Hello @damianar1984 and @maxm811, What OS is on your VIM3Ls?
I do not have the VIM3L but I do have the VIM3. They share many similarities. I am able to boot up the VIM3 with the IR remote.
VIM3 and 3L include a feature called KBI. KBI can be used to set the VIM3L to either boot from IR or not boot from IR. I assume the VIM3L defaults to booting from IR, but I would be curious to see that KBI setting.
For now, a Serial debug tool(USB-to-Serial adapter) is needed to access KBI.
If one of you has a USB-to-Serial adapter, could you check this setting?
Relevant KBI function…
Boot Trigger Events
… supports different events for triggering boot-up:
WOL: Wake on Lan
RTC: RTC timer
IR: IR remote controller
DCIN: Plug in the DC adapter
Key: Power Key/Button
GPIO: External GPIO events
This means that when your VIM* is powered-off, any of the above events can trigger it to power-on; when that trigger event has been set to the “enabled” status.