[mythtv-users] Front-end, back-end, how about IR control?
bjm at lvcm.com
Tue May 24 17:51:36 UTC 2005
Erik Terpstra wrote:
> I don't have a MythBox yet, but I am planning to build one.
> One thing I don't understand. If I want MythTV divided over a front-end
> and a back-end.
> I would expect the back-end to have the TV card(s), because that machine
> has to do the recording.
> But the TV card has a IR remote control, and the remote control is what
> you would like to use in the living room where the front-end is.
> How does this work, or am I missing something?
You are correct. This is a downside of using a remote that comes
bundled with a TV card. Even though the IR receiver is connected
to the card, LIRC passes the key presses to mythfrontend. If the
card is in a different room than the frontend there will be this
problem. Your choices are:
- Rearrange things so that the card is in the same room as where
you need to use the remote control. This probably isn't your
best choice otherwise you wouldn't be asking the question.
- Run long wires from the IR receiver at the frontend to the card
in the backend. You would still have the problem of the key presses
received on the backend machine need to be sent to the frontend
- Buy or build an IR receiver that you can plug into the frontend
machine and use LIRC locally.
- Use an IR keyboard and a learning remote combination that work
together so that the remote can send its key presses through the
keyboard receiver and not bother with LIRC. Not all learning
remotes can learn from all keyboards. I use "Marantz RC2000 Mark II"
remotes and LiteOn "Airboard" keyboards. You can check the archives
for other combinations that are known to work.
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