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Streamzap PC Remote Control
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2003
Recently, I replaced the CD Player on my stereo with a full blown PC and use my TV as the "monitor". I had been using a wireless keyboard and MusicMatch software for playing my MP3 files. After a while, I got tired of having to keep the keyboard with me if I wanted to switch tracks, stop playback, pause, etc. I found this little gizmo after a quick search and it does everything I need. The software that comes with it integrates well with the popular music software (MusicMatch, Windows Media Player, Winamp, and many more), and you can even use the remote as a rudimentary mouse. Of course, you can't enter text with it, but if you're using a PC as a stereo component, this remote is great.
You get the remote and a USB infrared receiver. Installation is a snap, and the range is great. StreamZap has said they're considering modifying the software so it would be compatible with other brand remotes, eliminating the need for their remote altogether which would be a nice touch. Until then, I programmed their remote codes into my universal remote and it takes care of everything.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2006
We used this remote to program a Sony AV-RM3000 remote, but we need more flexibility for our HTPC. In hindsight, we should have bought a stand-alone IR unit and something like the Girder software. Or, maybe just an IR wireless keyboard.

This is not a remote for those seeking flexibility, or those who like to customize their media experience. This is an excellent remote for those who want out-of-the-box usability, and don't want to bother with customization. It's well-built, and will be exactly what many mainstream users are looking for.

Pros: Comfortable shape, sensible layout, high-quality feel, reasonably compatible with many programs

Cons: Doesn't do absolutely everything in every compatible application, only four somewhat-programmable keys with limited options
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2007
This remote is unreliable junk... well... let me rephrase... the remote itself is fine but the software that controls it is absolute garbage which causes the remote to completely freeze up at least once a day. If you are the kind of person that turns on the computer for an hour... uses the remote, and shuts off you'll probably never have a problem. But users of PVR software keep their machines up and running 24x7. I have this piece of work freezing up on me at least once a day.

After researching further, I found that the program on the computer that controls the remote goes into an infinite loop state where it uses 100% of the processor. The only way to re-initialize the remote is by restarting the computer but if your computer is currently recording something you'll end up corrupting the show you are recording. After research I found many others on the web with the same issue.

I'm sure someone will read this and say "load the new drivers idiot!"... believe me, I'm up-to-date with the most current drivers as of the date of this review (Feb/2007). Streamzap acknowledged the problem on prior versions of the driver but it still exists to this day. Just search the internet and see.

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You can take my word for it, or you can take your chances. If Streamzap had replied to even ONE of the multiple emails I sent asking for help I would have been happy to work with them. But I think they know the problem is out there and they don't want to address the problem. They can see the numerous postings all over the internet from other people like me with the same issue.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2005
I bought this remote to be used on my music server which is an old Pentium II 233MHz computer running Windows XP. Winamp is the only program installed in that computer. So I only wanted a remote to control winamp. Installation took a few seconds, and controlled Winamp instantly. At first, the remote was really buggy. I'm using Winamp 2.81 which is the lightest of the winamp applications, so I thought the remote should not hesitate. I would press Next, and it would take 1 or 2 seconds to react. Pause didn't even work. If I did try to pause, I would lose all control from the remote. It sucked.

So I started reading and found out it used a lot of my cpu resources. I opened up Task Manager to watch my cpu usage and sure enough, Streamzap was killing my 233Mhz cpu. If I pressed any button to control Winamp, my cpu resource would jump up to 80%. I tried the Streamzap on my laptop which has a 2.2GHz, and if I pressed a button for Winamp, it still took 40%. Even though it was faster, it was still slow.

