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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 2016-04-04, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Chromecast Remote?

So I own a Chromecast....as all of you know it runs off Plex. I really enjoy it but found it frustrating to have to go to my tablet every time I wanted to pause content or play content, I did a little bit of researching, apparently some remotes with Raspberry Pie capability will work to control the Chromecast. I think I may have bought a really good remote today that says it is capable of being a Raspberry Pie Plex remote according to the title, "IR Remote Control & Receiver for Microsoft Media Center MCE or Raspberry Pie Plex". Has anyone ever tried to do this? The one I bought is called "Vista MCE Remote Control."
Before Anyone says that Chromecast made the capability of using my TV remote for HDMI CEC my TV remote doesn't have the Play, Pause, Stop functunality.

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MCE remotes work with WMC, Kodi, Plex, etc. because the MCE receiver generates standard key codes. The MCE dongle emulates a standard mouse and keyboard. It will control any hardware and software that accepts a standard USB keyboard and recognizes the codes it generates.

The Chromecast does not accept a USB keyboard so there are no MCE remotes that work directly with it. In theory, it would be possible to control the Chromecast with a remote that emulates the smartphone remote app interface but I am not aware of any. The Chromecast has a software interface that any software can use to control playback. Some examples of software that can cast media and control the Chromecast are the Chrome browser, the Plex app and a long list of smartphone apps. In theory, this software could recognize commands received from an MCE remote dongle and relay them to the Chromecast.

The Plex implementation for the Raspberry Pi is called RasPlex. It turns the Raspberry Pi into a dedicated Plex media player. The Raspberry Pi accepts an MCE remote for use in Plex and other media players like Kodi. It might be possible to cast and control the Chromecast using RasPlex but it begs another question. That is, why not simply connect the Raspberry Pi to the TV and use it to play video instead of the Chromecast?

Another possibility would be to run a simple, dedicated program on the Raspberry Pi that accepts MCE remote commands and uses them to control the Chromecast. I'm not aware of any such software but it would be a good project if none exist.
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Thanks ! I decided to cancel my order on E-Bay after because I came across an interesting article on a better remote to control the Chromecast: http://jamesdebug.blogspot.ca/2013/1...-logitech.html

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This doesn't control the Chromecast - just the volume and sets the inputs of the TV/Receiver to the Chromecast.

You still need a tablet/phone to select and control the content (play/pause/stop)

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Well, after abit more research and this article that came out Chromecast Now Lets You Pause And Play With Your TV Remote | TechCrunch if I can find a remote like the Harmony (which is what I'm still thinking, ONE remmote to control the TV, PVR, etc. ) then it might just work. I haven't purchased anything at the moment however.

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FWIW - I do have Chromecast, and I do have Harmony hub to control my system. I do have a Harmony activity to watch Chromecast. But all it does is set the TV input. receiver input and volume keys to receiver. I still need a tablet to control content. In addition, I also have another activity for listening to music through Chromecast (Spotify) and it just keeps the TV turned off. But once again, I need a tablet to control Spotify. But in general, this whole setup works fine. I will admit, however, for netflix where there is more up/down/pause/play we use AppleTV. Chromecast is much better for music, YouTube and browser stuff. We already had appletv before we got the Chromecast. I got the Chromecast because I was interested and it was so cheap. I likely would not bother with appletv if I had got Chromecast first

My system is not HDMI-CEC compatible, so it will not work as described by the above article.
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I wonder whether this would work on a Nexus Player which has Chromecast built-in.

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So is there any kind of adapters that will work to make my HDTV CEC compatible?

Also, I watch Netflix and Shomi which has the cast option. Will something like Rocku work to cast Shomi, Netflix?

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Looking on e-bay to try to come up with a solution.

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That adapter removes the CEC signal so it will disable CEC functions (stop the remote from working.) Note that some TVs only have CEC on one HDMI port (port 1 on my Samsung TV.) CEC issues can sometimes be solved by switching HDMI ports.
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Ok thanks !

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That's an interesting product but I don't think it will work with the Chromecast.
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This looks interesting ......It is called 4x HDMI Switch w/CEC Engine (Full 1080 p) w/ 3D support 6259

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Looks like a good switch. However, it will not make a non-CEC TV CEC compatible. I also doubt that it will control the Chromecast. It will provide CEC functions for CEC compatible TVs and devices.
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So what if I plugged my Chromecast into one of the four inputs and then the HDMI cord from the Output into the back of my HDTV? That is what I'm thinking.....I also have a Rogers PVR I can test it out on....I'll pick up a Universal Remote made by RCA I seen at my local Electronics store for the pause, rewind, etc. if need be.

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