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post #991 of 1732
Reading this thread I saw and idea that appealed to me.

Creating an Activity that turns on the Tivo and goes straight to the NowPlayingList. But I don't see where or how I can add a specific Tivo function to the activity what turns on tv/receiver/etc. I can only add additional devices but NOT individual functions?

Any help appreciated.
post #992 of 1732
I purchased a 720 at Costco and it worked for one day
Then for a couple of days it would keep on rebooting in the cradle
At this point it would go dead once I take it out off the charger
Now the whole thing is dead
The only thing that is working is the blue light in the cradle

Anybody any ideas?
post #993 of 1732
Return it!
post #994 of 1732
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Originally Posted by jvkcnd View Post

I purchased a 720 at Costco and it worked for one day ...
Anybody any ideas?

The good thing about Costco is they will take it back. There used to be no time limit on this for many goods, but I think they have changed that now so they may be using a 90 return for refund period limit.

The good thing about Logitech's Harmony is that they offer excellent Customer Support. If you call them, they will most likely find a solution, including a possible DHL replacement (they have done this before). This might help if Costco are out of stock (which happens frequently with the 720).
post #995 of 1732
Hey guys, anyone know how the 720 compares to the 550?

I'm having a tough time deciding between the two.
post #996 of 1732
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Originally Posted by SoundsGood View Post

Hey guys, anyone know how the 720 compares to the 550?

I'm having a tough time deciding between the two.

720 has a color screen, an extra pair of soft buttons, and rechargeable batteries if i'm not mistaken
post #997 of 1732
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Originally Posted by hikouka View Post

720 has a color screen, an extra pair of soft buttons, and rechargeable batteries if i'm not mistaken

Absolutely correct. Add also a tilt sensor rather than a manually activated "glow" button. Some people may prefer the button placement too. If money is no object, I would say "get the 720". Otherwise, the 550 does a great job, but you may want to add the cost of rechargeable batteries and a charger to the total (the backlit LCD and buttons need a lot of power and some users complain about short battery life: on a set of 4 AAAs that adds up pretty quick).
post #998 of 1732
I just got back from Costco.

Picked up a 720.
post #999 of 1732
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Originally Posted by SoundsGood View Post

I just got back from Costco.

Picked up a 720.


Congratulations!

Enjoy!
post #1000 of 1732
First off greetings everyone...
My question is should I get the 720 or 880? I have seen and do like both of these remotes, but I can't decide which is best. I have also noticed that the 720's price has droped a little lately. Is it possible that logitech is about to release a new model? Thanx for your time..

BillyBlazes



Samsung 50 inch DLP
Xbox360
Pioneer DVD player
BrightHouse HD/DVR box
Yamaha Reciever (hopefully in the next 60 days)
Bose speakers (hopefully in the next 60 days)
post #1001 of 1732
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Originally Posted by Gary Press View Post

Congratulations!

Enjoy!

Will do... thanks!
post #1002 of 1732
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Originally Posted by BillyBlazes View Post

First off greetings everyone...
My question is should I get the 720 or 880? I have seen and do like both of these remotes, but I can't decide which is best. I have also noticed that the 720's price has droped a little lately. Is it possible that logitech is about to release a new model? ...

Just decide on the button layout and styling, I would suggest. The 720 does have two fewer soft buttons, but it also seems to be reporting fewer issues than the 880, but this is not necessarily a deal breaker IMO.

New models? Maybe, but the 720 is not exactly discounted in general compared to the 880 (it costs more on amazon.com, but costs the same price at Sears or Target as the 880 at Best Buy). Only Costco are selling the 720 for a decent discount AFIK ($120). If you are a member, you could try the 720 if you prefer the styling since you would have the easy return option.

If there are no other factors to influence you, just get the cheapest one of the two!
post #1003 of 1732
Is there a way to change the pictures (like the Popcorn, TV, etc) on the 720?

I found custom icons for the 880, but they don't quite match the grid of the 720.
post #1004 of 1732
You can add your own graphic images to the 720 using the software - it creates a slide show - mine is Yosemite but, frankly, the images are a bit small!
post #1005 of 1732
I purchased a Harmony 720 Remote over the weekend and absolutely love it! In fact I love it so much I want to customize a couple of things to really utilize the full potential of this device and show it off to a couple of friends. Any ideas if the following is possible?

1) I purchased 4 of the Lutron Maestro IR dimmer switches from home depot to control my can lights. The switches work great controlled with the 720 but now I want to control each of the 4 switches individually. I know I can't do this with the Lutron's b/c they don't take unique IR codes, so is my only option an X-10? If so which items do I need? Any other alternatives? I think it's so cool that 1 universal remote can control so many devices including the lights.

