The FLIRC USB dongle allows the use of any remote control with your Raspberry Pi. Configure the device on your desktop PC, then simply plug into your Pi for a perfect media centre companion! Amaze your friends and family when the tiny box stuck to the back of your TV controls your entire media collection using an old DVD remote!
New Flirc Version 2 is smaller, lighter and much more professional!
FLIRC learns from any remote control, not caring about different vendor protocols. Just walk through the super simple setup - pairing individual remote buttons with 'Media Centre Buttons' and you're done. It's basically a universal IR receiver, so can be used with any remote you choose, old, new or Universal! The best part about FLIRC is that it can be used to mimic a keyboard so every media center application understands it without any drivers. You can map all keyboard functions to a remote using FLIRC - it's very cool! FLIRC runs across all platforms including the Raspberry Pi, so you can use it on your PC, laptop or Mac!
We've written an entire step by step guide for FLIRC which includes:
Setting up OSMC (XBMC) media operating system on the Raspberry Pi.
Setting up your FLIRC module and porting it to any remote.
Putting it all together!
More advanced FLIRC programming - porting an entire keyboard to a remote!
Can this doohickey be configurated in GNU/Linux-distribution?
The example walkthrough setting up software for this device is displayed with Windows 7-screenshots both here in ModMyPi and YouTube-videos. Is it possible to configure this device with other operating systems? Are there native binaries/source code for compilation available or is one forced to play with Wine and or QEMU in order to utilize the configuration application?
Yes, just download the software for the OS you want to use - https://flirc.tv/downloads
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