Make sure you have all of the following:
An MS-Windows machine running Win95/98/2000/Me/XP.
A free serial port on your computer. A serial port is a 9-pin-male
socket you'd find in the back side of your computer:
A stereo, vcr, cable box or any other IR device, that can be controlled
by an infrared remote. You may want to make sure your remote control is
available in our remote database (under remotes);
if it is not, you will need to create a “remote definitions file” for it which
may require some work on your behalf.
2: Shopping List
These are the components you will need in order to build the circuit. You
should be able to buy them at the local radio/electronics shop. If you don't
have one in your neighborhood, ask a stereo technician. You can also order
them online, but they are more expensive.
DB-9 female plug (like an old serial mouse would have)
Infrared LED (looks like a clear or dark-blue LED)
Any length of 2-conductor wire (we tested phone, data
and speaker wires, of up to 20 meters - 60 feet - of length).