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How to turn your laptop into a universal remote control

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have lost your remote control and don't want to buy another one, or if you just don't feel like moving from your desk to get it, you can turn your laptop into a universal remote control. As long as it has an infrared port, you can install a special piece of software to your PC that will allow you to control your home stereo, television or other appliance.

Purchase NetRemote and the PIR 1 infrared transmitter . This program will turn your laptop, tablet PC or PDA into a universal remote. As of 2010, it costs £19.40 and comes with a 30-day free trial. The PIR 1 hardware costs £32.40.

Install Net Remote onto your laptop, and connect the PIR via the USB port. Once you have done this, restart your computer.

Launch the program after you have successfully installed it on your computer by going to your desktop and clicking on the application icon. This will bring up an icon that ooks like a remote control on your screen.

Angle the infrared port of the PIR-1 towards the television or other device that you wish to control, and click on the "Setup" tab. You will see a list of devices that you can control. This will include TV, Blu Ray and DVD player, and home stereo. Select the device that you want to control. Enter the infrared remote code of the device into the appropriate field. You will find this in the owner's manual of the device. If you can't find it, then place the device in front the PIR-1, and hold the PR-1 "Power" button for five seconds. The PIR-1 will determine the remote control code of the device.

Test the configuration to determine it works. The Net Remote application on your screen will appear as a remote control. Use it to change channels, control the volume, or to turn devices on and off.

Things You'll Need

  • Remote software
  • PIR-1 Infrared transmitter
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Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.