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Baffling device that just sucks hours from your life.
on 21 October 2015
So, a USB IR dongle. How hard can it be? Well, according to FLIRC it must be close to impossible, apparently.
I have a standard PC running Windows 7 x64. I have a totally standard Microsoft MCE remote. Stupidly, I thought upgrading to the FLIRC to replace a intermittently faulty MS receiver would be simple.
So, the FLIRC arrive in a plastic bubble in the standard Amazon card envelope. Plugged in the little device, downloaded the software. Drivers installed OK. I though "OK, this'll work", tried remote. Nothing. Hmm...OK.
Ran the FLIRC program. Right, I have a MCE remote, so select the MCE preset. Great. So far so good. Tried the various buttons, looked OK initially, except the up/down buttons seemed to be picked up the same as the Play/Pause buttons. Tried to remap, and turns out to be impossible, as the FLIRC reads these buttons as the same. Which they plainly aren't, because the MS IR receiver can tell the difference, as can the IR receiver in my Intel NUC.
The FLIRC only seems to work in the FLIRC program - Media Center and Plex could never see the remote.
So, hours later, I finally gave up and ordered a cheap Lenovo MCE kit off eBay for a tenth of the price of this FLIRC junk, a few days later it arrived, plugged it in, and it worked.
FLIRC obviously have some work to do, as they took a really, really simple device, added lots of features, and broke it. Avoid, unless you have a spare day and endless patience.