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Hello all

 

My Fire TV broke and I want to get another device but don't want to spend another 100 bucks. Does anyone know if the new Fire TV will work with flirc?  I am using flirc with harmony remote. 

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Dave_O.  That's an interesting idea,  Have you actually made it work with this OTG cable?  The company says both legs cannot work at the same time.  Which I think means that when you are using an IR remote, the Flirc USB will transfer the command, but while that's happening, power to the stick will be cut off.  Will this not cause problems? Or am I interpreting this wrong?

 

 

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Dave_O.  That's an interesting idea,  Have you actually made it work with this OTG cable?  The company says both legs cannot work at the same time.  Which I think means that when you are using an IR remote, the Flirc USB will transfer the command, but while that's happening, power to the stick will be cut off.  Will this not cause problems? Or am I interpreting this wrong?

 

 

I expect that power is a constant on both legs of the cable.

There is no chip in that cable to do any switching, so the "both legs cannot work at the same time" comes into effect if you had two devices sending data to a single host.

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I expect that power is a constant on both legs of the cable.

There is no chip in that cable to do any switching, so the "both legs cannot work at the same time" comes into effect if you had two devices sending data to a single host.

Thanks Budwyzer.  I agree.  It would be very odd for such a device to do that. Which is why I was hoping Dave would confirm he actually had IR remote control of the Fire stick working using it and the Flirc USB.  I am used to controlling everything with a Harmony One remote, so this is bugging me.  Plus the odd shape of the Fire remote makes it a real PITA to use. 

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With well over 2000 views, there is apparently a lot of interest in this topic. Obviously no one wants to invest in another $300.00 remote control with a unifying "hub" if they don't have to.  I have the original Harmony One and I was loath to give it up as, IMHO,  none of its successors has duplicated the button placement, touch screen placement, and usability of that unit.  If other peripherals start to make use of Bluetooth remotes it might be necessary to bite that bullet, but not yet.

 It has taken a lot of digging and reading of other threads here at Flirc to verify, some of them going back two years, but the statement made by Dave_O a few posts up is true.  I can't speak for that particular OTG dongle he links, as I purchased a different but similar one.  But if you have the new V2 Fire stick, you can use the Flirc USB to program your IR remote to control it, and connect it with an OTG dongle.   Getting it to work perfectly with all the Fire TV apps, including those that have to be side loaded, can be a challenge, but it can be done. Unfortunately, from what I read, the original Fire stick's USB port cannot be used for anything other than a power source, so this only applies to V2.

Here's a short tutorial. Any references to procedures that work with the Fire TV box should also work with the stick as of V2.  Jason Kotzin is the go to guy, although he is probably not too popular at Logitech :-)

https://support.flirc.tv/hc/en-us/articles/200712568-Logitech-Harmony-Remotes

And for the historical process that got Flirc to the software version of today, which was not easy, some light reading:

 

 

 

  

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I just got the Firestick 4K. I planned to use the Flirc with it but apparently the Flirc software does not support the new Firestick remote so i don't have vol up / vol down or mute. Kinda of useless without sound control. Am I missing something. Any help would be appreciated. 

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