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Couldn't find this question being asked before so I'm asking it now.


I get the impression that IrMan was at some point the most popular. Then I read a post extolling the virtues of the USB-UIRT.


So which receiver is the current "must have" for HTPC? I don't care much about transmitting/blasting (I might in the future) so I wouldn't turn down any that only recieve.


Ideally the cheaper the better.


I was leaning towards USB-UIRT but the payment method (Paypal) and no guarantee of support has me a little worried. Please feel free to comment on any personal experiences (good or bad).


Thanks,

Joe
 

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mooneyass,


how's the Tira comparing to UIRT-2? It say it can wake up PC from standby. That's pretty much the only thing I am interest about. But for $54 just for that....hmmm.
 

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Jon Rhee's USB-UIRT rocks. I have that and the IRMan, IRMan is now collecting dust.


As for the support, there is support via his forums, I had a couple issues when I first received it but he updated it pretty fast. It's USB so that is great as well, even if you dont want the blasting capabilities its nice to know you have it if and when you want or need it.


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Schmoe, if all you're interested is receiving IR, the IRman is a very good solution with a lot of 'support' (and ready made files). You might be able to get one second hand as well, if money is an issue (I should add that there are much cheaper options as well, but they won't have the same level of support here).


The USB-UIRT is a little bit more expensive, but seems like a very nice unit (I have a "tweaker's heaven" UIRT2, which I'm happy with, but would gladly switch to the USB-UIRT which seems to be a much better design). There is some support for this product on the Girder forum ( www.girder.nl ) and I think that Jon also has his own bulletin board...
 

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Does anyone know if the Philips Remote for MCE found at NewEgg will transmit, or it is just a reciever?
 

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Unless you have an MCE machine, the USB 'thing' is only an IR receiver which, I believe, emulates specific keys on a keyboard. AFAIK, it can't even be used as a universal receiver like the IRman or UIRTxx


There is hardware in there to send IR signals, but no driver is available outside of MCE.
 

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I am very happy with my Airboard. It is an IR keyboard with integrated mouse control pin. They sell for around $30 to $40. I added a second IR diode from RadioShack for a few $ and integrated it into my HTPC case.


Works very well with my programmable Marantz/Pronto remote control.

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