Author Topic: Repurposing the Apple Siri Remote 3rd Gen  (Read 156 times)

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Offline OgrekTopic starter

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Repurposing the Apple Siri Remote 3rd Gen
« on: June 20, 2024, 03:37:40 pm »
Hi all! I am trying to get an Apple Siri Remote 3rd Gen (USB-C) to work with my PC and was wondering if anyone had looked into decrypting the communication protocol it uses. From what I know, it uses Bluetooth but has a non-standard interface that makes it invalid and can't be recognised as a HID (I get a driver error on Windows). I saw a teardown that it uses a nRF52840 microcontroller capable of RF including Bluetooth among other protocols. I have bought a nRF52840 dongle and tried to use to sniff but I could not find the device on Wireshark. It even refuses to pair with my PC anymore after I connected it to an Apple TV (I don't think they have an unpair feature, even if the button was pressed in the rare occasion it shows up on the Apple TV menu).

Is anyone able to help me with this? I like the build quality and want to use it for purposes other than the Apple TV but I also don't want to tear it apart since it seems you'll have to damage the device by doing so. My PC seems to recognise something when it's connected via USB but I don't know if that's seeing the microcontroller or not.

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