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post #1 of 581
Thread Starter 
The IR2BT is finally available!

I am the proud owner of order #58.

Here's the link.

UPDATE: The link is dead now (they are sold out at the moment).

Here are two more links:

Main site
Online Store
post #2 of 581
Does this allow you to do everything the Bluetooth remote does, including the colored buttons, Top Menu, Stop, and audio/angle/subtitle buttons?
post #3 of 581
Thread Starter 
My understanding is that it does everything the Sony PS3 remote is capable of (as it sends the equivalent Bluetooth commands). Somebody please correct me if I am wrong.
post #4 of 581
ummm so this is the answer for Harmony owners and those wanting to use an all in one remote. We'll still hear the b**ching, but maybe less.
post #5 of 581
nice tell us how it works!!
post #6 of 581
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Originally Posted by SirDrexl View Post

Does this allow you to do everything the Bluetooth remote does, including the colored buttons, Top Menu, Stop, and audio/angle/subtitle buttons?

Looks like it. Here's a link to the button assignments in the Harmony database compared to the buttons on the blue tooth remote.

The link in the first post of this thread is for ordering, but the main site is simply ir2bt.com. He's got a forum set up there and it doesn't look like anyone's got one of these yet.
post #7 of 581
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Originally Posted by chris0 View Post

Looks like it. Here's a link to the button assignments in the Harmony database compared to the buttons on the blue tooth remote.

The link in the first post of this thread is for ordering, but the main site is simply ir2bt.com. He's got a forum set up there and it doesn't look like anyone's got one of these yet.


There is now a reviews thread from one guy that got an early release IR2BT for testing. http://www.ir2bt.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=41

He basically says that it works exactly as described, full functionality and the same level of responsiveness as the Sony BT remote.
post #8 of 581
Just purchased one, order # 137, cant wait, when I began ordering there were 80 left in stock, it only shows 55 now, they are selling quick
post #9 of 581
Mine is on its way!

I'll finally be able to put the other remotes away that I've been using and just focus on my Harmony.
post #10 of 581
This is a much more elegant option than anything I have seen so far. I would be really interested to know how well it work. Specifically how well it will work with an IR repeater.

Will this power on/off the PS3?
post #11 of 581
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Originally Posted by jsmiddleton4 View Post

I want one in general. Am wondering about first go round though. I really appreciate early adopters.....

It will also be interesting to see what battery life is in real world use as to whether or not we need the USB based power supply.

Great idea and looking forward to getting PS3 using my Harmony...

Proud to be early adopter #30

They've estimated around 45 days per battery change, but haven't run them down yet. I'm going to power mine off the USB port on the DirecTV HD DVR. It's always on and has been used for charging my PS3 controller in the past. I'm not sure why anyone would use batteries in this. It's probably going to be located near your PS3 (which has to be near an outlet) so why not just get the $4 USB AC adapter and plug it in?
post #12 of 581
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Originally Posted by stepmback View Post

This is a much more elegant option than anything I have seen so far. I would be really interested to know how well it work. Specifically how well it will work with an IR repeater.

Will this power on/off the PS3?

It gives total control of the PS3 (including power on/off)... as their website says, it gives all functions found on the PS3 BT remote.

There are a couple YouTube videos showing how it works and how to pair it with the PS3, the links can be found on their website
post #13 of 581
Sweet. I think I'll get one and keep powered with one of those iPod AC/USB adapter mini-bricks.
post #14 of 581
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Originally Posted by miata View Post

Sweet. I think I'll get one and keep powered with one of those iPod AC/USB adapter mini-bricks.

The site has the USB power bricks for $4 and it doesn't add to the shipping cost. They also have cables, but I've got plenty of my own.
post #15 of 581
#173

Total bill to get remote control functionality from the ps3 -
original bt remote - 25
usb to ps2 dongle - 15
old ps2 remote recvr - 10 (used)
Bluwave - 20
now ir2bt - 60
130 bucks!!!
Thanks alot sony, it would cost what, 3 dollars to integrate an ir recvr in the original design???

