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Offline ajssbp

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on: July 22, 2011, 10:44:37 AM
Hi Everyone,

So I'm sure this is by no means a new idea, but I'm trying to find a slick solution  for using a wiimote as a HTPC remote.  My HTPC already has a bluetooth adapter (currently using a bluetooth logitech PS3 keyboard to control it), but want something more.  I can get a wiimote to pair with the PC, but once it times out, connection is lost and it kind of defeats the purpose to close out of the HTPC software, repair, and restart HTPC software.  I know that smoothconnect can autoconnect, but there is somewhat of a delay between turning the wiimote on and the re-pairing occurring (in fairness however, I have not actually tried smoothconnect yet for this application, this is just based on other experiences and things I've read). 

Ideally, what I would like is to pick up the wiimote, hit 1&2 (or some other key combination), have the wiimote re-pair in a matter of a second or two, and use the wiimote to navigate the HTPC software (Mediaportal - which is running on Windows).  Just wondering if anyone has any other ideas/alternatives on how to make this a reality.  Thanks.

-Adrian



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Reply #1 on: July 22, 2011, 08:38:13 PM
Hi Everyone,

So I'm sure this is by no means a new idea, but I'm trying to find a slick solution  for using a wiimote as a HTPC remote.  My HTPC already has a bluetooth adapter (currently using a bluetooth logitech PS3 keyboard to control it), but want something more.  I can get a wiimote to pair with the PC, but once it times out, connection is lost and it kind of defeats the purpose to close out of the HTPC software, repair, and restart HTPC software.  I know that smoothconnect can autoconnect, but there is somewhat of a delay between turning the wiimote on and the re-pairing occurring (in fairness however, I have not actually tried smoothconnect yet for this application, this is just based on other experiences and things I've read). 

Ideally, what I would like is to pick up the wiimote, hit 1&2 (or some other key combination), have the wiimote re-pair in a matter of a second or two, and use the wiimote to navigate the HTPC software (Mediaportal - which is running on Windows).  Just wondering if anyone has any other ideas/alternatives on how to make this a reality.  Thanks.

-Adrian

Hi Adrian,

The SmoothConnect component does have a delay but you are usually able to connect the Wiimote in about 10 seconds.

You may use Smoothboard's built-in Presenter Mode for the cursor control.

Regards,
Boon Jin

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