|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||1.7 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches|
|Item model number||DSM-22|
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- Featuring a sleek, two-sided design and a full QWERTY keypad, the Boxee Remote works seamlessly with the award-winning Boxee software--the best way to watch movies, TV shows and clips from the Internet on your TV.
- Featuring a sleek, two-sided design and a full QWERTY keypad.
- Boxee remote works seamlessly with our award-winning Boxee software
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The ingenious Boxee Remote by D-Link brings the freedom of the Internet to your HDTV in stunning 1080p with a sleek interface to simplify everything
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The Best Remote for Your Boxee Software on a PC or Mac
The ingenious Boxee Remote by D-Link brings the freedom of the Internet to your HDTV in stunning 1080p with a sleek interface to simplify everything. Featuring a sleek, two-sided design and a full QWERTY keypad, the Boxee Remote works seamlessly with the award-winning Boxee software--the best way to watch movies, TV shows and clips from the Internet on your TV.
And the best part--the software is absolutely free. Go ahead, download it and try it out before you buy--it only takes a minute to register, and you can use it as long as you want on your PC without the remote.
- Full QWERTY Keyboard: Say goodbye to hunting and pecking for letters on screen, the Boxee Remote comes with a full QWERTY keypad--as soon as you start typing Boxee's autosearch function starts finding.
- For PC and Mac: Easy-to-use navigation pad and full keyboard make it the best Boxee controller for your computer.
- No Line of Sight Necessary: Unlike infrared TV remotes, the Boxee Remote uses RF signals, so there's no need to even point it at the TV--it can even go through walls, like Superman. Or the Incredible Hulk.
- Low-Profile Receiver: Nano-sized USB adapter hides from view once plugged into your computer's USB port--ultra compact and stays out of your way.
What is Boxee?
Boxee is the best way to watch movies, TV shows and clips from the Internet on your TV. Basically, install our free software on your computer, or a specialized media center computer--like a Mac Mini or Acer Revo, and connect it to your TV with an HDMI or DVI cord (depending on the computer you use).
Never be limited by what you can watch and when. Boxee gives you access to 40,000 TV shows ready to watch, instantly. It's tons of free movies from OpenFilm, Hollywood blockbusters, and critically acclaimed films from MUBI. It's web-only videos from Funny or Die or College Humor. It's your MP3s, your videos, your Flickr, Picasa, Pandora, LastFM, and Facebook feeds somewhere they've never been before--your HDTV: organized, simplified and with the Boxee Remote, enjoyed from the comfort of your couch in 1080p.
Take the Boxee experience somewhere it's never been, your couch.
The Boxee Remote Control is a two-sided remote control paired with a low profile nano-sized USB adapter for your computer. Designed to be used with the award-winning Boxee software application, the remote features an easy to-use navigation button on the front and a QWERTY keyboard for text input on the back. Using the Boxee Remote Control, you can quickly and easily input URLs and account information. Like the Boxee software itself, the Boxee Remote Control is compatible with Windows and Mac.
The Boxee Remote's simple controls (see larger image)...
...reverses to a full QWERTY keyboard for searching your media (see larger image).
Try Boxee Now
Download the Boxee software for free on your PC or Mac, and try it out before you buy. It only takes a minute to register and the download is absolutely free. Already a Boxee user? Awesome! All you have to do is buy the ingenious Boxee Remote and you've got everything you love about the Boxee experience right at your fingertips.
Give Your Wallet a Break
Buy the Boxee Remote once, download the free Boxee software for your computer, and get all the entertainment the web has to offer, right at your fingertips.
Top Customer Reviews
First off; after opening the box, this remote feels cheaper than the one that came with my The Boxee Box by D-Link HD Streaming Media Player, maybe it's a different generation?
Pairing was easy with my XBMC HTPC (windows 7 based, XBMC v10.x), didn't have to do a thing, it simply worked.
However ... this remote is far from convenient when compared to a $14 remote (Windows 7 Vista XP Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Home, Premium and Ultimate Edition I picked up at Amazon.
- no standby button
- no "back" button
For this kind of money I cannot recommend this remote for use with a XBMC setup.
The low latency of the remote combined with the low latency of the Boxee interface makes for a great experience. Buttons on both sides of the remote have a great tactile feel.
The one caveat I mentioned in the title refers to the issue I had with a bug in the Xorg X11 server (on my Ubuntu 10.10 box). This is not strictly D-Link/Boxee's fault, but I would have expected that team to actively work with the open source community to make sure these bugs did not exist. -1 star for that. The fix is not complicated, but it was a speed bump in what would otherwise have been a true plug-and-play out-of-the-box solution. The fix for those who are having the same issue: add a PPA with the patched xorg-server :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ken-vandine/boxee
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
My only complaint is that the Play/Pause button does... nothing. At least not for me. I even go to edit the keybindings in MythTV and it apparently doesn't register as a keypress. There also doesn't appear to be a way to remap the remote itself. So I currently have to use the P button on the reverse side of the remote to pause and unpause playback.
So if you've been looking hard for a wireless keyboard designed to be a remote for a media center, this is a 90% solution. Its fully functional, but you have to use a work-around for one important button. (YMMV)
However, Mac tries to figure out what type of keyboard it is. The wizard fails because there are not shift keys to show which layout is appropriate. Just select standard 101/102 layout and it works as expected.
The only thing I don't like is that there is not an easy way to launch boxee with just the remote. Other than that this is a great buy.
PROS/CONS: RF range is good, and of course doesn't rely on line-of-sight like IR remotes. Front directional buttons are a little hard to use by feel until you get used to them (they're almost flush with the body, with raised nubs at each edge). And the keyboard on the back could really use backlighting or luminescence (like markings on a watch face), it's hard to see in anything but bright light. And the vertical symmetry and balance makes it possible to pick up the remote upside-down (with the Boxee logo at the top instead of the bottom) without looking closely and press the wrong direction buttons, the back button instead of play/pause, etc.
NOT 5 STARS? If the keyboard on the back were easier to use in low/no light, and if maybe there were a couple more buttons to program, it would easily be a 5-star product.
CUSTOMIZING: I tried using this with XBMC, and found it could maybe use a couple more buttons (the context menu is important), though you can use EventGhost or AutoHotKey (Google them - they're both free) to easily remap any of the buttons (on the front or back) except the play/pause button - that one is a little tricky, though it can be done with some Googling and experimentation. For example, I use Boxee software on my main desktop PC (my plasma TV is connected via HDMI as a second monitor), so if another program window has the focus, all of the remote input gets sent to that most recently used application instead of Boxee. So I tried both AutoHotKey and EventGhost (ultimately EventGhost was easier and more reliable) to intercept play/pause button presses to focus the Boxee window, then send a "spacebar" keyboard command (which has the same effect as play/pause in Boxee, XBMC, and many other media player apps).
COMPARED TO THE REMOTE INCLUDED WITH THE BOXEE BOX: I found that both remotes needed to have their batteries replaced to correct input errors, and this remote (sold separately) has much higher contrast white lettering on the keyboard on the back compared to the remote included with the The Boxee Box by D-Link HD Streaming Media Player (which is a medium gray that barely stands out from the black buttons). And the remotes are interchangeable - you can use this remote to control a Boxee Box, and the Box's remote can communicate with the receiver included with this remote, without pairing or any setup at all. So if you got the remote with the red NetFlix button included with your Boxee Box, you can easily substitute this remote.