Pulse Eight HDMI CEC Adapter - Control a HTPC with your TV remote! - £31.98 @ ebay / pulse-eight
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Pulse Eight HDMI CEC Adapter - Control a HTPC with your TV remote! - £31.98 @ ebay / pulse-eight

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Found 28th Jan 2015
Really useful device. Sits inbetween a HTPC and a TV and gives HDMI-CEC. In other words, allows you to control your HTPC using your normal TV remote. Works with Kodi/XBMC/Plex Home Theater etc.

- Saves you having to buy a separate remote control
- Allows you to hide your HTPC away because the RF signal is picked up by your TV
- Completely lag-free, unlike other solutions (e.g. Flirc)
- No risk of duplicating signals (again e.g. Flirc)

For those unfamiliar with HDMI-CEC, if you have a HDTV you probably already have it. It allows your TV remote control to control other devices over HDMI.

It has different names depending on the manufacturer of your TV, so check for one of the following:
Anynet Samsung
BRAVIA Sync Sony
KURO Link Pioneer
NetCommand Mitsubishi
REGZA-LINK Toshiba
RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) Onkyo
SimpLink LG

Unfortunately, although some devices e.g. Chromecast come with HDMI-CEC, it's nigh-on-impossible to find on a motherboard.

13 Comments

My raspberry pi works with my tv remote using hdmi cec without this, and the pi cost less(running raspbmc)

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wacko911

My raspberry pi works with my tv remote using hdmi cec without this, and … My raspberry pi works with my tv remote using hdmi cec without this, and the pi cost less(running raspbmc)



That's nice.

Thanks. For my htpc i just use a windows mce remote which was about 12 quid, again much cheaper.

Original Poster

wacko911

Thanks. For my htpc i just use a windows mce remote which was about 12 … Thanks. For my htpc i just use a windows mce remote which was about 12 quid, again much cheaper.



I can't tell if you're meeting sarcasm with sarcasm or just failing to detect it in the first place.

1. The Raspberry Pi is really quite slow to use, relies on USB storage or (slow) NAS access and is far less flexible than a proper PC. It isn't really a match for a dedicated HTPC.

2. The point of the adapter is reducing remote clutter and bringing simplicity to an otherwise quite complex piece of equipment to anyone who isn't into technology.

All solutions have their virtues, this works for me and hopefully for others too.

dansax

That's nice.

lol, concise, nice.

dansax

That's nice.



wacko911

My raspberry pi works with my tv remote using hdmi cec without this, and … My raspberry pi works with my tv remote using hdmi cec without this, and the pi cost less(running raspbmc)

The hdmi on the pi may support it, however on a htpc using graphics chips from nvidia, ati, and intel, you will find it rare that any of them support control of the machine via hdmi-cec.

dansax

2. The point of the adapter is reducing remote clutter and bringing … 2. The point of the adapter is reducing remote clutter and bringing simplicity to an otherwise quite complex piece of equipment to anyone who isn't into technology.



I still don't get how it works.
Also, I cannot justify paying £30+ for something like a remote - I paid twice less for fully functional wireless keyboard, so why this costs so much?

AhmadK

I still don't get how it works.Also, I cannot justify paying £30+ for … I still don't get how it works.Also, I cannot justify paying £30+ for something like a remote - I paid twice less for fully functional wireless keyboard, so why this costs so much?

so you pass through the hdmi in and out of the adpater, which in turn plugs into usb to control the pc for play pause etc

Nice idea (never heard of this before!) its a penny more expensive on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pulse-Eight-P8-USBCECv1-USB-CEC-Adapter/dp/B005JU6LWM) but I'm putting through Flubit as we speak to see if you can get it cheaper.
I personally have a MCE remote connected to my PC and it is a real ball ache having so many remotes - wonder if this will work will with my LG Magic Remote - tempted - close to pay day too

bouncy99

so you pass through the hdmi in and out of the adpater, which in turn … so you pass through the hdmi in and out of the adpater, which in turn plugs into usb to control the pc for play pause etc



Do I limited with play/pause/stop? The thing is my PC/player does a lot more, and I have no idea HOW I can control it with my TV remote using this thing.

dansax

I can't tell if you're meeting sarcasm with sarcasm or just failing to … I can't tell if you're meeting sarcasm with sarcasm or just failing to detect it in the first place.1. The Raspberry Pi is really quite slow to use, relies on USB storage or (slow) NAS access and is far less flexible than a proper PC. It isn't really a match for a dedicated HTPC.2. The point of the adapter is reducing remote clutter and bringing simplicity to an otherwise quite complex piece of equipment to anyone who isn't into technology. All solutions have their virtues, this works for me and hopefully for others too.



Sorrry I was maybe being a bit snarky. Still think its expensive for what it is, can see the merits of one less remote think i have 5 in the living room. Pi's are slower but not unusably slow Good for the bedrooms. I was suprised the other day when i fitted a new tv in the bedroom that the tv remote was controlling xbmc. Freaked me out at first.

(I voted hot btw, prolly a good price for pc users)

I use one of these between my Sony TV and a Liux server runing XBMC / Kodi. The server is down the stairs in a cupboard with a 15m HDMI cable under the floor. Quite specific, but a great solution which means I don't have to use my phone to control the XBMC.

This is a good price.. I paid >£40, but very happy with it - it just works even on Linux. I ahve played with the button mapping which is easy to do. This gives you access to the context menus which are not natively mapped in XBMC on Sony.
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