Universal Remote - Part V

In the last post I tested the IR receiver; next step verify the IR LEDs emit light. If you are lucky enough to have a remote in the database maintained @ lirc.sourceforge.net/remotes/, you may not even need to record. None of these worked for my remotes, so I created custom config files for each remote. However, these are great for testing functionality. I found it easier to connect to the Raspberry Pi via FTP with FileZilla to move config files around than via SSH with PuTTy. This did require adjusting permissions using chmod on /etc/lirc/lircd.conf via SSH, to allow the Write operation.

  • Back up the original /etc/lirc/lircd.conf and then replace it with a working config from the LIRC Database.
  • Restart LIRC to pick up these changes:
sudo /etc/init.d/lirc stop
sudo /etc/init.d/lirc start
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Universal Remote - Part IV

With the hardware built the next step is getting the Raspberry Pi up and running and installing LIRC. Alexba.in has a comprehensive post for both of these things: RaspberryPi Quickstart and Setting Up LIRC on the RaspberryPi.

I discovered and modified a few things along the way, so here’s what I did:

Since I’d like to connect over WiFi I’ve added a Belkin USB F7D2101. For future development, I also added a ORICO BTA-402 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Micro Adapter Dongle for controlling a Play Station 3 using GIMX.

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