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    This is a discussion on Virtual remote control within the General Computing and Internet forums, part of the Community channel category; I've written a small computer programme to control Sky+ HD & Sky HD boxes using a virtual remote control unit, ...

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      Virtual remote control

      I've written a small computer programme to control Sky+ HD & Sky HD boxes using a virtual remote control unit, see image.

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      It can be downloaded from: http://seawright.a0001.net/download/SkyRemote.zip

      I would class it as beta software as it does not contain an installer and has only been tested on Vista.

      A known limitation is that the Sky button doesn't work. However it's not all doom and gloom indeed it does have some advantages over the Sky+ app in that it can be used to select radio stations and as already mentioned works with the Multiscreen Sky HD box.

      It doesn't search for Sky boxes, requiring their IP address to be added to the "data\controllers.xml" file though
      IP addresses 192.168.0.2 to 192.168.0.13 are already included. This should be an advantage where UPNP/DLNA doesn't find a Sky box or where a network includes two, or more, routers.

      I have included the source code for the benefit of anyone who wants to make improvements but if programming is not your idea of fun then I would still appreciate constructive feedback.

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      Re: Virtual remote control

      So this is for Windows? Rather than the existing iPhone or Android apps? Does it work on windows mobile?
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      Re: Virtual remote control

      Very nice, works a treat, will play more with it later.
      What's with the red button in the top right?
      Last edited by lettice; 24-09-15 at 08:37 AM.

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      Re: Virtual remote control

      Quote Originally Posted by bubblegun View Post
      Does it work on windows mobile?
      Don't know. I've only tried it on Vista but if windows mobile runs .net framework then it should run but whether it works correctly is another matter.

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      Re: Virtual remote control

      Quote Originally Posted by lettice View Post
      What's with the red button in the top right?
      It just indicates that it has connected to the selected Sky box. It turns black if the connection fails though a message box warns when this happens.

      I did wonder about only having it lit while a command was being sent like the LED on a real Sky remote but most of the time this had to be artificially extended so as to make it visible.

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      Re: Virtual remote control

      Project Centenial will make it easy to convert to a universal app fro windows phone and windows 10 store apps, aka universal apps.


      A nice tool to play with for creating your own basic store apps is the Windows app studio here
      Its an improving tool as it goes on.
      A nice take through of its limits here
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      Re: Virtual remote control

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post
      It just indicates that it has connected to the selected Sky box. It turns black if the connection fails though a message box warns when this happens.

      I did wonder about only having it lit while a command was being sent like the LED on a real Sky remote but most of the time this had to be artificially extended so as to make it visible.
      Ok, perhaps it might be worth adding the connection icon that the phone and tablets use in the sky+ app, they turn yellow (with a turn on from standby screen), when box is in standby and blue when box is connected.
      Icon is always shown on top right of any device, so its in the correct place.

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      Re: Virtual remote control

      Just made a quick vid showing the remote that slingbox uses on a pc and the hover over menu.
      And of course your prog running
      This is running on win10, would be nice to have the remote transparent, not sure if that is easy though.

      https://youtu.be/3X1uIq6h-M8
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      Re: Virtual remote control

      Does the slingbox remote use downloadable skins? If so do you gave a link for the Sky+ HD skin?

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      Re: Virtual remote control

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post
      Does the slingbox remote use downloadable skins? If so do you gave a link for the Sky+ HD skin?
      They used to be customisable in the old standalone prog and skins are still avaialble online, here is one.
      But its an addon now to a browser (in my case firefox), so well embedded and not available.

     

     
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