Originally Posted by bdunn13
I still have not ordered mine(SC) yet and was reading a review on amazon last night that said the smart control remote did not send out any IR, only the hub, IR extenders would send out IR, is this true? If so, it wouldn't work well for those that want all of their stuff hidden... I would want my remote to control the TV / Projector and the hub, extender to send commands to tuners in my media closet.
I have read the ultimate does this, but don't recall reading here how the smart control works.
The Harmony Smart Control remote does indeed not
fire any IR and completely relies on the Harmony Hub to do so.
The Harmony Ultimate can be configured to fire IR directly from the remote, though it is programmed to use the hub by default. Please keep in mind that any devices programmed only to the remote may not be controlled properly when using the Harmony app!
Originally Posted by JeffCar
In my case, it seems to work reliably when it technically shouldn't (no direct line of sight from hub to device).
The hub and mini blasters both fire very strong IR signals - much stronger than battery operated remotes - and do not require typical line of sight to control devices. Instead, IR signals can bounce off walls and reflect back to the device in question - hence being able to place the hub or blaster on top of a shelf and still control exposed devices below it.
Overall, the Harmony Hub and mini blasters are very versatile and their 'positions' can easily be reversed.
For example, the Hub can be placed on top of your entertainment system to control your TV and other exposed devices, and mini blaster(s) placed on each of your closed cabinet's shelves.
On the other hand, a well positioned mini blaster on top of your entertainment system will look less intrusive than the hub might, and will usually be sufficient to control exposed devices within that room. The hub can then go inside the cabinet.
Some experimentation and re-positioning may be needed to find your prefect component placement - sometimes moving a hub or blaster a few inches to the left or right might just be enough of a change to actually get IR signals to reach your devices, so make sure you play around to see what works!
Range is of little concern when controlling Bluetooth devices, so the Harmony Hub can be placed in either layout above and still control your PS3s and Wiis without issue.
I hope this helped - let us know if you have any more questions!