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Wanted: Remote for my PC

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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months agoFeedback:85 Positive/0 Neutral/4 Negative
Hi,

I'm looking for a remote for my PC. I basically just want to be able to control DVDs (play, pause, volume control etc) and also control AVIs that I play via whatever program.

Can anyone advise to what sort of remote will do the job and whether you have one?

Thanks.
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months agoFeedback:85 Positive/0 Neutral/4 Negative
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#1
a microsoft MCE remote would be suitable, very versatile. i have one in good condition along with the usb reciever and a IR blaster as well if you wish to control a tv for eg with it too.
could do it for £20 delivered.
Will control any dvd program, any music program with little no hassle at all.
ie WMP it will control 100% from plugging in.
#2
Would it be ok to control an avi/video player such as KMPlayer, VLC etc?

Could I see a picture and a make/model number please?

Also, is it IR for the PC or 2.4ghz transmitter?

Thanks.
#3
AV1985
Would it be ok to control an avi/video player such as KMPlayer, VLC etc?

Could I see a picture and a make/model number please?

Also, is it IR for the PC or 2.4ghz transmitter?

Thanks.


ive used it for VLC before.

Its Microsoft MCE remote model:1039
IR it uses as well not 2.4ghz

http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo20/awoodhall2003/e613fe77.jpg
#4
I've got a sony remote and recieving from my pc but i dont have the software for it... you can have it for £12 including delivery because i dont no what to do with it :(
#5
got these for £10 posted
Remote Control - Model # P/N 20029725
USB RF Remote Receiver - Model # P/N 20017629
http://pic30.picturetrail.com/VOL1546/6900193/20697972/346895496.jpg
They came with a medion comp from aldi but were never used
#6
Xtremegamer and jaykaymay, can I get model numbers of these remotes so I can find them online? XG, can I also get a picture?

Does anyone know if any of these three do the job that I want, i.e. control AVIs via a media player (not MS media centre) and enable me to basically play, pause, control volume etc with the remote from a decent distance.

Because I've also seen this that I'm considering:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/6405764/Sandberg-PC-Remote/Product.html

Seems to do the job of a mouse that would be fine by me!
#7
AV1985
Xtremegamer and jaykaymay, can I get model numbers of these remotes so I can find them online? XG, can I also get a picture?

Does anyone know if any of these three do the job that I want, i.e. control AVIs via a media player (not MS media centre) and enable me to basically play, pause, control volume etc with the remote from a decent distance.

Because I've also seen this that I'm considering:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/6405764/Sandberg-PC-Remote/Product.html

Seems to do the job of a mouse that would be fine by me!


Remote Control - Model # P/N 20029725
USB RF Remote Receiver - Model # P/N 20017629

I like the look of that play.com 1 as well :thumbsup:
#8
using hyperRemote from thegreenbutton forums you can use the MCE remote as a mouse as well:
"We have release a new software called HyperRemote. The software requires Media Center installed and a mce remote with the 4 colored button on the bottom. With this application the mce remote becomes a mouse and a triple tap keyboard. The software works in two mode: mouse mode and remote mode. The blue button is used to switch between the two operative modes. When mouse mode is on, the remote arrows can be used to move the mouse pointer, while the numeric keypad works as a triple tap keyboard (the same as a normal cell phone). From the control panel it is possible to modify the velocity and the acceleration of the pointer. There are some other functionalities: in remote mode the green button opens a zoom window, useful to read web page from long distance (the red button is used to change the zoom factor). The demo version can be downloaded from this web address:"

so it can work like a mouse using the up down left right keys and also then use the numpad to enter letters alike a mobile phone input.
#9
mouse function is generally a waste of time, you tend to set the direction buttons at speed which is approp for menus and that is tooo slow for mouse cursor
i believe the medion ones use the x10 systems which has quite a lot of adoption in opensource software so could be a nice cheap toy to play with(if i didn't already have 5 remotes lol)
#10
There's a lot going on in this thread that to be honest, confuses me!

I just need something that will allow me to run an AVI with KMPlayer (I don't mind loading it with keyboard and mouse, just whilst running) and play, pause, maybe even rewind/forward and of course, change volume. Same with PowerDVD, maybe even iTunes?

Could someone help me with which of these could do that (don't need more advanced functions) and the best one to go for?

Thanks.
#11
AV1985
There's a lot going on in this thread that to be honest, confuses me!

