What do you need to find that you cannot find on a Google search for ~usb infrared~?

IR use has been declining for years and so, finding cheap devices is tougher than ever. 

usbgear and Cables To Go have good devices and provide support.  Driver support is the key thing.  There are lots of chips still in inventory that were made years ago.  However, there might not be anyone around who knows the chip and is willing and able to create or update a driver.

I had a device on a MacBook, which had that neutered IR receiver. I got it to work in Parallels with Windows XP.  But a native driver for OS X? I never found one. 

Tim 

On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM, Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca> wrote:
I've been looking for an IR-receiver to use on a host that basically
only has USB available for it, and I can't seem to find anything
between:
- do it yourself receivers (neat, but I'd rather avoid using
 a soldering iron).
- $40 and more thingies like Iguanaworks's transceivers.

The only cheap pre-built stuff I can find are the legion of "no driver
required" IR receiver with remote (on Dealextreme) which sadly don't
actually give access to the IR signal, but instead appear as
pseudo-mouse and pseudo-keyboard (and can't be easily used with other
remotes).


       Stefan "and worst of all, this is for a mac-mini which already
               has an IR receiver, but neutered so it only works with
               the silly Apple Remote"


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