FLIRC, a USB dongle that adds IR remote support and functionality to the Fire TV, has just gone on sale for $14.95. That’s just $1 more than the lowest price it has ever been. FLIRC is quite elegant in its simplicity. It allows you to use any IR remote control you own to control your Fire TV. You plug it into the USB port of a PC or Mac and select Fire TV on its simple configuration interface. You then point any remote you have at the FLIRC, and teach it what actions to perform on the Fire TV when a particular remote button is pressed. Then just plug FLIRC into the Fire TV’s USB port, and your IR remote will be able to control your Fire TV. FLIRC is compatible with USB hubs, so you’ll still be able to use external storage, keyboards, mice, and other USB devices while the FLIRC is connected.
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