Kodi (XBMC) has several ways to allow you to navigate through its excellent menus. Most of the TV boxes comes with a standard IR or USB remote that for the most part works great, except when you are forced to use the arrow keys to navigate through the aphabetical search menu.
There are several ways you can control Kodi and your TV Box:
- Standard IR or USB Remote
- Keyboard Combo USB Remote
- UPnp Browser Remote
- App Controlled IOS and Android
- CEC HDMI Protocol Remote (if your device supports CEC)
1. INCLUDED REMOTES
2. ADDITIONAL KEYBOARD COMBO REMOTES
3. UPNP NETWORK BROWSER APP CONTROLLED
Most if not all of the TV boxes comes with multiple USB ports to expand to wireless keyboards or mouses. There are several different USB remotes available to choose from. You can also use a standard USB keyboard and mouse to navigate.
Kodi has UPnd features that when enabled you can connect with UPnp devices and browers. This allows you to control your TV box with apps, browsers and CEC HDMI devices. Enable all the above services to enjoy the most of your TV box running Kodi. You can also enable passwords in order to connect or control over UPnp.
Hint! (Its always a good idea to rename your Kodi to a unique name to be able to identify easily later through the network or UPnp devices.)
Once the UPnp is enabled in the settings and service section you will be able to connect with your browser and UPnp devices. Above image shows me connecting with my laptop and simply going to my local networking section and clicked on my TV box. This opens up a browser with a virtual remote. You can connect this way with any device that supports UPnp like a tablet, smartphone or laptop.
Hint! (You can also type in the local IP address from your TV Box into browser to get to the browser remote)
4. APP CONTROLLED IOS AND ANDROID SUPPORTED
With UPnp enabled you can download all sorts of remote apps for your IOS or Android device. Use your iPad or tablet to control your TV and Media content. Using the app also gives you a few features a standard remote cant’t do like Fanart, Length left and voice command keyboard (if your smartphone or device supports it).
Hint! (If your smartphone or android device supports voice to type keyboard, you can use this to do search querries.)
We like to use the following apps but there are many to choose from:
Apple IOS – AppStore: SYBU Kodi
Android – PlayStore: Yatse
5. CEC HDMI PROTOCOL REMOTE CONTTOL
My favourite and most used is the CEC HDMI feature that allows me to use my current TV Remote to navigate my TV box. This only works if your TV supports CEC HDMI and your type of TV box supports CEC HDMI. So far I have only found the Raspberry Pi 2 B to support this feature. More about CEC HDMI Protocol here: