Remote controls under linux still aren’t easy

Jonathan Ricketson

Perhaps unfairly, I had a lot of trouble getting a new remote control infrared receiver set up to control my XBMC media center.
I eventually ended up using some advice from this guide. But getting there wasn’t easy.

Part of the problem was that this remote control receiver registers itself as a keyboard. This isn’t a problem really, it just made me confused.

Another part of the problem is that most of lirc is now in the kernel. But, I guess this is pretty recent, and no one talks about it. So most of the lirc adventure was a waste of time (I sure understand it a lot better now though).

Anyway, it is all running now, and it ended up being super simple (isn’t everything after you figure it out?)

This entry was posted on November 9th, 2011.