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Does there exist a product out there that attaches to your PC (preferably USB) that enables Infrared signals to be received (by a regular remote control) ?

It seems a novel idea to be able to get a programmable remote that can be used to manipulate windows (like the Harmony remote control series) along with some programmable software (preferably Windows supported) to convert any button on a regular remote to some command on the PC.

Does this exist? What is it called?

This particular instance you are REQUIRED to use the crappy supplied remote, and this is not what I am looking for

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I am guessing you have a home cinema remote which is programmable? If this is the case I did find this

Visit http://www.sourcingmap.com/laptop-wireless-black-remote-control-usb-receiver-p-128922.html?currency=GBP&utm_source=google&utm_medium=froogle&utm_campaign=ukfroogle

Although it comes with a "Crappy" remote you should be able to program your home cinema remote with this.

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