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Author Topic: Remote control for PC  (Read 4568 times)

REDONDOS

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Remote control for PC
« on: July 12, 2005, 04:07:02 PM »
Hey there. I think you already know what the question's gonna be: whats the best remote that you can buy for your computer?

I would consider: size, features, drivers stability and expandability, etc.
Some of them such as Remote Wonder support plugins to extend the functionality of the drivers. (http://remotew.free.fr/plugins.htm)
I will be obviously using this for controlling playback of video files on a XP machine, probably using BSPlayer.

Thanks!

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Re: Remote control for PC
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2005, 04:14:03 PM »
i have to say, that looks like a damn good one.

i have a really tiny one, which might be nice if you like the idea of a small remote.  it works quite well:
http://www.keyspan.c...omepage-Remotes.spml

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Re: Remote control for PC
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2005, 04:57:24 PM »
None of them seem to be available in my country. God, this pisses me off. Argentine auction sites have zero remote controls for computers... I guess I'll have to go in-store shopping soon (haven't done that in a while for technology, heh).


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Re: Remote control for PC
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2005, 12:07:49 PM »
See the Girder website, below, for more links to possible solutions.

You could always buy a Slink-E or something similar which lets you use any old remote you have lying around to control your computer.

Alternatively, if you like the do-it-yourself technique, see the WinLIRC homepage on Sourceforge <winlirc.sourceforge.net>.  The website features a small piece of software which will recognize IR codes received from a homebuilt IR detector which plugs into your serial port, with links to how to build such an IR detector (and/or transmitter).  I had almost no experience with building electronics or soldering, but I was able to get one working in an afternoon after a trip down to Radio Shack (I wonder if there's an Argentine equivalent?).

Either way, whether you buy a detector or build one, you'll need some kind of automation software (though if you buy a package, it will likely come with it).  Either way, Girder <www.proximis.com> is very good, very robust, but unfortunately no longer free.

Now I use an old all-in-one remote I had lying around to control my TV, DVD player, audio system, *and* computer, and it works rather seamlessly.

This way, if you don't mind trading off ease of initial setup, you can get any combination of size and features you like, with nearly infinite expandability, and *never* any driver stability issues if you change hardware.

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Re: Remote control for PC
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2005, 06:31:28 PM »
I'm thinking about one of these for my next htpc venture, works with girder too!
http://www.soundgrap...asp?m1d=1&m2d=11
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Re: Remote control for PC
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2005, 06:39:56 PM »
wow - beautiful stuff jpfx.

i found a review of imon vfd at tom's hardware:
http://www.tomshardw...3/soundgraph-03.html

summary: they loved it.

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Re: Remote control for PC
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2005, 06:01:43 PM »
Thanks mouser, I hadn't seen that. I'm tempted even more!
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Re: Remote control for PC
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2005, 08:28:50 PM »
Take a look at Ultra VNC on Sourceforge for remote PC control and check out the Pinnacle Show Center 200 or use a good trojan program like Radmin.

Ultra VNC is free and works very well here.