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post #2251 of 2789
I am in the middle of programming my new Harmony 900. It is kind of a mystery how it will all work in the end.

At this point I am adding devices, a key device is my MonoPrice HDMI Switch to switch between my Dune Media Player and BD that share an HDMI input. I don't see any device selections related switches. Does this remote handle an HDMI switch, if so what do I need to do to add it?

Meanwhile I'll push forward and see what happens, maybe something at the end of the setup will be there.
post #2252 of 2789
Nope you have to find out how to add it something like this.
post #2253 of 2789
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Originally Posted by Mamasboy View Post

I am in the middle of programming my new Harmony 900. It is kind of a mystery how it will all work in the end.

At this point I am adding devices, a key device is my MonoPrice HDMI Switch to switch between my Dune Media Player and BD that share an HDMI input. I don't see any device selections related switches. Does this remote handle an HDMI switch, if so what do I need to do to add it?

Meanwhile I'll push forward and see what happens, maybe something at the end of the setup will be there.

Does the switch have an auto-switching mode. This is how my brother set his up...no reason to program it into the Harmony, then.
post #2254 of 2789
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

Nope you have to find out how to add it something like this.

I ended up bypassing the switch. I now have it switching the xbox and BD now with it defaulted to the BD. The xbox in the family room is rarely used so using the switch button manually a few times a year will not be a big deal.

I am about 75% set up. After 30 trips up and down the stairs doing software adjustments I called it a day. I have a feeling it will take a few weeks to get this thing working like I want it to. I have doubts that the IR blasters can consistently work with all my equipment on different shelves. I kind of wish the supplied a few more in the box. But I bet there is a solution for this if I do have issues.

However, first I need to make sure the remote is doing the proper commands then I'll work on ideal positioning for the blasters inside my cabinet and go from there.

Since there are no real macros, the remotes main function seems to be to turn on and off the proper devices, I am thinking there is no way to turn on my BD and have it switch over to Netflix - which requires a few clicks and a select.

If I ever play BDs I would play them on the Dune. I pretty much rip everything I own and put the disks in storage and stream them on the Dune one day when I feel like watching them. The BD player stays in the mix for Neflix only.
post #2255 of 2789
You can get additional mini blasters from Logitech for 2 bucks plus shipping, better off to order at least 2 pairs to offset shipping cost.
post #2256 of 2789
I love this remote coming from the Harmony one. Well worth the price. Is it possible to add custom icons for soft buttons? That would be great.
post #2257 of 2789
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Originally Posted by Mamasboy View Post

I am in the middle of programming my new Harmony 900. It is kind of a mystery how it will all work in the end.

At this point I am adding devices, a key device is my MonoPrice HDMI Switch to switch between my Dune Media Player and BD that share an HDMI input. I don't see any device selections related switches. Does this remote handle an HDMI switch, if so what do I need to do to add it?

Meanwhile I'll push forward and see what happens, maybe something at the end of the setup will be there.

You add the HDMI switch as an Amplifier, Audio Video Switch
post #2258 of 2789
Mamasboy:
I added three activities: Play Netflix, Pause Netflix and Resume Netflix. I made sure they all appear on one screen. Play Netflix requires experimentation to determine the timing delays required. I have an Oppo 93 BD player and the key to success was that Netflix is always in the same position in its list of applications. My approach works well only if there is not a disk already loaded in the player.

Since I have a plasma tv, in Pause Netflix I programmed in that the tv goes into Eco mode which I had set up to dim the screen. If you don't have to worry about burn-in, then you don't need to program pause and resume activities.

I wish the 900 had a programmable command: Switch Activities. That would be easy to implement and would give us the equivalent of macros, more or less.
post #2259 of 2789
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Originally Posted by rehaz1 View Post

You add the HDMI switch as an Amplifier, Audio Video Switch

Thank you for a simple, specific answer to a question instead of a snarky how to "search on google" link.

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Originally Posted by rwinner View Post

Mamasboy:
I added three activities: Play Netflix, Pause Netflix and Resume Netflix. I made sure they all appear on one screen. Play Netflix requires experimentation to determine the timing delays required. I have an Oppo 93 BD player and the key to success was that Netflix is always in the same position in its list of applications. My approach works well only if there is not a disk already loaded in the player.

Since I have a plasma tv, in Pause Netflix I programmed in that the tv goes into Eco mode which I had set up to dim the screen. If you don't have to worry about burn-in, then you don't need to program pause and resume activities.

I wish the 900 had a programmable command: Switch Activities. That would be easy to implement and would give us the equivalent of macros, more or less.

I will be spending much time learning all the possible tricks and workarounds of this remote to get the most out of it. I like to dig in and go though things with the basic instructions, then when I start reading how to do more in-depth or advance stuff after I have a better idea of how it works.

One thing I did learn - install the programming software on a laptop, not the PC upstairs

It was this remote or a new professionally programmed Universal brand remote. I have an older Universal MX-350 now and it worked well until I started adding and subtracting new devices and could not figure out how to reprogram new macros without a pro. Where I bought and who originally set it is long out of business.

