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Ira Technical Support

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You can attach Ira to the top, side or bottom of your monitor

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Using longer cable you can place Ira beside your stereo

Installing

Installing Ira is a very simple procedure, since there are no drivers required! You just need to locate a vacant serial port connector on the back side of your computer, make a note of which serial port it is (usually computers have two of them: one is #1, the other #2), and that's it.

Now you can proceed with installation of the software that will be translating signals received by Ira into actions, such as launching an application or pausing playback in an MP3 player. You can choose from the programs listed below. Each has its advantages and disadvantages (or it may be just a matter of personal preference).

Girder Freeware (for personal use)
eventGhost Freeware
LIRC Freeware

Ira is compatible with IRMAN or UIR, so choose either of these devices when selecting hardware module. Make sure you specify the correct port number. Installing software is very easy. See instructions for the software you choose.

Troubleshooting

QuickLink: Use Ira Diagnostic Utility if you are experiencing any problems with Ira

Something does not work? This section should be helpful in resolving most of the situations.

 

  1. First of all, you need to make sure that Ira is powered up when you enable it in software. You can tell this from one of its indicators being lit. If both indicators are off, then you need to check that
    • you specified the right device (IRMAN or UIR) in your program, and the right port for it; if you are not sure, just try another port;
    • Ira is connected to the computer directly. Do not use any extender cables: there are many different cables that look the same but wired differently inside. (You can look up the compatibility section for compatible cables. But do not use them during troubleshooting.)

    If the red indicator is on, proceed to step 2. If the green indicator is on, proceed to step 3.

     

  2. ira-03re.jpg (2218 bytes)At this step we assume that the red (on some of the devices it is yellow) indicator goes on when you enable Ira in your software. This means that the device is functioning, but the computer failed to initialize it. During initialization the device's clock is tuned, which is necessary for reliable communication with the computer. It is possible that the computer starts sending initialization code too soon, before the device is able to receive it. Another possibility is that the computer sends a wrong initialization code.

     

    • Make sure you specified the right device (IRMAN or UIR) in your software.
    • If you use Girder, you might need to change settings "Fast UIR Init" in UIR/IRMAN configuration window.

     

  3. ira-03re.jpg (2218 bytes) At this step we assume that the green indicator goes on when you enable Ira and the software recognizes the device. This means that the device was properly initialized by computer. Now you can check that Ira receives signals from remote control. When you push buttons on the remote, the green indicator will blink. This indicates that the signal is received and sent to the computer. If this is the case, then you just need to configure your software. If the indicator does not blink, then it means that it does not receive the signal. Consult the remote controls compatibility list and make sure you use one of the compatible remotes and that it is working.

 

If you still have problems, use this form to report a problem. We will try respond in a timely manner.

**the price information is as of 16th, Apr, 2002.

Linux

Configuring LIRC/Linux to work with Tira

Most recent distributions of Linux already contain the driver for Tira.

 

Tira-2.1 development API is now avaiable for Linux. You can download source code along with a sample applicaton.

Right now LIRC only supports receive mode. Complete support for Lirc will be available shortly.

The linux driver for Tira is available and can be found at sourcforge.net. Note that recent distributions of Linux already have drivers for Tira. However you might need to enable the driver. LIRC is located at www.lirc.org

SW Developer

Integrating Ira/Tira into a Custom Software

On this page we put together all information required to develop s/w that uses Ira/Tira.

Tira

We have developed a DLL that provides simple and easy to use interface to Tira. You don't need to know anything about IR remotes in order to use it. Sample application in C++ and Visual Basic is included. The latest version of the SDK is available from download section. API for Linux is also available and can be downloaded from here.

API User Manual. Click here to view.

