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post #1771 of 2037
Anyone have any problems with their light controller working sporadically?

When it doesn't work, it doesn't work the entire time I am in the activity.

I even go into devices and that doesn't do anything.
post #1772 of 2037
So it works ok sometimes in the activity, once it stops responding it just stops though completely?

Very odd. How close to you display is you switch? Is you display LED, LCD, Plasma?
post #1773 of 2037
I'm sorry, should have been more specific. I have my 1100 controlling a Maestro light switch via the RF Extender.

It used to work flawlessly. But then after some reading on here, I changed some of the options, and since then, it doesn't always respond. I have since changed back those settings thinking it would fix everything. It hasn't.

The mini blaster is about 8-10 feet from the switch...and has worked signal reception.

Last night with the Super Bowl...I couldn't control the lights at all until the last few minutes of the game.
post #1774 of 2037
Strange, did you do the sequence workaround and is that when you developed problems? If it is the workaround is the other device your STB,and is that also controlled via the extender?
post #1775 of 2037
No, the change I did was select the option for the Light Controller to 'Stay On All The Time'...and also I selected in Activities Options (I think) to leave devices on when I change activities.

Very weird...I'm going to review everything for this device again. I even went through the set-up again for the Maestro, and programmed the signals with the original remote. (which surprises me cause I thought the Maestro commands would be in the Logitech database...the 1100 needs to learn the Maestro remote commands)
post #1776 of 2037
Ok I understand now. I think you only want to select light controller stays on all the time. Not that it should really matter honestly as far as controlling the device but maybe it's doing something that screwing the device up somehow in the settings.

I use that setting because the lights are typically manually set when using the harmony with the maestro or Grafik Eye and thus entering an activity won't change the setting. With the always on setting activities the devices power state won't be affected so no need for a second selection.

I was wondering if you were getting some sort of interference with the Maestro's IR receiver. That's why I asked how close it was to your display, nothing new in the environment correct.

Still very odd that you weren't able to control even thru devices. Switch may have coincedently become faulty maybe.

BTW I have always found the Maestro's commands in the database. In fact I also found the Lutron Grafik Eye's codes in the database also, some of which would not have available to me otherwise unless I purchased an additional remote for the Grafik Eye.
post #1777 of 2037
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Originally Posted by PTAaron View Post

...and initial order is now in the process of being cancelled so I can get 2 or 3 instead of just one

Hmm... well it looks like the Logitech people were not able to cancel my order since it just shipped.

Guess I'll just place a second order if I can't get the one emitter to work for both the TV and lights.
post #1778 of 2037
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

Ok I understand now. I think you only want to select light controller stays on all the time. Not that it should really matter honestly as far as controlling the device but maybe it's doing something that screwing the device up somehow in the settings.

I use that setting because the lights are typically manually set when using the harmony with the maestro or Grafik Eye and thus entering an activity won't change the setting. With the always on setting activities the devices power state won't be affected so no need for a second selection.

I was wondering if you were getting some sort of interference with the Maestro's IR receiver. That's why I asked how close it was to your display, nothing new in the environment correct.

Still very odd that you weren't able to control even thru devices. Switch may have coincedently become faulty maybe.

BTW I have always found the Maestro's commands in the database. In fact I also found the Lutron Grafik Eye's codes in the database also, some of which would not have available to me otherwise unless I purchased an additional remote for the Grafik Eye.

Do you also select the option that says leave devices on when switching activities (or something like that)?

And, I have the Lutron set to 'turn-on' when I select each activity. Yes, most of the time the lights are already on when I get to my seat and the remote. Should I change this?

Lastly, the switch works flawlessly with the actual Lutron remote...
post #1779 of 2037
I have mine set so that the lights are "always on" and I didn't select anything about changing activities.

The Maestro codes are in the database, you shouldn't have to enter them manually.
post #1780 of 2037
Does anybody know if I delete a device (maestro) and then add it back in ... Will I have to update each Activity that uses it? (which is all because I want to have light control in each activity)
post #1781 of 2037
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Originally Posted by mekkerl View Post

Do you also select the option that says leave devices on when switching activities (or something like that)?

And, I have the Lutron set to 'turn-on' when I select each activity. Yes, most of the time the lights are already on when I get to my seat and the remote. Should I change this?

Lastly, the switch works flawlessly with the actual Lutron remote...

Like PT, I only indicate that they are always on. I do not set anything different when I go thru the activity, only what is defaulted which is to turn off unused devices.

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Originally Posted by mekkerl View Post

Does anybody know if I delete a device (maestro) and then add it back in ... Will I have to update each Activity that uses it? (which is all because I want to have light control in each activity)

If you delete a device that is used in an existing activity it will screw up the activity. You have to add a new device first. i.e. light 2, go thru the wizard and replace the old light with the new one. Then when you don't have light one in any activities you can delete it.
post #1782 of 2037
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

Like PT, I only indicate that they are always on. I do not set anything different when I go thru the activity, only what is defaulted which is to turn off unused devices.

So do you select 'Leave Devices On' or you leave it as 'Turn Devices Off'?
post #1783 of 2037
I don't change anything aside from setting the power settings for the Maestro "device" to "always on" - that way it doesn't mess with my lights as I switch activities.
post #1784 of 2037
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Originally Posted by ptaaron View Post

i don't change anything aside from setting the power settings for the maestro "device" to "always on" - that way it doesn't mess with my lights as i switch activities.

