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CommandIR III Mini


CommandIR III is the 3rd  generation of our CommandIR Mini - Integrated universal remote+control hardware for Linux media PCs.  Each CommandIR model drives professional IR emitters to deliver remote-control commands to devices, and listens for remote-control events with a professional IR receiver at the same time.  


With CommandIR III you can:

  • Choose whatever remote you like to control MythTV and other programs
  • Control any A/V gear from MythTV and other programs
TIP: Read more about CommandIR III Mini here.


What makes CommandIR stand out?

  • More channels, more independence - Control even identical devices independently.  Change the channel on just 1 of your set-tops with CommandIR when all would respond to the same remote.
  • High resolution recording, sending, and receiving - Packing a 48Mhz microprocessor, all CommandIR III products transmit and receive accurately to 1/4 of a microsecond (0.000 000 25s)
  • Expandable - Supporting lots of transmitters, optional external receiver, optional Xantech integration with CommandIR Pro, and optional expansion of Pro; CommandIR is ready as your requirements increase.
  • Future Proof - All CommandIR products ever launched (2004-2011) still supported.  In fact, the newest CommandIR III can expand on the oldest original CommandIR Mini.
  • Linux Only - We specialize in providing the best IR controller, only available for Linux-based OS's.


All CommandIRs Have Multiple Emitters

Why else? 

  • Remote Freedom.  Don't be forced into using a remote tied to specific hardware that you don't like.
  • Personalize. Someone else don't like your remote?  Let them choose one they like and use both remotes.
  • Unsurpassed Integration. With hardware the lets software detect almost any remote and control any device, the integration possibilities are huge.  A simple example: Setup power or volume control on A/V gear from your MythTV remote that it couldn't otherwise control. 

What's the same between  CommandIR II and III?

  • Parallel Device Blasting. Control up to 4, or 16 different devices all at once depending on your CommandIR model.
  • External Receiver Option. Use the built-in remote receiver, or plug-in an external receiver for hidden operation.
  • Remote Detection Lights. See when CommandIR detects your remote (remote light blinks red) and see when LIRC decodes it (remote light blinks green)
  • Simply Expandable.  Need more emitter channels?  Plugging in more CommandIRs automatically adds emitter channels #5-8, #9-12, and #13-16. No extra setup required after the 1st CommandIR works.
  • Userspace Driver.  Decoupling from specific kernels makes system integration and package maintaining easier.

What's new with CommandIR III?

Lots of new features for different people's tastes and applications:

New CommandIR Mouse Receiver

  • High-Resolution IR Recorder - Now you can record remotes without buying an external receiver. 
  • Smaller Form Factor - We've added a bit more and shrunk it all down a size!
  • Expandable - Designed for installers and commercial use.
  • New external receiver - CommandIR III no longer supports Hauppauge receivers; we now stock long range receivers.

CommandIR Model Comparison:


 CommandIR III Mini Expandable

 CommandIR III Mini w/ Pro Expansion

Microprocessor Clock
48Mhz48Mhz, built-in to Mini
Maximum emitters
Built-in Recorder?
YesYes, built-in to Mini
Receiver Supported?
Yes Yes, attach to Mini

Two options:

  • By using multiple Mini's
  • By attaching a Pro

LIRC supports 32 emitters, or 2 Pro Expansions.

CommandIR Utils support 2048 emitters, or 128 Pro Expansions.

Xantech IR-In support
Yes, 1 channel on Pro
Xantech IR-Out support
NoYes, 4 channels plus Universal TX out


Q. What remotes does it support?
A. You can use just about any remote using LIRC.  Teach CommandIR your remote by finding its remote codes in the LIRC Config database or the LIRC database , or you can record them yourself with LIRC's irrecord program.
Q. Does it control "56k" devices?
A. Yes.  Hardware modulates signals in real time for completely accurate control of all devices. 
Q. Is CommandIR available for Windows?
A. Not at this time.
Q. What external receivers are supported with CommandIR III?
A. CommandIR III supports our 3.5mm receivers. The port is compatible with Hauppauge 2.5mm receivers with an adapter. 
Q. Where can I get it?
See also the CommandIR II page for photos and videos of typical CommandIR applications.
Last Updated: Sunday, 27 March 2011

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