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FLIRC USB Universal Remote Control Receiver for NVIDIA Shield, Amazon FireTV, PCs, Set Top Boxes, and Raspberry Pi's
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- Control your NVIDIA Shield, FireTV, Pi, or PC with Harmony, or almost any remote control
- Out of the box support for Logitech Harmony remote controls
- Also works with Playstation, XBOX 360, Raspberry PI, Windows Media Center, Kodi, Plex, and many more
- Flirc’s easy-to-use software walks you through the entire pairing process and works on Windows, OSX and Linux
- New version brings many new software features, hardware features, and partners
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Flirc allows you to use nearly any remote control with any device that has USB including; FireTV, XBOX 360, XBOX One, Playstation 3, HTPCs, Raspberry Pi, and more. Flirc’s user-friendly software guides you through each step of the pairing process and takes just a few minutes to complete. After your remote is paired with Flirc, there is no other software to run or install on your device. Just plug Flirc into any USB port and enjoy! Flirc has partnered with Logitech Harmony to provide the best user experience on the best line of remote controls. Add the Flirc FireTV or Flirc XBMC/Kodi device to your Harmony Remote and it will work with Flirc without any additional configuration. You can also use the many built-in preset configurations in the Flirc software to quickly and easily configure Flirc with your remote for common applications such as XBMC/Kodi, FireTV, and Windows Media Center. If your favorite application isn’t one of the presets, simply use the virtual keyboard in the Flirc software to pair any button on your remote control with any standard keyboard key. Flirc works on any device that supports USB keyboards and is one of the top accessories sold for the Raspberry Pi. The Flirc team is always working on new features and improvements to enhance the user experience. Free firmware updates are regularly released and are available on Flirc’s website. Flirc is also working on an API for seamless integration within other applications. Remember to visit the Flirc website and forums for helpful tips, tricks, and support. Coming in Future Firmware Updates: LONG KEY PRESSES - Assign two functions to one button. MACROS - Want to run a number of commands on a key press? With the new flirc, you can store over 500 keys, and have more than one keypress per individual remote button. IOSPIRIT - Bring IR remote support back to the Mac. Coming in 2017 is a unique collaboration to bring you exciting new features between Flirc and IOSPIRIT
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The only flaw I found(as of 2/15/2017) is that it does not support holding buttons down. For example, holding an arrow down to scroll only registers as a single keypress, so you have to press several times. I've checked the forums and they say this will be fixed in a firmware update, so I'm not too concerned about it.
Update: a firmware update has made repeat keys work on the remotes I've tested.
I use the harmony hub using the simple remote. I do not use the iphone version as a remote control using bluetooth. If I did I would not need this USB device since the Shield has bluetooth. Since I don't use the iphone as a remote--the 16gb version of the Shielld and a Harmony Remote will not work without this FLIRC as it is no IR. I think the 500gb N. shield has IR built in...but am not sure.
These steps may not work for you; particularly if you have a different harmony remote than I do...and I am going off memory.
I also use mac OSX.
I plugged the FLIRC in my imac USB port. I downloaded the Flirc software. Once installed, the software auto checked for firmware updates. There was an update. the Flirc updated.
Once updated. I pulled the FLIRC out of the imac USB port.
I plugged in my harmony hub and used myharmony,com.
You need to add the FLIRC as a device. DO NOT ADD the Nvidia Shield as a device on the harmony for IR on the 16gb machine. It will do you no good. You have to pretend that the FLIRC is the N. Shield basically for the set up to the harmony if you are using IR.
Add device on the harmony.
Model #: Kodi
It should appear as a device now.
You have to now set up an activity for the FLIRC. (Remember, pretend this is the N. Shield in your mind)
Click Add activity
I clicked "additional watch tv"-- I then changed it to watch Nvidia in the next screen. On the hub and simple remote--this does not really matter what you call it except for identification purposes. You can call it whatever you want.
Click your set ups that you want...just make sure you select the FLIRC as one of you choices. I clicked the TV; receiver; and FLIRC. Make sure you click the TV as how to show the video. The rest is how ever your set up is. (HDMI 1; 2 ;3 etc.)
On the simple remote you have to set up the 3 buttons to power on activities. Click "buttons" from the main menu of the remote in myharmony and click which button you want for the Nvidia. Again- this is for the harmony hub using the simple remote.
Sync the remote.
Plug the harmony hub back in as if you are using it on your TV as normal.