Sample applications

Application name Language Communication Description
sample1 Vs2008, C# DLL Records, transmits (selectable from list) and saves any IR codes using CCF encoding.
sample2 Vs2008, VB.NET DLL Records , transmits and saves up to 3 different IR codes, monitors 6byte remote codes.
sample3 VB6 DLL Records and transmits up to 3 different IR codes, monitors 6byte remote codes
sample4 Win / C DLL Command line tool,records,saves and transmits IR signals using CCF encoding.
sample5 Linux / C Hardware Command line tool,searches for device on all ports,records, saves and transmits IR signals, pulse/space format.

In situations then using the DLL is not possible (for example, in different OS) you will need to work with a low level serial protocol. Click here to view description of the Tira-2 protocol.

Ira

Using Ira is even simpler. It's serial protocol is covered on in this document. We also provide a sample C++ application that works with Ira. The source code is available from here.

If you have question regarding any of the above documents, feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us. We will certainly try and help you resolve any issues you might have.

Installing Windows Drivers

Download the driver. When you plug Tira-2 into your computer the first time, Windows will not recognize it. This is so because Windows automatically searches an online database for generic drivers, however the required drivers do not exist there. You need to download the drivers manually. You can get them here.

After downloading the driver, you will have to extract the contents of the zip file to a temporary folder of your choice. To do this simply double click the zip file, and press "extract". Your extraction program will then ask you where you would like to extract the files to. Because these files are temporary, you can place them anywhere you want as long as you can remember its location later. The most convenient place is a folder on your desktop.

Now that you have the drivers, you will need to install them. If you have not already done so, please plug in your device. On some versions of windows an installation wizard may pop up, while on others it will not. Whether you receive the popup or not, you will have to manually direct windows to the folder where you extracted the drivers to previously. If you received a popup, please proceed to section A, if you have not received a popup, please proceed to section B.

  1. If you received a popup from windows asking you what you want to do, select the manual installation option. This may be displayed as “locate and install driver software” or you may get a “Found new hardware wizard” if you are running an older version of windows. To install the drivers, follow the on-screen instructions until you are given the option of locating the drivers manually. Select that option, and direct Windows to the folder you extracted the drivers into previously. Repeat the process when a second popup appears to install drivers for the USB serial port. Direct it to the same folder as previously.

  2. If you do not receive a popup, or Windows reports that it failed to automatically install the device, you will have to install it manually. To do so, you will need to open device manager (Windows XP: Right-click My Computer, click Manage, open Device Manager. Windows Vista: Click Start, and open Control Panel, locate and open System Maintenance, open device manager. Windows 7: Click Start, and open Control panel. Locate and open Device manager). In device manager, there will be an unrecognized device called Tira-2. This is the Tira device. Double click Tira-2. A Tira-2 Properties window will appear. There are three tabs at the top of the window, click the “drivers” tab. Proceed to click “Update Driver”. Follow the onscreen instructions, and point windows in the directory of the driver you have extracted previously, when you are prompted to do so.

After this is done, widows will recognise the Tira device as a Universal Serial Bus controller, however the driver installation is not complete yet. You will notice that there is now an unrecognized USB Serial Port.

Double click the USB Serial Port, and do the same as you did for the Tira-2 installation. Select “Update driver” and point it to the directory of the driver you have extracted previously. (The same directory you used for Tira-2 installation).

The Driver installation is now complete. You should see the “Tira IR Adapter” under Universal Serial Bus controllers and “Tira USB IR adapter (COM #)” under Ports (COM & LPT) in device manager. If you see both of these, your device is now recognized by windows, and is ready for programming.

