More Information about the RemotePi Board
"The details are not the details. They make the product." - Charles Eames
What is it ?
- Enabling an infrared remote to navigate the menus of your media center, 100% compatible with standard simple GPIO IR receiver.
- Letting you switch the power of the Raspberry Pi on and off (safe shutdown) with almost any TV/DVD/Mediacenter/Universal/etc. remote or the pushbutton.
What is the difference between the versions and variants of the RemotePi Board ?
RemotePi Board for Pi 3 perfectly fits on the newer Raspberry Pi 3 :
The RemotePi Board for Pi 3 is available as variants with integrated IR receiver and LED or external IR receiver and LED connected by a cable. The variant with the integrated IR receiver and LED is recommended for most users as it is easiest to install and use. The variant with the external IR receiver and LED connected by a cable is useful, if you would like to use a non-transparent case or you would like to mount the Raspberry Pi and RemotePi Board out of line of sight. In this case, you only need to make sure the extended IR receiver and LED are visible for the users.
RemotePi Board for Pi 2 and B+ fits on the Raspberry Pi Model A+ or B+ or the Raspberry Pi 2 :
The RemotePi Board for Pi 2 and B+ is almost identical to the above RemotePi Board for Pi 3, the only difference being a different value of the built-in polyfuse which limits the current in case of a short circuit. The RemotePi Board for Pi 2 and B+ has a built-in polyfuse of 2.0 A, same as the Raspberry Pi 2, B+ and A+ (The RemotePi Board for Pi 3 and the Raspberry Pi 3 are protected by a 2.6 A polyfuse). The board is as well available in variants with integrated IR receiver and LED or external IR receiver and LED connected by a cable.
RemotePi Board for Pi Model B perfectly fits on the older Raspberry Pi Model A or B :
The RemotePi Board is as well available as variants with integrated IR receiver and LED or external IR receiver and LED connected by a cable.
The reason why two versions of the RemotePi Board exist is because the Raspberry Pi model A and B is physically different from the model B+ and A+ and RPi 2. Mounting holes and connectors are in different positions. The two versions of the RemotePi Board are very similar in function and would work with any model of the Raspberry Pi (i.e. A, B, B+, A+, 2), but they physically do not fit well on the Raspberry Pi model they were not designed for.
Here is how you can identify, which Raspberry Pi you have :
If you can see the two mounting holes as in the picture above, then you have a Raspberry Pi Rev. 2 Model A or B. You can then use the RemotePi Board for Pi Model B.
If your Raspberry Pi has instead four mounting holes in the corners as pictured above, you have a Raspberry Pi A+ or B+, Raspberry Pi 2 or Raspberry Pi 3. You can find the model on the printing on the PCB of the Raspberry Pi.
The board piggybacks on top of the Raspberry Pi and should fit into most cases (after some case modifications). You can as well purchase an acrylic case specifically designed for the RemotePi Boards on this site.
The RemotePi Board Compatibility Matrix page has some more information about which version of the RemotePi Board works with which Raspberry Pi Model.
How does it work ?
In addition to controlling power, the RemotePi Board forwards any received infrared signal to the Raspberry Pi, so this can be used to remote control the media center as well (using LIRC ). The popular XBMC/Kodi based media center distributions all have built-in support for LIRC.
Use the RemotePi Board ...
- With any old spare remote control that you may already have but do not use anymore.
- With an existing remote control that you use, for example, your Blu-Ray remote. Then use an unused button on the remote (for example a karaoke or recording button) as the RPi power cycle button. In this case if the Blu-Ray player is off you use it for the RPi, when you switch off the RPi, you use it for your Blu-Ray player.
- With an existing media center remote control that you may already own and use for your RPi mediacenter installation.
- With a Logitech Harmony or other universal remotes.
- With a new replacement remote that you can purchase from this site.
- Make your media center setup more user-friendly for technically less advanced members of your family.
- Power saving ! Although the RPi does not draw a lot of power it is always desirable to switch off devices when they are not in use, especially when it is not used every day. The RemotePi board reduces the standby current to less than 10 mA needed for the microcontroller and the infrared receiver.
- No wearing out of the RPI micro USB socket due to constant plug in / unplug.
- Clean safe RPi OS shutdowns, this avoids sd card corruption.
- Regular rebooting of the RPi to clear memory leaks and do automatic updates.
