LIRC guide for FreeBSD

Anton Stamenov anton.stamenov at
Thu Mar 15 08:43:42 UTC 2007

I don't have deep knowledge about remotes and infrared and lirc, what
I can help is to show my success story. 

My dongle, is also serial, and there is a serial driver for lirc under
freebsd. I'm using it. My setup is little bit oposite, I have a
FreeBSD box which is setup as media box and I controll different
multimedia (not only) stuff on this box using my remote. I'm watching
TV, using one old Pinncle PCTV Pro card which is well supported under

On Thu, 15 Mar 2007, Torfinn Ingolfsen wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Mar 2007 19:50:42 -0400
> Joe Auty <joe at> wrote:
> > The piece I'm missing is getting LIRC listening on a device node so
> > that it can communicate with my IR Blaster connected to my serial
> > port.
> I *think* that the problem is related to the fact that IR Blasters are
> using the serial port in a non-standard way.
> Instead of using the Tx signal to transmit data, they are using the DTR
> signal. This page seems to support that view:
> Thus, you need a special driver for the serial port which allows it to
> work in this way. It is probably a year or two since I looked at it,
> but the problem then was that LIRC's "driver" for serial ports was
> totally Linux-specific, not very clean code, and not easy to port over
> to FreeBSD. So nobody did make a LIRC serial port driver for FreeBSD .
> See also /usr/ports/comms/lirc/pkg-message
> So, either you need to write a "LIRC driver" for serial piorts under
> FreeBSD, or you need to get a "IR Blaster" type device that doesn't use
> the serial port, AND is spported both by FreeBSD and LIRC, if such
> devices exists.


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