This works very well if you understand how your different components are controlled. Works perfectly with Amazon Echo(assuming you actually use it properly). Integrates well with Insteon. I have yet to find anything this will not control.
Arrives by Thu, Oct 17
Simple remote gives you a handheld universal remote when your smartphone is not available or for anyone else in the house to access your home entertainment devices.
Powerful app turns your smartphone into your personal universal remote that lets you customize control of all your entertainment.
Closed-cabinet control gives you complete wireless connectivity.
The included Harmony Hub turns RF signals from the remote into IR and Bluetooth® commands your devices can understand.
You can access devices you can’t see and control Netflix® and Hulu® on your PS3®, Wii® or Xbox 360®, all without aiming your remote at your system.
Your smartphone is now a remote controlSwipe and tap controlA smartphone app that simply works
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The integration with Google Home appears to be working quite well once you setup shortcuts in Google assistance. It took a bit of time, patience and google searching to get this setup correctly but once it is, it's game changing. Finally controlling the entertainment system with your voice is a reality. My setup includes a Samsung TV, Yamaha receiver, and Roku Premiere + (using DirectTV as a cable tv replacement), Xbox One S. I have shortcuts in Google assistant via google home mini for voice control to start up the following activities - Watch TV (Power on TV, Yamaha, and put on correct input for Roku, and start DirectTV Now app) - Watch Netflix (Power on TV, Yamaha, and put on correct input for Roku and start Netflix app) -Watch Amazon (Power on TV, Yamaha and put on correct input for Roku and start Amazon video app) - Watch Blu Ray (Power on TV, Yamaha and Xbox One and put on correct inputs for Xbox One and start Blu Ray app in Xbox) Still working on other shortcuts but this was a good start. I highly recommend this remote for the tinkerer at heart. As mentioned you'll need some patience to get this setup but once it is put away that pile of remotes and make it simple for your kids and inlaws :-).
The Harmony Smart Remote Control works really well. It is able to control many of the devices that I have in my man-den setup. It was even able to control an older Sony Laser Disk Player. Here are the two challenges that I ran into. The first challenge is that it is only able to control 8 entertainment devices (Receiver, TV, Blu-ray, etc). For most people that will probably be plenty, however I found myself wanting to control 10 devices. So I ended up compromising and not using it to control devices that I seldom use. The second challenge is the amount of time that it takes to get it set up. Before I realized that there was an 8 device limit, I programmed some of the devices I used less often first, only to find out that I had to remove them. Between the frustration of programming devices only to have to remove them because of the 8 device limit, and the amount of time spent on experimenting with the programming of the devices, I chewed up about 4 hours of time. After all devices were working properly, I then added the dimming and raising of the lights to each of the programs which took another 4 hours of time as the system kept changing the color of my lights to a yellowish hue that I did not find very preferable. So, I found that I had to adjust that setting for each light individually. You would think that they would provide an easy means to change this setting for all of the lights in the room. Now that it is all set up, I really do like it. Once I press the button to watch TV, all of the proper devices (Surround Receiver, TV, Satellite Receiver) turn on, and the lights in the room dim to a brightness that is comfortable for watching. I did say, above, that I would recommend it to a friend. If you are the kind of person who is technically oriented, and you don't mind spending about 4 - 8 hours getting it all set up, then I would definitely recommend this product. Finally, when you consider that you are only going to set this thing up once and then get many hours of gratifying use out of it, I think you will agree that the time investment is worth it.
Amazing product nice way to way to add your tv to the Echo Dot, Alexa. Nothing better than being able to turn on you tv, sound bar, and your cable box with a single voice command. Great addition to making your home a total smart home. Also great deal for the value as I purchased mine whine in sale. The remote is not necessary as your smart phone is great remote and even better if you have an iPad connected.
My Visio TV's remote died. This was cheaper than a replacement. It works, but some design flaws keep it from being awesome. This remote hinges on controlling several functions at once, but it will not replace all the functions of your TV, DVR, DVD, etc. so you'll still be forced to use another remote occasionally. On our DVR, it has no buttons to do recording or menu, so we have to use the cable provider's remote. This is where the confusion happens. For example if you want your blu-ray player on to watch a movie, it will turn the blu-ray player and the TV on. The problem is that if the TV is already on, it will shut the TV off and turn on the blu-ray. Another press turns the TV on and the blu-ray off. Kinda frustrating. Since the person before you has been using the DVR and controlling the TV with the cable provider's remote, you have these types of problems. Also, kind of quirky is the requirement to have a smartphone or tablet to easily set this up. The receiver, which is that little pod thing, receives all the signals from your Harmony remote then transmits them to your devices. Yes, it's true. You do not control your devices. The remote controls the pod thing then it communicates with your devices an controls them. It has to be connected to your wireless network. If your network is down, the pod/receiver for the Harmony will not work. It works, but has a lot of odd requirements and design issues.
The remote is as responsive as I would expect. It can often can get thrown out of sync with devices if they auto shutdown or are powered on/off via another remote. Programming makes sense but can be a little frustrating at times. It certainly has a lot of supported devices, so you can really go to town on whatever it is you'd like each "activity" button to do. I wish there was a better response time between the remote and hub actually starting/ending activities though.
Recently purchased the harmony remote for the fact that i could use my phone to control the room. I've worked in technology for over 8 years and although the setup seems easy the shortcut programming is confusing to say the least. Also, the unit loses sync with components frequently. Meaning you have to use the old remote, which defeats the purpose of spending the money on harmony. I would NOT recommend this item to anyone, waste of money. If you plan to invest in a universal controller, best to spend a little more and get a true control system.
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