- Does not occupy a USB port.
- 100% compatible with the simple GPIO IR receiver. If you have this set up, you can replace the IR receiver with the RemotePi Board and re-use your configuration without changes.
- Very easy to install, fully assembled, no soldering required.
- Piggybacks on the Raspberry Pi, no loose cables (for the variants with internal IR receiver and LED).
- Raspberry Pi does not have to be modified in any way.
- Protect your investment, the firmware of the RemotePi Board is user-upgradable ! New features and improvements can be added by upgrading to the newest firmware.
- New with firmware 2.0 : The RemotePi Board is customizable ! If you do not like the brightness of the power-on LED, change it ! Set a power-on timer, if you want to automatically power on your Raspberry Pi after a predefined time ! There are many more options to customize your RemotePi Board, see the configuration tool page for details.
Which infrared remotes work with the board ?
- LOGITECH HARMONY and other universal remotes (these remotes can be configured for one of the supported IR protocols below. If you can still choose the device you configure on the Harmony we recommend choosing a Philips DVD Player or a Microsoft MCE remote for your Raspberry Pi media center, these use the RC5/RC6 IR protocol. For detailed instruction how to use the RemotePi Board with Logitech Harmony remotes see here)
- SIRCS (Sony)
- NEC, NEC16, NEC42 (NEC, APPLE, Pioneer, JVC, Toshiba, most No Name brands)
- KASEIKYO (Panasonic, Technics, Denon and other Japanese brands, which are members of the ‘Japan's Association for Electric Home Application’)
- DENON (DENON, Sharp)
- RC5, RC6 & RC6A (Philips and other European brands)
- IR60 (SDA2008) (many European brands)
- RECS80 (SAA3004) (Philips, Nokia, Thomson, Nordmende, Telefunken, Saba)
- RECS80EXT (SAA3008) (Philips, Nokia, Thomson, Nordmende, Telefunken, Saba)
Which Infrared remotes do NOT work with the board ?
- For the RemotePi Board for Pi 3 : A Raspberry Pi 3.
- For the RemotePi Board for Pi 2 and B+ : A Raspberry Pi Model A+ or B+ or Raspberry Pi 2.
For details on which RemotePi Board works with which Raspberry Pi please refer to the RemotePi Board Compatibility Matrix page.
- For the RemotePi Board for Pi Model B : A Raspberry Pi Model A or B. The easiest way to find out if you have a Raspberry Pi which will work is to check if there are mounting holes as in this picture :
If you see these mounting holes, then your Raspberry Pi will work with the Remote Pi Board for Pi Model B.
We can confirm from customer feedback that the RemotePi Board for Pi Model B even works with the older Raspberry Pi Rev. 1.0 Models without the mounting holes. In this case you cannot use the provided screw to mount the RemotePi Board though, you could use a piece of plastic as a spacer.
- An existing good quality RPi power supply with the standard micro USB plug. You can as well solder power cables for +5V and GND directly to the pads provided on the PCB of the RemotePi Board.
- An existing infrared remote control (or order one from our site).
- You will need a bit of skill to create your own lircd.conf file, if you use your existing remote and want to control the media center with it (if you use your remote only to power the RPi on and off then this is not necessary. If you order our remote we supply the lircd.conf file, so you do not need to create it by yourself. For using a Logitech Harmony remote see here) This file tells the OS how to understand the keys on your remote and it is different for every IR remote model.
- As the board covers the DSI (Display Serial Interface) connector of the RPi, this connector cannot be used when the board is connected. The RemotePi Boards cover only part of the GPIO connector of the Raspberry Pi, so the unoccupied part can still be used for other hardware extensions.
Either no case or a modified case, preferably transparent (for the dual-color LED and the IR receiver).
You can as well order a clear acrylic case for the RemotePi Board for Pi Model B or a clear acrylic case for the RemotePi Board for Pi3, Pi 2 and B+ from our site, which were designed to host the RemotePi Board and, therefore, requires no modifications.
- An OS that can be shut down by a GPIO signal. Currently, we provide shutdown scripts for OpenElec, OSMC, XBian, RasPlex, Raspbian and others (please see the support pages), we will add more in the future. You can still use other currently unsupported OSs with the RemotePi Board, but will have to adapt the shutdown script.
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This page was last updated 25-Apr-2016