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Noob needs advice - Remote Controls for HTPC Build

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August 20, 2012 2:50:00 PM

I'm considering building a HTPC and one of the things which is a big deal for me is whether the remote can turn it on, or at least bring it back up from standby.

So I have three questions:

1) Do I need a particular remote to be able to do this?
2) Do I need a particular mobo
3) Do I need USB 3 (related to 2 I guess)

I am going to build using a micro ATX mobo.

Thanks for any help and advice.

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August 20, 2012 10:52:17 PM

1) If you are just looking to wake from S3 sleep, then any USB IR remote will do. All recent motherboards allow you to wake from USB. If you get a case with a built-in IR sensor, it may have a 24-pin adapter that allows power on from a full off state. S3 is what you want however, so you don't necessarily need a case with the adapter.

2) No, you don't need a particular motherboard unless you plan to connect the IR to an internal CIR header. USB IR or case integrated IR is a much easier solution.

3) No, you don't need USB 3.0. USB 2.0 is perfectly fine for a USB IR receiver.
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August 21, 2012 4:30:25 AM

Thanks for the responses, they were both very helpful.
August 31, 2012 3:42:15 AM

Best answer selected by kodekameleon.