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#11
(24-Oct-2020, 02:34 PM) davem Wrote:
(23-Oct-2020, 01:08 PM) agent_kith Wrote:
(23-Oct-2020, 12:49 PM) davem Wrote:  

That's not going to work I think, go to https://www.lirc.org/, and under supported hardware, look for anything that says transmitter. say the serial transmitter (If your computer has a serial port).

If you are lucky, you might be able to find one of the HP USB receiver/transmitter dongle, and then you can plug in your IR transmitter into it. But I havn't try this myself


Thanks AK. thats not what I really wanted to hear.... there seems to be a disconnect between the LIRC page of compatible devices and whats available locally. I see Jaycar have something to try https://www.jaycar.com.au/single-ir-emit...4/p/AR1811


Lirc is so under-documented and lags several releases behind any current OS...users generally have to experiment with major breakage before one stumbles upon a working recipe...only to find an update kills it all.
Elsewhere I use Flirc... but some mapping and keycodes would be needed for Snakeoil.  Triggerhappy is the go-to currently for Flirc.
Maybe AK could add it to the todo list...but you or I could do some research too... Wink
https://packages.debian.org/buster/triggerhappy
http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/prec...thd.1.html
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(24-Oct-2020, 04:40 PM) Bromf Wrote:
(24-Oct-2020, 02:34 PM) davem Wrote:
(23-Oct-2020, 01:08 PM) agent_kith Wrote:
(23-Oct-2020, 12:49 PM) davem Wrote:  


Lirc is so under-documented and lags several releases behind any current OS...users generally have to experiment with major breakage before one stumbles upon a working recipe...only to find an update kills it all.
Elsewhere I use Flirc... but some mapping and keycodes would be needed for Snakeoil.  Triggerhappy is the go-to currently for Flirc.
Maybe AK could add it to the todo list...but you or I could do some research too... Wink
https://packages.debian.org/buster/triggerhappy
http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/prec...thd.1.html

Thanks Bromf,

I will do some reading when I get a chance. I only need 2 codes (vol up/down) and I have them already.
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#13
(26-Oct-2020, 07:00 AM) davem Wrote:
(24-Oct-2020, 04:40 PM) Bromf Wrote:
(24-Oct-2020, 02:34 PM) davem Wrote:
(23-Oct-2020, 01:08 PM) agent_kith Wrote:
(23-Oct-2020, 12:49 PM) davem Wrote:  


Lirc is so under-documented and lags several releases behind any current OS...users generally have to experiment with major breakage before one stumbles upon a working recipe...only to find an update kills it all.
Elsewhere I use Flirc... but some mapping and keycodes would be needed for Snakeoil.  Triggerhappy is the go-to currently for Flirc.
Maybe AK could add it to the todo list...but you or I could do some research too... Wink
https://packages.debian.org/buster/triggerhappy
http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/prec...thd.1.html

Thanks Bromf,

I will do some reading when I get a chance. I only need 2 codes (vol up/down) and I have them already.

I am getting a bit stuck and would love some suggestions. (luckily work has been quietish the last couple of days..) I bought the jaycar emitter plugged in the headphone jack of my NUC. Eventually worked out the right config details. When I do an IRSend, I cant see any signal when viewing with my phone camera.[edit: just confirmed that the camera does not pick up output from the emitter, so ignore that point] In the log its misleading - the earlier part suggests an issue unable to connect to a socket but later it seems to go through without error ! I mean it wouldnt be able to deinit the headphone jack if it couldnt connect ??? Am I reading this correctly ?

Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd-0.10.0[8995]: Info: Initializing ALSA:HDA Intel PCH: ALC283 Analog (hw:0,0)...
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC irsend: lirc_command_run: Sending: SEND_ONCE amp KEY_VOLUMEUP
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd[8995]: Cannot connect to server socket err = No such file or directory
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd[8995]: Cannot connect to server request channel
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd[8995]: jack server is not running or cannot be started
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Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd-0.10.0[8995]: Info: Using custom output device 0: ALSA:HDA Intel PCH: ALC283 Analog (hw:0,0) with default high output latency 0.034830
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd[8995]: lircd-0.10.0[8995]: Info: Using carrier frequency 32000
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd-0.10.0[8995]: Info: Using carrier frequency 32000
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC irsend: lirc_command_run, state: 0, input: "BEGIN"
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC irsend: lirc_command_run, state: 1, input: "SEND_ONCE amp KEY_VOLUMEUP"
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC irsend: lirc_command_run, state: 2, input: "SUCCESS"
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC irsend: lirc_command_run, state: 3, input: "END"
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC irsend: lirc_command_run: data:END, status:0
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd[8995]: lircd-0.10.0[8995]: Info: removed client
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd-0.10.0[8995]: Info: removed client
Oct 29 10:27:28 NUC lircd[8995]: lircd-0.10.0[8995]: Info: Deinitializing ALSA:HDA Intel PCH: ALC283 Analog (hw:0,0)...

done some more testing (mixing up devices etc) and am now confident that I am not getting anything out of the emitter.  Sad

More trial and error and numerous reloads of lircd and the errors have disappeared. but nothing in irw (not really sure yet if I should see anything in irw...)
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#14
(29-Oct-2020, 07:42 AM) davem Wrote: More trial and error and numerous reloads of lircd and the errors have disappeared. but nothing in irw (not really sure yet if I should see anything in irw...)

Which reference do you follow to use the input audio as a emitter? I'm only aware of using it as a receiver (See here: https://www.lirc.org/audio-alsa.html)...

irw is checking the data received by an IR receiver, so you can't use that Tongue
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#15
(29-Oct-2020, 01:12 PM) agent_kith Wrote:
(29-Oct-2020, 07:42 AM) davem Wrote: More trial and error and numerous reloads of lircd and the errors have disappeared. but nothing in irw (not really sure yet if I should see anything in irw...)

Which reference do you follow to use the input audio as a emitter? I'm only aware of using it as a receiver (See here: https://www.lirc.org/audio-alsa.html)...

irw is checking the data received by an IR receiver, so you can't use that Tongue


audio driver for xmitting - https://www.lirc.org/html/audio.html

Thanks for the tip re irw. I *thought* that I saw reference to it in posts that I found for blasting. The description says that 'irw will connect to any Unix domain socket and print the received data to stdout.' and I understood that you still needed to connect to a socket to blast ?? anyway, like I said earlier, I have limited linux.
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#16
(29-Oct-2020, 03:53 PM) davem Wrote: audio driver for xmitting - https://www.lirc.org/html/audio.html

Can you try run this and see what happens?
Code:
sudo lircd -d ALSA:[email protected]



What phone are you using? My android phones don't have a IR filter, so am unaware of any phone with this built in.. Must be a high end phone? $ tongue

(29-Oct-2020, 03:53 PM) davem Wrote: Thanks for the tip re irw. I *thought* that I saw reference to it in posts that I found for blasting. The description says that 'irw will connect to any Unix domain socket and print the received data to stdout.' and I understood that you still needed to connect to a socket to blast ?? anyway, like I said earlier, I have limited linux.

Do you mean this?
Quote:It takes some time to set up (50 ms or so) so when no clients are connected to lircd the first transmission will have some higher latency.

A workaround for this is to keep irw running with a bash script like this:
#!/bin/sh
while [ true ]; do
irw || true
sleep 1
done
If I'm reading this correctly it just means always keep the lirc connection alive.. So when you're ready to transmit, lircd is always read to transmit... Otherwise, the first transmission will take 50ms, but the later commands will be quicker...

