MC offers many ways to control your media.
Native support for remotes, including
- Remote Server -- original simple web server in MC]
- Remote Relay (IR blasters)
- T'remote -- MC as a remote for another copy of MC using 2nd generation server in MC
Software programs that use an MC interface
These programs can be found on the Third party board on Interact.
- HTML Web Remote Control
Windows MCE remotes
MC13 introduced support for Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) remotes. These usually have a Green Button that can start Media Center (either J. River or Microsoft). Please see this thread for more information.
MC14 added support for HID devices as remotes. These include keyboards and some MCE remotes. Draft instructions for customization with MC14.034 or above are here.
MC14 also added Remote Relay, support for IR transmitters (blasters, so that MC can send IR signals to control other devices. This can be used to turn receivers and set top boxes on or off, for example, or to change the volume on a receiver.
You can also add a generic IR receiver to your PC, and control Media Center with any remote.
- You need to have an Infrared receiver like those for WMC remotes or the *USBUIRT, UIRT2, RedRat, or IRMan, which will connect to your PC with a serial or USB cable.
- MC has a setup screen in Tools> Options> Remote Control.
- Media Center supports the Windows MC Remote Control and Keyboad natively