Apple TV, Harmony Remote & Xantech Xtra Link
March 27, 2007
The last go-round configuring my media center ended up with only the TV, speakers, and a Xantech Xtra Link sensor out in the room, and all of the componentry stashed in a closet behind.
A Logitech Harmony 880 remote replaced the box o’ remotes, and communicates with the gear in the closet via the Xtra Link (an infrared remote extender).
Naturally, when I hooked up the Apple TV, it got wired into the closet too, with an IR emitter stickied to the front of it over the IR window.
After getting the basics working, this made the next order of business adding it to the Harmony 880, which is where things began to go a bit awry…
Not surprisingly, Logitech doesn’t have support for the Apple TV up on the Harmony site yet. This isn’t a show stopper — it’s essentially a Front Row remote as seen on recent Macs, so we can add it as a Mac Mini, and go from there (there’s an excellent run-down on how to do this here).
This works brilliantly — as long as I point the Harmony at the Apple TV. It doesn’t work in the slightest if I attempt to use it through the IR extender.
Which is a puzzler, since the Apple Remote works through the IR extender. It’s a little sensitive to being pointed right at the sensor, however, which most of my remotes aren’t.
I’m a little baffled by this — perhaps it’s a combination of the Harmony frequency being a little off from what the Apple TV wants, and the Xantech repeater frequency being a little off also? Just enough so that either alone will work, but not both together? Or maybe it’s a timing issue?
I ran out of time to figure this one out last night, but I’ll keep hacking away at it — if anyone has any ideas, though, I’d love to hear them…
[tags]Apple, Apple TV, Mac, Digital Video, Logitech, Harmony, Xantech, Xtra Link[/tags]