Medion X10 (Remote, USB Receiver, Radio Transmission)
Review of Linux Compatibility
The Medion X10 is a remote with radio transmission (instead of infraread) and is shipped together with a USB receiver. The remote can be used for multimedia PCs (e.g., HTPCs like xbmc ) and is compatible with Linux
The USB receiver has the USB ID 0bc7:0006:
I: Bus=0003 Vendor=0bc7 Product=0006 Version=0100 N: Name="X10 Wireless Technology Inc USB Receiver" P: Phys=usb-0000:00:1d.0-1/input0 S: Sysfs=/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1:1.0/rc/rc0/input15 ...
The commands of the remote are forwarded to the input devices, which are created by the Linux kernel if the USB receiver is plugged in. These commands can be read out by tools like LIRC, and therefore the program can be used as a remote control for LIRC compatible programs.
The installation of LIRC can be carried out by (under Ubuntu or Debian based distributions)
sudo apt-get install lirc
During the installation a configuration dialog appears. The following options have to be selected for the Medion X10:
1.) Linux input layer (/dev/input/eventX)
3.) The remote uses input device in the directory /dev/input/ that have to be selected during the configuration. It is recommended to use the /dev/input/by-id/ devices (e.g. /dev/input/by-id/usb-X10_Wireless_Technology_Inc_USB_Receiver-event-if00), because this ID will stay the same, while the numbered input devices (that link to the same pseudo file) can switch the order between two Boot processes. In this case the LIRC configuration will fail.
Afterwards the automatic start of the lircinput program needs to be deactivated:
sudo update-rc.d -f inputlirc remove sudo /etc/init.d/inputlirc stop
More details regarding the configuration of the remote and its buttons can be found at http://www.it-system.info/?p=54.