Another AV store in the area would set me up but they would only do the programming if I bought one of the newer expensive Universal remotes that is PC compatible.

I figure with this remote I can keep up with any changes moving forward myself and will just live without some of the more esoteric macro stuff.
post #2260 of 2789
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Originally Posted by Mamasboy View Post

I am in the middle of programming my new Harmony 900. It is kind of a mystery how it will all work in the end.

At this point I am adding devices, a key device is my MonoPrice HDMI Switch to switch between my Dune Media Player and BD that share an HDMI input. I don't see any device selections related switches. Does this remote handle an HDMI switch, if so what do I need to do to add it?

Meanwhile I'll push forward and see what happens, maybe something at the end of the setup will be there.

I see rahaz1 explained the category of device. I have a Monoprice HDMI switch and once you have the switch set as a device, it is quite simple to integrate it into your activities. I have five devices going into the switch and going from one device to another is seamless.
My devices go into the switch and from there they go to my Denon 4306 and from there to the tv.
post #2261 of 2789
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

You can get additional mini blasters from Logitech for 2 bucks plus shipping, better off to order at least 2 pairs to offset shipping cost.

I just ordered 2 of these. Since the main blaster only has two outputs for the mini blasters, I will need splitters to use two mini blasters per output.

So that I am ready when they arrive can anyone tell me what kind type of splitter to buy? I bet the local RS would have what I need.

I moved the install software to the laptop and will put in an hour more of set up work now before the 2:45 BB game starts.
post #2262 of 2789
Hey Guys,

Wondering if any of you have had this problem -- I'm trying to set up the 900 to control my Denon AVR-3312CI, and for some reason it isn't recognizing the ability to do Internet Radio as "Play Digital Music"...so I cannot add that as an activity.

Are there any workarounds for this?
post #2263 of 2789
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Originally Posted by Mamasboy View Post

I just ordered 2 of these. Since the main blaster only has two outputs for the mini blasters, I will need splitters to use two mini blasters per output.

So that I am ready when they arrive can anyone tell me what kind type of splitter to buy? I bet the local RS would have what I need.

I moved the install software to the laptop and will put in an hour more of set up work now before the 2:45 BB game starts.

You'll need a couple of 2.5 mm splitter cables.
post #2264 of 2789
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

You'll need a couple of 2.5 mm splitter cables.

I can find lots of 2.5 mm male to 3.5 mm female splitters. I searched monoprice direct also and came up empty. Their search is not the best ever though.

Can someone spot me a link to one I can buy online. The above would work but then I need special 3.5 to 2.5 adapters. Why can't companies stick with a standard?

Anyway, once I put the software on my laptop and worked by the TV I was able to quickly get my 4 main activities working perfectly. I can see it sure would be nice to be able to program an unused button or two as needed and this remote would be perfect.
post #2265 of 2789
Ya they seem to be getting harder to get. I had tried to search for some links for you before but was having difficulty. I also tried searching back in this thread as I'm sure it's been discussed before.

Dug a little further this time and found a couple of links for you. The buy.com link shows mini-phone splitter and doesn't specify 2.5mm., so be cautious.

http://www.syysuperstore.com/2-5mm-2...e-adapter.html

http://www.buy.com/prod/wireless-xce...209895533.html

http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-New-2-...item1c24c5b7b3

If those don't work out, you'll need to add another 3.5 to 2.5 female adapter like these.

http://www.buy.com/prod/3-5mm-male-t...220177854.html

http://www.buy.com/prod/qvs-3-5mm-ma...228249833.html
post #2266 of 2789
Thanks, I was able to get one at a reasonable price at ebay.
post #2267 of 2789
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Originally Posted by rwinner View Post

Mamasboy:
I added three activities: Play Netflix, Pause Netflix and Resume Netflix. I made sure they all appear on one screen. Play Netflix requires experimentation to determine the timing delays required. I have an Oppo 93 BD player and the key to success was that Netflix is always in the same position in its list of applications. My approach works well only if there is not a disk already loaded in the player.

Can you give me more details on how to do this? Maybe point me to where in the software to start setting this up.

Without macros or sequences it seems impossible to do anything more than switch receiver or TV to the right outputs and turn on or off the proper devices with each activity. I can live with this because at least everyone can get to the device they want without screaming for help and using 2 or 3 remotes and navigate with the same harmony remote from there.

However, the below setup would be a dream...

With my LG BD I would love the Harmony to Turn on BD, wait 30 seconds, right arrow 4 times, select, select.

That would get me in Netflix.

With my Dune I would love the Harmony to Turn on Dune, wait 45 seconds, right arrow 3 times, down arrow once, select.

That would put me in my Zapitti movie jukebox.


Possible? Or crazy talk?
post #2268 of 2789
Possible, you need to run thru those activity setups again. When you get to the end of the wizard the first and it questions if everything is being controlled the way you want indicate the 2nd option "yes, but I want to add more control".

This will bring you thru the setup wizard again but at the end this time it should allow you to add additional commands at the beginning or end of an activity. This is where you would add all the commands you reference above.

