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My Roku's remote control stopped working so I ordered a new one.  Since I use my Roku for almost all of my TV watching (local channels, movies, etc.), I had to find a way to control the device until the new remote got delivered.  That was the genesis of this simple little script. 

The script uses Roku's External Control Protocol (ECP), which is a set of RESTful API's that allow an application to control any Roku device that can by reached across a network.  The API's implemented in this example script are just a small subset of ECP's full capabilities.  One benefit of using ECP instead of a physical remote is that there are no distance or line-of-site restrictions.  As long as there's network connectivity to the Roku devices, you can control them from anywhere.

It was a fun little project that only took about an hour.  Even though it's a simple little script, it was invaluable while I was waiting for my new Roku remote.  If you ever find yourself without your Roku remote, you'll see.  :yes:

 

;==========================================================================
;
; DESCRIPTION
;
; This is high-level example of a simple Roku remote control using Roku's
; External Control Protocol (ECP) REST API's.
;
; There are two interesting technical aspects of the script.  The first is
; a simple implementation of the Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP)
; which, in this case, finds all of the Roku devices on the current subnet.
; The second is the sending and processing RESTful HTTP API's.
;
;
; USAGE
;
; When the script starts, either enter a known Roku IP:PORT address or
; you can select one from the list after doing a successful device
; discovery.  After entering or selecting the IP:Port of the Roku device
; that you would like to communicate with, you can click on any of the
; visible Roku remote control buttons and the related command will be sent
; to that device using the ECP RESTful API's.
;
;
; NOTE
;
; Roku's default ECP port is 8060. So an example IP:Port would be something
; like "192.168.1.25:8060".
;
; I used one of the simplest Roku remote control layout images.  However,
; some Roku devices still may not recognize some of the buttons.  For
; example, the volume & power buttons are mostly recognized by Roku TV's,
; not the standalone streaming devices.  You can click the
; "Show Device Info" button, once you have a valid IP:PORT entered, to
; see what functionality your device supports.
;
;==========================================================================

 

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Roku Remote Example by TheXman.zip

 

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24 minutes ago, TheXman said:

Exteranl Control Protocol

typo ?

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Thank you!  They typo has been corrected in the post and in the script (from where it was copied).  :)

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Roku's External Control Protocol is not specific to any particular Roku device.  It works on any Roku device that has ECP enabled, including TV's.  If any particular ECP command is sent to a device that it does not support, the device will just ignore the command.

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I was searching for some reference documentation....

And I found this:
https://developer.roku.com/docs/developer-program/getting-started/hello-world.md

 

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8 minutes ago, mLipok said:

was searching for some reference documentation....

Please see my previous post, it has a link to the ECP documentation.

 

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