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Topic # 91708 19-Oct-2011 16:44
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Hi,

Does anyone have any suggestions for what remote to use for XBMC on Windows 7?


I was thinking I would like a RF remote, but not essential...

Thanks     

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  Reply # 535231 19-Oct-2011 16:47
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ping182nz: Hi,

Does anyone have any suggestions for what remote to use for XBMC on Windows 7?


I was thinking I would like a RF remote, but not essential...

Thanks     


I don't have XBMC for Windows, just the Live version (linux -lots faster, easy to set up too),

But I use a windows media center compatible IR receiver (came with remote but threw it out), and a Harmony One remote... Would highly recommend.

I even bought my grandmother a Harmony One and she loves it too ;) 

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  Reply # 535238 19-Oct-2011 16:55
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ping182nz: Hi,

Does anyone have any suggestions for what remote to use for XBMC on Windows 7?


I was thinking I would like a RF remote, but not essential...

Thanks     


An android tablet, phone, or iPad, iPod or iPhone... Awesome remotes available that make great use of the screen to help library navigation.

Cheers - N




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  Reply # 535627 20-Oct-2011 14:48
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Thanks for the replies... now which one can I afford! :)

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  Reply # 535974 21-Oct-2011 08:52
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+1 for the harmony one, great remote.

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  Reply # 535977 21-Oct-2011 09:08
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I have a harmony one, it is great! However... I  recently setup my lg optimus one (android) as a remote for xbmc (its an App in the android market). It is without a doubt the best remote you could ask for! BLOWS the harmony one out of the water.. Dont go out and buy a dedicated remote, just set it up on an android phone/tablet or ipod touch/iphone/ipad.. If you dont have any of these than spend the money you were about too on a remote, on a new phone :)

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  Reply # 536006 21-Oct-2011 10:19
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garvani: I have a harmony one, it is great! However... I  recently setup my lg optimus one (android) as a remote for xbmc (its an App in the android market). It is without a doubt the best remote you could ask for! BLOWS the harmony one out of the water.. Dont go out and buy a dedicated remote, just set it up on an android phone/tablet or ipod touch/iphone/ipad.. If you dont have any of these than spend the money you were about too on a remote, on a new phone :)


hmm, I have a sensation, might have to give that a try...

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  Reply # 536011 21-Oct-2011 10:34
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personally i like the mce rc6 remotes, one that has tv on/off and tv volume. my tvs are mostly just hooked up to a HTPC without any other equipment or consoles etc, so this works well, single remote, nice buttons (im not a fan of the feel of the logitech remotes). then you just spend $30-$40 on a remote and you're done, for a harmony you would also have to buy a mce remote for the receiver. also for a phone remote you would have to look at it, and theres power issues, start up times for the app, etc, if you dont care about that then fine, but if you're lying in bed and you just want to quickly watch a video/tv or whatever, you can just push a couple of buttons on a remote without thinking or looking at it.

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  Reply # 536015 21-Oct-2011 10:41
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The android remote is more than a power button, and fastforward, rewind. It pulls your movie covers, fanart onto your phone/tablet. You can browse your whole movie/tv collection, find out the plot, ratings of said movies.. It is incredible. Heres some screenshots which will give you a rough idea. The ipad remote looks even better..
Also, i fire up my xbmc app and its up and running as soon as the app is, theres no waiting around. Theres no lag at all between you pushing a button on the "remote" and it happening in xbmc either, its instant.



   

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  Reply # 536048 21-Oct-2011 11:13
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garvani: The android remote is more than a power button, and fastforward, rewind. It pulls your movie covers, fanart onto your phone/tablet. You can browse your whole movie/tv collection, find out the plot, ratings of said movies.. It is incredible. Heres some screenshots which will give you a rough idea. The ipad remote looks even better..
Also, i fire up my xbmc app and its up and running as soon as the app is, theres no waiting around. Theres no lag at all between you pushing a button on the "remote" and it happening in xbmc either, its instant.


yeah i get that, and its cool and all, but sure if you want to quickly play a movie /tv show/song and search it using a rich interface on your phone them excellent, its really cool; but what if
- your phone is dead
- someone calls you
- app crashes
- phone crashes
- someone else wants to watch tv and you're not there
- you lose your phone
- you're in bed and your pretty much asleep and you just want to play the next tv episode without lifting your head off the pillow or really opening your eyes. 

im not suggesting dont use the android app or an iphone/wp7 app, just if you think any of those situations will apply (or something similar) grab both, a $30 remote isnt much, and hey its handy. 

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