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Shrute66
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Registered: ‎05-04-2009

Harmony One / Media Center / IR Receiver

I understand I will need a consumer IR (CIR) receiver for my Vista media center PC to control it with my Harmony One. Couple of questions about that:

 

1) My Intel DG45ID motherboard has CIR transmit and receive headers. I can't for the life of me find a front-panel (3.5 in.) CIR receiver that I might use with the onboard header. Anybody know of such a thing?

 

2) Nor can I find a USB-based CIR receiver. They must be out there. Yes?

  

3) What would the "transmit" part of this CIR capability on the motherboard be for?

 

Thanks!

 

 

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bevhoward
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Re: Harmony One / Media Center / IR Receiver

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suggest dropping the onboard opiton (which is likely limited to irda) and get a an EHome usb dongle... more on this at http://bevhoward.com/Misc/IR/HarmonyAdvFaq.html#Media

 

EHome dongles are kinda hard to find, but they are out there.

 

>> What would the "transmit" part of this CIR capability on the motherboard be for? <<

 

so the computer can issue commands to other media equipment such as a projector 

 

 

Beverly Howard

 

Message Edited by bevhoward on 05-04-2009 11:34 PM
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Shrute66
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Registered: ‎05-04-2009

Re: Harmony One / Media Center / IR Receiver

Thanks Bev. The onboard option is definitely not IrDA.This is from the Intel product guide for the motherboard:

 

Consumer IR receiver and emitter (via internal headers):

Supports receiving, learning, and emitting capabilities, controls up to two additional CE devices with your PC, and eliminates the need for a USB CIR dongle.

 

A front panel receiver utilizing this would be nice & clean. A USB dongle would be OK too, I suppose. Anybody have a link to the EHome dongle?

 

Would another solution be to purchase a cheap MCE remote and use the accompanying dongle?

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bevhoward
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Re: Harmony One / Media Center / IR Receiver

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Beginning to appreciate the fact that I bought three MCR usb dongles when they were still widely available

 

Found this...http://www.siig.com/ViewProduct.aspx?pn=CE-000022-S1

 

Here's another... specs indicate it ships with the receiver http://www.academicsuperstore.com/products/Adesso/Keyboards/868721

 

While a built in receiver would be "clean" keep in mind that a dongle gives more options for putting the transceiver in the best location for everyday use.

 

>> MCE remote and use the accompanying dongle? <<

 

Would ask the above if they sell the dongle separately... with the harmony you should not need the remote although it's always nice to have the remote both as a backup and to confirm and/or add missing commands to your setup.

 

Beverly Howard

 

 

Message Edited by bevhoward on 05-05-2009 03:38 PM
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fx45guy
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Registered: ‎08-01-2009

Re: Harmony One / Media Center / IR Receiver

Looking for one too.  Finally found one:  http://www.cwtek.com.tw/product-en.php?layer=2&master=71

 

No idea where to buy it from yet.

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fx45guy
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Registered: ‎08-01-2009

Re: Harmony One / Media Center / IR Receiver

If you want to get fancy, you could also install an iMon LCD/IR module.  They are MC compatible and plug into an internal USB header.

 

http://www.xpmediacentre.com.au/techreviews/?p=182

 

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BhaveshDoshi
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Registered: ‎10-01-2009

Re: Harmony One / Media Center / IR Receiver

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Hey .. I too have a DG45ID & need the Front Panel CIR. Have you found any to buy online? I'm from India, please do help me if you've found one.

 

Bhavesh Doshi

 

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pdvigil
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Registered: ‎03-17-2011

Re: Harmony One / Media Center / IR Receiver

I have one of these still in the box from many years ago.  Found out my mobo did not have pin out for install.   Sounds like USB is the current solution.   I can't speak to if it is compatible with MCE, etc.

 

http://irdrive.com/