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Remote control - (RF not IR)

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by gedo, May 30, 2001.

  1. gedo

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    My PC is located in the other room due to circumstances outwith my control (otherwise known as 'the wife'). What is available on the market which will let me control this from the living room ? I don't fancy having a keyboard so some sort of cordless radio frequency mouse would be just the job.

    I also have a pronto and the IR-2-X10 controller if there is anything I can get which could use these.....
     
  2. GarryF

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    There is a few things you could do depending on how much control of the PC you want. I have a logitech RF keyboard and mouse and it works great, not sure on the range though.

    If you want to do basic control with the pronto you could get a couple of IR repeaters from letsautomate http://www.letsautomate.com/10404.cfm?cfid=32540&cftoken=24484 which converts the IR to RF then back to IR in the other room. You then could use a IRMan from evation http://www.evation.com/irman/index.html which feeds IR signals into the PC. You would then need to install girder http://www.girder.nl (it's free) on the PC to take the IR commands and convert them into useful commands.

    Girder gives you quite a lot of control over the PC and is very flexible.
     
  3. gedo

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    Garry,
    Thanks for the pointers. I saw a logitech keyboard & mouse in PC World but it had a very short range so discounted it. What is the range of the one you have ?

    As for the Pronto, I'll also look into this but don't fancy having little black boxes in every room. I had enough trouble convincing the wife to allow the IR-to-X10 controller !

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  4. Metric

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    i have the logitech kit and its range is about 10 feet max, but it struggles sometimes even a foot away. Im using wavlan to access my desktop pc via TS on my laptop

    Mike
     
  5. GarryF

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    I have a cordless desktop itouch keyboard & mouse, only a few weeks old.

    I just checked and the keyboard is still working when I'm in my bedroom upstairs at opposite end of house, must be 30' through at least 2 walls.

    As for the pyramids they are 3" square and 4" high and disappear in an equipment rack without to much work. The one at the PC and the irman could be hidden round the back out of the way if necessary.
     
  6. Matty N

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    Gedo,

    hold it there. X10 do a combined IR/RF remote control that looks rather sexy. It interfaces directly with a pc and so you could use something like Red Rat 2 to send IR information from the PC to the components.

    I'll sort you out the link. If I forget, drop me an email. Point your browser to www.X10.com for a looksee, it's called the MouseRemote (it's got a mouse cursor and mouse buttons on the underside) but X10 don't ship outside US. Another company does UK imports which I will find the URL for.

    Matt
     
  7. Del

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    The UK website for X10 products is http://www.letsautomate.com.
    You can also find some x10 products in PCWorld and Homebase DIY (Marketed as Response)

    Del
     
  8. Matty N

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    Guys,

    X10 itself is just a company that brands many items made by many other companies that subscribe to the specifications laid down by some researchers several years ago.

    I believe the UK registered agent for X10 home automation products is http://www.laser.com/

    You will indeed find most X10 products there for fairly reasonable prices. BUT, if you find them cheaper elsewhere - let me Know!!!

    Matt
     

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