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Kgeee
Sep 13, 2013, 09:53 AM
Hey everyone

First post here :)

I hope this has not already been answered a million times before. Did a lot of searching before I made this post.

Is there any hardware and software to make your mac transmit infrared signals to your amplifier and tv?

I live a very small room, and have to keep my amplificer beneth my bed. It's pretty hard to get at, and the remote that came with it does not work very well anymore.

I was wondering if you could buy some kind of infrared transmitter to plug in the USB-port of your mac, and then have it learn the codes ftom your remote for the amplifier and the TV, and transmit these codes on request? Just a button on the mac to trigger the infrared signals to be transmittet.

I found this, bit it hasn't been updated for quite som years, and the hardware is rather expensive. I was thinking an infrared transmitter would be super cheap.

Any kind of advice is most welcome.



JAT
Sep 14, 2013, 06:44 PM
Did you try to link to ired? You can't link until you have many posts. Maybe a new remote would help. Universals start pretty cheap. Computer controlled remote control is going towards ethernet, not IR.

Actually, something like this (http://www.amazon.com/Sewell-BlastIR-SW-29311-Infrared-Receiver/dp/B004FJV8EE/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1379202480&sr=1-2&keywords=ir+repeater+kit) would probably be more what you want. I didn't read your post very well at first. Silly.

FreakinEurekan
Sep 14, 2013, 11:43 PM
http://www.tinbert.com/iRed2/ (Software, supports a few different hardware modules)

http://www.usbuirt.com (Hardware for Windows, but looks like some people use it with Macs too)

http://www.irtrans.de/en/main.php (Hardware for use with iRed2)

waw74
Sep 15, 2013, 09:28 AM
If it's just a matter of being able to hit the IR receiver from where you're normally aiming the remote from, you could use an IR extender.

http://www.smarthome.com/59501/Smarthome-SELECT-Hidden-IR-Repeater-Kit-with-Surface-Mount-Sensor/p.aspx

that's one example, there are tons of options out there. whichever one you use, i would put the emitter on your stereo, and then completely block the back of it with black electrical tape or similar, to prevent the stereo from seeing your remote directly, and winding up with double button presses.

wixaqialo
Sep 15, 2013, 10:55 AM
good,to prevent the stereo from seeing your remote directly, and winding up with double button presses.http://bit.ly/14Iq7Rs

Kgeee
Sep 16, 2013, 08:41 AM
http://www.tinbert.com/iRed2/ (Software, supports a few different hardware modules)

http://www.usbuirt.com (Hardware for Windows, but looks like some people use it with Macs too)

http://www.irtrans.de/en/main.php (Hardware for use with iRed2)

That's exactly what I was looking for. I want my mac to transmit IR-codes. I don't want to extend my existing remote, as it is broken.

The prices are a bit steep. The cheapest device is around 100 ($133). That's a bit more than I had hoped for. Making a USB to IR-transmitter doesn't sound too complicated, but I guess there's more to the equation.

Thanks you for all your replies. Let me know if you can think of any other (cheaper) ways to make my Mac transmit IR codes.