Universal remote / Mouse?
I’m am looking for a universal remote control that will also act as a wireless mouse. I have a flat screen LCD tv hooked up to my computer and I am have a receiver for audio and a dvd player and I want one device to control them all. home media servers like my set up are getting more common there has to be something out the like this? help I wants it!
I have a receiver that is only for my home theater speakers (5.1) my computer is connected to my receiver via spdif
my dvd player is connected to the receiver via an optical audio cable
my dvd player and my computers video card are connected to the TV via separate HDMI inputs
dvd player id hdmi / hdmi
computer is dvi / hdmi
I am picturing something that looks like a universal remote that has a little track ball thingy like my black berry that has a sensor that plugs into my pc via a usb and then also will operate as a standard remote
I’m not sure about a device made for this, but if you have an iPhone or iPod touch (or would invest in one) there are apps for things like that. One I use is a trackpad/airmouse, it’s called Air Mouse Pro, but there are apps that control media as well, however I haven’t come across anything that will control your DVD player as a normal remote would, only if you normally have access to your DVD player’s functions via your computer, then you could control it with the mouse..
That setup sounds really jumbled to me, you have a receiver that’s ONLY for speakers, or does it also include the DVD player? Do you use an optical/coaxial cable(s) to connect your DVD player’s audio out to the receiver’s audio in? Sounds like a lot of hassle, if you have your computer connected then I don’t see the purpose of having a DVD player in that setup at all – (unless of course it’s part of your receiver), because you can just play the dvd’s from your computers optical drive and control everything THROUGH your computer, where these apps would be able to do what you want.
Look into it, good luck, but I’ve never seen a remote with a trackball, if they do exist, then they’d be really cumbersome. However if you got a remote + a mouse app and wanted to keep your setup it wouldn’t be too bad because an iPhone is something I always have with me.. Because it’s my phone!
Also, if you looked into apple tv, an ipod/iphone can control that no problem, just like a remote, and another app for your mouse.
What does apple tv do?
It plugs into your tv and lets you connect to certain websites like itunes and i think youtube and some online film hire services. It has wi-fi that is built into it. It also allows you to stream movies and music and photos from your laptop or desktop over your wireless home network. The old apple TV had a hard drive so you could store all your content on there. However the new apple TV has no hard drive meaning that all the content has to be streamed off from the internet or from a computer over your home network. Apple TV is another piece of hardware that makes every other piece of apple hardware you own a lot better. All apple hardware compliments each other. Eg. You can use your iphone to look through your itunes library to see what music or films you have (not just the ones you have on your phone but also the entire library you have on your laptop or desktop) as long as they both on same wi-fi network. Then you can use your iphone to view that content use it to control your apple TV so you can view or listen to the content on your apple tv. Obviously you don’t need an iphone or even a computer to use an apple TV, I think you can still stream movies from the internet with you apple TV even if you don’t have a computer (you just obviously won’t have a computer to stream music or movies you already own. One thing to be aware of if you are wanting to stream content from the internet is your download speed in your home. As with if you ever watched BBC or ITV iplayer if your download speed is slow the programme pauses while the next part waits to download or buffer. I am not sure if apple tv works in exactly the same way as I don’t own an apple tv yet ( I know what your thinking why am i reviewing something i don’t even own. However I wanted to know if it was worth having myself so have done quite alot of research on it) . I think i will be buying one pretty soon. As at the moment i connect my laptop to my TV quite often to do pretty much all of what i could just do if i had apple tv and having a little black box under your TV is alot nicer and more convenient and more impressive than having your laptop sat infront of your TV. However life has recently got a little better now i have an iphone i can use as a remote for itunes without even having to see the laptop (remote app) (Can’t wait to get some speakers set up to an airport express adaptor ). Also have an app that turns my iphone into a wi-fi keyboard and mouse.
I was a little unsure wether or not to buy a mac mini for under the tv instead of apple tv but apple TV works out alot cheaper. Also i wont end up hogging the tv to just browse the internet.