Here's a few answers to your questions.
Originally Posted by bkrodgers
I've got a couple questions. I didn't see them in here or the other thread, but apologies if they're there and I missed them.
- Any chance of a PC (and mac) app, or if the hub could support (or already has) an embedded web server, a web interface? I'm often in front of my laptop when watching TV, and while the smartphone usually isn't that far away, it'd be really cool to be able to just alt-tab over to the remote app or webpage on my laptop to make a change. REALLY cool. When I'm in that situation, that would be far faster and easier than either picking up the remote or getting my phone/tablet turned on and launching an app.
We've considered making a dedicated web UI as you describe, but demand for this is very low.
- I saw somewhere online that the new remotes don't have a sleep timer. I've lived without it on the One that I use in my bedroom, but it's always been less than ideal...I keep a "TV on" custom button to turn the TV back on the next day. It works, but a built in Harmony sleep timer would be soooooo much better. As I understand it, the 900 had this feature, but it's been removed in the Touch/Ultimate line. Why was it removed, and any chance this will be added back?
Currently the Harmony Ultimate does not have the sleep timer feature that Harmony 900 has, but plan on adding it in an update, sometime this summer.
- Just a curious question...I see references to setting things up to either send IR from the remote directly or from the hub. But wouldn't you then not be able to use the apps to control said devices? Or at the very least you'd be dependent on the remote being pointed at the devices, right? I'd think you'd want everything to be done from the hub. That's how I was planning to set it up anyway -- I don't have a closed cabinet, but I do have a long livingroom/dining room where line of sight to some of the components can be tough from some spots. But I'm curious why anyone would want to use the IR capabilities of the remote if they plan to use the apps at all.
Correct, if you assign any devices to be controlled directly from the remote, the phone won't be able to control them. Your last point is the key - if you plan on using the phone to start and stop activities, it's important to assign all devices to the hub and mini blasters. If however your phone usage will be more along the lines of skipping tracks or adjusting the volume from a different room or while on the patio, etc, then partial hub control could work. Really depends on your setup and usage.
- I downloaded the app to see if I could play with it before I had a hub, and quickly saw the answer is no -- that's fine, of course, as it's useless beyond a demo without a hub. But one thing I want to know is how quickly the app loads and connects to the hub when you launch it? On my Android phone (a Droid DNA with a fast quad core processor), the app has a splash screen that shows up for about 5 seconds, before it goes to the screen with "Buy It" and "Connect" as my options. Is that splash screen and delay just there before it's setup and paired to a hub, or does it always take a little while to launch and sync up? It may not be as much an issue if I got with the Ultimate, where I'll still probably use the remote most of the time and just use the app if I'm away from the . But if I'm doing the Smart Remote with the basic remote, I'll probably use the app a lot more. I'd hope it's as close to near-instant launch and connect as possible. I'd probably add it as one of the apps I can launch directly from the lock screen, in fact, so that I can pick up the phone and be in remote mode as quickly as possible.
Any delay between accessing the app and it being ready to use does vary a bit depending on how long it's been since you last used it. Fresh launching the app does take a few seconds to establish the connection with the hub and get the latest smart state information about what activity is running, etc. If the app is running but your phone just went to sleep, or you have switched to a different app for a while (email, phone, Angry Birds, etc) you will also see a small delay while the Harmony app established the connection and gets the latest info from the hub.
Hope this helps,