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I have a MacBook AIR without IR and an Apple remote control (bought without knowing my laptop didn't have IR). I am looking for an IR adaptor. Can you please recommend me one that works on Mac?

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Have a look at Mira and Remote Buddy, which are programs to enable the Apple Remote on systems that don't have it built-in (they also provide expanded functionality I believe). They both have hardware compatibility lists that should provide you with some good suggestions (here for Mira, and here for Remote Buddy.

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Thank you. I also found these:amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-Infrared-Adapter-MV42440/dp/B001GXR77E/… or amazon.com/Adapter-USB-2-0-IrDA-Compatible/dp/B006VJ049Q or amazon.com/gp/product/B000JPGQ4U/…. The comments are pro and against. Do you think one of there might help me use the remote? Thank you! – AMM Nov 3 '12 at 20:40
    
I checked the site indicated: twistedmelon.com/mira It is yet unclear for me (I am not specialist at all): should I also order an external IR receiver or is it enough to buy the software? (I have the Apple remote). Thanks – AMM Nov 3 '12 at 21:05
    
You definitely need a receiver if you have a Mac without a built-in receiver. Otherwise the software has no way to read the IR signals. – robmathers Nov 3 '12 at 21:09
    
Thank you! I will try to read more about the IR sticks. – AMM Nov 3 '12 at 21:39

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