My new IR receiver for the Mac Pro works great!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by krye, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. krye macrumors 68000

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    Since I moved the mac pro into the bedroom, my wife and I have taken a liking to watching DVDs in bed on the 30" display. (No TV in the bedroom.) The only catch is I have to work DVD player with a wireless Mighty Mouse. That stinks.

    I picked up a USB IR reciever from TwistedMelon.com. It works great with an Apple remote. And it's a lot smaller that it looks, which is good. The reciever and their software was sold as a bundle for only $32. What a great deal. I found out after the fact that it also works with Sofa Control. So, if any of you scored Sofa Control as part of the MacHeist loot, then it works with that too and you don't have to pick up their software. So you'll get the receiver for like $16 bucks.

    So, if you fellow Mac Pro users want to use an Apple Remote, then check out TwistedMelon.com
     
  2. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Thanks! I plan on getting one very soon! I have a 23" ACD on my Mac Pro and watching movies is one of my most favorite things to do on it. Glad it's working out for you!
     
  3. aibo macrumors 6502

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    I'm using an eHome 2005 receiver and it works great with the Apple Remote too. The nice thing about this receiver is you have the option of Twisted Melon's Mira software or Remote Buddy -- you aren't restricted as you'd be with the TM Mantra receiver. I tried both Mira and Remote Buddy and found Remote Buddy much better suited for me.
     
  4. macintosh tech macrumors member

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    Anyone tried making a USB IR receiver? I think I will try to make one that I can mount inside the Mac Pro.
     
  5. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Yes. I took the IR receiver from a MacBook Pro and wired it up to a USB plug. No special drivers needed. Works perfectly.
     
  6. krye thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I remember seeing this done somewhere too. I was going to do that, but I couldn't find one on eBay for less than $30. (MacBook bottom case assembly) I know it's all about DIY and the results would be cleaner, but $30 is kind of steep when the Manta TR1 was $16 bucks and no assembly required.

    PS Is your iSight mounted inside the MacPro? Where is the USB connection made? I assume it's just in a custom enclosure and it's plugged into a USB port. Do you have assembly instructions or pics?
     
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Don't buy the IR receiver from a MacBook. As far as I know, those can not be easily made to work. Try to find one that came from a MacBook Pro.

    No, my iSight is connected to a SightFlex. The SightFlex sits on top of a tin can and is behind my monitor.

    I have the IR receiver plugged to the side USB port of my 30" Dell monitor. I don't have any pictures or instructions. Sorry.
     
  8. Volante macrumors regular

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    I'm using a keyspan receiver (the one you can also plugin into airport express) and remote buddy. It works, but I don't get why apple doesn't give us ir directly. Or a blutooth remote?
     
  9. fatcat23 macrumors member

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    Sorry to bring up an old thread, but where is the IR receiver located on the Macbook Pro? I also want to remove it. Anyone else know?

    EDIT: It would be in the front by the light right? By the hard drive? Where is the usb connection for it?
     

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