This instructable will show you how to use an IR remote and Reciever with Arduino.
I got a kit from GearBest that has everything in it that you will need for this project, also this kit is very good for beginners and i would recommend you check it out here
The parts you will need are:
1) IR Reciever
2) IR Remote (any kind will do)
Step 1: Connect Everything
This is super simple to do just fallow the picture and you will be golden!
Step 2: Program It
Use the example code "IRRECORD" for this
Step 3: Your Done!
You should now get a read out on your serial port!
If you have any questions leave them in the comments, thanks