Apple Remote / Mac Mini question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by wfriedwald, May 27, 2019.

  1. wfriedwald macrumors regular

    wfriedwald

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    I have absolutely no experience with the Apple remote ... I know they're mainly designed for Apple TV devices... but does anyone know if one will work with my 2018 Mac Mini? I mainly want it to stop and start videos being played by the VLC media player.

    Failing that, is there such a thing as a remote control device that does work with Mac Mini and the VLC app?

    thanks very much!

    w
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

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    The 2018 mini does not support the Apple remote.
     
  3. wfriedwald thread starter macrumors regular

    wfriedwald

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    oh thanks for the info. glad that I checked.

    follow-up question: is there any device, some kind of a bluetooth mouse or something, that will allow me to do operate some very basic functions of the mini via remote control?

    thanks again!

    w
     
  4. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

    Celerondon

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    The operating system and computer still support this feature but the sensor is no longer present. You can restore the remote function with a simple IR dongle like this one.
    https://twistedmelon.com/mira/hardware.html
     
  5. wfriedwald thread starter macrumors regular

    wfriedwald

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    so this will enable a basic Apple remote to work? thanks very much!

    w
     
  6. wfriedwald thread starter macrumors regular

    wfriedwald

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    PS: the MIRA website is also selling software to do with the mira "dongle" - but from what you're saying, I do not need the software, I just need the dongle hardware because the capacity is already built into the Mac OS? Thanks for clarifying!

    W
     
  7. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

    Celerondon

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    Actually wfriedwald, According to this article on the Everymac website, you may need the Mira app for a 2018 Mac mini. https://everymac.com/systems/apple/...inum-unibody-to-television-1080p-support.html

    The last paragraph in the section titled "Do all the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models have an IR receiver? Do they support a remote? Is it possible to add remote support?" suggests that the Mira app is essential for a 2018 mini.
     
  8. wfriedwald thread starter macrumors regular

    wfriedwald

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    ah! thank you for the information.

    so to get this going I need:
    1. the USB adaptor
    2. the software &
    3. of course, the Apple Remote itself

    side question: is there another means of controlling everything remotely? Bluetooth or something like that?

    Also, I have zero experiences with the Apple Remote
    a - are they all the same? can I just buy any one?
    b - and they will control a non-Apple (3rd party app) like VLC, right?

    thanks for the answers and for any future ones!

    w
     
  9. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    If you have the remote and Apple TV why not transfer the file to the VLC app on ATV and play it there?
     
  10. wfriedwald thread starter macrumors regular

    wfriedwald

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    That would make sense, but no, I have neither an Apple TV nor the Apple Remote. No experience with either, alas.

    thanks again,

    W
     

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