USB IR Receivers for Mac XBMC?

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nickv2002 Offline
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I have a Mac that doesn't have a built in IR port. Does anyone know if there are USB IR receivers that work with XBMC on the Mac?

Specifically I'd like to be able to access the full suite of commands not just the Apple Remote ones (meaning more than directions plus select and back).

For example, I've seen the Manta TR1 and several USB Window Media Center adapters mentioned but does anyone know if they work with Max XBMC?

If it matters, I'm using Lion 10.7.2 and the XBMC Eden Beta 1.

Thanks!
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garyi Offline
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Whats the mac though? If its got no IR, I can only surmise its very old.
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nickv2002 Offline
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It shouldn't really matter what kind of Mac it is... just the Mac OS/XBMC software versions...

I have a Mac Pro and a Hackintosh; neither has an IR receiver. MacBook Airs also don't have them including the newest models.
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I'd recommend Flirc for IR remotes. It lets you use ANY remote you want, is seen on the computer as a standard USB keyboard, and via keyboard.xml is fully configurable in XBMC (or just map buttons to the existing default keyboard keys).
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Flirc is great but at the moment MCE remotes aren't supported as well as they could be - a work in progress.

These have been the only problem remotes highlighted so far due to i/r frequency differences (for more info:
http://forum.flirc.tv/index.php?/topic/1...-an-issue/
or
http://forum.flirc.tv/index.php?/topic/9...st__p__514)

So if you're not using a MCE remote - get FLIRC! Awesome!

Anymore questions on FLIRC, feel free to head over to flirc forums!


Flirc now has a forum: forum.flirc.tv
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nickv2002 Offline
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FLIRC looks pretty neat. Thanks for the suggestion.

I already own a Manta TR1 and a USB Windows Media Center IR receiver (along with a Harmony remote that I can program as needed) so I was hoping to find a way for those to work with the Mac without having to buy anything extra, but if I buy something I'll definitely get the FLIRC.

So does anyone know how to get a Manta TR1 and a USB Windows Media Center IR receiver to work with XBMC on Mac? Or should I bite the bullet and get the FLIRC?
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i am in the same situation
Does Anyone has a solution?

note:
i've tried remote buddy to use full 50 buttons of the harmony remote , BUT nothing to do.

still searching for a workaround
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(2012-04-14 14:55)pokubet Wrote:  i am in the same situation
Does Anyone has a solution?

note:
i've tried remote buddy to use full 50 buttons of the harmony remote , BUT nothing to do.

still searching for a workaround

Huh, you're in the same situation? Do you have a i/r port in your mac?


Flirc now has a forum: forum.flirc.tv
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tekno Offline
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See this post
http://teknogeekz.com/blog/?p=376
(This post was last modified: 2012-04-15 17:16 by tekno.)
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(2012-04-15 17:10)tekno Wrote:  See this post
http://teknogeekz.com/blog/?p=376

That's a pretty good idea. Most of that kind of hardware simply uses the USB bus, so buying replacement parts for an actual mac, but interfacing it with a standard USB plug, should work just fine for a hackintosh. I'll have to remember this for the future.

You can make easy links to the XBMC wiki using double brackets around common XBMC words: [[debug log]] = debug log, [[Video library]] = Video library, [[SMB]] = SMB , [[userdata]] = userdata, etc
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(2012-04-15 16:01)pseudo7 Wrote:  
(2012-04-14 14:55)pokubet Wrote:  i am in the same situation
Does Anyone has a solution?

note:
i've tried remote buddy to use full 50 buttons of the harmony remote , BUT nothing to do.

still searching for a workaround

Huh, you're in the same situation? Do you have a i/r port in your mac?

My "pc" (hackintosh) doesn't have any i/r port so i use the mce ir receiver i bought along time ago.

I can't say it doesn't works because with twistedmelon mira or remote buddy software
i got my harmony remote drive xbmc but with 6 button only.

What i'm looking for is to use all my hamony button...
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I have a hackintosh that I just built as well 10.7.3. I'm giving flirc a try so I bought one based on the review


I'm going to try to use my boxee remote and my windows mce remote with it.

And no, I don't use boxee, I just bought their remote because of the sweet keyboard on the back for using with the XBMC Youtube addon!
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tekno Offline
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Also works for Apple Bluetooth modules on Hackintosh or on BT mac. See

http://tonymacx86.com/viewtopic.php?f=76&t=14836
and
http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.p...pic=252958
(This post was last modified: 2012-07-04 21:36 by tekno.)
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