From: Carl Bromberg <bromberg@pa...> - 2002-10-25 15:30:48
I've had good luck with the following hardware:
Pronto IR -- hand held, LCD screen, programmable and/or learning IR
device. You can also edit the IR codes, or even invent your own codes to
be recognized by MH. I use Niles IR receivers but they must be similar
to Xantech. The Pronto has a VERY STRONG signal, no problem in picking
it up. I can bounce it off walls, etc., and it is still picked up fine.
I used the SONY IR format (it or the Pronto repeats the command twice)
and formed my own IR codes to generate, with MH, the RS232 commands to a
Lutron lighting system controller.
IRMAN receiver (cheap) -- I have one set up looking at a IR flasher
where all of my IR controllable devices are located (a packed closet).
Note that the IRMAN RS232 output has been interfaced in the standard MH
distribution for many years.
The IRMAN RS232 data has some redundant information in it that was just
a source of confusion. I masked off about 1/2 the bits when stored and
that cured any interpretation problems.
With a 100 MHz Windows system it worked at the 99% level. With an 800
MHz linux system it is now 100% reliable.
If you are interested I can pass along some of my MH code and hints on
IR code generation.
From: ryan scott <scottopt@ho...> - 2002-10-28 22:05:44
regarding IR send/receive, i'm using Red Rats with a serial cable going to
my PC from each. I have 3 equipment racks on different floors. The serial
cable goes from my computer to the equipment racks and there sits a red rat.
It's very easy to send IR to the red rats and then out to your equipment.
Also I have a red rat at my pc so that I can sample the codes from the
remotes. But that's a one time affair, really - you don't need to spend the
extra $ for that one.
i recommend Red Rat for ease of programming - using IR Commander and the x10
IR sender thing is difficult because you are limited to how many commands
you can store in the x10 thing's memory. VERY limited. Red Rat is far more
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