If you’re one of the many Mac users who purchased a
infrared remote control unit for your ADB-equipped Mac, you may be interested in a new offer from ZephIR maker StudioZee. The company is offering an upgrade to the latest ROM file for free.
The ZephIR is a peripheral that enables your Mac to act as a remote control for your home entertainment system (or, conceivably, any other device that operates on the same infrared frequencies as most home entertainment remote controls. Originally developed and released in 2000 for ADB-equipped Macs, the ZephIR was later refitted with a USB interface; StudioZee used Macworld Expo in San Francisco this past January to introduce the new model.
ROM8 incorporates three major improvements:
Less susceptible to interference from stray light
Supports more frequencies
Sports automatic frequency detection
To find out if your ADB-based ZephIR is using ROM7 or ROM8, open the software and take a look in the lower right hand corner of the splash screen. There is a number sequence that starts with “7:” or “8:”. The 7: denotes ROM7, which makes you eligible for the upgrade. ZephIRs manufactured before November 2000 are based on ROM7.
And if you’re already using the newer USB-based version of the ZephIR, worry not — all USB ZephIRs already feature ROM8.
Users eligible for the upgrade are encouraged to
with their purchase info and mailing address; a ROM8 upgrade package will be sent with instructions.
Also, if you’re interested in migrating to the USB-based version of the ZephIR, ADB ZephIR users can buy it at the reduced price of US$49.95.
For more info about this upgrade, please visit the
ZephIR Web site.