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post #151 of 1504
Can you edit the button name? Say "Watch TV" change to "Watch PJ" or is the button name is a preset only? Or can you make your own button with whatever name you want? Thanks!
post #152 of 1504
Sure, you can change what they say..you have it "turn the TV on darn it" if you want. Also you can edit what buttons are available in the activity, so you dont have to go into the device itself to find a function button.

ITs pretty sweet: I have it set to "TV bedroom", "Watch HD DVD" ,"Nakamichi" etc.

you can also upload your own background, which is so sweet, but I havent yet.

The Harmony 1000 is truly amazing, and works great too..nice bonus.
post #153 of 1504
Thanks, thanks a lot. You've just made it tougher not to get one. Last year I wanted the URC MX-3000 'til I read out this about 4-5 months back and wanted one so I waited. But I read on remotecentral that the buttons are preset and can't be edited, so I was disappointed. But no longer, thanks for clearing that up. So we can make out own customer button and put whatever commands on it?
post #154 of 1504
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Originally Posted by vdmai View Post

Thanks, thanks a lot. You've just made it tougher not to get one. Last year I wanted the URC MX-3000 'til I read out this about 4-5 months back and wanted one so I waited. But I read on remotecentral that the buttons are preset and can't be edited, so I was disappointed. But no longer, thanks for clearing that up. So we can make out own customer button and put whatever commands on it?


Sure!! I know you can change the text and function of buttons, but I don't think you can change what the buttons look like. thats about the only thing thats not customizable..but who knows down the road for even that. it's as easy as a software update.
post #155 of 1504
I can even edit actions...example: If I'm watching TV, and I want to watch a DVD. I press "watch DVD", The Cable box turns off or I can set it to keep it on. Things like that are cool, plus lots lots more. It's a lot more customizable then what I originally thought, even after using it at first.

added: IMO the only thing it lacks is a printed instruction manual, only in software help menus and getting started manual.
post #156 of 1504
The Logitech 1000 uses software version 7.1, the 890 and 880 uses 7.0, so there must be some difference.

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/do...S/EN,CRID=2109
post #157 of 1504
If you are getting the 1000 and use a cablebox/DVR combo to watch TV, make sure you set it up as a PVR and not a settop/cable box. Also when setting activity select "Watch PVR". Even though the Scientific Atlanta 8300HD is listed on both and works with both fully, you'll run into problems when adding buttons,only when adding buttons. No big deal, but will save you about 30 mins of trying to figure out why you have an error.
post #158 of 1504
Can you create your own devices, such as a lighting system and teach the codes to your customized button labels like you can with a pronto? Or do ir codes have to be in the "software database" of logitech? A true "learning" remote?
post #159 of 1504
I wish this thing had a manual we could read instead of asking these questions.
post #160 of 1504
OK, after having 2 full days to play around I must say that this gets 9 out of 10. not a full 10 because of no user manual and other very minor things too hard to explain. It really does kick major butt though.

Once you get it home, plan on spending an hour or two getting it setup perfectly, the way you want it. IE button customization and settings, but it's worth the effort. Charge the battery fully before first use, just in case. Keep a pen and paper handy to write down what buttons for what devices for what activities that you want quick access to, favorite channel lists, etc. Lastly, keep the USB cable handy because you will be going back and forth until you get it perfect, and understand how this works fully. Experimentation is a good thing.

Once all this is done, you will be so psyched. I was psyched before I fully customized it, but the harmony 1000 is the best thing in remotes since sliced bread IMHO. IT'S FANTASTIC!!!!
post #161 of 1504
gordong11,

Congrats and thanks for the review! A few questions pls:

(1) By "button customization", do you also mean button layout? For example, while watching a DVD, I would like to have the following buttons available on the same screen: subtitle, FF, REW, Chapter Skip, Light Dim/Bright...etc AND in the order I want. Current Harmony remotes order the buttons based on the order of the device.

(2) You don't happen to use any Z-Wave device, do you?
post #162 of 1504
The way it works is that lets say I'm in the "Watch DVD" activity you all have 3 main screens for it. 1 is stop FF etc, 1 is 0-9 numbers, 1 misc functions. you can edit any button for any device in the misc functions menu, I think its pretty much unlimited buttons, but not sure. the numbers and stop FF screens is limited I think. But if you want to control everyhting, in whatever order from the misc menu, you can. I think you can edit the buttons on the other 2 screens as well, but are limited to the design of that screen.

