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Old November 23, 2013, 05:39 PM
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Well Nancy......... (ok, age check... where is that reference from? ).

USB-UIRT Home

Anybody ever play with one of these? This paired with UR has the potential to be the ultimate programmable handheld remote.........

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Receiver needs to be network capable.
It is, and it's accessible from the network as I can "push" media player files to it.
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Old November 23, 2013, 05:40 PM
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Well Nancy......... (ok, age check... where is that reference from? ).

USB-UIRT Home

Anybody ever play with one of these? This paired with UR has the potential to be the ultimate programmable handheld remote.........
XBMC + XBMC app.
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Old November 23, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Yeah, I've just started playing with XBMC and am looking forward to digging a bit deeper WRT the remote control function. I was just using the MCE remote so far.

In case you missed my edit... the amp is connected and recognized by the network as I'm able to "push" media files to it from media player.
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Old November 23, 2013, 08:28 PM
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Late to the game responding, but yest they do. Gave my mother my old SGS1, hooked it up to their home network and she was using the internet until she got a plan for the phone a month later (still no data, just uses data at home)
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Old November 24, 2013, 12:39 AM
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Cool!!!! So now it's just a matter of finding a sub $100 smartphone..... ;)

Again you'll have to excuse my ignorance when it comes to cell phones..... do updates to the OS come solely from the cell provider, or do they also come from the manufacturer? Would a Samsung phone get Samsung updates over wifi, or would a company like bell have complete control over what updates were done? (I'm assuming that kind of unconnected functionality / updates is what rooting is all about? ).

Any suggestions from our member on older hardware which might be for sale these days that would fit the bill as a wifi connected remote / email checker / light browser?
Updates come from both the cell provider and manufacturer.

However, the cell provider has no relation to the currently used SIM in the card - I use AT&T/T-Mobile phones in Canada (on Canadian carriers, or wifi only) all the time, and they get updates whenever AT&T/T-Mo push the updates on their end.

You generally won't get much in the way of worthwhile updates direct from the manufacturer (other than Apple), but for the most part it doesn't matter, since you get carrier updates regardless of which (if any) carrier you're actually using.
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Old November 24, 2013, 12:40 PM
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More questions (I'm googling as well, but the answers I'm seeing often don't jive) this time regarding Bluetooth connections.

If I'm reading this right, using Bluetooth as opposed to wireless is going to use a hell of a lot less power and (assumedly) thus increase battery life.... since there's going to be a 24/7 PC in the same room should (or even can) I disable the wireless connection and then connect to the PC through Bluetooth? How about the PC's internet sharing function.... has anybody here managed to share a win7 /8 PC's internet connection through Bluetooth?
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More questions (I'm googling as well, but the answers I'm seeing often don't jive) this time regarding Bluetooth connections.

If I'm reading this right, using Bluetooth as opposed to wireless is going to use a hell of a lot less power and (assumedly) thus increase battery life.... since there's going to be a 24/7 PC in the same room should (or even can) I disable the wireless connection and then connect to the PC through Bluetooth? How about the PC's internet sharing function.... has anybody here managed to share a win7 /8 PC's internet connection through Bluetooth?
Bluetooth for data transfer negates any of your power saving features in BT, as well as painfully slow connections and limited range. Might be a good point for wireless charging but thats bumping you over your budget. If its ONLY for remote control of XBMC then BT would be good here, though I wonder how much of a battery savings you will see.
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Old November 29, 2013, 12:56 PM
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Just a quick update.....

As a non smart phone user I have to say this is probably the most fun I've had with a sub - $100 tech purchase in a long time. The possibilities are endless from the initial plan of mostly using it as a remote, to MP3 player, camera, digital voice recorder, wireless internet access for things like email, etc......

The remote functions work as expected, but I'll admit it would seem like a waste to have a device like this dedicated strictly to being a network remote. That said... even without using it as a phone (it does actually work with my paygo sim card) there are enough features to make it well worth buying used and setting up.

Getting music onto the bloody thing via usb was not only painfully slow, it also had a tendency to lock up the phone if I tried to transfer too many files at once, but transferring direct to a class 10 32G MicroSD was a breeze and also pointed out to me that the old 1G SD cards that I use for my camera are woefully outdated and slow. :)



Many thanks go out to 3.0Charlie for the great deal, and a reminder for you smartphone techheads to remember your dumbphone / paygo friends/relatives when it comes time to move on to something shinier. :)
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Old November 29, 2013, 01:20 PM
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Another good thing to know about an android smart phone running at least 2.3, you can actually use it as a wireless network card if you are out and your laptop or desktop does not have a working wireless card.
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Old November 29, 2013, 01:30 PM
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Yeah the phone has fairly easy access to tethering. I don't know if that's the cyanogenMod Rom or if it's pretty much standard. I've got an awfully steep learning curve with this thing though... even a feature as common as Bluetooth functionality isn't something I've had any need to play around with.
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