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KenK
May 31st, 2006, 08:15 AM
Hello all,

I use Windows Media Encoder 9 to stream video/audio over the internet.
I need a way to change channels of the video source (cable box/vcr,etc.)
from where ever I might be connected on the internet.

There is just to much information available at this site making
it difficult to know exactly what I need to do this.

If this can be done would someone be so kind as to reduce all the
information down to what I exacely need to change channels on a cable
box that uses infared signals from anywhere on the planet via the internet.

I have been searching this problem for a couple weeks now. I am really surprised no one sells a device that connects to let say a laptop that lets
you aim a ir remote at it, sends the signal over the internet to a remote
pc, goes to a ir transmitter and controls the cable box or whatever runs
on ir.

I was thinking of a slingbox which does everything I want to do but
limits only 1 viewer at at time.

thanks
KenK

blubberhoofd
June 4th, 2006, 02:35 PM
Hi,

for changing the channels on the cablebox you'll need an IRblaster like USB-UIRT:
http://www.promixis.com/products.php?section=usbuirt

for a cheap solution IR-receiver for the laptop from your example, I would recommend using an Igorplug device:
http://www.cesko.host.sk/girderplugin.htm

hope this helps ;)

KenK
June 4th, 2006, 08:18 PM
What I have found so far and what I believe to be the easiest
is IRCommand2
http://www.wdpsoftware.com/

If I understand it right it brings up a kepad on the desktop.
You learn each button of the keypad your IR remote. This requires
a IR dongle connected to the RS232 or USB which you aim your
IR remote at during the learning process.
Once complete, you click any of the buttons and sends the IR
signal from the add on IR dongle. They offer a free server/client
software program for access over the internet. Or I could use
VNC to connect and control my home PC and click the keypad
buttons. Software is cheap, $15 for LITE version which will do
the simple job I need. They list hardware that will work which
is not expensive.

Girber software seems nice but I was overhelm with all it's features
which made it hard to figure out how to do what I needed to do.


Ken


Hi,

for changing the channels on the cablebox you'll need an IRblaster like USB-UIRT:
http://www.promixis.com/products.php?section=usbuirt

for a cheap solution IR-receiver for the laptop from your example, I would recommend using an Igorplug device:
http://www.cesko.host.sk/girderplugin.htm

hope this helps ;)