Originally Posted by echoesian
When you say the 'real' MCE remote, you mean the original Microsoft MCE remote? With so many pirated ones these days I guess it's very hard to differentiate a real and a fake one...
You can tell by the price. The "knockoffs" tend to be inexpensive and jammed with all kinds of "features." like mouse pad and extra buttons. But one thing that's notably missing is the ability to wake the system from S3 state. If you search "wake" in reviews you'd inevitably find references to this issue. I have absolutely no idea how they managed to get the Vista/Windows7 MCE Certified logo because wake from sleep is an essential operation.
I ended up getting this simple MCE remote and it worked well for me:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16880121001
When I got it a few years ago it was under the brand "Anyware." Now you can find the HA-IR01SV under different brands.
I'm no expert by any means in the MCE remote subject matter but from my research the "fake" MCE remotes are actually not remotes but a HIDs (human interface devices) that emulate key strokes and mouse movements. They are remotes that would also work in Windows XP; a true Vista/Windows 7 MCE remote should not work in XP because it does not have the required driver (I have not tested this theory). If I'm wrong about this would someone be kind enough to correct me.