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Best IR receiver for harmony / HTPC

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I currently use a Harmony one remote, with the Imon receiver and software which came with my Antec case.

I would like to disconnect the Imon receiver and use something that works better and is update. Soundgraph has terrible support for the software.

I know people have recommended the Microsoft media center remote but it is discontinued and difficult to find.

Any recommendations on a good IR receiver (using windows 7) with native support for Harmony one and most windows functions? Minimal customization in the Harmony software would be great.

thanks for the help

Chuga
post #2 of 16
Get the HP Media Center IR Receiver from eBay. Program your Harmony to use the Microsoft / Media Center SE device. Unplug the iMon's USB header and power connection. Some still use the iMon for just power on and the MCE receiver for everything else.
post #3 of 16
I use a usb one off a microsoft media center remote
post #4 of 16
any rc6 receiver will do.

I have a dell receiver and prefer it to the HP one because it's all black
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks for the replies.

So do you have to use imon for power on? can the other HP/etc receivers also power on the htpc?


thanks
chuga
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by chuga View Post

thanks for the replies.

So do you have to use imon for power on? can the other HP/etc receivers also power on the htpc?


thanks
chuga

The iMon is actually connected to the power header on the motherboard. The others are just USB. The USB MCE receivers can wake the computer, but not power it on from full off.
post #7 of 16
If you're looking for an internal one, that can power on from S5, the HD-Plex's work good. I recently picked up 2 myself.

http://www.hd-plex.com/remote.control.html
post #8 of 16
Can the HD-Plex work on a case that doesn't already have an IR receiver?

I assume if I installed an internal IR receiver in the SilverStone GD04, the aluminium case would block the signal.

Are there other suggestions for an external/internal IR receiver for the Harmony...something compact and subtle, and something that would work on a case like the GD04?

Thanks. Jake.
post #9 of 16
I use the HD plex receiver as well and it works great. My case was not made for IR either, but it is really easy to make it work..

All you have to do is drill 2 holes: 1 for the IR (about 3/16") and 1 for a post to mount it (about 1/8 - 3/16") In my situation I use an IR extension system so I just used the existing grating at the back of the case to install the receiver and placed an emitter over it.

I'll see if I took any pictures.

Obviously, if you don't want to drill holes in the case then an internal receiver won't work for you... IR requires line of sight to work and will not work through anything other than glass or IR transparent plastic.

Also for the $23 ($18 + $5 shipping) you get a remote as well as the receiver.
post #10 of 16
Here is an internal shot


And this is a crappy picture from the rear showing the IR emitter


I am also using a Harmony 1 without any issues.
post #11 of 16
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I am not finding much on this topic...

I would like to use an HDPlex IR receiver with the GD05 case I just ordered. I know that in order to use both the IR receiver and front panel power switch, I need a splitter cable wired in parallel.

Does anyone know if a ready made cable is available for this?

Thank you for the help!!

-David
post #12 of 16
I just found this....would this work?




Thanks!
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by bryansj View Post

Get the HP Media Center IR Receiver from eBay. Program your Harmony to use the Microsoft / Media Center SE device. Unplug the iMon's USB header and power connection. Some still use the iMon for just power on and the MCE receiver for everything else.

This is exactly what I do. The iMon is nice for startup/shutdown and perhaps launching a few progs but thats it.
post #14 of 16
Has anyone replaced imon in a Antec Fusion Remote Max case with a HP Media Center remote ir receiver? If so, did you pull the cables which power the front panel or did you simply use Logitech to rename the computer as a Microsoft/media center SE device?
post #15 of 16
Can anyone recommend an external IR receiver that will work with discrete power on/off codes from my Harmony? I currently have the HP ir receiver, which doesn't seem to support them - they both function as a power toggle. I've looked for a genuine Microsoft one, but they don't seem to be available any longer. Any recommendation of one that does support those codes would be greatly appreciated!
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by jabroni View Post

Can anyone recommend an external IR receiver that will work with discrete power on/off codes from my Harmony? I currently have the HP ir receiver, which doesn't seem to support them - they both function as a power toggle. I've looked for a genuine Microsoft one, but they don't seem to be available any longer. Any recommendation of one that does support those codes would be greatly appreciated!

Anything with 5VSB support should work. Why not just get the HDPlex IR and make an enclosure of some sort.
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