Sorry for the rant.. really looking forward to this thing.

n.b. sony I hate you
post #16 of 581
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Originally Posted by kyungkim View Post

#173

Total bill to get remote control functionality from the ps3 -
original bt remote - 25
usb to ps2 dongle - 15
old ps2 remote recvr - 10 (used)
Bluwave - 20
now ir2bt - 60
130 bucks!!!
Thanks alot sony, it would cost what, 3 dollars to integrate an ir recvr in the original design???

Sorry for the rant.. really looking forward to this thing.

n.b. sony I hate you

You forgot...

Having the best Blu-Ray Player on the market without IR support... Priceless!

Sorry you had to go through all that trouble. I made due with the controller until the right thing came along, but it was hard to do!
post #17 of 581
Well that puts the PS3 back into the "possible option" category for me when I decide to upgrade to a profile 2.0 player. I am still waiting on the stand alones to come out and see how they do before pulling the trigger.
My biggest problem now is I have nowhere in my center to put it that I can get adequate ventilation for it.
post #18 of 581
Sold Out!
post #19 of 581
I've not placed my order yet, but plan to very soon. I'm really tired of the Nyko product and pretty much don't even use it anymore.
post #20 of 581
I am amazed that the company is not letting people back order the device. I was checking out and when I originally placed the item in my cart it stated that there were three available. I added the item to my cart and then proceeded to input all of the required information. The item was then deleted from my order.

If I sold widgets, I would want to know the demand for the widgets. Call me crazy but back orders or pre-orders would seem to help me determine the demand. I left a message for them to call me and I will have to wait and see what happens.
post #21 of 581
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Originally Posted by miata View Post

Sweet. I think I'll get one and keep powered with one of those iPod AC/USB adapter mini-bricks.

Many people have 'always-on' USB connections already in their theater via satellite boxes, Tivos, etc.

I plan on using the USB connection on my Tivo HD to power this little sucker. I have tons of extra USB cables also.
post #22 of 581
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Originally Posted by kyungkim View Post

#173

Total bill to get remote control functionality from the ps3 -
original bt remote - 25
usb to ps2 dongle - 15
old ps2 remote recvr - 10 (used)
Bluwave - 20
now ir2bt - 60
130 bucks!!!
Thanks alot sony, it would cost what, 3 dollars to integrate an ir recvr in the original design???

Sorry for the rant.. really looking forward to this thing.

n.b. sony I hate you

LOL. Sorry man, but I found that hilarious. I did get a $4.99 clearenced Mad Dog PS2 remote that didn't work very well with my 720. I then got the Nyko on sale and haven't looked back.

Down the road, I may get this IR2BT... but I think it's more likely that I wait for a future SKU with built in IR (just like happened with the PS2). And hopefully it will have all the card readers as well as a silver chassis with an included silver Dualshock 3.

I am a bit surprised, we never saw an official Sony accessory for the old, but maybe we will by the time there is a new SKU.
post #23 of 581
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Originally Posted by kyungkim View Post

#173

Total bill to get remote control functionality from the ps3 -
original bt remote - 25
usb to ps2 dongle - 15
old ps2 remote recvr - 10 (used)
Bluwave - 20
now ir2bt - 60
130 bucks!!!
Thanks alot sony, it would cost what, 3 dollars to integrate an ir recvr in the original design???

Sorry for the rant.. really looking forward to this thing.

n.b. sony I hate you


I agree and have had the same criticism. They could have added IR functionality to the PS3 for peanuts, but that wouldn't have afforded them the opportunity to make millions of dollars 'forcing' people buying the PS3 as a BD player to shell out for the OEM bluetooth Sony remote vs. buying a generic one or using an all-in-one.

In other words it's just another little proprietary vendor trick to make a little extra bank on the side.... at this point I'd rather spend the $55 for this IR2BT than give $ony the satisfaction of having to shell out for their $20 BT remote control.
post #24 of 581
I spent $ 35 for the shmartz ir reciever and it works perfectly fine.

I find that much more elegant, no battery charging etc...

Get off your butts to power on/off!

While your at it make a robot arm to load your discs.

just kiddin
post #25 of 581
he he, well I'm glad somebody got some chuckles out of this.

