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 MC interface
- Windows Media Center (WMC) Remotes (Green Button remotes)
- Universal Remotes (use any remote and MC's customization)
MC13 introduced support for Microsoft MC remotes. These typically have a Green Button that starts Media Center (J. River or Microsoft). Please see this thread for more information.
MC14 added support for HID devices as remotes. These include keyboards and some MS MC remotes.
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 add a generic IR (Infrared) receiver to your PC, and control Media Center with any universal remote.
- You can use a universal remote with Media Center to control the selection and playback of music. A remote like the Sony RM-VL900 will work. You need to have an Infrared receiver like the *USBUIRT, UIRT2, RedRat, or IRMan, which will connect to your PC with a serial or USB cable. MC has a custom setup screen in Tools> Options> Remote Control. Alternatively, Media Center supports the Microsoft MCE Remote Control and Keyboad natively, setup instructions are located here.
- You can set up Media Center to use it. This is done in the Remote Control section of the Options menu. You can configure Media Center to "learn" the IR signals for each button on the remote. Be sure you've set MC to "auto advance" -- then each time you press the highlighted button (volume up, for example), the program will advance to the next. Some commands require parameters -- playlist names, for example.
Once you've finished the process, you're ready to sit back and use the remote. Just be sure to point it at the IR receiver.