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What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
08-07-2012, 11:46 PM
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What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
I want to control my Raspbmc installation with my Harmony remote, but I'll need to pickup a USB IR receiver (I assume). Is there a specific model that works well, and is cheap?
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08-07-2012, 11:59 PM
Post: #2
RE: What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
A tsop1238 hooked up to the gpio pins is only a couple bucks, it all depends on how easy a setup you want Smile

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Raspbmc HOW-TOs http://forum.osmc.tv/showthread.php?tid=6124
http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting
http://elinux.org/RPi_config.txt
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08-08-2012, 02:33 AM
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Re: What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
any more info on this cheap setup? Would like to get my harmony remote working too
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08-08-2012, 03:35 AM
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RE: What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
The tsopxx38 series are IR receiver chips that can be wired directly to the gpio pins, support is included in RMC kernel but not well documented and support files for lirc and xbmc will most likely have to be made. If you go to rasberrypi.org forums and search there are some threads with links to support pages. I was going to delve into it but got sidetracked, I have a couple chips in my junk drawer. Once someone works out the wrinkles it should be quite simple. The beauty of it all is it's simply 3 wires to the gpio and a 1/2 cm. square receiver, it would be nothing to build the receiver right into whatever case the Pi is in. Any electronics/Linux gurus that want to take on the project and can promise delivery? I could possibly supply the chip if postage isn't too outrageous. Here's a mouser link, $1.05 a piece, case sellers should incorporate them into their designs. http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Vish...43XTRfo%3D

Mike

Pi problems?? Start here http://forum.stmlabs.com/showthread.php?tid=3918
Raspbmc HOW-TOs http://forum.osmc.tv/showthread.php?tid=6124
http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting
http://elinux.org/RPi_config.txt
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08-08-2012, 03:59 AM
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What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
A quick search in raspberrypi.org has turned up someone creating drivers for lirc to work with gpio for ir.

Here is his blog, bit over my head but looks like the way to go.

http://aaron.ws/projects/lirc_rpi
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08-08-2012, 04:08 AM (This post was last modified: 08-08-2012 04:08 AM by Dilligaf.)
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RE: What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
(08-08-2012 03:59 AM)zoonosis Wrote:  A quick search in raspberrypi.org has turned up someone creating drivers for lirc to work with gpio for ir.

Here is his blog, bit over my head but looks like the way to go.

http://aaron.ws/projects/lirc_rpi
The drivers are included in Raspbmc, it's the lirc files etc. that need to be generated

PS Link doesn't work

Pi problems?? Start here http://forum.stmlabs.com/showthread.php?tid=3918
Raspbmc HOW-TOs http://forum.osmc.tv/showthread.php?tid=6124
http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting
http://elinux.org/RPi_config.txt
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08-08-2012, 04:28 AM
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What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
Great. I'd pretty much decided to forgo pursuing a remote for this thing and live with iPhone/android apps as I've been avoiding a USB hub to stay small and compact, and even 2Amp power doesn't seem to want to power more than the wireless dongle.

This little IR might just work though. What lirc files are needed if drivers are built in? Just "keymap" sort of files? Those are just usually a matter of getting into command line and getting the receiver to display incoming codes then writing the files to associate the code the remote sends with xbmc commands right? Nothing too heavy voodoo?

I had to mess with that stuff a bit to set up a blu-link remote that works with ps3 to also work with the intaset cir in my xbmcbuntu setup. Was time consuming and a headache, but not impossible.
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08-08-2012, 05:08 AM
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What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
Sorry guys here is the correct link

http://aron.ws/projects/lirc_rpi/
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08-08-2012, 05:51 AM
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RE: What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
Once you load the module using modprobe then yes, it's just the keymap type of files. Search this forum for lirc_gpio for more info.

Pi problems?? Start here http://forum.stmlabs.com/showthread.php?tid=3918
Raspbmc HOW-TOs http://forum.osmc.tv/showthread.php?tid=6124
http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting
http://elinux.org/RPi_config.txt
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08-08-2012, 05:54 AM
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RE: What IR receiver should I get for Raspbmc?
There is a very cheap and easy (much easier than what others have been doing) way to get your harmony working. I have both 880's and 890's (with the IR extenders).

1) Buy an IR receiver on ebay. I've found the HP model for 9 American dollars to be ideal but I'm sure others are working.
2) Follow this guide to set up the mappings in the logitech software. No need to update files on your pi or anything like that. The page says that it is for windows but I've been using it for a while on all of my pi's without fail.
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