On Dec 2, 2009, at 9:48 PM, Trent Piepho wrote:
>>>> Now I understand that if 2 remotes send completely identical signals we
>>>> won't be able to separate them, but in cases when we can I think we
>>>> should.
>>> I don't have a problem with that, if its a truly desired feature.  But
>>> for the most part, I don't see the point.  Generally, you go from
>>> having multiple remotes, one per device (where "device" is your TV,
>>> amplifier, set top box, htpc, etc), to having a single universal remote
>>> that controls all of those devices.  But for each device (IR receiver),
>>> *one* IR command set.  The desire to use multiple distinct remotes with
>>> a single IR receiver doesn't make sense to me.  Perhaps I'm just not
>>> creative enough in my use of IR.  :)
> Most universal remotes I'm familiar with emulate multiple remotes.  I.e.
> my tv remote generates one set of scancodes for the numeric keys.  The DVD
> remote generates a different set.  The amplifier remote in "tv mode"
> generates the same codes as the tv remote, and in "dvd mode" the same codes
> as the dvd remote.  From the perspective of the IR receiver there is no
> difference between having both the DVD and TV remotes, or using the
> aplifier remote to control both devices.

Okay, in the above scenario, you've still got a single input device...

> Now, my aplifier remote has a number of modes.  Some control devices I
> have, like "vcr mode", and there is nothing I can do about that.  Some,
> like "md mode" don't control devices I have.  That means they are free to
> do things on the computer.  Someone else with the same remote (or any
> number of remotes that use the same protocol and scancodes) might have
> different devices.
> So I want my computer to do stuff when I push "JVC MD #xx" keys, but ignore
> "JVC VCR #yyy" yets.  Someone with an MD player and not a VCR would want to
> opposite.  Rather than force everyone to create custom keymaps, it's much
> easier if we can use the standard keymaps from a database of common remotes
> and simply tell mythtv to only use remote #xxx or not to use remote #yyy.

Sure, but the key is that this can't be done automagically. The IR driver has 
no way of knowing that user A wants JVC MD keys handled and JVC VCR keys 
ignored, and user B wants vice versa, while user C wants both ignored, etc. 
This is somewhat tangential to whether or not there's a separate input device 
per "remote" though. You can use multiple remotes/protocols with a single input 
device or lirc device already (if the hardware doesn't have to be put 
explicitly into a mode to listen for that proto, of course, but then its a 
hardware decoding device feeding a single input device anyway, so...).

> It sounds like you're thinking of a receiver that came bundled with a
> remote and that's it.  Not someone with a number of remotes that came with
> different pieces of AV gear that they want to use with their computer.

No, I just pick *one* remote and use it for everything, not schizophrenically 
hopping from one remote to another, expecting them all the be able to control 
everything. :) Its a hell of a lot easier to find buttons w/o looking at the 
remote if you always use the same one for everything, for one.

Anyway, I think I'm talking myself in circles. Supporting multiple remotes via 
multiple input devices (or even via a single input device) isn't at all 
interesting to me for my own use, but if there really is demand for such 
support (and it appears there is), then fine, lets do it.

Jarod Wilson

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