Anyone have ideas on adding IR codes to the X10 IR Commander Library to
make it useful? I can't believe that they didn't include a learning
capability into the device.
I've made one of these and it seems to work fine. It samples the IR
signal at a high rate (depending on speed of computer) and records it to a
disk file. It can then play back that file to reproduce the signal. It
takes approx. $20 in parts (I built mine for about $10 at Radio Shack). The
whole circuit uses an IR emitter, an IR phototransistor, one transistor, and
three resistors (I added a visible-light LED in series with the IR LED on
The downsides to it are: (1) your computer has to be running to do
anything, it has no stand-alone capability. (2) it's entirely dependant on
the speed of your computer. If you change computers, you will have to
re-sample all the signals. (Fixing that is on the list of "future upgrades"
for the Monster Clicker.) (3) it needs a dedicated parallel port on your
computer when you're using it. Even though it's a "serial" signal you're
looking at, it's not a standard RS232-type 7- or 8-bit asynchronous serial
stream, it's more like a barcode bitstream, so there's no way to have the
serial port hardware respond to it, so it uses the parallel port and just
uses one bit for input and one bit for output.
Quote:>I too was very dissapointed there was no learning function. As it satands
>now, it is useless. I think there will be a new version of software out
>soon. In the mean time, I hope someone figures out how to get it to work
>with MISTERHOUSE. Then it would be very powerful, but still not learning.
I had a couple of inquiries about this, so I thought I'd post a follow-up.
Here are some links for further info about this computerized IR remote
project. One even has a GIF drawing of the circuit which lists the Radio
Shack part numbers for the components.
The above page is has the details about construction and the GIF
This is the home page for the "Monster Clicker" software.
Both of these contain links to other related sites. If anyone runs across
a source of information about different devices' IR codes (coding schemes /
carrier frequency / etc.) I'd be interested in hearing about it.
I can not get the Software that X-10 Provides for the IR commander to
work. Is there any other software it will work with?