The answer is yes, but it's hard to explain in greater detail.

No Z device for me. sorry.
post #163 of 1504
No offense to the posts in here so far about the 1000, but most seem to be from people who have never used Harmony remotes so far. Almost all of the posts seem to talk about functions that are available on other Hamony remotes like the 880. Can anybody who is already very familiar with the capability of Harmony remotes comment on the differences and pros/cons? Any additional functionality for setup? I already have an 880, but need to move to RF as well as buy another remote for my basement HT I am constructing right now. Here are a few of my major questions:

1. Is the 1000 fully Z-wave compatible and has anybody tested in on a Z-wave compatible lighting system yet?
2. Is anybody using it in RF mode with the Harmony or other RF receiver? Will it work with another brand of RF reciever/IR blaster?
3. How customizable is the button locations, etc on the screen layout, as this has traditionally been one of Harmony's biggest weekness. Their default layouts for most devices usually stink and you must totally redo them.


Any comments appreaciated.
post #164 of 1504
I can only answer q3: yes you can put any button for any device on any function and call it what you want.

I'm the only one that has one it seems, and I don't have Z or RF. you'll have to wait till more peeps get it, most stores do not have it in stock yet.
post #165 of 1504
Another question from someone who has never owned any type of after market remote: I wanted to know what power on times were after pushing the power button. Does it go into a "sleep" mode to conserve battery life? Does it wake up after you pick it up or do you have to power on again? Best Buy had one running a demo, this looks to be one sweet remote, I just wish the RF adapter wasn't an additional $149.
post #166 of 1504
I just bit the bullet and bought the RF adapter. Cheaper than buying all the xantech equipment I guess and the RF vs IR is nice so it can sit in my lap.
post #167 of 1504
It would be nice to know if it is compatible with anybody elses RF reciver/IR blaster, as logitech's is so overpriced. You could buy the 890 with the RF reciever included for the mid to low $200's online and at least have another nice IR remote for another room.

Talking to Logitech at lunch today they say that the 1000 is fully Z-wave compliant, although there is a total of 15 device limit, that may start to be a problem if you want to control a lot of lighting. I have at least 6 AV pieces which would leave 9 devices for dimmers. Hopefully somebody else has a Z-wave network to comment on how well the 1000 plays with it.
post #168 of 1504
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Originally Posted by Cherokee180c View Post

It would be nice to know if it is compatible with anybody elses RF reciver/IR blaster, as logitech's is so overpriced. You could buy the 890 with the RF reciever included for the mid to low $200's online and at least have another nice IR remote for another room.

Talking to Logitech at lunch today they say that the 1000 is fully Z-wave compliant, although there is a total of 15 device limit, that may start to be a problem if you want to control a lot of lighting. I have at least 6 AV pieces which would leave 9 devices for dimmers. Hopefully somebody else has a Z-wave network to comment on how well the 1000 plays with it.

I sure do hope that the 1000 will work with the 890 RF receiver, as that's what I am planning on doing. I'll be replacing my 890 with the 1000 as soon as it comes into Best Buy so I can use my employee discount. I'll be pretty pissed if it doesn't.

Any suggestions on good Z-Wave dimmers that work well with the 890/1000?
post #169 of 1504
The friendly UPS man just delivered mine.

I'm very non-technical so I should be a good test case as to whether this is as user friendly for set-up and use as advertised.

Unit is in its charging cradle now for the next 8 hours to charge up before its first use as recommended in the Getting Started documentation.

Can't wait to see what this baby can do!

post #170 of 1504
Just got mine also and it's charging right now like they say to do.

Only thing is how do you turn it off? It's in the cradle but i cant get it to turn off. Nothing happens when i push the power button. It just keeps going through the demo.
post #171 of 1504
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Originally Posted by Cherokee180c View Post

Talking to Logitech at lunch today they say that the 1000 is fully Z-wave compliant, although there is a total of 15 device limit, that may start to be a problem if you want to control a lot of lighting. I have at least 6 AV pieces which would leave 9 devices for dimmers. Hopefully somebody else has a Z-wave network to comment on how well the 1000 plays with it.

From the logitech forums from a moderator

"The 15 devices as mentioned on the box refers to Infrared Home Theatre devices and does not refer to Z-Wave devices at all. Since almost all Z-Wave devices use the same command frequency with a different header there is not as much of a worry of the Harmony's memory being used. Whereas the infrared commands take up a great deal of the Harmony's memory and thus are limited to 15 devices.

