Remote controls

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In XBMC the primary environment was designed for the living room (10-foot interface) and controlling it only with a remote control. While XBMC does support mouse, keyboard, and even touch controls, the main method of controlling XBMC is designed around is the typical remote. This further enhances the appliance feel of the XBMC and fits next to (or replaces) the other remotes that are likely to be in your entertainment room.

1 Types of remotes

  • MCE Remotes - Infrared remote controls made for computers that follow the MCE standard. These remotes should work with XBMC out-of-the-box on Windows and Linux.


  • RF Remotes - Radio frequency remote controls, such as 2.4 GHz dongles and bluetooth remotes. Most of these typically emulate a keyboard interface and/or standard multimedia keys.


  • Gamepads - Gamepads and joysticks, such as xbox and PS3 controllers.


  • CEC - Use your existing TV remote if you have a CEC compatible TV and CEC interface.



  • Control Systems - Highly Customizable Programmable Control Systems which can control XBMC as well as Lights, HVAC, A/V Equipment, and much more.



  • Web interfaces - Web interfaces allow users to control and interact with their XBMC installation through a web browser. This can be used for a remote control, library management, visual feedback, and many other things.


  • Keyboards - Still want to use a keyboard and/or mouse? Check this page.

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