Tira-2 Support

Downloads

Name Version Last update Description
Windows Driver 2.08 Apr 10, 2012 You need to download and install this driver in order to use Tira on Windows platform. This is the recommended driver for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7
Plugin for Girder 1.16b Jan 10, 2006 Plugin required for Girder. This version contains plugin for Girder 4 and supports up to 8 Tira's.
CCF Import tool for Girder 1.2 Mar 2, 2004 This application allows you to download a CCF file for your equipment from www.remotecentral.com and convert it into a GML. Save a lot of time on creating a setup for your HTPC!
Version 1.2 also includes a DLL that allows you to import CCF codes directly into your application. (C++ only)
IR Tuner for ShowShifter 1.3 May 15, 2004 Click here to read instructions on how to setup ShowShifter
Development SDK 1.13 Sep 19, 2005 DLL and description of the API required for integrating Tira into your s/w. Contains C++ and Visual Basic example application
Development SDK for Linux 1.9 Jun 29, 2004 Source code for the Tira API for Linux
Plugin for myHTPC 1.0 Dec 7, 2003 Download this plugin if you would like to use Tira or Ira with myHTPC
HomeSeer plugin 1.0 Feb 22, 2004 Many thanks to Jim Bell for this contribution!
Plugin required for using Tira-2 with HomeSeer.
 

FAQs

Q. How do you pronounce the name of your device?
A. Suggested pronounciation is like the word "mIRAge"

Q. Can I use Ira to exchange data with my PDA or cell phone?
A. No. PDA and cell phones use IrDA protocol to exchange data. Ira is not compatible with IrDA.

Q. What is the difference between Ira and Ira-2?
A. Ira-2 works correctly with wider range of remote controls. In addition, it can work with JP1 tools and together with Tira-2 can be used as an IR remote extender.

Q. Does Ira require batteries?
A. No, Ira is powered from the serial port, it does not require batteries or any other power supply.

Q. Is Ira compatible with applications like WinAmp, Media Player?
A. Ira does not directly work with applications. Instead, it interacts with IR receiver programs, like Girder or IRAssistant. And those programs are compatible with WinAmp and Media Player.

Q. I have a remote control from a TV (VCR, Stereo, Cable box etc) made by company A. Will it work with Ira?
A. If you purchased Ira after Jan 30, 2003, the answer is probably yes. Ira is designed to work with all remotes that use frequency in the range of 32-42kHz. As of now, we know only two companies that use frequency out of this range: "Bang & Olufsen" and "Vidikron". Remote control from all other brands should work.
If you purchased Ira before this date, the answer is still probably yes, but Ira might not work properly with some rare brands of remotes.

Q. Can I use a universal remote control with Ira?
A. Yes

Q. Can I use Palm Pilot as a remote control with Ira? What would be the reception range?
A. Yes, you can use Palm as a remote control if you have a special program for it. You can determine the reception range by using Palm to control your TV. The reception range of Ira will generally be better.

Q. How does Ira compare to devices like LIRC?
A. LIRC is merely an IR receiver connected to a serial port.

Q. Can I connect use Wake-Up function of Ira-3 if my motherboard does not have WOL connector?
A. The service software has to constantly poll it in order to detect signal from the remote. The reception might be not very reliable when you run CPU-intensive applications, like DVD playback.
Unlike LIRC, Ira has a microcontroller that monitors IR receiver. The service software is mostly idle, and only wakes up when Ira sends a signal. It does not matter how much you load your CPU, the reception always works fine.

If you have any questions not answered here, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use this form.
You are also welcome to post your questions in the online forum.

Warranty

Home Electronics 1 Year Warranty

Home Electronics will repair or at its option replace, without charge, your product which proves to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use, during the warranty period of 1 (one) year from the date of purchase. No other express warranty is applicable to this product. The duration of any implied warranties, including the implied warranty of merchantability is limited to the duration of the express warranty herein. Home Electronics shall not be liable for the loss of the use of the product, inconvenience, loss or any other damages, direct or consequential, arising out of the use of, or inability to use, this product or for any breach of any express or implied warranty, including the implied warranty of merchantability applicable to this product.

The above warranty does not apply:

  • To damages or problem which result from delivery or improper installation.
  • To damages or problems which result from misuse, abuse, accident, alteration.

Return Policy

Within 30 days from the day of purchase you can return product for a full refund (shipping costs excluded).