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Uses for my IR Port??

Would it be possible to control a media player (WMP or WinAmp or ANYTHING) via my IR port on my laptop and a remote?
Secondly, what else is my IR port on my laptop good for, other than PDA sync?

Comments, thoughts, solutions are GREATLY appreciated!

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Re: Uses for my IR Port??

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The uses have been to fling files at another IrDA equipped laptop, printing to IrDA printers and your PDA sync.

While some effort was made (OmniRemote) to make the PDA double as a remote control, I found it too weak to go past a few feet.

I can imagine changing channels with the laptops.


Honey, can you put it on channel 3?

Just a few minutes while I boot up the remote...


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Absolutely it'd be possible. There are actually a few sort of "do it yourself" projects designed for just that sort of thing.

You can pick up a copy of MediaPlayer Classic over at SourceForge which can be controlled via WinLIRC, a program designed to let you use a remote with your PC. You just have to build (or buy) a remote that will work with your IrDA port.

There's also Girder which is slightly easier to set up compared to WinLIRC (IMO at least), but it's not free.

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