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Wired IR input for PC

post #1 of 7
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Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knew of a way to add a wired IR input to a Windows PC. Of course, USB would be ideal, but I will consider any option. I am working on moving towards RF using a Harmony 1100 with RF extender, and would I like to try and use a wired input if possible, as opposed to just strapping a blaster to my Microsoft IR receiver. I've done a bit of digging, but haven't found anything like this.

Thanks in advance!!
post #2 of 7
I don't think anything like that exists. But there's nothing stopping you from making your own. Just open up the microsoft dongle and connect your blaster wires to the IR sensor. You may need some extra components to get the current and voltage right. That requires some circuit design I'm not willing to do.
post #3 of 7
I'm not quite sure of the application you have in mind, but I've used a "USB-UIRT" for many years.

http://www.usbuirt.com/

I originally bought it to control my HTPC, but I now use it primarily to capture IR hex sequences to import into my Roomie Remote configuration - works great!
post #4 of 7
For capturing Pronto hex or doing other signal analysis, I think the IR Widget is a better tool.

Even USB-UIRT still requires the blaster be aimed at or strapped to the dongle, which is what the OP is trying to avoid.

The best solution is to not use harmony at all but an IP based solution. iRule or nearly any other remote app works quite well.
Edited by mdavej - 7/20/12 at 8:42am
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

For capturing Pronto hex or doing other signal analysis, I think the IR Widget is a better tool.
Even USB-UIRT still requires the blaster be aimed at or strapped to the dongle, which is what the OP is trying to avoid.
The best solution is to not use harmony at all but an IP based solution. iRule or nearly any other remote app works quite well.

I 100% agree that IP is the way to go - it's just that the OP specifically asked for an IR solution as he was struggling to locate anything suitable.

For an iOS-based solution, there are several good options, including iRule, Roomie, DemoPad, etc. - each has its own strengths and weaknesses, as you would imagine.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help all! It looks like the IR Widget *might* do what I need, I may give it a try and check it out. If it does what I'd like it to do, I will report back for sure!
post #7 of 7
I kind of jerry rigged my solution for this. I took my USB IR receiver out of the case and stuffed it inside my PC connected to one of the USB headers on the motherboard. Then I installed a female 3.5mm jack on the back of my case. I connected an IR emitter fom that jack and glued it to the receiver eye on the USB receiver. It works great and now I can just unplug the IR from the back if I need to take the PC out of the rack.
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