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Cheapest way to capture an IR code and upload it to Android IR remote app?
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Post 1 made on Friday May 16, 2014 at 15:02
CZ Eddie
Long Time Member
March 2009
I have an obscure fiberglass shower unit that was made in China (rainforest 77) which uses an IR remote control to turn the shower lights/radio/etc. on. I'd like to be able to capture the IR and somehow send the code to "Smart IR Remote" app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone.


I don't have any learning-remotes in my house and the Galaxy phone does not have an IR receiver to learn anything. What are my least expensive options to get this set up?

Is the best way still to buy one of those old Phillips Pronto devices and export the HEX and do this-that to get it going? Or is there a newer, better, cheaper way nowadays?

Thanks for any advice.
Post 2 made on Friday May 16, 2014 at 23:40
Senior Member
April 2008
some of the Chinese remotes don't conform to standard IR codes , your best bet is to send your remote to some one to capture the codes for you.
Pronto still one of the best Wi-Fi Remotes, and [Link:] Axium Control catching up fast :)
Post 3 made on Saturday May 17, 2014 at 11:21
Select Member
August 2009
A fairly cheap way is to use IRToy ($20) in conjunction with IrScrutinizer (free),  The hardware captures the IR signal as a series of on and off durations.  Decoding the signal and/or converting it to Pronto Hex (or other IR formats) is done in the software. This approach will work with any IR signal.  If it isn't a standard IR protocol, the timing information is still available.

By contrast, learning remotes will attempt to group the various on/off durations into groups, and more complicated IR protocols tend to be not recorded correctly.

The software for a Pronto will be difficult to install on newer computer operating systems, and also needs a RS-232 interface, which is pretty rare in newer computers.  By contrast, IrScrutinizer is written in Java and will run of Windows, Mac and Linux.

Another way is to use a JP1 capable learning remote (e.g. RCA RCRP05B--$10), and a FTDI based interface cable - $8, with the free RMIR software.  Also compatible with nearly any computer.
OP | Post 4 made on Saturday May 17, 2014 at 23:19
CZ Eddie
Long Time Member
March 2009
Awesome, thanks for the ideas!!
Post 5 made on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 19:31
Advanced Member
December 2013
On May 17, 2014 at 23:19, CZ Eddie said...
Awesome, thanks for the ideas!!

Personally I am a fan of the pronto, but this is only an individual suggestion. 3FG gives some really great ideas if you aren't a CI and don't really need the additional power of the pronto.
OP | Post 6 made on Thursday May 29, 2014 at 11:42
CZ Eddie
Long Time Member
March 2009
Thanks, 3FG!
I just ordered the IR Toy from Seeed. Looks like it ships out of Hong Kong.
Just two years ago, I'd have been really worried about this.
But over the last couple years, those guys in HK have been making & shipping out some pretty cool DIY electronics type stuff.
Should have the IR Toy in ~15-25 days if they ship out this week.

SysIntegration, there is nothing wrong with the Pronto.
And prices have actually dropped dramatically for them since the last time I looked.
I do like the idea that the IR Toy gets a more accurate code from complex IR transmissions though. May come in handy someday.
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