‹ Sid Verma

Kodi controllers

Jul 06, 2019

For the past five years, a Raspberry Pi, running Kodi, has been attached to my TV. The Pi, TV and the software all get updated time to time, but the overall setup has been the same for most of it.

+----+              +----+              +-----+
| TV |----(HDMI)----| Pi |--(USB/DLNA)--| HDD |
+----+              +----+              +-----+

Controllers I’ve used for Kodi over the years -

  • Desktop Keyboards (Wired/Wireless)
  • Wireless Mouse
  • Web Interface
  • Tasker scenes utilizing the web interface API
  • Kodi remote apps (for Android/iOS)
  • Emulated keyboard over SSH
  • VNC
  • Arduino based bluetooth remote
  • Game controllers

Some of these were novelty ones, others were used because of circumstantial needs+availability.

My primary controller is the excellent app Yatse (Lets you browse/play media on the phone itself - much faster than the TV UI). When the phone’s not nearby, or there’s a guest involved, I use a game controller (connected for retroPie anyway).

Last week, I was setting up Kodi (OSMC to be exact) on my old roommate’s Raspberry Pi. While I was installing Yatse on his phone, this other guy present there, who isn’t familiar with the software, doesn’t have any of the controller I know of, starts browsing movies on the TV. I look over, dumbfounded, and see him casually using the TV remote to play around in the UI.

Five years of having a CEC-compatible TV with a CEC-compatible SBC, and it never dawned on me to try the simplest UI possible - The TV remote.