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User reviews for the Streamzap PC Remote from Streamzap Inc.
Streamzap PC Remote
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Average: 3.33/5.00
Median: 4.00/5.00
The PC Remote Control is an infrared add-on for any USB-enabled Windows PC that offers buttons for the most popular functions, volume control, cursor control and the ability to integrate with other learning remote controls.
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Written by Mike from Canada.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 4 made on Saturday June 28, 2003 at 11:16 PM.
Strengths:Quick Setup, good range, supports a wide range of applications, cheap.
Weaknesses:only 4 programmable keys
Review:I am running windows XP and had no problems setting this remote up. I followed the instructions and it worked perfectly. I cant say enough good things about this unit. As for the lack of programmable keys that can be fixed by using command line apps. There are apps out there that will let you do almost anything by passing them paramaters via command lines mapped to the programmable keys. This remote works perfectly with Winmamp 2/3, WinDVR 3 and WinDVD 4.
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Written by Douglas Bowerman from Indianapolis, IN.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 3 made on Sunday June 22, 2003 at 1:38 PM.
Strengths:IR Remote control for PC.
Use the learning remote with StreamZap's buttons.
Review:I built a PC for TiVO functionality, and other stuff. I was not satisfied using the ATI Remote Wonder, because it was RF and the whole point of buying, for example, an MX-500 was to have 1 remote.

I investigated the software I was going to use with this remote before I purchased. I inquired about the StreamZap with other users. I downloaded all software from StreamZap's website. I downloaded the Girder plugin. I downloaded Girder from

I installed the StreamZap on my Windows XP computer with no problem. I did not use the included software. I used the latest software from the website. I followed the directions to get the Girder plugin in place. I setup and configued Girder. I learned all buttons from the StreamZap into my MX-500. Then I configured commands for my programs using Girder IR learning with the StreamZap IR signals.

I have been using this remote for 1 week. It's not long, but I used my PC to watch broadcast TV, and record and play my shows all week. StreamZap navigates all I've told it to navigate. The command signals are passed through a chain, like StreamZap driver, Girder plugin, Girder, and destination program. Sometimes the commands are not read. I do have to point the remote a little toward the IR receiver. It's in my cabinet next to my preamp.
As the reviewer mentioned, there are a limited amount of buttons. I'm using the base amount. Although, Girder can be configured to any combination per command. So as a user you have to decide what button or buttons control what command and plan.
It does what I want, and fills a need.
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Written by Scott from California, USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 2 made on Thursday June 19, 2003 at 6:54 PM.
Strengths:Inexpensive. Works well with a very wide
variety of products from many vendors.
IR control means that its function is
easily loaded into a learning remote.
Weaknesses:Some of the buttons due illogical things
for some applications. (E.g. - Wintv FM
radio tuner functions.) Cursor control is
pretty weak. I'd like more macros.
Review:I don't want to create a flame war, but my
experience has been different from the previous person's. My PC is running XP Professional with Service Pack 1) and I had absolutely no problems installing the supplied drivers, and then upgrading to the latest versions from the StreamZap website.

So far, I've tested it with WinTV 2000 (USB/PVR), PowerDVD, Creative Media Center, WinTV Radio, and several other applications. Since I have a Nvidia Graphics card and a WinTV television tuner, I thought this unit would serve me better than the ATI remote, and so far, I do feel good about my choice.

Overall quality is fine ... cost of the remote was very reasonable ($35). Try it!
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Written by Ed from Caribbean.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 1 made on Tuesday June 17, 2003 at 8:34 PM.
Strengths:Powerfull IR transmitter. Low battery consumption. Product works fine if installed on Windows 98
Weaknesses:Product does not install on Windows XP eventhough Streamzap claims so. Installation errors related to USB drivers. No support from manufacturer on this eventhough they recognize Windows XP driver issues.
Review:Good remote as long as it is to work on Windows 98. Does not install on Windows XP. No support from manufacturer to fix USB driver problems.
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