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    best remote for htpc

    I'm planning on building a simple htpc to run boxee/xbmc/hulu desktop from, and i'd like to know what might be a good remote to use. for some of the operations i'll remote into the desktop, but i'd like to have a remote to use when using the boxee/xbmc/hulu apps. so i thought i'd ask and see if anyone had some suggestions

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    Re: best remote for htpc

    Quote Originally Posted by brdohman View Post
    I'm planning on building a simple htpc to run boxee/xbmc/hulu desktop from, and i'd like to know what might be a good remote to use. for some of the operations i'll remote into the desktop, but i'd like to have a remote to use when using the boxee/xbmc/hulu apps. so i thought i'd ask and see if anyone had some suggestions

    thanks
    An iPhone/iPod touch if you got one. Actually, I'm on the same hunt right now. I have a Nokia N800 and my wife has an N810 that I'm going to be fooling around with soon here to see if I can get it to work. I've also been fooling around with my WiiMote and it does a nice job as a "mouse".
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    Re: best remote for htpc

    Quote Originally Posted by DownTown22 View Post
    An iPhone/iPod touch if you got one.
    I second that notion. I have an Ubuntu-driven HTPC that really only runs Boxee, and occasionally XMBC, (which usually isn't needed because Boxee is XMBC, just rebuilt,) and I user my iPod Touch to control it. It works very nicely, and suprisingly, it doesn't take very long to connect to the box when I wake up the iPod Touch. (It has to connect WiFi, but it doesn't take but 3 or 4 seconds before I can control Boxee.)
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    Re: best remote for htpc

    I'd actually be really interested in what people use for remotes as well.

    How do you use your iphone/itouch for this? Does it just work for Boxee, or does it work in XBMC and MythTV as well?

    Would a keyboard/mouse combo be better?

    What about IR remotes? Worth the hassle?

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    Re: best remote for htpc

    When using the iPod Touch with Boxee, you can use the FREE Boxee app from the iTunes store. There's also apps to use with XBMC as well. I couldn't tell you off the top of my head if there's any MythTV apps...who knows.

    A cool "remote" would also be the Logitech MX Air mouse. That way you could have all your functions of a mouse without the need of a surface for the mouse to work on.

    If you feel the need to do a lot of typing on your HTPC, then yes, a keyboard probably would be handy. Maybe even a keyboard that has a trackpad built into it....not sure if those are compatible though as I've never tested one out.
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