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Does anyone have a bin file for the Amazon Fire?

 
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pengland



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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 2:30 pm    Post subject: Does anyone have a bin file for the Amazon Fire? Reply with quote

I want to use the Amazon Fire with our Slingbox 500. I was able to get by the HDMI HDCP limitation but I need the bin file for the virtual remote.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

moved to Slingbox forum
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fire has no IR of its own. So it is impossible to control via Slingbox unless you get more hardware or use HDMI CEC. To get IR, you have to buy and plug in an FLIRC dongle and configure it like so:
http://forum.flirc.tv/index.php?/topic/1116-using-flirc-with-amazon-firetv/

Then load the matching remote which would not require a bin file at all since it already exists in the remote. Looks like they use Panasonic DVD codes in the linked example. But FLIRC can use any codes you wish, so take your pick. Fire only has 11 commands, so any device type would work fine.

If, on the other hand, you have a Fire TV stick, then your only option is HDMI CEC. In that case you would choose the device that would be receiving the IR commands and relaying them via HDMI, most likely your TV. Test this first by enabling HDMI control in your TV and using your TV remote to control the Fire Stick. This works on the Fire TV as well. In any case, not all commands will be available. Home will not be available, and Menu will probably only be available via a macro.

The other major drawback of HDMI CEC is that your TV must be turned on for it to work. Slingbox users would normally leave their TV off since there is nobody in the room to watch. This makes control more tedious and wastes energy.

The best solution by far would be to get a second Fire TV or Fire Stick to take on the road with you. Then you aren't limited by the slow, clunky, low res Sling app. An FLIRC dongle is going to cost you around $20, but a full blown Fire Stick with its own remote would only cost $35. The Stick also works fine on hotel wifi.
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