EventGhost is an advanced, easy to use and extensible automation tool for MS Windows. It can use different input devices like infrared or wireless remote controls to trigger macros, that on their part control a computer and its attached hardware. So it can be used to control a Media-PC with a normal consumer remote. But its possible uses go much beyond this.
You have your HTPC all set up to go. Then you realize that you have no way to seamlessly use your HTPC with your current living room set up. You may be sitting there with a wireless keyboard and mouse controlling it or you may be plopped down in front of your PC pressing return to select a different video to be displayed. There is still hope for you yet. There are many solutions today for giving you control of both your PC and the remaining elements of your living room. Currently, most universal IR remotes are up to the task of linking together most things in your living room except your PC. Many places offer niche products that are set up to control certain applications on a computer or record and emit a limited number of IR codes. I have long since searched for the ultimate of HTPC building: pressing a button and having it turn the TV on, and then go on to control your PC. There are many schools of thought as to how this should occur. This article teaches you one that involve an innovative, free program called EventGhost for Windows 2000, XP or Vista.
EventGhost is a very interesting program. You install plugins that enable different events to be displayed on the logger. As you can see the plugins give this program capability far beyond what this article covers but before you tackle network control or speech control you must learn the basics.
The license of this software is Free, you can free download and free use this automation software.