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Simplest solution to control HTPC with Harmony remote
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Post 1 made on Sunday February 7, 2010 at 10:05
Lurking Member
February 2010

I have just ordered a small HTPC setup (Acer aspire Revo 3610) to connect to my HT system. I currently control my blu-ray player, TV and receiver with my harmony remote and it works flawlessly. I want to control Media Center (or XBMC) with the same remote (I have a wireless keyboard for more advanced controls). It seems surprisingly difficult to find a simple IR dongle for this.

I guess I could purchase a IR remote/USB dongle and throw away the remote, but is there a simpler solution?
Post 2 made on Sunday February 7, 2010 at 18:14
Daniel Tonks
Wrangler of Remotes
October 1998
You've pretty much nailed it - if the PC doesn't have a built-in IR receiver, then you need to buy a kit.
Post 3 made on Thursday February 11, 2010 at 22:42
Long Time Member
July 2005
Where can you find a decent kit for a decent price. I have a Hauppauge with a IR receiver, can this be adapted to turn on my PC using my Pronto?
I love technology! I just need to figure out how to use it. Keeping up with it's growing rate is hard enough!
Post 4 made on Thursday February 25, 2010 at 11:31
Lurking Member
October 2009
I scoured the internet looking for this answer when I built my htpc, the most popular option used to be to buy the Microsoft Media Center remote and dongle, but they discontinued it for some reason.

The best option I found is on ebay, there are lots of them. Look for the HP IR dongle with IR blaster. This dongle is affordable, can receive commands from a harmony remote configured to emulate a media center remote, and has 2 IR blaster ports and comes with a single IR blaster cable.

You can attach the IR blaster to the front of a cable box if you want to output from it to your htpc (svideo/coax analog video), and it's compatible with windows media center.

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