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Infrared (IR) - Adding a New Device / Remote Control - Supporting Sending and Receiving

mtudormtudor Member
edited August 7 in Developers
Hi guys, just looking for a bit more information on the way forward for infrared... the other day I was attempting to configure something that seems relatively straightforward on the surface - program the volume up and down buttons on my Sky Q remote control to send a volume up and down signal to the network interface of my Pioneer receiver (which is in a cupboard).

As it turns out, learning a remote only allows sending of infrared signals and not receiving.  It seems that receiving is actually quite complicated and learning the IR signal is not quite sufficient (I won't pretend to understand the technical side of this yet!).

Athom have a small (?) database of remotes that support receiving, but it doesn't seem like Sky Q is one of them.  I also noticed that apps are now able to add IR functionality.  Can anyone shed any light on the current best way forward for gaining support for receiving specific IR signals (for me, Sky Q).  Is it a case of Athom adding support?  Should I (or someone else) be trying to write an app to add support?

I noticed someone mentioned a workaround of picking a random remote from the database and removing all buttons and then learning your remote in its place.  When I tried this, however, it didn't work - Homey refused to learn my remote buttons in this mode... fine in the main learning mode, but not this one.

Some pointers would be useful if anyone has any?  Thanks!

Comments

  • bvdbosbvdbos Moderator, Backer - Geek Edition
    You can start with a generic philips-device and in the next step add extra keys and delete existing. It's a workaround which seems to do the trick... Better would be to find the IR-codes for your device and open an issue with as much info as possible on github so Athom can create an app...
  • mtudormtudor Member
    Thanks @bvdbos - is there a preferred way to capture the IR codes do you know?
  • bvdbosbvdbos Moderator, Backer - Geek Edition
    I would try repeatedly pressing the button while going around Homey... But could be the same as with KPN, not all remotes are recognized...
  • mtudormtudor Member
    Ah sorry I meant for the github option. If I use homey to learn the buttons is there a way to extract the raw IR codes to include in the github issue?
  • mtudormtudor Member
    bvdbos said:
    You can start with a generic philips-device and in the next step add extra keys and delete existing. It's a workaround which seems to do the trick... Better would be to find the IR-codes for your device and open an issue with as much info as possible on github so Athom can create an app...
    This didn't work, unfortunately.  Whilst when I learn a remote from scratch, pressing the button 15 times results in an up-down animation of the button on screen, the same process to add extra buttons to a generic Philips device does not work.  Looks like I'm SOL for the workaround.
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