Decoding the IR1838 Remote with Serious Bit Slew

Decoding the IR1838 Remote with Serious Bit Slew

Decoding the IR1838 Remote with Serious Bit Slew
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A quick bit of code was created that would allow timing inspection of one bit against another. Here is the quick code block inside the interrupt trip:

void gpio_callback(uint gpio, uint32_t events)
  uint32_t rnow = time_us_32();
  uint32_t dif = rnow - time_a;
  if (dif > 14000)
    time_a = rnow;
  int cpin = gpio_get(gpio);
  printf("%d,%d\n", dif, cpin);
  time_a = rnow;

The output is captured with a simple:

sudo cat /dev/ttyACM0 >> capture.txxt

You will know that the RPI2040 is capable of outputting when you watch the dmesg as in:

sudo dmesg -w

It will show up in the console as:

A very quick partition script is written in Python that will parse the packets split on the word 'split'

with open("split.txt", "r") as g:
    data =
    data = data.split('split')


Print is deliberately left on the end so that there is a debugging break point to hang off of after the split.

The results are interesting

  • We can see clearly that we have a short packet, and the long full packet. This gives us a potential to filter.
  • Checking the back of the packets we can also notice this:

Knowing this we can really focus on three timing slots:

  • Starting bits with ranges in 8900-9100 us.
  • Single bits with timings in the range of 500 - 630 us.
  • Triple bits with timings in the range of 1600-1720 us.

Just to be thorough we check the remainder of the buttons for the remote, the end of the data was the same as button 1.

Button 2:

Button 3:

Button 4:

.. and so on a clear structure is developed here.

  • Anything with a 2000-2200 can be filtered (short packets or partial fragments)
  • Anything with a signing 8800-9000 us ¬†followed by a 4300-4500 is a signing bit set showing a full packet follows.
  • The offset of the wide pulses shift left or right which determines the key.

All we have to do now is write the protocol decoder for this.

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