Home Theater Forum and Systems - HomeTheaterShack.com - Reply to Topic

Thread: Turn your laptop into a super IR/X10 remote controller Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now




PLEASE COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED FIELDS BELOW... THANKS!

REQUIRED FIELDS ON THIS PAGE
YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL OF THESE

Username
Password
Confirm Password
Email Address
Confirm Email Address
Random Question
Random Question #2




User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
PLEASE READ BELOW PRIOR TO ENTERING AN EMAIL ADDRESS!

ATTENTION!

YOU MUST ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT!

Activation requires you reply to an email we will send you after you register... if you do not reply to this email, you will not be able to view certain areas of the forum or certain images... nor will you be able download software.

AN INVALID EMAIL ADDRESS WILL CAUSE YOUR ACCOUNT TO BE DELETED!

See our banned email list here: Banned Email List

We DO NOT respond to spamcop, boxtrapper and spamblocker emails... please add @hometheatershack DOT com to your whitelist prior to registering or you will get nowhere on your registration.


Email Address:
OR

Log-in










  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
11-27-13 08:51 PM
Boulevardier
Re: Turn your laptop into a super IR/X10 remote controller

Quote:
dougc wrote: View Post
This would work also with an RF keyboard and HTPC too, right? Put the details right here so we can all follow along and learn - this is good stuff! I'm beginning to start my own HTPC too and there is so much to learn and choose from when setting it up.
This solution works with IR and X10 transmitters for sure but I'm not certain if it will do RF or Bluetooth.
As far as HTPC the answer is an emphatic Yes.
My HTPC is a Windows 7 PC with Media Center. My solution controls the HTPC with ease.
BTW: The HTPC needs an IR receiver to pick up the IR commands from my laptop remote control system. The HTPC also needs an IR Blaster to control channel changing on my cable provider's STB (we don't have cable cards in the great white north). Thankfully the Hauppauge Colossus TV tuner card has everything you need in a box.
11-27-13 12:37 PM
dougc
Re: Turn your laptop into a super IR/X10 remote controller

This would work also with an RF keyboard and HTPC too, right? Put the details right here so we can all follow along and learn - this is good stuff! I'm beginning to start my own HTPC too and there is so much to learn and choose from when setting it up.
11-27-13 08:39 AM
Boulevardier
Turn your laptop into a super IR/X10 remote controller

I will briefly describe how I turned my Windows laptop/PC into a fully featured remote control that can control any device (TV, DVD, Home Theatre receiver etc.) in my home via Infrared signals.

This same Windows laptop/PC solution will also control Home Automation devices that conform to the X10 standard. With X10 equipment there is the opportunity to control switches, controllers and devices throughout the house from the laptop.

This is what I used:

Software
The software is called: IRCommand2 (around~$25)
Universal Remote Control Software for the PC.
http://www.wdpsoftware.com/wdpsIRC2/index.html

(Please note I am not affiliated in any way with any of the companies I mention in this thread)

Hardware:
Controlling your Home Theatre and Automation components will require some hardware in addition to the IRCommand2 software. Fortunately, there's a good choice of inexpensive supported IR and X10 hardware.

I chose an IR dongle called Tira 2.1 from Home-Electro (around~$50) for 3 reasons:
Tira 2.1
http://www.home-electro.com/tira2.php

It's small and good looking
It connects to the PC via USB
It has excellent range, I am using it from 4 meters (~12 feet) away.


This solution has worked extremely well. I haven't tried all the features such as starting up or shutting down components according to a timed schedule. This equipment is also able to receive remote control signals in order to control iTunes, VLC Player etc. on the same laptop.

Please PM me for more details if need clarification for any of this.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML is not allowed!

 


For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome