Questions about Universal Remotes, Harmony especially
February 6, 2013 7:22 PM Subscribe
I am looking into Universal Remotes in order to manage my media center and make it easier for other household members and guests to use.
posted by kalessin to Technology (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a lower end LG 3D TV, a Sony HT CT-150 soundbar and subwoofer, an XBox 360, a Playstation 3, a second generation Apple TV and a Mac Mini Server. I'm also going to get Sonos, but it's not hooked up or purchased yet.
I currently have 4 remotes! And a bunch of iOS devices that I'd love to put to good use! And while I understand what device needs to be set to what in order to see video and hear audio without getting idiotic DRM messages, no one else in the household really does. So, Logitech's Harmony Link or one of the other Harmony remotes looks like possibly a good idea. The goal here is to make it easier for non-geek guests to use the whole system. But are there other solutions?
I realize that with the Harmony system I'd need a special PS3 adapter (another $60 - $75) in order to have the universal remote system include the PS3. Mostly my question about the Harmony system, especially Harmony Link is sparked by the crappy reviews it gets on Amazon.
Logitech's documentation says that the Harmony Link app and the various Harmony remotes support something called "One-Touch Activities" which to me sound like I can program, say, the power button for "Watch TV" to turn on the TV, the Sony sound system and the Apple TV and maybe even start at the Apple TV home screen, and then I can assign individual buttons on the activity screen for that activity to control things like volume and selection and so on. But the crappy reviews on Amazon seem to indicate that users couldn't manage to configure their remote apps to do that or couldn't figure out how to configure it. I'm pretty tech savvy so I think if it's a figuring-out issue it probably won't apply to me, but if the system and their online configuration tool are buggy, then it will apply to me. So those of you who own Harmony devices, is there really a problem getting the tech to work? Or is it just challenging for less savvy users to set up?
Also, Harmony seems to be almost the only solution for this problem on the market. Are there AskMe users who have similar or same entertainment devices to mine who found other solutions to the same problem? If so, I'd like to know what other universal remote systems there are to consider.
I already read the "universal remote" and "harmony remote" related posts and comments on AskMe. And as always, thanks in advance.