A remote for Kodi? FLIRC – the ultimate HTPC remote control solution that you never knew you needed

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What is FLIRC??

The Flirc is a little known USB infrared receiver that outputs presses on any remote control button as keyboard input to any app or program such as Kodi.

So if you’re searching for a “remote for Kodi” or “controlling android TV with your TV remote control” this is the product for you.

I have rarely seen this mentioned on forums for KODI/Boxee or any of the others but it should be! I’ve managed to program my Samsung TV remote to map all of the usual Kodi keyboard commands and shortcuts, and it’s very easy to setup – all you need is a Windows or Mac computer with a USB port – then just download the app from their website (free of charge) and follow the on screen instructions.

It has better functionality than HDMI CEC control built into most modern TVs – CEC commonly fails on waking up Android TV devices such as FireTV or HTPC boxes and are unable to work with a number of keyboard specific short cuts. They can also fall short on live TV recording and using your TV remote to control platform specific apps such as games and web browsers on devices such as Fire TVRoku Player or Raspberry Pi – all of which work seamlessly when programmed using FLIRC’s easy to use software.

In fact a quick google shows that the FLIRC comes highly recommended by many as the perfect add on for any Raspberry Pi Home Theatre system.

Some screenshots of the software in action…

Kodi remote control shortcut setup…

Full keyboard setup – map keyboard keys to your TV’s remote control…

Boxee HTPC remote shortcuts…

Basic HTPC / Kodi / Fire TV remote control setup, great for getting started and works out of the box for controlling Amazon FireTV with your TV’s remote control (or any other remote control that uses infrared for that matter)…

  

 

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Remote controls intended for computer use, on the whole, include a cheap IR remote and a USB receiver which interprets button presses from the remote into input events the operating system can use. These products are fairly cheap, and more or less get the job done, but they aren’t perfect.

For one, you are left with yet another remote in your surely growing collection, made even worse by the fact that this one is probably of significantly lower quality than whatever came with your TV or audio receiver. The other, more practical, problem is how you utilize the remote itself. When you buy a remote and receiver combination, the functions of all the buttons on the remote are predetermined and generally can’t be changed. If you wanted to do something special, like assign a particular button on the remote to an Alt+ key combination, you would need third party software that could translate whatever static event the receiver spits out for that button into a keyboard event.

Enter FLIRC, a product designed to change the way people use IR remotes to control their computers. FLIRC doesn’t include a remote control, instead, it uses whatever remotes you already have. This immediately remedies the first problem, as you can simply program FLIRC against whatever remote you are already using to control the existing A/V equipment. But even better than that, FLIRC gives you incredible control over what happens on specific button presses. This is really the greatest strength of FLIRC, as it allows the user to create advanced control layouts that would not otherwise be possible.

For example, in my home theater the surround sound receiver’s remote includes a full number pad, even though in my particular setup it is non functional. With FLIRC, I can program these otherwise useless buttons to command various functions on my HTPC, turning what was once a half useless remote into something I can use for two separate devices without them interfering with each other. (Quote ref)

 

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