[WINDOWS] Best remote control to use with XBMC for Windows?

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ryan03rr Offline
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for me heres the setup

xbox 1 ir reciever ( before the new build i had 5 xb1s so had alot of adapters running around)

event ghost

and a pronto pro tsu 7000

noo need for rf with this thing unless you need to go through walls to reach the reciver
the prontos blast ir really well and with a very good range (no need to point it at the system)
i have this configured to control my 3 stage lighting /xbmc /mouse when xbmc is shut down / amp /vswitch / sony lcd and projector/

it works flawlessly for me... never one hickup...

i must say i monkeyed around with event ghost for a couple days and got most of the controls working but still not girlfreind/wife freindly

the i found a post on here where a user submitted a small tutorial and posted his config file on patebin

downloaded that and added another plugin for mouse control... and i was done....

the only down side is the price of a pronto

the tsu originally sold for a grand but there pretty easy to pick one up on craigslist for around 250....
the logitech harmoney 510 was a good remote for me but as soon as i got into xbmc i started going overboard with the amount of devices in my living room...

thus i absolutly needed the pronto unlimited configuration options...



edit: forgot to metion picked up a ir keyboard of newegg (most are rf so look for the shittiest keyboard possible they are usually ir) and create a new page in my pronto that looks lite a keyboard and cloned the keyboards output to specific buttons on my pronto
giving me a keyboard too.
(This post was last modified: 2009-06-24 08:42 by ryan03rr.)
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ryan03rr Wrote:the i found a post on here where a user submitted a small tutorial and posted his config file on patebin

downloaded that and added another plugin for mouse control... and i was done....

Can you give the link to that thread/post#?
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tihs is the link on how to set up the original xbox 1 remote for xbmc for windows... it looks alittle complicated but its really easy..




http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=45337


this shows the current distributed plugins with event ghost (mouse /system/ ect ect..)

http://www.eventghost.org/docs/pluginlist.html



when you set up the xbox 1 ir reciever the real problem you will have is timing on the auto repeat macro on directional buttons...

i achieved different results between my harmony (old) and pronto (new)
mostly just had to slow the command repeat in event ghost from .01 to .05 and no more delay... the pronto needed less delay to work perfect...


depending on how fat your wallet is i cant stress enough how much better prontos are than harmonys...
read around over at remote central people will tell you the same thing.... there is absolutely no comparison....

i did go one step further and remap the 0-9 keys in the xbmc xml this is not nessasary but i gives me the option of pressing 1 button to go directly to lets say movies in library mode... and since i have a fully mapped keyboard on my pronto i still retaian the ability to use 0-9 via what xbmc thinks is my keyboard...

one other thing to add is lutron makes a ir relay.. that can simly switch a circut on or off or flash( of the on again fast) soldered it into the main power switch in my case and ran it in to my 19 inch rackmount cabinet allowing power on/of and sleep resume all form the remote.. ( sounds expensive but can be dont for <30 dollars
(This post was last modified: 2009-06-24 19:58 by ryan03rr.)
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idioteque Wrote:I then have a special specific keymap.xml inside XBMC which has all remotes and other controllers removed and only has keyboard mappings.

SO:
1: MS MCE receiver
2: Eventghost
3: advanced settings keyboard mode
4: keymapping.xml with specific keymappings only for keyboard
5: program harmony one with logitech software

Would it be possible to get a copy of your keymappings?
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mce remote is always best.
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idioteque Offline
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Ok here it goes:

1: use advanced settings (http://pastebin.com/f47718f33)
2: use eventghost xml (http://pastebin.com/f6482f7f7)
3: use keymap xml in profile dir (http://pastebin.com/d2dd175cf)
4: configure Harmony

MCE Driver XP:
http://www.nztechie.com/downloads/MCE_remote_driver.rar

Good luck !!

MBP late 2009 - TimeCapsule 2TB - Harmony One+ - Readynas NV+ 8TB RAID5 - Mac Mini late 2009 with 10.9.0 and VDA - Panasonic TX-PG420ES -
(This post was last modified: 2009-06-26 12:36 by idioteque.)
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http://www.vlsys.co.kr/English/retail_202plus.php

Works well with Xbmc.
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idioteque Wrote:Ok here it goes:

1: use advanced settings (http://pastebin.com/f47718f33)
2: use eventghost xml (http://pastebin.com/f6482f7f7)
3: use keymap xml in profile dir (http://pastebin.com/d2dd175cf)
4: configure Harmony

MCE Driver XP:
http://www.nztechie.com/downloads/MCE_remote_driver.rar

Good luck !!

These links aren't working for me. Can you use pastebin.ca instead? That seems to hold up. Thanks!

Also, idioteque, do you have a delay when using your harmony?

Also, nice name/song.
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idioteque Offline
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yep it's from the song Smile

I dont know what the delay settings are/where.

They are in the event ghost xml. It is not as quick as the original MCE remote but after weeks of testing this is the best I got. it's about 80-90% the speed of my original MCE remote

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valkur Offline
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Thank you! That will save me a ton of work.
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eumel Wrote:http://www.vlsys.co.kr/English/retail_202plus.php

Works well with Xbmc.

Several people have mentioned that now.

I prefer the xir:

http://www.xir.us

It's from the guy that made the original xir's for powering on the xbox.

Here's my tutorial:

http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=289...stcount=22

-Wes
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I use dinovo mini keyboard with bluetooth. Works flawlessly with full functionality of a keyboard!
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Don't like to point so using the Conceptronic CLLRCMCE. Works on windows and linux machines

Also great if your using an ugly case. (the girl on the website is not included Big Grin)
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Idioteque,

Would you mind posting the last keymap.xml again. It seems as if it is no longer available. Many thanks!

idioteque Wrote:Ok here it goes:

1: use advanced settings (http://pastebin.com/f47718f33)
2: use eventghost xml (http://pastebin.com/f6482f7f7)
3: use keymap xml in profile dir (http://pastebin.com/d2dd175cf)
4: configure Harmony

MCE Driver XP:
http://www.nztechie.com/downloads/MCE_remote_driver.rar

Good luck !!
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Having gone through both a Harmony 880 and an MCE Remote I strongly recommend XPadder and a 360 Controller for Windows. Here's why.

1. There are about 30 more buttons on a regular remote than you really need for XBMC.

2. They are both a pain to setup - Harmony's configuration program was designed in the antechamber of Hell and you'll have to muck around with something like Eventghost or IRSS to get the MCE remote working to full potential. 360 and Xpadder with the 360 profile just plain work.

The only justification for the Harmony is if you really need 'one remote to rule them all.' It's not nearly is cool as it sounds. If you have several components and need to change your audio and video inputs constantly, the Harmony serves a purpose. Myself, with only XBMC and a 360 (I gave up on cable years ago) I found simpler was better.

Finally, there is one other option for an XBMC remote that beats all of the above - the XBMC controller for the Ipod Touch. If not for the cost of the Itouch and my wife's unwillingness to donate it to my HTPC, It'd be my first choice.
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