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on June 2, 2016
Needed the receiver from this to work with my Raspberry Pi media center, added it to my older Logitech 1100 remote (via the IR Learn from the delivered remote), now there is a single unified control for the whole system.
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on May 20, 2016
This is a great remote for use with a PC-based media centre. Works perfectly out of the box with Kodi on a Windows based PC and of course makes viewing MUCH easier than having to use a standard mouse/keyboard arrangement. Very impressed.
Highly recommended.
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on August 10, 2012
I have setup my two raspberry pi computers with openelec xbmc. This remote is supported. I plugged the USB IR sender into one of the RPI USB connections and the remote works. I had to go into XBMC System, Settings, System, Input Devices then activate "remote sends keypresses"
This gives the remote more funtionality. Experiment with buttons and mousepad to learn what keys do what. Most are intuitive but others you will have to learn. I do sometimes experience sticky button keys. I have to press again to turn off repeating but otherwise for the price this remote does the job. I have pluged the remote into my windows vista and win7 machines and it works with them as well. Same operation using XBMC on the Windows machines.
OpenElec XBMC also supports CEC but I found the MCE remote is much better than using CEC
For the price a good deal
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on May 23, 2014
I went through a number of remotes trying to find one that worked reliably with lirc under Linux. This is truly a "plug and play" item -- it just works, out of the box. I'm using one with lirc on vanilla Debian Linux, one on XBMCbuntu, and another with a Raspberry Pi on Raspbmc, and in all cases it "just worked". Best remote Linux-compatible remote I could find at this price point.
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on December 19, 2013
I do not really care about its quality, I just wanted the IR receiver since I have a Logitech Harmony. It was not easy to find it in the Harmony software, but now that I found it, I would like to share. In case anyone here has a Harmony remote and is in doubt about purchasing it, you will find the model as
Manufacturer: ORTek
Model: VRC-1100'
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on November 7, 2011
I purchased this remote to use with my Harmony One remote and my home theatre PC (HTPC) running XBMC. I initially bought the Mediagate MG-IR02BK but it didn't work (I assume I just got a defective unit).

This remote works reasonably well, and all I had to do was plug in the USB IR receiver into the HTPC...nothing to install and the drivers loaded automatically on Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit). There is a very slight delay when using this with the Harmony One and XBMC, but it's definitely not a deal breaker.

The only thing is that the remote sends a combination of keyboard presses, mouse movements and Windows MCE commands. The i (info) button, when pressed, sends a right mouse click; however, you can't keymap that to any XBMC action. I hear other people have successfully used EventGhost, but I never tried that. Also, when I added the remote to my Harmony One devices list, I had to list it as "Ortek VRC-1100".
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on September 29, 2014
Before I bought this product I had purchased a much more expensive wireless PC remote with a fly mouse, full querty keyboard, and IR tv controls. That thing was junk. This remote is great. I use it to control xbmc and netflix on my HTPC. It works really well out of the box with the default drivers. With a little tweaking in xbmc you can get almost every button working. However if you instead use eventghost with the driver that comes with that program you can do extensive customizations of every button. On Eventghost forums a user has posted a script that has a crazy amount of features. It even turns the number pad into a SMS multi-tap style keyboard. It also feels very sturdy and has already survived several 4' drops onto the hardwood.

The only con I can think of is the mouse control is sluggish. However my previous fly mouse went zipping around the screen too fast and sometimes would flip up for down and left for right. Compared to that I welcome the slower speed but greater control of this remote.

I can't recommend this remote enough and will definitely be purchasing one for my bedroom htpc setup.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon April 29, 2011
I only got this for the IR receiver, so I could control my HTPC with my Logitech Harmony remote. The receiver works very well. It's quite responsive, even when it falls behind my HTPC case and dangles behind my components. It's worth the price all on its' own.

The actual remote works pretty well. It's responsive enough, though the buttons are a little stiff, but that would likely lessen after break-in. The mouse emulator apd works well enough, but starts out VERY slow, then accelerated very quickly, so it'd taking some getting used to. It doesn't work quite as well as the ATI Remote Wonder Plus I had.

No software required whatsoever, so that's nice. A few buttons cannot be changed by default, but a lovely, free program called "EventGhost" can let you bind any function to any keys, even macros and key sequences.

It works well with Windows Media Centre and the vastly superior XBMC programs. Range is pretty good.

It's a little too rounded for my tastes, adn tends to turn a bit in my hand.

This remote is sold under at least 5 different names, but the model is always the same: "VRC-1100"

Still, a good purchase.
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on October 10, 2013
This remote is plug and play with win 7 64bit. receiver works well, i don't have to point this remote or my harmony remote directly at it. receiver does light up when receiving commands, it is a bit distracting in a dark room. worked out of the box for xbmc very happy. used the remote to program my harmony 650 remote then put in a drawer, remote did feel good in my hands, mouse function did work surprisingly well, but i thought it was a bit awkward to hit the left click button, definitely not a replacement for a wireless mouse but i imagine you could get used to it pretty quickly. keep in mind that this is not a rc6 infrared receiver so it is limited in the commands it can receive if your planing on using it with other universal remotes. overall a very good deal for the price.
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on May 9, 2014
Got this basically to use as an IR receiver for my OUYA XBMC experience. Worked great. The remote is decent too... but I use mine with a programmable universal remote, so the remote sits in a drawer.
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