IR R3M0C0N 1v09: Multi-Purpose Arduino Shield with IR

IR r3m0c0n shield 1v09 assembled onduino

The assembled shield pictured above is a general purpose mixed bag of hardware for rapid prototyping on the Arduino. This shield features a variety of handy hardware as follows:

  • Two large push buttons (D5, D6)
  • Six small push buttons (D7, D8, D9, D10, D11, D12)
  • Analog microphone and preamp (A3)
  • Analog light sensor (A4)
  • Analog power switch (A5)
  • 3mm red LED (D4)
  • Infrared Transmitter on PWM pin (D3)
  • 38kHz infrared demodulator/receiver (D2)
  • Unused Arduino Pins (A0, A1, A2, D13)
  • Reset disable slide switch for IR Bootloader

The schematic illustrates the circuit and connections to the Arduino as well as the color codes for the resistors (click for large image):

IR R3M0C0N Arduino Shield 1v09 Schematic

And the PCB layout:

ir remcon layout 1v09

Onward to the assembly:


When assembling a circuit board, start with the shortest components first.
This way, when the board is turned over to solder, the parts rest on the table and don’t fall out.


Bend each resistor before inserting them. The resistors are marked with colored bands to indicate value. The value and color code for each resistor is in the chart. resistor bent
On the board – each resistor is labeled ‘R’ followed by a number. The numbers increment in a pattern, starting at the top left of the circuit board.

Place all the resistors according to the guide below. Then, carefully flip the board over.

Resistor Footprint Symbol
Value Resistor Name Color Code
18 R R5 Brown Green Black
120 R R10, R11 Brown Red Brown
510 R R3, R4 Green Brown Brown
5k1 R2 Green Brown Orange
10k R1, R9 Brown Black Orange
330k R6 Orange Orange Yellow
Solder each resistor in place and then trim off the extra bits.


All the ceramic capacitors are 0.1uF. The capacitor symbol on the circuit board looks like this, with incrementing numbers.
Capacitor Footprint Symbol
The 0.1uF ceramic capacitors are labeled ‘104’ which means 10 + 4 zeros pF. Sometimes they are yellow, sometimes they are blue.
(p = pico, u = micro, m = milli, n = nano)
capacitor 104
Carefully flip the board over. Solder each capacitor in place, and then trim off the extra bits.


There is only 1 electrolytic capacitor which is C3.
Note – The white stripe indicates negative.
electro cap
On the footprint, the white half circle marks the negative terminal. The shorter leg of the capacitor goes in the negative terminal.

Place C3, flip & solder, then trim the leads.

electro cap footprint c3


The light sensor is a light dependent variable resistor. This item has no polarity, ie. it doesn’t matter which pin goes in which hole. It looks like this. light sensor
The footprint symbol on the circuit board looks like this. Put it in, flip it over, solder and trim! Light Sensor Footprint Symbol


The transistor is a switch. This part is a BC548, a small signal NPN transistor. There are 2 of them in the circuit. transistor
The shape of the body determines how it fits. Match the round and flat edges to the footprint on the circuit board. Place, flip, solder, trim. Transistor footprint


The microphone is an electret type used to sense sense sound. microphone
The footprint looks like this, with two offset pins that determine it’s fit. Place, flip, solder, trim. Microphone footprint


This part is the slide switch to disable reset. It doesn’t matter which way it fits. switch slide
The footprint is at the bottom left and marked “RSTDSB->” and looks kinda like this. Place, flip, solder, trim. switch slide footprint nolbl


There are two infrared LEDs on the circuit board. They are used to communicate with other IR shields or with a TV. LEDs are polarized, the long leg is positive. Inside the LED the anvil shape is typically negative. Sometimes the IR LED has a darker plastic body, sometimes it is clear. LED
The footprint looks like this and like the LED, has a flat edge to indicate negative. Place, flip, solder, trim. LED laydown footprint


This is the receiver for infrared remote signals, it contains some demodulation circuitry and a window filter around 38Khz. The part number is VS1838B. IR Demod
The footprint is designed to accept different models. For this PCB occupy only the side nearest IR LEDs as indicated by the RED bar, which has the ground pin in the center (Also refer to the picture of the assembled shield at the top of the page). Place, flip, solder, trim.

SPECIAL NOTE: When soldering the demodulator, don’t dwell as too much heat can damage it.

IR Demod multi indicated footprint


The Red LED is 3mm size. LEDs are polarized, the long leg is positive. Inside the LED the anvil shape is typically negative.  LED Red 3mm pic
It’s footprint looks like this. Be careful of the orientation, match up the flat side of the LED with the flat side of the PCB footprint. Also, the long lead is negative, it’s hole is marked with a square on the PCB. Place, flip, solder & trim. LED 5mm footprint


The button is a simple 4 legged animal, it snaps in place any which way it fits. There are two of them, they are 12mm size.  button 12mm pic
It’s footprint looks like this.  Place, flip, solder & trim. button 12mm footprint


The button is a simple 4 legged animal, it snaps in place any which way it fits. There are four black and two red, they are 6mm size. button
It’s footprint looks like this. Make sure the pins are not bent going in. Place, flip, solder & trim. Button footprint


There are four pieces of single row pin header, two pieces are 1×8 and the other two pieces are 1×6. pinheader single yellow pic
It’s footprint looks like this. Use the outside holes, closest to the edge of the PCB, the inside row is extra for hacking. Place, flip, solder, no need to trim. pin header footprint


IR REMOTE LIBRARY Ken Shirriff’s excellent Multi-Protocol Infrared Remote library for the Arduino
PinChangeInt LIBRARY Library to setup buttons as Interrupts

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