Want to make my Dish Network Remote control my Mac Mini.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by livingonvideo13, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. livingonvideo13 macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2009
    I want to use my Dish Network remote to control my Mac Mini running Plex. I know I could get a Harmony remote to control everything but I really like the feel of the Dish Remote.

    My question is can you have the Mac Mini "Learn" an IR signal from a remote and assign it to a function? Since I don't use the VCR mode on my dish remote, I was hoping I could put my remote in VCR mode and then have buttons to certain things.

    Not sure if Remote Buddy would allow you to do this or some other 3rd party software.

    Any suggestions?

  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Buy a harmony remote. The Mac Mini can't "learn" IR signals.
  3. av8tor55 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2009
    According to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3296 the Apple TV can learn non-Apple remotes. Does anybody know what plist stores the leaned IR codes? Perhaps it can be hacked to work on the Mini.
  4. taparker macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2009
    Will any of the harmony remotes work for something like Plex and Eye TV? Would I be able to launch either Plex or Eye TV using only the remote?
  5. livingonvideo13 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2009
    Hmm interesting. It seems that apple has made this feature available on an Apple TV but not a mini mac.

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