Take a laptop so you are near the harmony hub and your Shield. Plug the FLIRC into your laptops' USB port. Open the FLIRC Software. You should see a remote on the screen. Grab your harmony simple remote. Once the FLIRC software is open--with the FLIRC in the laptops USB port--use your mouse to click the top left under "controllers". Find Nvidia Shield and select it. You should now see the Shields remote on the screen. Click go or start ( I cannot remember) and you will see a green light highlighting what the SHIELD REMOTE DOES. For example it will highlight the top of the arrow keys as "up" etc. when these are highlighted--you click on your HARMONY remote where you want it. I did up; down; side RT; side LT and center just like the Shield remote; For " Back" I clicked on the harmony what I use for the back key; and I clicked on the harmony "menu" key when it got to the home key on the Shield. (But you can program the keys whatever your preference. Once it is done that is it. You can save the settings onto your desktop if you want.
Unplug the FLIRC from the laptop USB port and plug it into the Nvidia shield's USB port.
Use your harmony simple remote.
NOTE: I had to use a usb extender on the N. Shield from the back to the front.; but some people report that it works fine without one. Why an extender?: If the IR signal is not "read" the remote won't work and the USB port is in the back of the Shield.
I tested it and everything works great. Hope this helps. It was a hassle setting it up as I did not know what I was doing. I pieced together items from the internet and got it figured out.
Set up was painless: simply select Add a Device in the Harmony software.
Then under Manufacturer, type Flirc. Under Model, enter Shield tv.
Next, add the Flirc as whatever Activity name you like, I chose Nvidia Shield TV.
Then Update your Logitech Remote, and your now good to go. No more need for the Shields bluetooth remote. You can now use your Logitech to controll the shield tv box.
Thank you Flirc, I plan on buying a 2nd Flirc for my Shield tv box installed in my master bedroom closet for my mstrbr tv that is wall mounted.
You can see the small Flirc usb dongle pluged into the usb extension cable. That is stuck to my Shield tv box using double sided 3M tape, in my AV cabinet.
Update: 3/17/19, Ive also added a 2nd Flirc to my MBR Shield, to be controlled via my Harmony 890 remote via rf transmitter in my MBR closet. This Flirc works nicely, and to all commands. I no longer use either of my Shields bluetooth remotes. Just my Harmonys to controll everything.
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Currently this will not wake up my PC from sleep (it gets disconnected as soon as the machine sleeps, and wont reconnect without physically taking it out and plugging back in). The FLIRC forum have a few reports of other people with this issue, and I believe they are looking for a fix.
And second issue, with some remotes (MCE remote in my instance), the up/down/left/right keys do not repeat. i.e. you cannot hold down to scroll a list, you have to press multiple times. Again the FLIRC forum mentions that this is a known issue, and hopefully a fix is on the way.
If the 2 issues are fixed, then this is definitely a 5* product.
If you use a FireTV, or something that isnt a normal PC, then this is a 5* product. My issues are on a PC only.
Other nice things about this - the range is superb - I was worried I would need a USB extension cable to put the receiver somewhere more visible, but it picks up my remote signal even when as far as i can tell, line of sight is blocked!
Have a Pi Kodi / Media Centre setup and needed to add a remote to the situation so I bought this.
Extremley easy to set up using any random remore control you have lying around the house in my case I used a old Android TV remote that is about ten years old because it had all the play, pause, rewind extra buttons on it. To set the FLIRC up you just plug it into your PC and it will ask you to program your remote by picking a on screen option and pressing the corresponding button on your remote control of choice... it genuinely could not be easier.
Setup on PI was also very quick and straight forward and it just works perfectly.
Really cannot fault this... fair price for a well made decent product that is easy to set up and use. 5 stars baby!!
I've programmed "go home", "go back", "back two", "left 3"etc etc. Home automation bliss!
Add in the Alberto Sonerus app/skill and you can even open apps too.
For setup, I used the MyHarmony Windows program to add a new device to my remote, with manufacturer Flirc and device FireTV. I then inserted the Flirc-USB into my Fire TV's rear USB port, and this was all that was needed to get it working (after that you can inject it into any activities you've setup). I installed v2.0.4 of the Flirc software on my Windows 10 PC but this was for my own curiosity, and wasn't needed during the setup phase. The software installed & worked fine on my PC.
All-in-all, if you want to get a Harmony IR (Infrared) Remote working with your Fire TV Box, then I can highly recommend the Flirc-USB.
I couldnt get a Kodi box working with a Harmony Elite remote (it worked on one set up but when swapped over didnt work on the newer PI4 version).
This quality finished item resolved any angst and just worked straight out the box.
I have since added the download app to my pc and it updated the software on the USB IR dongle, giving a sense that this is a fully supported item that can be trusted for future operation! Great!