ESPHome iPod Dock IR Remote

June 20, 2020

Apple IR Remote (A1156) to control an iPod Dock

In this example I have used a Wemos D1 Mini and an infrared shield to control an iPod dock from Home Assistant. Comment below if you still use your iPod in 2020!!!

I enjoy listening to Soulection Radio on my iPod as background music while I work. Each show is two hours, so it's nice to not think about what songs to play next like on Spotify and also automate things with Home Assistant that don't have an internet connection, like an iPod.

I've added this to the cookbook because the iPod remote codes were getting hard to find and wanted to document this use-case for others to enjoy.

I've created a pull-request for the ESPHome.io documentation, so hopefully this will get added to the cookbook soon!

This is the Apple White Remote model A1156 that we are replacing:

iPod White Remote

Hardware configuration

Hardware is easy! Just solder the shield or wire up a IR transmitter LED using the Wemos D1 mini pins below:

Only four connections are needed:

  • VCC - Power
  • GND - Ground
  • D3 - GPIO for Receiver
  • D4 - GPIO for Transmitter

Hardware Procurement

I bought the Wemos D1 Mini IR Shield by searching on Aliexpress and eBay for <$4 USD. I couldn't find any links on Amazon but I'm sure it's always changing.

Software Configuration

We are emulating a 6 button remote so the configuration is simple:

Dumping Other IR Codes

This is only required if you want to add other codes for other remotes.

remote_receiver:
  pin: D4
  dump: all

The Configuration

remote_transmitter:
  pin: D3
  # Infrared remotes use a 50% carrier signal
  carrier_duty_percent: 50%
  
switch:
  - platform: template
    name: Apple Remote Volume Up Button
    turn_on_action:
      - remote_transmitter.transmit_nec:
          address: 0x77E1
          command: 0xD04E
  - platform: template
    name: Apple Remote Volume Down Button
    turn_on_action:
      - remote_transmitter.transmit_nec:
          address: 0x77E1
          command: 0xB04E
  - platform: template
    name: Apple Remote Previous Button
    turn_on_action:
      - remote_transmitter.transmit_nec:
          address: 0x77E1
          command: 0x104E
  - platform: template
    name: Apple Remote Next Button
    turn_on_action:
      - remote_transmitter.transmit_nec:
          address: 0x77E1
          command: 0xE04E
  - platform: template
    name: Apple Remote Play/Pause Button
    turn_on_action:
      - remote_transmitter.transmit_nec:
          address: 0x77E1
          command: 0x2000
          # address: 0x77E1
          # command: 0xBA4E
  - platform: template
    name: Apple Remote Menu Button
    turn_on_action:
      - remote_transmitter.transmit_nec:
          address: 0x77E1
          command: 0x404E

Fast Forward and Rewind

Fast Forward and Rewind (by holding the Next/Previous buttons on the remote) aren't available in this configuration yet but maybe someone can add it by adding in a button press duration.

Lovelace Button Card Configuration

Lovelace iPod IR Remote Card

PS: the Menu button doesn't do anything to the iPod when it's playing music but it might for a Mac or if you were for some reason watching a video off of your iPod. It's just added here for symmetry but might be useful for others who have an appleTV or old Mac with an IR port.

cards:
  - cards:
      - action: toggle
        color: 'rgb(253,216,53)'
        color_off: 'rgb(68,115,158)'
        entity: switch.apple_remote_previous_button
        icon: 'mdi:skip-previous'
        name: Previous
        show_state: false
        size: 80%
        type: 'custom:button-card'
      - action: toggle
        color: 'rgb(253,216,53)'
        color_off: 'rgb(68,115,158)'
        entity: switch.apple_remote_play_pause_button
        icon: 'mdi:play-pause'
        name: Play/Pause
        show_state: false
        size: 80%
        type: 'custom:button-card'
      - action: toggle
        color: 'rgb(253,216,53)'
        color_off: 'rgb(68,115,158)'
        entity: switch.apple_remote_next_button
        icon: 'mdi:skip-next'
        name: Next
        show_state: false
        size: 80%
        type: 'custom:button-card'
    type: horizontal-stack
  - cards:
      - action: toggle
        color: 'rgb(253,216,53)'
        color_off: 'rgb(68,115,158)'
        entity: switch.apple_remote_volume_down_button
        icon: 'mdi:minus'
        name: Volume Down
        show_state: false
        size: 80%
        type: 'custom:button-card'
      - action: toggle
        color: 'rgb(253,216,53)'
        color_off: 'rgb(68,115,158)'
        entity: switch.apple_remote_menu_button
        icon: 'mdi:dots-horizontal-circle-outline'
        name: Menu
        show_state: false
        size: 80%
        type: 'custom:button-card'
      - action: toggle
        color: 'rgb(253,216,53)'
        color_off: 'rgb(68,115,158)'
        entity: switch.apple_remote_volume_up_button
        icon: 'mdi:plus'
        name: Volume Up
        show_state: false
        size: 80%
        type: 'custom:button-card'
    type: horizontal-stack
title: iPod IR Remote
type: vertical-stack

Sources of IR Codes

https://github.com/brackendawson/Appleceiver/blob/357a0a16013d9e35f1119530399aba55b7030bab/Appleceiver.ino

https://github.com/anton-semeniak/Esphome-TTGO-T-Display-Remote/blob/1fc4c736232d157e59fa6d84e27e8c18915b4b61/ttgo_menu.yaml

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