Introduction: IR Remote Control for Your Computer

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Use this R/C receiver for your computer to control all your things very good for people with htpc.

Step 1: Preperation

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This is a very cheap receiver but can work with 99% of remotes and it cost me less than 5$.

IR receiver
Capacitor 4.7k uf 25 or 50 V
Resistor 4.7k
Diode N4148
7805 Regulator
D-sub 9 Connection (like on a old comp mouse)
D-sub 9 hood
pcb line board
3 line cable

Soldering Iron

Step 2: Solder the D-sub Connection

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Solder 3 wires to these pins you might want to connect pin 7 as red because it is + and connect pin 5 as black ground and connect pin 1 as a green or yellow

Step 3: Solder the Rest

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Solder all the rest like this diagram
you can also look at google far an etching diagram

Step 4: Finishing

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if youve finished it should look something like this:
when your done plug it in to the computer and download or there are many programs and most are open source so look for your prefered program.


JPB21 (author)2017-06-05

I can't get LIRC to work. Tried all the troubleshooting advice, double and triple checked the receiver I built, but the software refuses to load. Can anyone give me advice please?

BramW10 (author)2016-05-08

I've made this thing but in a different fashion, the 7805 regulator shows the pins in and out in opposite direction in your description. Is there a purpose to this or is it a mistake? I've mirrored your diagram and then put the components in place.

BramW10 (author)BramW102016-05-09

OK got it to work. Any Google search will tell you what the correct pin function is for the regulator; the image description in this DIY has in and out backwards. So assume that the diagram provided is a back view (soldering viewpoint). For everything else, I've made it as described.
It works and that's all that matters; the IR unit I installed is a TSOP1836. If your PC has no serial connection then don't forget to order a cable to convert dsub 9 pin (male) to 10 pin main bord connection.

Good job EEGG and thank you for this easy and working instructable.

settra (author)2013-10-20

Hey. my pc dosent have a D-sub connection... only usb... what could i do to bypass this??

DanF6 (author)settra2015-05-24

You need to buy a PCI board DB9 /DB25 pins, is very cheap. Good Luck

eegg (author)settra2014-10-21

You can use a USB to Serial adapter.

adamantum (author)2014-11-02

The Capacitor used here is 470 uf or 4.7k uf? i cant find the 4.7k uf..please help me

DanF6 (author)adamantum2015-05-24

Yes, dude. The capacitor is 4.7 uf, "four dot seven". I use 4.7 uf 25 V.

ViperSniper (author)2013-05-10

I want to make this for my XBMC setup, will the IR reciever from an old mechanical mouse work for this project?

techxpert (author)2012-01-23


sputhran (author)2011-11-28

can u give better shcematic plzzz, i cannot understandplzz reply

lordmarx (author)2011-11-17

just where do you plug this thing.

coilsinamotor (author)2010-08-04

so what does it do?

Lance Mt. (author)coilsinamotor2010-09-13

A remote control receiver for your computer (Windows has only been coded for).

It means you can sync up any remote you wish with it and give each button a different command and/or button

Callum Snowden (author)Lance Mt.2011-02-28

Linux has a program for it as well, its called LIRC. Just google it :)

Lance Mt. (author)Callum Snowden2011-08-20

Later that year i found it and have been loving it ever since :D

tzsporsho (author)2011-05-21

i have everything set up on PCB, have the software installed too. i need a USB interface, nt a DB9. please help in this regard!

Nawaz (author)2009-03-26

Hey there,Nice instructable...Thanks for sharing..;)...I have 4 IR receivers bt i can't find its datasheet...its the SM0038....ive tried on same gud sites like theres nothing to do....Can you or any one help me finding it datasheet please....Or tell me if theres an alternative way of finding the pins configuration....Thanx in advance.....:).........

Callum Snowden (author)Nawaz2011-02-28

Try (author)Nawaz2010-03-11

 if u still need it here is a pic on google of the datasheet or at least whats on the pins

ARJOON (author)2010-12-02

your instructable is not completed

will333333344 (author)2010-11-22

would this plan work withthe software

DoubleM (author)2010-05-16

 can any kind of ir receiever be used? for example the tsop 4138? because I can't seem to find the 1138

Lance Mt. (author)DoubleM2010-09-13

Try it?

DoubleM (author)Lance Mt.2010-09-13

tried,no luck

Lance Mt. (author)DoubleM2010-09-15

Damn, thanks for the heads up though.

DoubleM (author)Lance Mt.2010-09-15

no problem. but my sensor even looks different

matstermind (author)2009-09-30

can i use any infrared receiver?

Lance Mt. (author)matstermind2010-09-13

This IS a infared receiver

matstermind (author)Lance Mt.2010-09-13

i was talking about the component, not the whole board

Lance Mt. (author)matstermind2010-09-15

Ahhhhh, then i'm not too sure my friend. Trial and error? Otherwise, I would play it safe and assume no.

rockyt (author)2006-08-24

I don't mean to sound like a bone head, but what specifically can this be used for?

Lance Mt. (author)rockyt2010-09-13

A way to use you PC.

rockyt (author)Lance Mt.2010-09-13

please elaborate.

matstermind (author)rockyt2010-09-13

you can use it with a tv remote or any other source of IR device to control your pc by emulating mouse and keyboard input

chrismake (author)rockyt2006-08-24

I'll have to try this. Thanks for the howto rockyt -> Perfect to control the divx movies or mp3 music on your Home Theater Personal Computer

rockyt (author)chrismake2006-08-24

Thank you!

Neodudeman (author)rockyt2006-08-24

"Use this R/C reciver for your computer to control all your things very good for people with htpc/" Right there in the intro. You download programs to use it. I'm guessing it can be used with just about anything

Linco (author)2007-03-17

mhh...dont wanna look dumb, i searched for the information but never found answer so maybe you could help me please :)...can we...heum, transmit video/image to a tv screen (tv pluggued on a reciever)? whats the range of i/r signal? does it work on frequency? if yes, how can we set it? thanks alot!! :D

Lance Mt. (author)Linco2010-09-13


X-mind (author)2007-03-28

can it be used to view images from my USB PC camera wirelessly.

Lance Mt. (author)X-mind2010-09-13

Ummm.. well. In short, no. I know i could, but i doubt its something worth both the effort and/or skill available

infraredman21 (author)2008-08-13

Hey whats up? just asking is there any way that you could make it work with a USB???

ReCreate (author)infraredman212008-10-06

Yes you could You just need some sort of thingy called"Usb to serial"and then connect it like you would you normally do it. But it wont be easy

Lance Mt. (author)ReCreate2010-09-13

You can do it directly, but would need to just code for it.

emdarcher (author)2008-11-18

can I make it with a USB plug istead? because my mac doesn't have that kind of plug

Lance Mt. (author)emdarcher2010-09-13

Yes and No.

Yes, you can make it USB plug. No, because it is a MAC.

Sandisk1duo (author)emdarcher2009-02-08

nope get a converter

jack4645 (author)2009-10-08

Can you reverse this so you can control the TV, Amp, etc from your computer?

Lance Mt. (author)jack46452010-09-13

You ARE able to do that, but not with this set-up.

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