Infrared transmitter

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Kgeee, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2013
    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.
  2. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    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 would probably be more what you want. I didn't read your post very well at first. Silly.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  4. macrumors 68020

    May 27, 2008
    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.

    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.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2013
    good,to prevent the stereo from seeing your remote directly, and winding up with double button presses.[​IMG]
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2013
    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.

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