Remote for HTPC

Hey peeps, not sure where to post this :)

Was thinking of building an HTPC awhile ago, but with a near silent quad-core sitting a few metres away... what the???
So im looking for a remote control + ir adapter that can also be used for the pc (win xp) plus tv etc.

Any ideas or exp is much apreciated

Thanks.
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  1. I could be wrong, but you'd need windows media center. At least, that's the sys. req. for the device.
  2. Thanks for that. I have one of those which ive since plugged in at work for those saturdays when i should be..... u know.
    Anyway, due to water setup no room and no want.

    Confusing thing is... there are 2 infrared standards: IR and IRDA
    They arent compatible.

    Solution SEEMS to be...
    Buy cheap windoze remote + IR usb receiver
    Throw cheap remote away
    Buy nice learning Logitech etc remote only


    Use IR usb with nice remote for tv AND pc :)

    How come im not totally thrilled by this?
  3. I got a firefly remote for free with an ATSC tuner (I think you can find it for cheaper that $49)
    http://www.snapstream.com/products/firefly/

    I like how it is RF, it is vastly superior to an IR remote. No issues with line of sight, I used to have the dongle behind me in a corner tucked under a desk. Its funny that I still pointed the remote at the TV!

    If you get a Harmony remote make sure you future proof it and get one that does IR and RF. I love my Harmony 880, but was sad when they came out the 890.
  4. Quote:
    But think about it $45 AUD (cheaper in USA) for a HD-TV tuner/recorder + IR + remote

    Its a sweet HT-PC life................



    There are not many ATSC tuners for less than $50, remember the switch in the US is less than 9 months away.

    I got this combo from www.pcalchemy.com (one of the better HTPC sites around) a while back (they don't have it anymore), and loved it:

    http://store.dottymedia.com/amp0839.html

    I have seen many good reviews on VBOX's cards
  5. Problem is id need the new remote to be a learning remote. Otherwise im just adding more remotes :S

    RF is a good idea, but when everything else is IR, its kinda useless. Ive heard there are dual RF/IR remotes, some of them u need to switch between the two. Which could be VERY annoying.

    Again, i cant use a DVB card as my water pump is in the way.

    I can get this for under $20AUD, then add a nice learning remote i can use with tv/xbx/hd box/receiver/pc
  6. Quiet you
    :p
  7. Quote:
    ^ I dunno but I think Australia's PAL

    sorry I couldn't see where the dude was from
  8. mrmez said:

    RF is a good idea, but when everything else is IR, its kinda useless. Ive heard there are dual RF/IR remotes, some of them u need to switch between the two. Which could be VERY annoying.



    Expensive, but it is able to convert IR to RF if you have an IR out on your devices:

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/remotes/universal_remotes/devices/378&cl=ca,en

    Your idea might be worth trying for $20, I can't really help you out since I am in Canada. Personally I don't like credit card remotes.
  9. Yo man, are u set on using IR instead of 2.4GHZ? check out the stuff from Loftek, mini keyboards and air mice, make the perfect HTPC remote.
  10. stanleySlash said:
    Yo man, are u set on using IR instead of 2.4GHZ? check out the stuff from Loftek, mini keyboards and air mice, make the perfect HTPC remote.


    Hi man, It seems that I have heard Loftek before. And I searched and found that Mini keyboard series is one of their feature products. Then I googled and get to know that rii touch 330 have good ranks and nice reviews. Meanwhile, they are also self-manufacturing and selling Loftek IP camera for home surveillance.
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