Tested my new Infrared Control device connected to com port. This device allows to control your pc like a TV (you can even use your TVs remote control). The Infrared receiver is kinda easy to make (although, I didn’t make it myself, I asked a friend to do it). And it works. All you need is a piece of software called Girder and a plugin for it to work with IR receiver (called IgorPlug).
The infrared control thingy works, but the software is unstable (crashes frequently with no reason). I think, our old windows install probably needs to be re-installed 🙂 .
P.S. There’s also an usb version, but it’s harder to make, and there is no free software for it.
Will post more details after OS re-install.