First off, I'd at least buy a keyboard such as a Logitech K400 even if you dont pull it out, it's nice to have around.
Second, I'd disable the power management features. You don't need the pc monitor to ever shut off. And, you may want to disable sleep altogether (I know I did on my HTPC). (Click start, type "power", under settings select "power & sleep options", set both boxes to "never".)
Otherwise, you have two options to wake the PC:
1) Whatever remote control I/R you use, make sure it's capable of wake up, then configure the PC USB Port (and maybe BIOS) to allow that device to wake the PC.
2) You can alternatively configure the PC to wake on network packet using the wake on LAN protocol. Again, not familiar with JRiver so not sure what type of remote you're using here. But there are apps to wake up with 1 button a PC on a LAN with ios or android once it's configured.
Is easy to configure your PC not to require a password on coming out of standby.
(right click start, settings, Accounts, Click Sign-in Options, Select Never from Require sign-in the menu)
You can also make sure your PC boots directly to desktop then to your media center with no password required:
(start, run, control userpasswords2, uncheck the "require a password" box, enter your password twice, done).
Finally, I see above you said you connect to the PC via remote desktop to manage it. No matter what after disconnecting from that remote session, you're going to have to log back into the PC with a keyboard and password. Remote desktop locks the desktop local screen while you're using it remotely. Windows remote desktop is probably terrible for your situation. You may want to look into alternatives such as team viewer or vnc. Those don't use the windows login session and won't result in having to relogin at the local terminal when you disconnect.
Video: JVC RS4500 135" screen in pure black room no light, htpc nvidia 1080ti.
Audio: Anthem mrx720 running 7.1.4, McIntosh MC-303, MC-152, B&W 802d3 LR, B&W HTM1D3 center, B&W 805d3 surround, B&W 702S2 rear, B&W 706s2 x 4 shelf mounted for atmos, 2 sub arrays both infinite baffle: 4x15 fi audio running on behringer ep4000 + 4x12 fi audio running on 2nd ep4000.
Last edited by markmon1; 12-01-2018 at 07:52 AM.