I did a quick research, home assistant does have logitech squeezebox support.. But it tracks volume numerically (from 0.0 to 1.0), so it doesn't track VOL_UP or VOL_DOWN events.. If only, using HA will simplify everything for you (and it can do way more).
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#17
(29-Oct-2020, 04:15 PM) agent_kith Wrote:
(29-Oct-2020, 03:53 PM) davem Wrote: audio driver for xmitting - https://www.lirc.org/html/audio.html

Can you try run this and see what happens?
Code:
sudo lircd -d ALSA:[email protected]



What phone are you using? My android phones don't have a IR filter, so am unaware of any phone with this built in.. Must be a high end phone? $ tongue
(29-Oct-2020, 03:53 PM) davem Wrote: Thanks for the tip re irw. I *thought* that I saw reference to it in posts that I found for blasting. The description says that 'irw will connect to any Unix domain socket and print the received data to stdout.' and I understood that you still needed to connect to a socket to blast ?? anyway, like I said earlier, I have limited linux.

Do you mean this?
Quote:It takes some time to set up (50 ms or so) so when no clients are connected to lircd the first transmission will have some higher latency.

A workaround for this is to keep irw running with a bash script like this:
#!/bin/sh
while [ true ]; do
irw || true
sleep 1
done
If I'm reading this correctly it just means always keep the lirc connection alive.. So when you're ready to transmit, lircd is always read to transmit... Otherwise, the first transmission will take 50ms, but the later commands will be quicker...

I did a quick research, home assistant does have logitech squeezebox support.. But it tracks volume numerically (from 0.0 to 1.0), so it doesn't track VOL_UP or VOL_DOWN events.. If only, using HA will simplify everything for you (and it can do way more).

really appreciate your help AK.
I will test with that tomorrow some time. I am pretty sure that I tried that before but that would probably have been before I realised that you need a *valid* blasting remote config to work... so far I have had best success in the lirc config defining the device as ALSA:HDA Intel PCH: ALC283 Analog (hw:0,0) and driver as 'audio'
I am a bit of a squeezebox shop here. Running LMS with a few SB's and squeezelite on this snakeoil. Up until relatively recently, I was using a SB3 with the IRblaster plugin. I use iPeng (over wifi in case you are not familiar) for remote control of each SB/sqeezelite which gives full control + the ability to adjust the volume and coupled with the IRBlaster LMS plugin, changes in vol are blasted to my amp. There is no IR on the phone and this is what I am trying to replicate here.

My plan is to a) get lirc blasting working. Then, b) I have found https://github.com/mundschenk-at/squeeze...s/tag/v0.2  - this is a daemon that allows you to specify scripts to run on LMS events. ie power on/off, vol up/down. Theory is to define in this daemon to run irsend xyz whenever it sees a volUp request/event. Not too complex on the surface but....

This *should* replicate the functionality I had with the SB3 - adjust volume on iPeng (or web i/f) and the dial on the amp automagically turns. btw - my SB3 still works but the caps are gone so it crashes every 5-10 mins, otherwise I would still be using it.
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#18
a fresh day brings some progress. I tried using lircd w/the default device but no change. Randomly I then tried irsend with SEND_START instead of SEND_ONCE and BINGO!! Seems that a single code pulse was not enough to do anything. Optimum command seems to be send once with a count of 3.... So happy that is sorted. Such a time sink.
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(30-Oct-2020, 06:17 AM) davem Wrote: a fresh day brings some progress. I tried using lircd w/the default device but no change. Randomly I then tried irsend with SEND_START instead of SEND_ONCE and BINGO!! Seems that a single code pulse was not enough to do anything. Optimum command seems to be send once with a count of 3.... So happy that is sorted. Such a time sink.

Nicely done!

May be a good idea to document all the steps you took to get this working in the Walkthroughs forum here. You'll be helping the community out, and also can return here and look at your notes if you need to do this again. Smile
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sure - I have documented everything and will do a walkthrough once I get this all sorted.

Really really really appreciate your comments AK. A fresh set of eyes makes a big difference.
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