2) I read earlier in this thread someone wanting to configure their pause button during DVD playback to turn on the lights and then dim them back when hitting play. It looks like someone proposed a solution but as much as I tried to follow it, it didn't seem to work from me. Can someone clarify if this is possible and if it is how?
post #1006 of 1732
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Originally Posted by kpdillon View Post

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2) I read earlier in this thread someone wanting to configure their pause button during DVD playback to turn on the lights and then dim them back when hitting play. It looks like someone proposed a solution but as much as I tried to follow it, it didn't seem to work from me. Can someone clarify if this is possible and if it is how?

I do not think you can do this at the moment. This would require a macro for this button. Harmony have suggested they may be adding this feature (which they used to have) back on, but I have not heard anyone say that they have done it yet.
post #1007 of 1732
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Originally Posted by fred2 View Post

You can add your own graphic images to the 720 using the software...

Right, but are there any collections of graphics out there, made specifically for the 720?

There are plenty for the 880, but those graphics don't fit the 720s screen layout.
post #1008 of 1732
Everyone in this forum knows the basic functions and how it works- except me. does it come pre-programmed. Must you download software from website. do they have programming for all of the latest equipment. I have a brand new Panasonic plasma, a cable/dvr (motorola) , a toshiba HD DVD A20, and an Onkyo 605. I would like to operate all, with all the functions for each, from one remote. HOw does this work on the harmony?

thanks,
post #1009 of 1732
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Originally Posted by albender View Post

Everyone in this forum knows the basic functions and how it works- except me. does it come pre-programmed. Must you download software from website. do they have programming for all of the latest equipment. I have a brand new Panasonic plasma, a cable/dvr (motorola) , a toshiba HD DVD A20, and an Onkyo 605. I would like to operate all, with all the functions for each, from one remote. HOw does this work on the harmony?

thanks,

It's pretty easy... you just connect the remote to your pc's USB port, fire up the software, answer a few questions about your system components, and it "programs" it for you.

The Harmony database is pretty current, and should have functions for all your components. I have a Pio 940HD, Denon 2807, Tosh A2, Comcast DVR... they all work just fine.

Remember, it is an activity based remote. So, you end up with activities like "Watch TV" "Watch a DVD", etc. pressing these activity buttons turns on/off the components required, and you're good to go.

It's pretty intuitive, once you get started using it - you'll figure it out pretty fast.
post #1010 of 1732
Any ideas on this one?

1) I purchased 4 of the Lutron Maestro IR dimmer switches from home depot to control my can lights. The switches work great controlled with the 720 but now I want to control each of the 4 switches individually. I know I can't do this with the Lutron's b/c they don't take unique IR codes, so is my only option an X-10? If so which items do I need? Any other alternatives? I think it's so cool that 1 universal remote can control so many devices including the lights.
post #1011 of 1732
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Originally Posted by albender View Post

... does it come pre-programmed. ...

No. You need do download the software from the website, and enter the brand name and model numbers of all your equipment. Then you will specify whether the sound should come from your TV when watching TV for example, or whether it should come from your AVR, etc. etc. Everything else is done for you.

You may need to tweak some button functions afterwards, but this is quite straightforward. If you need help, C/S can be excellent (and the changes they make will be remotely downloaded to your remote via the USB connection). The only problem is their somewhat limited M-F hours for the West Coast.
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... Must you download software from website. ...

No (if a CD is included), but users always recommend using the website download, not the CD. You will have to create an online profile anyway, since this is where the information about your system is stored, so there is really no reason not to download (if you have a decent connection).
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Originally Posted by albender View Post

... do they have programming for all of the latest equipment. I have a brand new Panasonic plasma, a cable/dvr (motorola) , a toshiba HD DVD A20, and an Onkyo 605. I would like to operate all, with all the functions for each, from one remote. ...

Yes, mostly. The database is now over 3,500 brands and 180,000+ devices! If anything is missing (and it almost never is), you just call C/S and get it added. I would not anticipate any problems with any of the equipment you list.

Not only will you only need one remote, but you MUST put away your old remotes to avoid accidental usage since this confuses the Smart State Technology which keeps track of what is on/off and what the input/ouput settings are. Your old remotes will probably all end up in a drawer with no batteries needed (so they don't start leaking without anyone noticing or something).
post #1012 of 1732
anyone controlling a ceiling fan with their 720?

I want to control my Hampton Bay fan, but i think the remote is RF not IR
post #1013 of 1732
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Originally Posted by kpdillon View Post

I purchased a Harmony 720 Remote over the weekend and absolutely love it! In fact I love it so much I want to customize a couple of things to really utilize the full potential of this device and show it off to a couple of friends.

I purchased 4 of the Lutron Maestro IR dimmer switches from home depot to control my can lights. The switches work great controlled with the 720 but now I want to control each of the 4 switches individually. I know I can't do this with the Lutron's b/c they don't take unique IR codes, so is my only option an X-10? If so which items do I need? Any other alternatives? I think it's so cool that 1 universal remote can control so many devices including the lights.

