongle plugged into a USB adapter. With the emulator software I use, I can rebind all the remote's controls to anything I want. Even use the 4 arrow buttons on it as a mouse.

I can also do the same thing with the remote that came with my SoundBlaster XFI Platinum PCI sound card + front I/O + remote.

But yea pretty much any "Windows Media Center" remote made for Vista or higher should also serve u well.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:38 PM   #6
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I also use the original Xbox remote with the RF in a USB for my XBMC machine.

You might find this list helpful:
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title...ontrol_reviews

And EventGhost is the software (http://www.eventghost.org/) to program remotes.
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