The point is, well look at me, I would have gladly paid money to make this work. Hell i would give the sony fu (kers some to get this to work right, either an official dongle or whatever.
I don't think this was a calculated money grab by sony, just poor planning.
The boneheads at sony never figured out that their core demo, the idiots (like me) who were willing to shell out the ridiculous launch price, would have a universal remote!

I would have even gone for some AV version of the ps3 and shelled out the extra cash if it had an ir rcvr. Imagine the money they left on the table by omitting a 3 dollar item.

As for an official sony dongle, i wouldnt hold my breadth. I'll go on the record and say it'll never be released by sony. I think it requires too much of an investment in their r/d for minimal return on their investment.
From sony's view point, any new product of this type they release will only cannibalize sales from their bt remote.
post #26 of 581
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Originally Posted by rexdigital View Post

I spent $ 35 for the shmartz ir reciever and it works perfectly fine.

I find that much more elegant, no battery charging etc...

Get off your butts to power on/off!

While your at it make a robot arm to load your discs.

just kiddin

I agree, but the PS3 should have an auto-sleep mode like all other computers.
post #27 of 581
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Originally Posted by kyungkim View Post

he he, well I'm glad somebody got some chuckles out of this.

The point is, well look at me, I would have gladly paid money to make this work. Hell i would give the sony fu (kers some to get this to work right, either an official dongle or whatever.
I don't think this was a calculated money grab by sony, just poor planning.
The boneheads at sony never figured out that their core demo, the idiots (like me) who were willing to shell out the ridiculous launch price, would have a universal remote!

I would have even gone for some AV version of the ps3 and shelled out the extra cash if it had an ir rcvr. Imagine the money they left on the table by omitting a 3 dollar item.

As for an official sony dongle, i wouldnt hold my breadth. I'll go on the record and say it'll never be released by sony. I think it requires too much of an investment in their r/d for minimal return on their investment.
From sony's view point, any new product of this type they release will only cannibalize sales from their bt remote.

I'm willing to bet they are losing money on their BT remote. It's much more expensive and isn't required to operate the device. My guess is they haven't sold many (relative to total PS3 sales).

I wouldn't be surprised to see a future sku with IR, but I'm not going to wait. I think you're right though, Sony definitely missed the mark on this one. I'm guessing it was a test case to see if people would embrace BT remotes or not... why else would it be only the PS3 and none of their other products?
post #28 of 581
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Originally Posted by rexdigital View Post

I spent $ 35 for the shmartz ir reciever and it works perfectly fine.

I find that much more elegant, no battery charging etc...

Get off your butts to power on/off!

While your at it make a robot arm to load your discs.

just kiddin

Rex, you funny guy

I think a lot of buyers are universal remote owners who want all the functions of the remote, not just the 19 buttons that come with the Nyko option.

By the way, the IR2BT doesn't charge batteries. You can either put AA batteries in it and change them whenever or you can run it off a powered USB port or and AC USB power block.

I find it to be the an elegant solution because it doesn't have to be anywhere near the PS3 to work. I can stash it away and not have another dongle latched onto my PS3 and occupying one of the USB ports. Everyone knows that the beauty and style of the PS3 is one of the biggest selling points!
post #29 of 581
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Originally Posted by rexdigital View Post

I spent $ 35 for the shmartz ir reciever and it works perfectly fine.

I find that much more elegant, no battery charging etc...

Get off your butts to power on/off!

While your at it make a robot arm to load your discs.

just kiddin

Any remote without on/off is not a remote. Turning on doesnt bug me since you normally stick the disk in anyway, but turning sh1t off by hand makes me angry.. mostly at my own laziness.

As for elegant, I wanted to order the shmartz... but I'm not sure if elegant comes to mind when it comes to a stick on solution for the switch.
post #30 of 581
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Originally Posted by kyungkim View Post

Any remote without on/off is not a remote. Turning on doesnt bug me since you normally stick the disk in anyway, but turning sh1t off by hand makes me angry.. mostly at my own laziness.

As for elegant, I wanted to order the shmartz... but the I'm not sure if elegant comes to mind when it comes to a stick on solution for the switch.

I will sell you my smartz for a discount. Works as advertised. I am getting this instead.
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