I have had the 720 for about a month now , and I have never loved a gadget more than this thing.. I always wanted a universal remote but had no idea what these things could do until i bought the 720 , and never thought it would be this easy to operate everything.

I also bought a Lutron dimmer, and just for my "Watch Cable TV" activity, the remote is turning on my TV, switiching to Input1, turning on my AV unit, switching to TV input, turning on my Cable box, and switching to Tuner input, and turning on the lights, and dimming them 2 levels..

and for my "Watch DVD" Activity, it dims the lights 4 levels.

freaking amazing if you ask me..and its capable of doing so much more.

i only wish the ceiling fan in my living room was IR instead of RF, so it could also turn that sucker on also
post #1014 of 1732
Is there a way to set the remote up so it will not automatically turn off my TV when I select an audio activity? Sometimes I like to have video on while listening to music and my RP TV does not like being powered on and off. I don't want it to power my TV on when I select these activities eighther. Anyone know of a work around for this? In other words, I just want it to leave my TV alone when I select an audio only activity.

Thanks,
Kent
post #1015 of 1732
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Originally Posted by word302 View Post

Is there a way to set the remote up so it will not automatically turn off my TV when I select an audio activity? Sometimes I like to have video on while listening to music and my RP TV does not like being powered on and off. I don't want it to power my TV on when I select these activities eighther. Anyone know of a work around for this? In other words, I just want it to leave my TV alone when I select an audio only activity.

Thanks,
Kent

For the audio activity, select "Customize" then "Activity options". There is an option for "Turn off unused devices". Change this to "Leave On".
post #1016 of 1732
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Originally Posted by b00ey View Post

I also bought a Lutron dimmer, and just for my "Watch Cable TV" activity, the remote is turning on my TV, switiching to Input1, turning on my AV unit, switching to TV input, turning on my Cable box, and switching to Tuner input, and turning on the lights, and dimming them 2 levels..

Yeah, I love how well the Lutron Maestro's work, considering it's infrared. I am able to aim the remote anywhere and the light switches pick up the signal without fail. I'm actually thinking of returning the switches to home depot and ordering the Lutron Maestro spacer switches which are basically the same thing but can hold 4 memory settings instead of 1. I have 4 zones where I like to create various scenes... It's going to cost me an extra $60 though. :-S

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Originally Posted by b00ey View Post

i only wish the ceiling fan in my living room was IR instead of RF, so it could also turn that sucker on also

I think you can solve this by getting yourself an X-10 IR command console with the appropriate X-10 receiver to control your fan.
post #1017 of 1732
Quote:
Originally Posted by kpdillon View Post

Yeah, I love how well the Lutron Maestro's work, considering it's infrared. I am able to aim the remote anywhere and the light switches pick up the signal without fail. I'm actually thinking of returning the switches to home depot and ordering the Lutron Maestro spacer switches which are basically the same thing but can hold 4 memory settings instead of 1. I have 4 zones where I like to create various scenes... It's going to cost me an extra $60 though. :-S



I think you can solve this by getting yourself an X-10 IR command console with the appropriate X-10 receiver to control your fan.

yea, i guess i could, and thanks for the help.. but that just seems to be a little too much money and extra equipment invested for me personally just to be able to control my ceiling fan.

all though it would be nice
post #1018 of 1732
Just a quick comment.... I am LOVING this remote!


Still tweaking it. It's gonna be PERFECT!
post #1019 of 1732
Hey guys, I see that there's a "Volume Down" command... but is there a way to turn the volume ALL THE WAY down? For example, can you do a "Volume Down x 20"?

Here's what's up:

When I watch TV with the Receiver & external speakers on, I need to turn the TV volume all the way down. Once the receiver is on, the 720 will control the receiver's volume, not the TVs. And I can't use Mute, since the word MUTING gets displayed across the screen.

I know that I can add "Volume Down" 20 or so times, but it seems like there should be an easier way. Right?

Any suggestions??
post #1020 of 1732
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Originally Posted by SoundsGood View Post

I know that I can add "Volume Down" 20 or so times, but it seems like there should be an easier way. Right?

Any suggestions??

The only way I can think of for there to be an easier way than having the remote send the same command several times would be if your television supported it.

Before I had a programmable remote I had my system configured so we could use the TV or Receiver for sound. I did that mainly because if my wife wanted to watch TV when I wasn't around, it was easier for her to just use the TV's remote.

Once I got a programmable remote, that motivation went away. Now she could just hit a single button and everything would come on and be set to the correct inputs. There was no longer a good reason to use the television speakers, especially when considering that the speakers hooked up to the receiver were so much better anyway.

So although that isn't a solution to your problem, and depending on your individual circumstances may be undesireable, it might be something to consider.
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