Infrared Transmitter with Arduino

Create an Arduino IR Remote

Written By: Madeleine Schappi

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Introduction

Today, we're going to learn about the Infrared Transmitter. 

In this guide, we will program an Arduino and use it with an IR transmitter to play a prank! We will get it to turn a TV off. 

After completing this guide, you will gain familiarity with the IR transmitter and can go on to use it in further projects! 

Step 1   Insert your IR Transmitter into the Breadboard

  • Insert your Infrared Transmitter into your breadboard so that the cathode (short leg) is on the left-hand side and the anode (long leg) is on the right-hand side.

Step 2   Insert Your 220 Resistor into the Breadboard

  • Insert your 220 Ohm resistor so that one of it's legs vertically in line with the LED's anode (long leg).

Step 3   Connect Arduino GND to the Cathode

  • Run a jumper wire from an Arduino Ground Pin (GND) to the IR Transmitter cathode.

Step 4   Connect Arduino Pin 3 to the Resistor

  • Run another jumper wire from pin 3 so that it's vertically in line with the resistor's other leg.

Step 5   Install the IRremote Library

  • Install the IRremote Library.

Step 6   Upload the code

#include 

IRsend irsend;

void setup()
{

}

void loop() {
	for (int i = 0; i < 3; i++) {
		irsend.sendSony(0xa90, 12);
		//irsend.sendSAMSUNG(0xE0E040BF, 32);
		//irsend.sendNEC(0xF4BA2988, 32);
		//irsend.sendPanasonic(0x4004, 0x100BCBD);
		//irsend.sendLG(0x880094D, 28);

		delay(40);
	}
	delay(5000); //5 second delay between each signal burst
}
  • This code will by default send a command to turn on and off a Sony television. Uncomment out your brand of Television to make the code work for your TV.
  • Upload the code to your Arduino and bring your Arduino close to your TV (you might want to use the battery connector).
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