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post #781 of 1821
If I need to run a cable out to my TV, can I connect a normal IR flasher via an extension cable and 2.5-3.5mm adapter? Or, do I need to use the mini blaster? I need to put it on a Sony TV that's mounted on the wall so a surface mount flasher would be better.
post #782 of 1821
I ordered the smart remote and hub from Amazon for $99.99. got it all set up in about 15 minutes and I have to say I'm VERY impressed with what you get out of this setup for the price. Great range, very responsive (little to no lag between button press and the action). The remote is a lot smaller than I expected, but feels good in-hand. Overall, VERY highly recommended, especially if you can get it for the $99 price on Amazon.
post #783 of 1821
still no joy on controlling the Oppo. I was able to program the commands but it looks to be a completely manual process to set up the proper buttons and functions.
post #784 of 1821
I bought a total of 3 Smart Control remotes from Crutchfield in the last two weeks. One before the sale (they gave me a refund for the difference) and two after.

I am blown away what they do for $100. Setup was very easy, MyHarmony now allows you to have 6 remotes on your account, and there are no more missed commands.

I doubted the while hub and remote thing, but now I don't think that I want it any other way.

And Crutchfield support beats the snot out of Amazon's total lack of support. I've got no interest in either, but if Crutchfield has what I want, I will forever more buy from them.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 4
post #785 of 1821
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Originally Posted by PGT FTW View Post

still no joy on controlling the Oppo. I was able to program the commands but it looks to be a completely manual process to set up the proper buttons and functions.

That's bizarre. I never had any trouble with it. It appears in my "Devices" list as "Oppo Home Theater" and works just fine. That must be very frustrating.

Mojo
post #786 of 1821
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Originally Posted by booga24 View Post

Thank you, I think???????? smile.gif no personal experience?

Regarding the SmartHome IRLinc: Mine came in a tthe end of last week and combined with the ApplianceLinc it allowed me to power on/off our subwoofer using IR from the Harmony. The instructions are pretty minimal but it worked well.

The steps were to:
1. Create the "scenes" in the IRLinc to turn on and off the subwoofer. This gave me discrete on and off buttons .
2. Create a "fake" subwoofer device in MyHarmony that had only PowerOn and PowerOff and learned those commands from the IRLinc.
3. Add the fake subwoofer device to all my activities so the harmony would manage turning it on and off.

Seems to be working well!
post #787 of 1821
Purchased a Smart Control on Saturday from my local suburban Costco in Vancouver. They had a batch of about 40-50 for $49.99.

Since I'm used to Harmony Remotes, but never owned a RF, had no trouble programming. Already have a 650, so I use that for the devices. Same as using my Nexus 7 but much more convenient due to size.

I find the Smart hand held remote buttons very cramped, especially in the dark where I keep pressing the wrong button. For the price its a great deal but I would have rather had a All in One Ultimate. smile.gif
post #788 of 1821
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Originally Posted by PGT FTW View Post

If I need to run a cable out to my TV, can I connect a normal IR flasher via an extension cable and 2.5-3.5mm adapter? Or, do I need to use the mini blaster? I need to put it on a Sony TV that's mounted on the wall so a surface mount flasher would be better.

Hi PGT FTW,

We're unable to confirm specifically which may or may not work, but other users generally report success using various extension cables, third party IR emitters, and adapters with their Harmony Hub.

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Originally Posted by PGT FTW View Post

still no joy on controlling the Oppo. I was able to program the commands but it looks to be a completely manual process to set up the proper buttons and functions.

The Oppo BDP103 can be controlled by multiple IR language sets - to change the language your Harmony remote uses to control the Oppo, please log in to your Harmony account, select the Oppo from the devices tab, and select Change Device Settings >> Device Version >> Next. The original Oppo remote is needed to help identify which set of IR codes are being used.

Please send me a PM if this doesn't help and we will troubleshoot further.

Regards,

Sylvain
post #789 of 1821
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Originally Posted by PGT FTW View Post

still no joy on controlling the Oppo. I was able to program the commands but it looks to be a completely manual process to set up the proper buttons and functions.

It worked right away with my oppo 105.

