Simerec PCS-MCE solution

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    I just received my PCS-MCE device. It's pretty cool though it's not recognized as a "Microsoft eHome Infrared Transceiver" so expect some customization to get it working the way you want.

    However it managed to recognize every RC-6 code I've sent its way including my favorite DVD Eject :) Looks like some great applications could be developed using this device. I'm in touch with the developer to try and see how the command it sends in response to IR code could be customized.


     
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    I looked at this device a couple of years ago (but have never used one). As far as I remember, it is not an IR receiver for controlling a media center. It is a simple low-voltage power-switch that is connected in parallel with the on/off switch in the system unit, and hence performs the same function as the on/off switch in the system unit.

    The distinguishing feature of the Simerec device is that it is controlled by IR signals, and you can program it to respond to any IR signal that you want (one for "power on", another for "power off"). But you will still need to use a normal IR receiver to control MP, in addition to the Simerec device.

    -- from CyberSimian in the UK

    EDIT: I see now that there is a new Simerec device -- the PCS-MCE -- which does control a media center that uses RC6 IR signals. The device that I described above is the earlier model, the PCS-1 or PCS-2. Doh!
     
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    Correct, that's the one I'm currently evaluating. Sorry I forgot to include that link: http://www.simerec.com/PCS-MCE_Model_1_Install_Pre.pdf
     
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    From Simerec I got the following instructions to setup the back button to send "browser back" instead of the default "backspace".
    I'm expecting the whole documentation on Monday:

     
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    Simerec is now taking feature suggestions for their next version of PCS-MCE. This is your opportunity to contribute, you can contact them directly by e-mail.
    See: http://www.simerec.com/contact.html
     
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    I'm trying to get this device working properly with MP and possibly provide out of the box support for it.
    Here is a screenshot obtained through http://hg.slions.net/FutabaVfd/ showing PCS-MCE HID VendorId and ProdcutId:

    upload_2014-11-2_22-49-23.png

    It shows one entry for each Top Level Collection supported by this device. The 0xFFBC Top Level Collection is actually the one corresponding to MCE Remote control. See Windows Media Center RC IR Collection Green Button Specification for the button codes within that HID TLC Page.

    Below is another screen obtained through http://hg.slions.net/GenericHid/:

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    PCS-MCE:
    HID VendorID: 0x04ED
    HID ProductID: 0x005F
     
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    I'm going to try use MP Generic HID setup to get started with this remote.
     
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    To avoid using Simerec splicer solution, since it's rather dirty and irreversible, I did some crimping to hook a proper 2.54 housing to the standby power input of that PCS-MCE. I modded an ATX cable extension to intercept the standby power and hook it to the PCS-MCE. That one should be used in the HTPC. I also modded a Molex power cable which I'm using to power the device while developing support for it.

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