I just need something that will allow me to run an AVI with KMPlayer (I don't mind loading it with keyboard and mouse, just whilst running) and play, pause, maybe even rewind/forward and of course, change volume. Same with PowerDVD, maybe even iTunes?

Could someone help me with which of these could do that (don't need more advanced functions) and the best one to go for?

Thanks.


you can get a cyberlink mce remote off ebay for about £6.. also from ebuyer etc but postage isn't included..
#12
Would that do the job timothy? Could you possible link me?

Thanks.
#13
Shuttle PN31 Remote Control

http://www.goonthis.com/sekertec/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/pn-31.jpg

this is the best remote by far

http://www.tekshop247.com/pn31-nbsp-shuttle-pn31-remote-control-p-12547.html

ive used about 5 different ones, and nothing can touch this one

works as plug and play, no drivers, no nothing, mouse functions are great too, nice smooth mouse movements, power dvd works great with it, and many other programs too
#14
Thanks darth, got that in my crosshairs now, any other pieces of advice?
#15
tbh i think most of them all do the same sort of thing, and can all be programmed to do what you want, so more of a question of what you like, ie looks, size, quality.
#16
Would prefer one with a small receiver, ideally not IR but 2.4ghz instead, like bluetooth. Guess that'd be better but more expensive?
#17
tbh i havent seen a bluetooth remote, ive seen bluetooth presentation remotes but theyre normally in excess of £35-40.
Think most, if not 90% are IR. Not 100% sure but i havent come across a bluetooth media remote yet.
#18
IR would be fine then, but I guess there's so much choice then that I'm confused!!
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AV1985
IR would be fine then, but I guess there's so much choice then that I'm confused!!


right most programs like vlc and other media player automatically pick up the input of remotes of things like next chapter play, stop pause etc, as they work the same as if you had media keys on a keyboard or were pressing them with a mouse.
But for more advanced things like open file things like that you woudl have to use othr software usually third party software for stuff like that.

Any direct questions ill try my best to answer.
#20
Do you know if KMPlayer would support the remote for these things? And iTunes?

Also, how responsive is the IR usually? Does the receiver need to be right at the front or can it be a bit hidden?

And are there any that are known as unreliable?

Finally, plug and play or not so?

Thanks awoodhall, rep left.
#21
KMplayer reads basic commands such as play pause but escape and chapter skip i dont think work, however if you use HIP then you can tell the program HIP to interepret a function to a shortcut ie for chapter skip. also if you consider using MediaPortal a free media centre type thing that will play and use it all then.

My MCE one, not sure about others works as soon as plugged in, but for more advanced like interpretation of commands to shortcuts you will need to use HIP for other programs, as its designed to work straight out the box but mainly with media player, media centre etc.
alike on itunes then basic up down left right play pause skip songs works.

Cheers for rep! :D
#22
as for unreliability im not sure, my mates sony one that came with his VAIO was dodgy after a few months but the reason i brought at the time the microsoft one was decent lookign sold and was pretty responsive compared to an ATI one i tried. but other people have no problems with others, some do. but ive never had a problem with mine and nor has my brother who uses his loads.
#23
My remote is now pending sold elsewhere, but any further questions im happy to help, PM me
#25
If your PC has a serial port you can build youself a tiny IR receiver for a few pence using parts available at any good electronics shop. (Maplin, BitsBox.co.uk, RS, cpc in the UK)

You can then program it (via some software youd have to install obviously) to do just about anything with just about any software on windows or linux.. and use just about ANY spare remote control you have lying about (or buy a cheap one for all one on ebay)

If I have the parts left in my bits box i can knock one together for you if youd be interested.. just the post to pay.. otherwise you'll be able to find one on ebay or if you are handy with a soldering iron its about 10 minutes work.

Sam
#26
Have a look here for one of the better tutorials if you are interested in building one: http://lnx.manoweb.com/lirc/

It works with WinLIRC, LIRC, Girder and all sorts of other remote control decoder software.. Girder is pretty awesome for windows and HIP mentioned earlier claims to be a free replacement (Girder has gone commercial)

Also the bottom of this page: http://www.ocinside.de/go_e.html?http://www.ocinside.de/html/modding/usb_ir_receiver/usb_ir_girder_installation.html
#27
I don't think my PC has a serial port I'm afraid and to be honest, I don't have the time to build one myself, would rather fork out the tenner! But thanks!

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