The only issues I had were with my roku stick in the front of the oppo. It wants to change the remote to work with a regular roku instead of working thru the oppo controls like the normal oppo does. I just had to reprogram all the roku buttons which wasn't to bad. Took about 10 minutes.

The only other issue was changing the volume controls from the oppo volume to my tube amp. This was very easy and it was smart enough to send that same function to the volume controls no matter what device I am controlling.
post #790 of 1821
I recently purchased an RGB Led strip from Ebay and I am having a bit of an issue trying to teach commands on the smart control. Something very similar to this

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I got most of the commands to work except for few, with the "on" command being the main one. I tried fixing the command few times and the smart control did seem to get it every time. I get the confirmation saying that the remote has successfully learned the command, but when in fact it does not work....

Any feedback is appreciated...
post #791 of 1821
With IR learns, sometimes only certain duration presses work best. Generally, about half a second will get a full command plus a few repeats, enough for harmony to capture and analyze correctly. So just experiment with different durations. Also don't put the remotes too close together or too far apart. A few inches usually works best.

Sometimes a protocol can have a toggle bit, which, when learned could have the effect of working only every other time. There isn't much you can do about this without special hardware to capture, analyze, and generate pronto hex which can then be submitted to Harmony support and added to your account. Since your other commands work fine, I doubt this is your issue.

And make sure you test in device mode. The new command doesn't get copied to your activities automatically. You have to add it to each activity manually in customize buttons.
post #792 of 1821
Thanks Mdavej,

Will give that a try
post #793 of 1821
Sorry if it's been answered previously. Does the remote support NEST thermostat?
post #794 of 1821
No Nest support.
post #795 of 1821
Hi. I've seen this question posed before, but not seen an answer. Can the Hub be powered from a USB port for normal use, with a USB to Micro-USB cable? I know the Hub uses a Micro-USB connector but I understand the power supply shipped uses a non-USB voltage (5.15V?).
post #796 of 1821
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Originally Posted by jong1 View Post

Hi. I've seen this question posed before, but not seen an answer. Can the Hub be powered from a USB port for normal use, with a USB to Micro-USB cable? I know the Hub uses a Micro-USB connector but I understand the power supply shipped uses a non-USB voltage (5.15V?).
No, for normal operation it needs to plugged into a power supply and not a PC
post #797 of 1821
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Originally Posted by rehaz1 View Post

No, for normal operation it needs to plugged into a power supply and not a PC

Wrong. I power it from a USB port on my HTPC and it works great.
post #798 of 1821
Lol. Thanks guys. I'll give it a go and we'll see. I guess it can depend on the USB port, driving power and cable. I recently had a problem with my Astro headset, where the micro usb cable they shipped with it was cheap and nasty, and although it was not in anyway broken it caused the mixamp to periodically drop out A better cable (actually one of my logitech cables) worked perfectly (and Astro acknowledged the problem and supplied a high quality substitute.

But it's good to know a good quality port can work.
post #799 of 1821
I think I have the same lights, at least the remote appears identical to your photo. I didn't have to teach any commands, the harmony database has a device for Sylvania Lights, model 72334
post #800 of 1821
Quote:
Originally Posted by HarmonySylvain View Post

Hi PGT FTW,

We're unable to confirm specifically which may or may not work, but other users generally report success using various extension cables, third party IR emitters, and adapters with their Harmony Hub.
The Oppo BDP103 can be controlled by multiple IR language sets - to change the language your Harmony remote uses to control the Oppo, please log in to your Harmony account, select the Oppo from the devices tab, and select Change Device Settings >> Device Version >> Next. The original Oppo remote is needed to help identify which set of IR codes are being used.

Please send me a PM if this doesn't help and we will troubleshoot further.

