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I'm thinking of upgrading from a Harmony Touch to an Ultimate. Just wondering about placement of the Hub and IR blasters and if what comes in the box will cover me.

I have an open entertainment center with 3 shelves. AVR is on the bottom. Xbox One and Xbox 360 slim on the next level which both often don't turn on with my Touch. Apple TV and Satellite box and two non-IR consoles on the next shelf. TV is on the wall above.

Will the included Hub and IR blasters be able to cover all of this? Any potential problems?

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[QUOTE=DELTAsnake;32915081]I'm thinking of upgrading from a Harmony Touch to an Ultimate. Just wondering about placement of the Hub and IR blasters and if what comes in the box will cover me.

I have an open entertainment center with 3 shelves. AVR is on the bottom. Xbox One and Xbox 360 slim on the next level which both often don't turn on with my Touch. Apple TV and Satellite box and two non-IR consoles on the next shelf. TV is on the wall above.

Will the included Hub and IR blasters be able to cover all of this? Any potential problems?[/QUOTE

As far as the Hub, the two included mini blasters should cover the areas the Hub cannot cover. You can also buy a mini plug splitter to add more mini blasters if needed. Posts on page one contains a Q&A that covers most questions and which plug size to get..


Are updating the Touch to use it with the Hub which will give you the RF control like the Ultimate for about $99 or getting the Ultimate Home remote. I have the Ultimate and the also the Touch which I upgraded to work with the Hub. The Touch with the Hub is almost the same as the Ultimate minus a couple of areas.

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I'm thinking of upgrading from a Harmony Touch to an Ultimate. Just wondering about placement of the Hub and IR blasters and if what comes in the box will cover me.

I have an open entertainment center with 3 shelves. AVR is on the bottom. Xbox One and Xbox 360 slim on the next level which both often don't turn on with my Touch. Apple TV and Satellite box and two non-IR consoles on the next shelf. TV is on the wall above.

Will the included Hub and IR blasters be able to cover all of this? Any potential problems?
The 360 will always be a problem. It needs a dedicated blaster right on top of the port or at least really close to it. Others should be ok.
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Got the Harmony set up and my AV installer told me I should return it for one much more configurable. So much of my house if now automated that I am considering it.


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Got the Harmony set up and my AV installer told me I should return it for one much more configurable. So much of my house if now automated that I am considering it.

Such as???

I wish my Harmony did more, but I haven't found a good (consumer-level) option that doesn't look like it was inspired by something from the early 90's!
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Is it best buy running upgrade to ultimate promotion?
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Got the Harmony set up and my AV installer told me I should return it for one much more configurable.
And I'm sure it's not because he wants to sell you one and/or offer his programming services to you.
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Such as???

I wish my Harmony did more, but I haven't found a good (consumer-level) option that doesn't look like it was inspired by something from the early 90's!
Wait for Harmony Home Hub Extender that will expand ZigBee® and Z-Wave Plus™ compatibility. http://myharmony.com/products/detail/home-hub-extender/
Current listed as 130US at retailers.
Also with IFTTT Implementing that Logitech are testing out now.
https://ifttt.com/harmony
http://support.myharmony.com/en/harm...nce-with-ifttt

Sure it will do alot more than current Harmony remotes does.
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My ultimate remote activity (directv) becomes unresponsive to every command sometimes, I can press buttons and the screen shows the buttons are pressed, but nothing happens. Not even the volume and it is tied to my receiver. No directv button works either. I have to change the activity to something else, then go back to my directv activity and everything works again for a bit. Resetting the remote and firmware does not fix it as this problem appears again days later at random. Anyone else?

And opening the harmony app on my apple laptop I get a prompt to update silverlight, I have the updated version already downloaded.
I thought my Ultimate was the problem but after troubleshooting this I've found that if you are on a Directv 'active' channel there are times when it is necessary to press 'exit' first before it will change channels, respond to a guide or list command. Something to try before making any changes to your remote configuration.
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Such as???

I wish my Harmony did more, but I haven't found a good (consumer-level) option that doesn't look like it was inspired by something from the early 90's!
My installer suggested the Complete Control but also mentioned the URC, General Pro, Crestron, Phillips, RTI, and UEI. In a perfect world their would be a local member who could give me a hand over a beer and some tequila shots.

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My installer suggested the Complete Control but also mentioned the URC, General Pro, Crestron, Phillips, RTI, and UEI. In a perfect world their would be a local member who could give me a hand over a beer and some tequila shots.
You need to decide if you want to maintain the system yourself or pay someone else to do it. The above systems will be thousands in hardware and thousands more for programming services. Then a couple hundred every time you need to make a change. Nothing wrong with that approach, but just want to make you aware it won't be anywhere near as cheap as Harmony.

BTW, he's working with some old information. Philips left the pro remote business a few years ago. And UEI no longer has a pro line either (although they do make my favorite remotes of all time - JP1 and Xsight). I've never heard of General Pro, if that's really a thing.
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You need to decide if you want to maintain the system yourself or pay someone else to do it. The above systems will be thousands in hardware and thousands more for programming services. Then a couple hundred every time you need to make a change. Nothing wrong with that approach, but just want to make you aware it won't be anywhere near as cheap as Harmony.

BTW, he's working with some old information. Philips left the pro remote business a few years ago. And UEI no longer has a pro line either (although they do make my favorite remotes of all time - JP1 and Xsight). I've never heard of General Pro, if that's really a thing.
I would likely want to maintain the Harmony myself but if I moved to a complete control I would likely want them to do it. I am doing a bunch of home automation now so it would be cool to have it all off of the remote. The sun shades behind our woven wood blinds in the living are set up for me to control as are the big ass fans with haiku, the garage door opener, the front door and some lighting just not sure i am ready for the steep cost to have installed. I think I need to really think this one over and see if I can live with the harmony.

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