05-04-2009 03:13 PM
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?
05-04-2009 09:33 PM - edited 05-04-2009 09:34 PM
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#Me
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
05-05-2009 08:37 AM
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?
05-05-2009 01:22 PM - edited 05-05-2009 01:38 PM
Beginning to appreciate the fact that I bought three MCR usb dongles when they were still widely available
Here's another... specs indicate it ships with the receiver http://www.academicsuperstore.com/products/Adesso/
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.
08-01-2009 08:20 AM
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.
10-01-2009 02:03 PM - last edited on 10-01-2009 06:17 PM by JSMO
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.
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03-17-2011 12:28 PM
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.