TV you can control from your Mac?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bobgorila, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. bobgorila macrumors member


    Apr 21, 2009
    I'm looking to buy a new TV and I basically only have one requirement: being able to turn it on and off from my mac (maybe adjust the volume too).

    There are several TVs with a RS-232 serial port that you can send commands like this to, but I don't doubt it's not as simple as just getting a USB-serial cable and whipping up some applescripts.

    Is anyone controlling their TV from their mac HTPC in this way? Sound off and let me know what you're using.
  2. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Youll need a remote.

    With an iphone/ipod touch/ipad plus the L5 IR adaptor, it'll control your mac/atv/tv combo happily. (The L5 is just for the IR for the TV)
  3. bobgorila thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 21, 2009
    No I won't - there's linux nerds all over the internet using their TV's RS-232 port to send control signals to it. It MUST be possible on the Mac.
  4. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    I did this on Windows to my old rotel system with a rs232 port, not tried it on my mac but:

    shouldn't be too hard to knock up a programme in java or c++ to control it.

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