+1

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Originally Posted by mekkerl View Post

So do you select 'Leave Devices On' or you leave it as 'Turn Devices Off'?

Default should be turn devices off when not used in an activity, but the software will know that the lights are supposed to always be left on if you indicate as we stated above.
post #1785 of 2037
^^

Maybe somehow these are confusing the remote. I'll have to check exactly what I have checked. I think I'll even create a new Lighting Device if I can find the Maestro Commands with the software; then delete and use the new 'Device'. When I initially set it up, the software could not find the commands and I had to manually do it with the remote.
post #1786 of 2037
The maestro commands are under "lighting controllers" then pick the brand as Maestro (Lutron isn't an option) and enter the model number. It should automatically change to to be Lutron after that.
post #1787 of 2037
My Lutron Maestro IR 1000T showed up from Amazon today and I've already installed it. It is replacing the Maestro 600 watt model. My question is, should I replace the old Lutron device with the new one in the "devices" setting in the software? I used my Harmony 1100 to run the lights with the new switch installed and it worked just like before, under the old 600 watt settings.
post #1788 of 2037
No need to change, they run the same command set.
post #1789 of 2037
I would like to get into lighting control for my home theatre and am considering Lutron Maestro IR dimmers........I have three dimmers located right next to each other. Can they be operated independently by the 1100 remote or do they use identical IR codes? Thanks.....
post #1790 of 2037
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Originally Posted by BajaPete View Post

I would like to get into lighting control for my home theatre and am considering Lutron Maestro IR dimmers........I have three dimmers located right next to each other. Can they be operated independently by the 1100 remote or do they use identical IR codes? Thanks.....

No - the codes are the same, but there are work arounds - look at some of the posts above yours... we have been talking about it quite a bit in this thread in the last few days.
post #1791 of 2037
My mini blaster should be here today...
I just want to make sure I got the right adapter to plug it into the RF extender:



3.5mm stereo to 2.5mm mono adapter...
It was all they had at radio shack according to the salesman I talked to.

Will this work for the mini blaster meant do the 900?
post #1792 of 2037
^^
Yes, that is the same exact one I got...from Radio Shack too...Works just fine.
post #1793 of 2037
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Originally Posted by mekkerl View Post

^^
Yes, that is the same exact one I got...from Radio Shack too...Works just fine.

Awesome, thank you!
post #1794 of 2037
Along the same lines - to split the output signal I will need a MONO splitter for it to work correctly, correct?
post #1795 of 2037
^^^
That all depends where you want to split the signal.
If you want to split it before the adapter, then you will need to have a 3.5m splitter. If after the adapter, then you would want a 2.5m splitter.

When I tried this, I had a 3.5m (stereo) extension cable plugged into the RF Extender (because I had to go a far distance); then at the end of that, I put a 3.5m splitter. I plugged the 3.5m to 2.5m (mono) adapter into the splitter to run the Mini-Blaster, and the other side of the splitter I plugged in the regular IR Emitter that came with the 1100.

Unfortunately this did not work for some reason. My feeling is that the splitter caused some issue. So I now just have the 3.5-2.5 adapter plugged into the extension cable and it works as it should.
Hope you have better luck!
post #1796 of 2037
I am planning to split it at the RF extender and plug the regular emitters into one side and the 3.5 to 2.5 adapter then the mini blaster into the other side.

I picked up a 3.5mm mono Y splitter at Radio Shack to try out when I get home tonight. I'm hoping that will work.
I have a 3.5mm male to 3.5mm male mono cable connecting my AVR to the RF extender and it works - that's what made me think I would need a mono splitter.
post #1797 of 2037
Mini blaster order showed up... Instead of canceling the order when I called, they ended up sending me 2!
When I called I asked if I could add another one to the order - maybe they were able to even though they said they couldn't.
Either way - will be testing things out soon!
post #1798 of 2037
So the randomness that I mentioned before might not be so random.

The lighting control was working fine while I watched Syracuse win in overtime, I eventually turned the lights off using the 1100, worked. After the game I tried to turn the lights on with the 1100, but it didn't work.

I went and hit the switch manually (I hit the down button, not sure why) and the lights went on to the last level. I then tried the 1100 and it worked!

Played with them a little on the 1100 and shut them off. Then tried to turn them in again with the 1100 and it didn't work again!

Any ideas?!
post #1799 of 2037
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Originally Posted by mekkerl View Post

So the randomness that I mentioned before might not be so random.

The lighting control was working fine while I watched Syracuse win in overtime, I eventually turned the lights off using the 1100, worked. After the game I tried to turn the lights on with the 1100, but it didn't work.

I went and hit the switch manually (I hit the down button, not sure why) and the lights went on to the last level. I then tried the 1100 and it worked!

Played with them a little on the 1100 and shut them off. Then tried to turn them in again with the 1100 and it didn't work again!

Any ideas?!

Make sure you didn't program the wrong command to your "on" button... I've done that before.
post #1800 of 2037
Hooked up mini blasters...
Unfortunately I wasn't able to put one in the back of the room to control the lights and TV - apparently the sensors on the switches are set back inside a bit so you need a straighter on angle. I played with positions for about 15 minutes before finally settling for a less than perfect solution:



For the TV I also had to "settle" for a less than ideal solution - couldn't get the TV to pick up the signal from the side wall where the equipment is, so I went with this:



Both are really obvious to me, but I'm sure most of my friends would never notice.
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