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3.0 out of 5 stars Works well, but a few flaws, November 28, 2009
This review is from: Ortek Windows 7 Vista XP Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Home, Premium and Ultimate Edition (Electronics)
This remote connects easily and works well for Windows Media Center. However, I bought this for use with XBMC only to discover that this is not truly a "remote"; It simulates keyboard presses instead, which means that an advanced remote config program such as EventGhost cannot be used as it does not identify almost all of the buttons on the remote. This is dissapointing because It cannot be remapped to work for a custom program (ie controlling winamp, itunes, XBMC, etc). If you are buying this for purely Windows Media Center, than go for it. It's a great deal. If you want something more out of your remote, then look elsewhere.
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Initial post: Jan 28, 2010 8:10:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2010 8:10:45 AM PST
Michael D. says:
Any suggestions for a XBMC remote?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2010 8:03:37 AM PST
E.Riddle says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2010 2:00:36 PM PDT
Asher Paris says:
Boxee has excellent programming. It is not however, an XBMC substitute if that is what you are suggesting. XBMC has many applications and programming choices that Boxee does not offer.

Posted on May 30, 2010 9:46:30 AM PDT
L. Jaimes says:
Hello, I would like to know if you find a good remote for xbmc? thanks in advance

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 11:53:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2010 3:06:18 PM PDT
hugh says:
Ignore this post and read the one directly below!

[This guide seems to contradict what the review says: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=46595

Perhaps new functionality has been added to EventGhost since the reviewer wrote this?]

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010 12:16:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 9, 2010 12:34:19 PM PDT
No. This remote is not the same as a true MCE remote, and is not found by eventghost.

To elaborate further, this remote sends keyboard presses. That would work okay, and it does work for many functions, but aspects are missing (such as the ability to bring up certain menus). While you could customize this in your keymap.xml file to make it work, why not purchase something that works out-of-the-box?

In my opinion, and what I use now (combined with a harmony one) is the original Xbox remote, and a USB adapter for it. Be mindful though that the usb adapter I linked is quite short, so you may want to use it as a reference as to what to search for, or just buy a usb extension cable in addition if you need it.

Xbox DVD Movie Playback Kit

XBOX Controller to PC / MAC USB Cable Adapter

Sorry for everyone who was watching this thread, I was only notified of one of these updates today.

Use this tutorial for windows
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=45337

and for linux / probably osx
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=39181

The newer versions of the xbmc-live cd have this functionatility built in already, so you might not need to refer to that link anymore; I am not sure about windows.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2011 12:48:50 PM PST
dato says:
you can use it for winamp! it also a mouse !

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 6:35:13 AM PDT
LFGD1978 says:
There is an optional add-on within xbmc that you can use for any MCE Pc remote, no idea if it works with this but I have seen it there for download

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 5:46:40 AM PDT
Jon says:
I purchased this same remote off eBay and have it working with Eventghost using the Auvisio plugin. Cannot get the mouse control to work as it did stock though.

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 3:10:46 AM PDT
H. Martin says:
While you are correct that it is best to buy a control that does precisely what you wish it to do, rather than having to manually add program, here is a suggestion:

AutoHotKey (free open source) can turn any keypress into an arbitrarily complex macro from simple key substitution to entire programs (compiled in AutoHotKey's programming language) which can be made general or specific to a particular program/window being active.

An actual advantage of "keyboard" press functionality is that programs like the free AutoHotKey can convert these to anything.

When everything you will ever need works perfectly out of box that is best; but the moment you NEED to customize a significant function full generality is my preference.
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