Currently Being ModeratedJun 30, 2012 4:42 PM (in response to kreg37)
Hmm, I am not following you. Using the Apple Remote to control the express? I believe you... or I am mistaken here.
The remote is for the iMacs, or the ATV, it is not for the routers. I think you may have been turning on/off airplay with it and coming to the wrong conclusion it was activating the router....?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 30, 2012 8:37 PM (in response to HACKINT0SH)
The IR remote I am referring to is the Keyspan AirPort Express Remote Control (URM-17A). It was designed for use with the AirPort Express and Mac/PC, but was discontinuted a few years ago. Here's a link:
The older model AirPort Express (2008 802.11n) model was compatible with the this remote. The new 2012 Airport Express does not work with it. So far as I know (and I've looked), there are no other IR remotes that work with any AirPort Express.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2012 12:09 AM (in response to kreg37)
Ahh, so we are talking 3'rd party here, that's where the confusion was. I am not surprised that item is discontinued. I don't think most people can adjustify the cost and hassle of using this, when MOST people prefer to just use an iOS device for this, etc.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2012 7:59 AM (in response to HACKINT0SH)
No, I'm not at all surprised, either. It's still a huge loss in my opinion, and I'm surprised that absolutely no one is upset by this. Sure, you still need an iPhone or iPod to select songs, but nothing beats the immediacy of having IR control, especially if your system is setup around a Harmony remote.
It wasn't a hassle -- it was a simple plug-and-play compliment to iOS devices.
What do you do if you receive a call while you're listening to music? With an IR remote, you just hit pause. With an iPhone, I'm not even sure you can pause before you answer.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 1, 2012 11:30 PM (in response to kreg37)
On the other side of the coin, people will complain that IR remotes are so horrible.. you actually have to have LoS to the device...
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2012 12:19 PM (in response to HACKINT0SH)
Regardless of the limitations of IR, having quick access to controls significantly improves the experience.
Having used the Remote app more than usual in the last few days with my new speakers, I'm reminded of how terrible an app it is if you just want to get in and out quickly -- the Library must load every time you open the app, and then once it does load, you can only use it for a few seconds until it inexplicitly kicks you to the "Now Playing" screen. And this happens every single time you open the app or unlock your phone. So tasks that should be quick such as pausing, skipping tracks, or adjusting the volume take 15-20 seconds.
With an IR remote, those tasks are instantaneous. It doesn't excuse the fact that the iPhone app needs an overhaul, which is a separate issue.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 30, 2012 7:55 PM (in response to kreg37)
It's also important if you've got a custom remote control setup. One that sends IR commands. Like a Crestron or other whole-house systems. Bit stupid on Apple's part to alienate this sort of customer, especially for something as trivially simple to support as this.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2012 9:43 AM (in response to Bill Kearney)
Has anyone tried the Harmony Remote models? Their website says that their IR supports the Airport Express.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2012 11:22 AM (in response to GrantlandMan)
The AirPort Express does not have an IR receiver. You need something like the Keyspan Express (which is no longer being made) to use IR with the AirPort Express. And the Keyspan Express is not compatible with the latest version of the AirPort Express. It is only compatible with the older version that plugs directly into the wall.
If you're able to get the Harmony Remote working with using the Keyspan Express, I'd be interested to hear how.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to kreg37)
I meant to say... "If you're able to get the Harmony Remote working without using the Keyspan Express, I'd be interested to hear how."