Boxee Box remote now available for desktop Boxee

Last updated Jul 8, 2011 — 7459 views

D-Link has begun selling the Boxee Box’s two-sided remote control as an unbundled product for users of Boxee on PCs and Macs. It’s the exact same remote that ships with the Boxee Box.

The DSM-22 Boxee remote comes with a nano-sized USB adapter (pictured on the right; click to enlarge), which provides the required 2.5GHz RF wireless interface to the PC or Mac system.

The design of the Boxee Box remote control has earned it both praise and scorn: praise for the rear-side mini-QWERTY keyboard, which eases the task of entering text when entering search terms or other data; and scorn for the hard-to-decipher button labels and lack of backlighting, which render the backside QWERTY keys nearly-impossible to read under dim lighting conditions of many TV watching environments.

D-Link’s DSM-22 RF wireless remote control for Boxee on desktop PCs and Macs is identical to the one that comes with the Boxee Box
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According to the DSM-22’s specs, it comes with drivers for Windows 7, Vista, XP, and SP 2003, and Mac OS X 10.4/10.5/10.6 (Intel only). No mention of Linux, but presumably the Linux Boxee community will solve that problem in short order.

In addition to its use with desktop systems or HTPCs (home theater PCs), the DSM-22 can of course be used as replacement remote for the D-Link Boxee Box, since it’s identical to the original remote that came with the box.

The DSM-22 is available at Amazon for about $40. Further details are also available on D-Link’s website.

8 responses to “Boxee Box remote now available for desktop Boxee”

  1. webmastir says:

    awesome! about time

  2. dirq says:

    Why don’t they make a better one with a light up keyboard on the back. Try and type on it in the dark. It’s almost impossible.

  3. adrianvfx says:

    got maybe a month ago on amazon. Love it! Wish it would light up though 🙁

  4. spprime says:

    awesome since if my boys may want to use it and my phone is not available then.

  5. raag says:

    I got it for my wife. I usually control via my iPhone. I really love this remote.

  6. tjl says:

    Now if only we could get the boxee box software on a PC or Mac.

  7. ramster says:

    Just ordered mine off Amazon, that is after they fixed the $130 price tag! lol

  8. toby says:

    So where do I download the Boxee desktop software? I’ve been trying to find it, but it seems like it’s well hidden…