IR Card to send signal to cable box (Media Center)

Posted on 2006-07-19
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
I just got my windows media center yesterday... everything seems great, with one exception.  I can't change the channels on my cable box via my media center pc.  I dunno why there is no IR out on my HP a1340n.  So can someone please tell me what kind of card / cable I need to buy.  I see that my cable box has an IR (in) place on it.  Thank you.
- luke
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ID: 17138076
I would recommend a USB UIRT box:  It has nice features like the ability to learn IR codes of your existing equipment.

Author Comment

ID: 17138118
The USB-UIRT will not function as an
IR blaster for Windows XP MCE 2005.

The USB-UIRT combines the capability of other PC-based IR Receivers with a fully-featured IR Transmitter (sometimes referred to as a 'Blaster'). This allows your PC to not only receive codes from the remote controls you already have, but also to control your equipment (or any device with an IR receiver).
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ID: 17138270
It looks like you are locked into Microsoft's approved products for MCE:
Simple, centralized multimedia control

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ID: 17138324
ok where do i buy that?
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Callandor earned 125 total points
ID: 17138431
Depending on whether you want wired or wireless, one of these IR blasters should work for you:  The site was recommended in

Author Comment

ID: 17138912
I figured out that what I need isn't the IR blaster... Its the card to go into the computer to send signal to the cable box.

Thanks guys.

Expert Comment

ID: 20642523
can you tell which card you finally bought?


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