As far as waiting the 30 and 45 seconds the best thing to do is to add a power delay to the devices. So go to the device in question, select more options, select adjust the delays. First option is power on delay. I have rear projection tv that needs a delay before it's ready, I have it set to 18000ms which is 18 seconds.
post #2269 of 2789
So I've had my Harmony 900 for about 8 months now and unfortunately I haven't had a good experience at all. The remote controls my Samsung DVR (TWC), Pioneer VSX-521-K, and my HTPC. I'm using RF for the DVR and receiver with IR for the HTPC. Honestly, I have no issues with the functionality of the remote. Switching activities and such works great. Never had an issue learning a button or command I couldn't fix in the Logitech software.

My poor experience comes from the responsiveness of the remote and the sluggish delays no matter what I try. I've tried using IR and RF, both have a considerable delay compared to operating the default remotes for each device. It results in a poor experience, in my opinion (and my wife's). Is this normal? I just have a hard time believing it is. I've read that RF may have a delay for the RF to IR processing that needs to take place, but even when I switch to IR mode there is still a noticeable when adjusting volume, changing channels, etc.

I've tried adjusting delays in harmony software, updated firmware, and anything else I can think of. I just have a very hard time believing this is a normal experience for other Harmony users. Do I have a defective remote?

Help
post #2270 of 2789
What delays have you adjusted?
post #2271 of 2789
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Originally Posted by Mamasboy View Post

Can you give me more details on how to do this? Maybe point me to where in the software to start setting this up.

Without macros or sequences it seems impossible to do anything more than switch receiver or TV to the right outputs and turn on or off the proper devices with each activity. I can live with this because at least everyone can get to the device they want without screaming for help and using 2 or 3 remotes and navigate with the same harmony remote from there.

However, the below setup would be a dream...

With my LG BD I would love the Harmony to Turn on BD, wait 30 seconds, right arrow 4 times, select, select.

That would get me in Netflix.

With my Dune I would love the Harmony to Turn on Dune, wait 45 seconds, right arrow 3 times, down arrow once, select.

That would put me in my Zapitti movie jukebox.


Possible? Or crazy talk?

Oman answered Mamasboy. I put the delays in explicitly to do the sorts of commands you say you need for your BD. The commands get executed after the devices are turned on and there are explicit delay commands for which you pick the amount of time and the device being delayed. Also, I set all my devices except the TV to be RF and use the blasters on them. That way, the remote doesn't have to point toward the BD through the whole sequence. (Once again, Pause and Resume activities are needed only to avoid burn in and then only if the Netflix app on your BD disables screen blanking as it does on the Oppo. Just make sure your pause key is mapped to pause on the BD for this app. It probably is by default as soon as you include the BD device in the activity.) If you do several activities as I did, then you get to put all the soft keys you need into each activity since, as far as I can tell, you can't create an activity that inherits the settings of an existing activity.
post #2272 of 2789
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

What delays have you adjusted?

I've tried adjusting most of them, with Inter-key Delay being the one that seems to be most related to my issue. I have this set at 0ms for my devices, but obviously it's not really functioning at 0ms for me.
post #2273 of 2789
I just double checked and it seems that you are correct, it should be the Inter-key Delay setting that you affect. I don't buy the RF to IR being the problem either because I saw no difference when I switched from IR to RF in my setup.

My projector did respond a lot slower from the Harmony vs. the OEM remote when I first set it up, the only thing I did was to tell the software that it was responding to slow in the troubleshoot section and that allowed me to set inter key delay to 700 ms which greatly improved things.

The only thing I can suggest is to see if re-learning the commands in raw improves things.

Good luck.
post #2274 of 2789
It's not the RF, but rather the receiving device. I moved my 880 from my theater room to my living room (900 in the theater room) and the responsiveness picked up considerably. The only difference...different devices.

I have 2 Windows 7 Media Center receivers and my harmony will respond differently depending on which receiver is being used (I.e. with the same remote / PC)
post #2275 of 2789
New user...so far LOVE the 900 except for this:

I have a "drop down Da-Lite" screen that I want to control. Seem the only option is to use the Home Appliance Icon...well heck that is a "refridgerator"

Is there SOME WAY to customize the icon for the Device ? I can't deal with my screen being a fridge
post #2276 of 2789
LOL, did you set it up as generic device? I don't think you'll get an image but it wont be fridge.
post #2277 of 2789
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

LOL, did you set it up as generic device? I don't think you'll get an image but it wont be fridge.

No, in fact I can't find a Generic Device...only the ones in the drop down? What is the trick for a Generic Device ?

In fact no matter how I try to trick it, I keep getting the dang FRIDGE !
post #2278 of 2789
Well, if your screen is really "cool"....lol
post #2279 of 2789
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Originally Posted by rsblaski View Post

Well, if your screen is really "cool"....lol

Ha...good one ? On a serious note, do I really need to live with my screen being a fridge ? Or am I just an anal jerk (no comments please)
post #2280 of 2789
My mistake, I had to double check the software. It's a generic activity which you can select not generic device. Sorry about that. I did look to see what you can add the screen as, you can add it as a tv Monitor or projector and you will get the image of a projector.

In those device types I saw Elite and Da-Lite listed as manufacturers so screens in general are in the database as these device types.
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