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Do I need a new remote? Or can I get an IR receiver?

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Hello,

I'm looking for a way to control my HTPC using my programmable Onkyo remote (with remote learning).

I was hoping I could buy a basic IR receiver like this: http://www.amazon.com/Philips-OVU412...dp/B004Z4TXKK/. If that came with a remote, my Onkyo remote could learn the codes to control the IR receiver. But it doesn't - so is there anyway to make my remote compatible with it? I could set the remote to one of the pre-programmed devices (list here: http://63.148.251.135/redirect_servi...SvCtCs_web.pdf), but would any of those work with this IR receiver? In general, what can you use to control remote-less IR receivers like that?

If that isn't an option, I imagine I could get an IR receiver that is itself programmable. Then (I think) I can just set my Onkyo remote to some arbitrary device so that the IR receiver can learn those codes. But I don't see many options for something like this; the only thing I've found is the USB-UIRT (http://www.usbuirt.com/), which is relatively expensive. Are there any similar, cheaper choices? For this price, I might as well just buy a Harmony 650 to replace my Onkyo remote.

Any suggestions? Or are there any simpler/cheaper options I've overlooked? I already have a USB DiNovo Mini for the HTPC, but I'd really like to be able to use a single remote that can control my Onkyo receiver/TV/HTPC for basic functions.
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You can get one of these which do include remotes.

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Contro...1845221&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-USB-R...1845221&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/HP-Windows-Inf...1845221&sr=1-5

I have the second and it gave it a little trouble at, but I was to straighten it out with some google help. I would probably try the one on the first link this time around if I were buying it today.
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