-=guybrush=- Plug out and plug in is not needed anymore for a long time. Power button should work (if present) and IR too (again, if present) from LE 10 release forward. If device is TV box, power key on accompanied IR remote should work. If device is SBC, then IR scancode is set to RC6 MCE IR remote (a.k.a. Windows media center remote) power key. Unfortunately, there is no way to change that without rebuilding Crust FW and thus also U-Boot.
I own an H3 OPi PC and I was on LE 11.0 nightly. I've scoured a Windows Media Center 2 remote along with a Dell RC6 one but I couldn't control my OPi by neither of them. I've then downgraded to LE 10.0.1 stable writing it by LE SD creator tool and starting from scratch, still nothing. Not only powering it on and off, no signs of life from the remotes at all, for the menu navigation neither, just to make an example.
Am I missing something? By what I had understood, it should work (at least one of them if not the both of them) OOTB without for example the need for following this guide... It may also be that the IR sensor on my OPi is screwed (the IR sensor is built-in on the OPi PC) or needs to be enabled by a kernel parameter, I don't know.