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Serial IR receiver problem

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Erk, May 26, 2007.

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  1. Erk

    Erk Guest

    Hello all

    I have a strange problem. I use a home built serial IR receiver
    attached to the com-port of my computer. I use Winlirc and Girder to
    perform different tasks from my remote control. It has worked very
    well for many years now.

    The other day I installed a Skype adapter, AU-600. I trhink this
    device works more or less as a modem with voice capablities. It
    enables me to use my regular phone with Skype, making and receiving

    It's an USB device and after I installed it my IR receiver works very
    poorly. It seems that the signal received is very inconsistent. I've
    tried to re-learn some remote codes, but Winlirc reports inconsistent
    signal. When I pull the plug on the skype adapter, evereything is back
    to normal.

    Does anyone has any ideas what can cause this? I've tried to use
    different USB ports on the computer, different USB cables but no
    change. I tried to change the IRQ channel of the com port, but that
    didn't have any effect.

    Please help!

    Kind regards
  2. Kryten

    Kryten Guest

    IR sensors sense a very small signal so they are vulnerable to interference.
    Just sticking an IR LED to a hi-gain amp isn't enough, it needs screening
    If you look at commercial sensors, they have a metal screen.

    It may be that noise on the VCC rail is leaking into the sensor.
    If so you need extra local regulation near your sensor.

    Do you have a link to the page you got your IR design from?
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