A note on the IR2BT remote control converter for use with the PS3:
First of all, for Blu-Ray playback it works great. I recommend it. I'm using it with a Harmony 880 remote. There *ARE* a couple of button key mappings you need to change in the Harmony's "device" page for the IR2BT and in each "activity" page you set up using that device. These correct for some incorrect default mappings that Logitech provides for the IR2BT device in their database. The details are in the YouTube tutorial that IR2BT has put up.
[The errors are due to the way Logitech automatically populates its default button mappings based on the spelling of each button. NOTE: The IR2BT YouTube tutorial only mentions making these 2 button mapping changes for the "device" page. In fact you also need to make them for each "activity" you set up that uses the IR2BT device.]
These changes are easy to make when you add the device and its activities to your Harmony configuration. Other than these few button mapping changes, it is essentially plug & play -- unless you want to fiddle with the default button mappings to match your personal preferences.
The power on/off sequence works without a hitch.
However, that doesn't mean you can use the Harmony / IR2BT combo to replace the PS3 game controller -- even if you aren't playing a game. The one, significant issue I've found is trying to use the web browsing function of the PS3 -- which includes access to its on-line manual as well as to the PS3 store, etc.
The problem is that the IR2BT codes include the 4 direction buttons from the direction pad of the game controller, but do not include codes representing the left joystick directions. IR2BT tells me they couldn't think of a good way to include the joystick directional controls because those are actually a set of codes for each direction depending on how far you have pushed the joystick.
When browsing the internet, each press of the direction pad buttons skips the cursor to the next link or data entry field in the chosen direction on the current web page. In contrast, the left joystick moves the cursor smoothly in the chosen direction -- which is what you would more normally want to do when browsing. Depending on the number of links on whatever page you are viewing, using the direction pad button codes to skip from link to link may give you adequate ability to move around pages. For instance, viewing a typical newspaper page like the New York Times is pretty easy to do this way. But for some pages, there just aren't enough links scattered around to make that work well. Unfortunately, that's true for the Sony Playstation home page for example.
[In my "Watch Blu-Ray" activity, I also added hard button mappings for L1, L2, L3, R1, R2, R3, Select and Start, which are also used during browsing. L1/R1 are load web page back and forward -- I mapped them to Channel Down and Up on the Harmony. (There is no button mapping available for the Reload current page function -- you'll need to do that in the Option menu brought up with the Triangle button.) L2/R2 are change page view window left and right for when you've got multiple web pages open at once. I mapped them to the Down and Up arrows underneath the Harmony's direction pad. L3 switches to the view that shows all the open page windows at once. I mapped that to Guide. R3 is a current page view "zoom" toggle. I mapped that to Previous. The Start button brings up the on-screen keypad for typing in a URL, and accepts that text entry when you are ready. I mapped that the Enter button on the lower right of the Harmony. I've got the Clear button on the lower left mapped to the Square, as that is used as the backspace key during such text entry. Finally the Select button is used to bring up the Bookmarks list and to record a new Bookmark. So I mapped that to Record on the Harmony. None of these conflict with the stuff you would normally be using for Blu-Ray playback.
These are added to my standard key mappings for normal Blu-Ray playback: OK is the X button. Exit is the Circle button. (These are the 2 corrections you need to make to the default Logitech button mappings.) And Info is the Display button -- useful for bringing up playback status and bit rate info while watching a movie. Apparently the IR2BT codes for the Harmony 880 let you do a press-and-hold function for the PS button even when it is mapped to an LCD screen button instead of a hard button. IR2BT doesn't think this should work. Either Logitech has change the code they send for this, or this is something peculiar to the 880. In any event, I don't need to tie up a hard button for PS. So I've got PS up there in the LCD screen for the few times I might want to use it, which frees up the Exit button for the better use as Circle -- the standard button used on the PS3 for backing out of an operation or window.]
But there's really no way to correct for the lack of the left joystick, cursor direction controls. So if you are going to do browsing functions on many web pages, you'll want to have the regular PS3 game controller handy. And of course that's also true if you want to play a game.
But for everything else, including everything you might want to do during Blu-Ray playback, the IR2BT gives you complete control of your PS3 using your programmable IR remote control (such as the Harmony). It is definitely a winner.