Recommendation for USB IR Receiver for MBP Retina late 2013 to work with Apple Remote

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by richsad, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. richsad macrumors newbie

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    I have a MacBook Pro Retina late 2013 (10,1) running OS X 10.9.1. This is the first MBP I've ever had with no IR Receiver. I have an Apple Remote (about 3 years old). Would love to find a USB IR Receiver that works with the Apple Remote. I realize this is possible an impossible thing. I've seen IR Receiver that claim to be OS X compatible but it isn't clear whether they'd work with Apple Remote and whether they would correctly control iTunes.

    Does any have any first hand experience with a product that works for this use case? I always liked the ability to control the machines volume from across the room. The world won't end if I can't do it but it's worth asking!

    I'm disappointed Apple didn't include an IR port on this model of MBP.
     
  2. richsad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Fantastic!

    Thank's a bunch. That looks easy enough.
    -rich
     
  3. ecschwarz macrumors 6502a

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    The toughest thing may be finding the IR board - it seems Apple changed them on the unibody MacBook Pros - it seems some have a white cable instead of a yellow one, so that's the only color that won't match up exactly - I'm not the only one who's done that:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36721488@N00/387287311/
     
  4. richsad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Got it working

    Just checking back in. I found two IR boards. One was effectively new and the other used. Both work fine when I soldered them to a stripped USB cable. I plug them into my USB hub and voila! I have remote capabilities again. It's been a while since I bought them but I believe I found both on ebay and they only cost a couple bucks.

    Thanks so much for the help.
     

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