Adding infrared to the Xbox

Xbox XIR Easy KitThe original Xbox makes, after a great games console, a fantastic versatile media player with the help of Xbox Media Center, or XBMC. You will need to chip or softmod your Xbox (there are a million guides/opinions on the internet so do some Googling) and a copy of the XBMC application. To fully appreciate XBMC, you also need to buy the DVD playback kit which allows you to control the Xbox using a remote control. The only problem is that Microsoft in its infinite wisdom decided that it doesn’t need the facility to switch the Xbox on remotely. As we are a generation of couch potatoes that is obviously not on!

Various solutions have been invented, but by far the easiest and most elegant one is the XIR Easy Kit, available from At $35.65 (£18.68 at today’s rate) it also makes it a bit of a bargain, so there really is no reason to fiddle with anything else.

You can read the pictorial here

  • By kaiser, September 19, 2007 @ 19:37


    I have a older XBOX console. Will the remote for XBOX 360 work with the older consoles.


  • By plooger, August 16, 2009 @ 02:27

    Thanks very much for the detailed photo-walkthrough for installing the XIR Easy Kit.

    I’m having issues with installation of the 2-wire connector into the molex pins, though. How are these supposed to be inserted into the molex? Using a molex removal tool and pushing them in, around the female pin, or what?

    Thanks again for the pic-tutorial, and apologies for my density.

  • By Q, August 16, 2009 @ 09:19

    It’s been over 2 years, so my memories are a bit distant, but I think you just push them in. No special tools at all. If you struggle to keep them in place, maybe using a few of these may help?

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