Then I heard about Girder. It acts as a software bridge. Remote sends the command to Girder, and Girder executes the command on the pc. I installed it on my Pentium II pc, and after configuring it to Winamp, the remote works PERFECT. Each button only takes about 6% of cpu resource, the the instant I press the next button for Winamp, Winamp changes songs. For an old Pentium II computer, it works lightning fast now that it is teams up with Girder.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable easy pc remote.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2003
This remote is great for those of you with the ATI tuner cards! The remote ATI features is nowhere in the same league as this remote. It has 4 different preset "hot buttons" that will launch the programs you want from a distance. I see FAR more features than the Mfr. supplied remote. I love it! You can just sit back in your recliner and fast forward through the commercials of recorded programs, you no longer have to sit in front of the PC to do it anymore! Highly recommended! Whatcha waitin' for! Buy it already!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2008
This is simply the best supported remote on Linux, pretty much any software project that allows the use of a remote will have at least the streamzap supported out of the box.

Apart from that it's also incredible value for money, just consider that building your own IR receiver would probably set you back 30$ just in parts. And that's without the remote.

Also note that you can use any IR remote you want with the included receiver, in case you've got your eye on a regular universal remote.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2011
I saw a few others on here who mentioned that the remote does not work with Win 7. If you use the supplied drivers, this is correct. However, before purchasing the remote, I contacted Streamzap customer support about the issue. They do indeed have a Win 7 driver and it works fine. [...]

So overall, there's not a whole lot you can do with the remote (or really any of the more basic HTPC remotes for that matter). Streamzap provides a list of what Windows apps work with their remote on their website so check there before buying.

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I use primarily VLC to watch high def movies and it works nicely with VLC but offers only a small subset of commands to perform basic control operations. There is mouse mode which is nice, it doesn't come close to the functionality of a real mouse. I'm sure Girder could add a good bit of functionality to it but its not important enough for me to bother with.

Streamzap tech support was EXCELLENT - a rare find these days. I emailed them prior to purchasing and they responded with a very helpful response in less than 2 hours. And it wasn't the typical canned email full of irrelevant information. They answered my question exactly. A+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2009
The good:

*This remote functions very well for temporarily controlling supported applications.

The neutral:

*There is nothing wrong with the hardware, but it won't win any design awards.

The bad:

*The software stops functioning after an unknown period of time (minutes, hours?). The driver starts consuming CPU cycles and stops responding to the remote. A system restart is required to get things functioning again. This isn't even remotely acceptable (pun intended).

*The software is entirely non-configurable (save for limited configurability of the 4 soft-buttons at the bottom). If your application isn't officially supported you are out of luck. There is free software out there that will allow you to remap the remote buttons if you are more advanced, but instability of the driver makes this completely not worth your time.

*Several of the remote buttons conflict with my Marantz receiver (for example, FF on the remote causes my receiver to change to FM radio). Be aware of possible IR conflicts if you are using the Streamzap in conjunction with other AV equipment. Definitely stay away from it if you own a Marantz receiver.

*No support. I contacted Streamzap regarding the unresponsive remote issue. I received no reply. This seems to be a common occurrence surrounding this remote.

If the software were stable or if Streamzap gave even a hint of caring about my (and many others') issue I would give this remote 3 stars for being average. As it is, however, I am unable to recommend this product to anyone. I recommend looking elsewhere. If you are an above-average computer user then I recommend USB-UIRT which is what I ultimately ended up with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2008
Worked great with my knoppmyth system which is running with the debian version of linux and mythtv. Easy to configure. My only wish is that the remote had a few more buttons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2011
We use a Mac Mini in the kitchen to drive our kitchen TV. The Mac Mini boots into Mythbuntu and connects to our other MythTV backends in the house. My wife complained because originally I used the Apple Remote to control the kitchen Mac Mini MythTV. The Apple Remote has around 6 keys, so it can take a long time to get to channel 1000+ just using the (UP) arrow.

This remote received favorable reviews on the MythTV Internet boards, so I thought I would give it a try. When the remote arrived I booted the Mac Mini and pointed and clicked my way into the Mythbuntu control panel. I then selected this remote (aka Stream Zap) from the LIRC/IR drop down list.. and that was it! Next thing I knew I had a fully functional IR remote working with my Mac Mini/MythTV. Wife is now happy because she can enter "1011" into the remote and get to channel 1011 in a few clicks.

For your reference I am running MythTV version 0.22 and a supporting Mythbuntu frontend for 0.22.
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