Originally Posted by Sarevok1 /t/1419644/remote-question/0_50#post_22206263
Can I use a standard universal remote, like the one from my cable box or receiver, for an HTPC? If so, do HTPC cases commonly have IR sensors for this or do I need a USB IR sensor? Can I power the HTPC on and off with the remote?
Originally Posted by Mike99 /t/1419644/remote-question/0_50#post_22207188
Why are some USB IR receivers recommended over others? From reading several comments in other threads I'm left with the impression that some IR receivers just don't work with an MCE remote. Is that true or am I misinterpreting the comments?
Originally Posted by mdavej /t/1419644/remote-question/0_50#post_22207847
Just about any universal remote can duplicate the functions of your current cable remote as well as control your PC and other devices.
These are the most likely candidates for the HP dongle (assuming it uses the MCE protocol). If anyone can post any pronto hex command that works on the HP, I can tell you exactly. Unfortunately the B03 is a newer JP2 model that has very limited programming capabilities compared to older models. So you'll most likely need a JP1.x cable and software to get it working 100%. I can't predict exactly what built-in functions will work without seeing the pronto hex. Check the links in my signature for an explanation of JP1.Quote:
Originally Posted by Sarevok1 /t/1419644/remote-question#post_22207978
It's a Rogers cable remote that came with my Cisco HD cable box which I just purchased. The remote is made by Universal electronics and the model is 1056B03 Atlas. The URL www.urcsupport.com is printed on the back for help finding codes.
It has a favorites button that goes directly to my favorites tv guide, which only has the channels I get and that I care about. It has A, B, C, and D buttons which are used to navigate through some of the menus. It also has day +/- and page +/- buttons to help navigate the TV Guide. Lastly there's an On Demand button which goes directly to the On Demand menu.
If a Logitech Harmony can do all these things I'd consider it, but I don't see the benefit if I can by a cheap IR receiver and use my Rogers remote.
The only un-learnable protocol I've come across related to cable boxes is the XMP protocol used by a few newer motorola boxes. Most use the G.I. Cable protocol which is easy to learn. Both protocols are built in to Comcast remotes, so with a little help, you probably could have gotten it to do just about anything you wanted.Quote:
Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer /t/1419644/remote-question#post_22208077
I thought this as well until finding that the default Comcast remotes use custom ir that isn't found in standard universal remote codes. This is why I recommend Flirc in the first place. Also, most AVRs nowadays will let you do the two important things (Power/Volume) with TV controls.
That's what I can't confirm without seeing some pronto hex commands that work with the HP receiver posted here. If you or anyone else can post some, I can tell you.Quote:
Originally Posted by Sarevok1 /t/1419644/remote-question#post_22208939
I meant which USB IR receiver is best for my cable remote. You can buy just the receivers without a remote, correct?