Regards,

Sylvain

sent a PM....no luck.
post #801 of 1821
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Originally Posted by Rodney Frey View Post

I think I have the same lights, at least the remote appears identical to your photo. I didn't have to teach any commands, the harmony database has a device for Sylvania Lights, model 72334

Thanks

I tried this bit it didn't work. However, I did find another make/model which worked for me. APA 1616 is what I used and it works great now
post #802 of 1821
Hello, are both the new harmonies programed with the old software ? By new i meant the RF and ir remote.....
post #803 of 1821
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Originally Posted by kgveteran View Post

Hello, are both the new harmonies programed with the old software ? By new i meant the RF and ir remote.....
No. They require the new, and less capable MyHarmony site and the MicroSoft Silverlight plugin. )c:
post #804 of 1821
But you can import settings from other remotes, right? Like my H900?
post #805 of 1821
Not sure if this is the right forum for this question but I am having trouble with my Harmony Ultimate. It won't go into sleep mode and the lines on top of the touchscreen don't stop moving. It's like the remote is constantly working. It still functions properly but just won't sleep. I also lost the manual keypad function and the other page with manual functions on it. I only have access to favorites and home on the touchscreen. Thanks. I tried the forums on the harmony site with no luck.
post #806 of 1821
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Originally Posted by rehaz1 View Post

Right now, no, maybe later down the line

Anybody know if this feature has been added yet? Looking for the ability to setup two different smart hubs in two locations and control them with one ultimate.
post #807 of 1821
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Originally Posted by mmmccall View Post

Anybody know if this feature has been added yet? Looking for the ability to setup two different smart hubs in two locations and control them with one ultimate.
No, still not possible
post #808 of 1821
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Originally Posted by s.bradford View Post

Are you on iOS 7? Because I am not seeing this behavior on iOS 6. Whenever it autolocks, after waking and swiping i am right back to the panel I was on before it locked.

No, I wasn't at the time.

James
post #809 of 1821
Ok a couple weeks in I'd like to give a few thoughts on the ios side of this product, thus far. I haven't even taken the plastic off the hard remote, as I have a Harmony One I'm perfectly contented with. I use the app-side of Smart Control outside for my big screen and elsewhere.

First, the nags:

1. MOST times, you're not going to pick up your phone and adjust the volume within 5 seconds...that's MY experience. Honestly, I never expected to so that's not a deal breaker to me. It seems to me that after "x" amount of time my phone or ipad needs to "re-connect" with the network/hub and that's going to require some time. I've tried this both with "home buttoning" out of the app AND just locking the screen.

2. Mine does jump off my network occasionally. Simple as that and it occurred once at the LEAST opportune time possible: my neighbor was walking over to gripe about the volume (rightfully so, as I DID have it too loud) and I of course was unable to turn it down a single db. Ouch. I was 30 feet from my router, line of sight in an area where I NEVER have issues streaming music.

3. It would be nice to be able to replicate an exact set up onto another phone or ipad. Perhaps this is available and I've missed it? Basically, you currently re-arrange buttons and add commands per device. I of course would like this universal...as most users would, I'd assume.

4. Since we can arrange/add ACTIVITY buttons, why not devices? confused.gif And then it would be nice to be able to modify an activities button layout without having to be in the activity.

5. I've already mentioned the desire for the ability to name buttons...sounds like that's coming soon, so great. smile.gif

The good:

1. Overall, even with the above, the versatility and layout is outstanding. I can easily see this being a 10/10 show once some things are sorted out. The biggest being instant (or just quicker) access to the app itself. I can't tell ya how great it would be to enter the remote directly via a double or triple home button hit! wink.gifsmile.gif

2. The actual transmittance of the commands is borderline instantaneous...matter of fact I'd be hard pressed to discern a difference between my One and my iphone/pad.

3. The range/power of the Hub IR is indeed MUCH more powerful/effective than the One. No question.

4. It is infinitely reasonable for $99. Especially for those who will also use the hard remote, obviously.

In fairness I need to go onto MyHarmony and see if I can set this up a bit better. I am leery of jacking anything up at this point as it does take some time to get the things the way you want...but small price to pay of course once all is sorted.

Basically, great job Harmony.

James
Edited by mastermaybe - 10/2/13 at 12:16pm
post #810 of 1821
Well, after a brief visit to my harmony, it appears that there is little that can be accomplished there over twiddling with the device itself...so does this mean the "device" button layout cannot be modified at all?

This is extremely important to me, as, for example, the "cursor" screen does not work on my popcorn hour activity and I figured I could at least set one up (a PROPER cursor screen- the existing one is on different pages rolleyes.gif) in the "device" area? Well I guess I could duplicate my own PCH cursor on another page of the PCH activity.

James
Edited by mastermaybe - 10/2/13 at 9:46am
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