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  • USB IR Reciever?

    I've seen the Keyspan USB IR reciever, but can't order one from Canada. Does anyonw know of any other company that makes a USB (Stupid PC Book doesn't have Serial) IR reciever? I know the IRMAN is coming out with one, but they don't have prices or times yet for its release. I also thought about getting a USB to Serial adapter and then the IRMAN, but I have heard of incompatabilities with them.
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    Or on another note, is there software that will "read" the commands coming from a remote so that I can map them to other commands? I have a remote keyboard that has a IR hooked up to the PS2 port, and was wondering if I could get software to map a remote controls commands to standard keyboard commands?
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    • #3
      OK I seem to be answering myself, but I have found a couple other products as well.
      http://www.eteklabs.com/kwikey.html http://www.baybeamer.ch/p_us.htm (irDA??)
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      • #4
        is what your after an IRman?

        or did i miss the point? (probably!)
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        • #5
          I think he wants USB because he doesn't have a serial port for IRMAN. I know Evation is coming out with TIRCO which is USB and has same functionalities as IRMAN but can also send out IR signals!!
          I wonder when that would be...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by moahdib:
            <STRONG>I think he wants USB because he doesn't have a serial port for IRMAN. I know Evation is coming out with TIRCO which is USB and has same functionalities as IRMAN but can also send out IR signals!!
            I wonder when that would be...</STRONG>
            that sounds cool..... i do love the IRman, working with the serial port programming wise is VERY easy for this device and is a real no-brainer to get going..
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            • #7
              Yeah my PCBook doesn't have serial or the IRMAN would already be ordered!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by orangewhip:
                <STRONG>Yeah my PCBook doesn't have serial or the IRMAN would already be ordered!</STRONG>
                a bit of a silly soultion...... i know you can get converters that go from a USB to a parallel port....... what about USB to a serial port?! then you could use the good old IRMan!
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                • #9
                  Why does everybody want IR instead of RF?

                  I'm looking for an RF remote cause I want it to work whether or not it's in the line of site. Plus I want to do the same thing in the house and be able co control my computer connected to a TV in another room just using an RF remote.
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                  • #10
                    I want an IR because I already have the actual remote that I want, I just need the reciever. As far as the USB to Serial then use IRMAN, yes I have thought of that, but it is MUCH cheaper to go the other route. Besides being a little "cleaner" of an install. I also read on some USB forums that some software won't recognize the IRMAN when it is hooked up to a USB to serial converter.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by orangewhip:
                      <STRONG>I also read on some USB forums that some software won't recognize the IRMAN when it is hooked up to a USB to serial converter.</STRONG>
                      that would make sense, since you would need to install some "serial port emulator" to trick windows into thinking a serial port is there. if the IRMan software trys to read serial port signals using low-level hardware calls, thus passing the emulator it would not find the IRMan......


                      ... cleared that one up nicely!!
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                      • #12
                        I have tried to use IRMAN with a USB-serial and it works with girder and Cobra also actually...but not with IRassistant.

                        Couldn't you just add a PCI card that gives you a couple of serial ports?? like the SIIG one? I just got a spare one if you are interested.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by moahdib:
                          <STRONG>Couldn't you just add a PCI card that gives you a couple of serial ports?? like the SIIG one? I just got a spare one if you are interested.</STRONG>
                          PCI serial port cards??? I was gonna suggest that, but I was thinking that only serial port cards came in ISA, since most PCI motherboards I spose came with on-board serial/parallel ports......
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                          • #14
                            i ahve seen pci cards that give 8 serial ports hehe
                            you can find these PCI cards on ebay.
                            these are the cards that I won just a few min ago in fact =)
                            http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...ndexURL=0&rd=1

                            Since I don't need two of them i am gonna sell one of them as soon as i receive them.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by moahdib:
                              [QB]i ahve seen pci cards that give 8 serial ports hehe
                              you can find these PCI cards on ebay.
                              these are the cards that I won just a few min ago in fact =)
                              [QB]
                              eight????? who runs a BBS nowadays that would need soooo many COM ports!!! ah the good old BBS days..... how i loved em!


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