HDMI-CEC to USB and RS-232 bridge
-- protocol converter
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The two versions of the HDMI-CEC to USB Bridge have identical functionality as detailed in this downloadable PDF (HDMICECtoUSBandRS232v2.0.pdf). The only difference between the two is that their version strings are different to establish compatibility with ValkyrieTech's PC integration software (detail below).
RCAware's Eventghost plugin software, compatible with both version's of the bridge, is available for purchase directly from RCAware. Click to Purchase & download RCAware PC-CEC Plugin for Eventghost Please note that this software is created and supported by RCAware, not by RainShadow; please direct all support requests for this integration software to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The "HTPC Version" includes and is compatible with ValkyrieTech's PC integration software.
- The "PARA Version" does not include either RCAware's or ValkyrieTech's software; useful for system integrators, programmers, and those only requiring the RS-232 port.
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Both receive and send hex-codes on the single wire CEC bus present in HDMI cables.
The USB tty (serial-port) and RS-232 serial device is compatible with both Windows and Linux without custom device drivers.
Though not officially supported, it has been demonstrated to work with OS-X.
NOTE: To use this device as a bridge to RS-232 (9600 baud on 3-pin Phoenix connector), it must be powered via the USB port using either a connection to a PC or a USB mobile phone wall charger.
This device allows one to monitor and send CEC hex codes on the single wire bus using a USB tty (serial-port) or RS-232 serial port. Compatible with Windows (validated on XP, Vista and Windows 7) and Linux (validated on Ubuntu distribution) without additional host drivers. Please note that even though a custom driver is not needed for Windows, you will still need the device’s '.inf' file to match the product’s VID and PID to the Microsoft driver (downloadable here).
UPDATE: Windows 8 requires that the ".inf" file is signed. If you need to load the driver on a Windows 8 machine, there is a self-signed version of the driver. Because it is self signed, the installation will give you a warning that it is from an un-trusted source. Regardless, there are no binary files being shared, the .inf simply points to already provided Microsoft drivers (that are presumed "safe"). The zip file containing the self-signed driver is here
The CEC bus is sampled every .1ms using a microprocessor. When a start bit is detected and a complete frame read, the contents are converted to plain text hex digits and forwarded to the host through a USB connection. As an alternative to USB, the device also provides a RS-232 protocol interface via a 3-pin Phoenix connector.
The USB device is detected by the host as a tty serial device or port. Reading from this port allows a program to see everything that is passed on the bus. Writing to the port allows a program to place complete frames onto the bus.
For a detailed description of this device, command set, and how to use it, refer to this downloadable PDF (HDMICECtoUSBandRS232v2.0.pdf).
The detailed specification of the HDMI-CEC protocol and bus can be found here.
This device has been demonstrated to work with TVs from Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, LG, Panasonic, and Mitsubishi. TV CEC capabilities vary widely. Many recent models can be powered on, off, and have the external HDMI input source chosen via CEC. If you additional questions, please see the contact page and write us an e-mail.
PC Integration Software:
The two versions of the HDMI-CEC to USB Bridge have identical functionality as detailed in this downloadable PDF
The only difference between the three is that their version strings are different to establish compatibility with PC integration software.
ValkyrieTech HTPC Version
To understand the HTPC Windows 7 software and features made available by ValkyrieTech, visit ValkyrieTech's website for more information. If you have purchased the HTPC version of the bridge, the PC integration software can be downloaded from that site.
RainShadow Tech 'OEM' PARA Version
This version is for programmers and system integrators who would like to talk to the device directly via USB or serial port. It is not compatible with ValkyrieTech's integration software. RC Aware's software, purchase seperately, will work with this version.
Available for purchase from RC-AWARE --
This software is compatible with both versions of the USB bridge and is available for purchase from RCAware. Click to Purchase & download RCAware PC-CEC Plugin for Eventghost To understand the EventGhost plugin approach available from RC Aware, visit www.rcaware.com. The package includes software available from RCAware that consists of an EventGhost plugin that provides fully customizable HDMI-CEC control via macro editing of just about any CEC capable equipment and HTPC program including Media Center, MediaPortal, XBMC, SageTV, iTunes, DVBViwer, DVB Dream, and Cyberlink PowerDVD just to name a few. This can even make things like control from your Android phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad possible. Also leverages a custom driver to fully support “wake from sleep functionality”, something that is not supported with the PC’s default USB-to-serial port. If you have purchased the HA version of the bridge, you will receive a "coupon" directly from RCAware to dowload the software from that site for free (coupon typically arrives by e-mail within 1-3 days from purchase).
If you would like to purchase and evaluate an assembled device as pictured the cost is
$67 (HTPC Version) or $65 ('OEM' PARA Version) plus $6 flat rate shipping to anywhere in the US.
Payment accepted via PayPal (email@example.com).
Please be aware that the PayPal "Buy Now" option will allow you to choose/upgrade your shipping method AFTER you
enter your payment information. This can be done on the "Review Your Information" page of the checkout process.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING — In all cases please provide a *PHONE NUMBER*. If a phone number is not associated with your PayPal account, send me this information via e-mail, it is *required* for international deliveries. For $55, I can send devices using FedEx to most countries. If this amount does not cover shipping costs, I will contact you directly.