I recently purchased the Pulse Eight USB CEC Adapter because my new TV has HDMI CEC, and I didn’t want to buy a second remote to use exclusively with my HTPC. This little magic box controls XBMC, it’s amazing. Below is my review.
I ordered the Pulse Eight USB – CEC Adapter online from their shop, and it arrived 1 week later. I expected it to take longer because it was going from the UK -> Canada. It was packaged in a bubble lined envelope – I don’t have a picture but it was nicely packed and didn’t sustain any damage during transit.
- The USB Adapter
- 15 cm USB to mini-usb cable
- 10 cm HDMI Cable
Below are some pictures of the adapter and cables.
Setting It Up
The setup could not have been easier. There’s no instructions included because it’s so dead simple. The instructions are essentially printed on the adapter. For those interested in how I set it up, I did the following.
- Turn off the TV and HTPC
- Unplug the HDMI cable from the back of the HTPC, plug that into the port labelled TV
- With the supplied HDMI cable, plug that in to the port labelled PC
- With the supplied USB cable, plug that into the port labelled USB, and into an open USB port on your HTPC
- Turn on the TV
- (Optional) I had to manually turn on the HTPC
- XBMC will recognize the CEC Adapter and you’re in business
That’s it! I laid it out in dead simple hand holding steps.. The whole process takes about 47 seconds if you’re drinking a beer.
Below is a quick usage video I made. (Video is set to not auto-download, click anywhere in the video player to start playback)
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This little magic box works flawlessly. It’s plug and play, there’s no lag or delay while doing anything. This saves me from having to use two remotes. This also means you don’t need to have line of sight to your HTPC. The only negative I can think of is the price. Personally it’s worth it to me, I don’t have to teach my girlfriend how to use another remote.