Customers are free to add more than 15 devices (including Z-Wave devices) provided the amount of infrared home theater devices does not exceed 15."
post #172 of 1504
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Originally Posted by spridell View Post

Just got mine also and it's charging right now like they say to do.

Only thing is how do you turn it off? It's in the cradle but i cant get it to turn off. Nothing happens when i push the power button. It just keeps going through the demo.

Ditto for me.

Figure it's best to leave it charging overnight and deal with it tomorrow.

Should be fully charged then...
post #173 of 1504
Sorry, but gotta ask. What is Z-wave?
post #174 of 1504
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Originally Posted by vdmai View Post

Sorry, but gotta ask. What is Z-wave?

It's a new wireless technology for home automation devices such as lighting, security, and Air Conditioner. Since it's RF, you don't have to point the remote at any particular spot/receiver.
post #175 of 1504
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Originally Posted by mylan View Post

Another question from someone who has never owned any type of after market remote: I wanted to know what power on times were after pushing the power button. Does it go into a "sleep" mode to conserve battery life? Does it wake up after you pick it up or do you have to power on again? Best Buy had one running a demo, this looks to be one sweet remote, I just wish the RF adapter wasn't an additional $149.

You can set sleep mode for 10-60 secs.....turns on by touch or press.
post #176 of 1504
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Originally Posted by spridell View Post

Just got mine also and it's charging right now like they say to do.

Only thing is how do you turn it off? It's in the cradle but i cant get it to turn off. Nothing happens when i push the power button. It just keeps going through the demo.


WOOT! Congrats..yes let it charge......it takes a while to get it setup, as it's so customizable. Don't be freightened by demo..is normal.
post #177 of 1504
Thanks, pdn. Sounds good!
post #178 of 1504
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Originally Posted by SLCentral View Post

I sure do hope that the 1000 will work with the 890 RF receiver, as that's what I am planning on doing. I'll be replacing my 890 with the 1000 as soon as it comes into Best Buy so I can use my employee discount. I'll be pretty pissed if it doesn't.

Any suggestions on good Z-Wave dimmers that work well with the 890/1000?

What are your main reasons for updating? Is it simply the cool factor or do you see any improved operation? I am a bit concerned about how easy it is to change channels, etc. without the hard buttons. It will drive me crazy if it takes twice as long to find and execute the major functions such as mute, pause, FF, rewind, skip, etc.

I also spent time on the phone with smarthomeusa.com today at lunch and they suggested to wait until mid February when Leviton comes out with their entire linup of Z-wave dimmers. They are supposed to be about $75 and have a lot of the normal Leviton features such as LED on the sides and remember previous setting etc. Mid February meets my construction schedule and if they are late, I will put in dummy units until they are released.
post #179 of 1504
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Originally Posted by Timebeing View Post

From the logitech forums from a moderator

"The 15 devices as mentioned on the box refers to Infrared Home Theatre devices and does not refer to Z-Wave devices at all. Since almost all Z-Wave devices use the same command frequency with a different header there is not as much of a worry of the Harmony's memory being used. Whereas the infrared commands take up a great deal of the Harmony's memory and thus are limited to 15 devices.

Customers are free to add more than 15 devices (including Z-Wave devices) provided the amount of infrared home theater devices does not exceed 15."

Thanks for the update as that 15 limit sounded very stupid to me for the same reason you mention. It is a shame that their tier 2 level of customer support doesn not even understand their own product as that is who I talked to at lunch today!!!

Is anybody using the 890 now with Z-wave dimmers? How do you raise and lower the light level on each dimmer, and do you simply name each dimmer? Lastly, how does it handle the scenes? Is it easy to link a scene for multiple dimmers to an activity? For instance can you raise three different dimmers to a preset light level (ie 30%) when you press the pause button during playback?
post #180 of 1504
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Originally Posted by Cherokee180c View Post

What are your main reasons for updating? Is it simply the cool factor or do you see any improved operation? I am a bit concerned about how easy it is to change channels, etc. without the hard buttons. It will drive me crazy if it takes twice as long to find and execute the major functions such as mute, pause, FF, rewind, skip, etc.

I also spent time on the phone with smarthomeusa.com today at lunch and they suggested to wait until mid February when Leviton comes out with their entire linup of Z-wave dimmers. They are supposed to be about $75 and have a lot of the normal Leviton features such as LED on the sides and remember previous setting etc. Mid February meets my construction schedule and if they are late, I will put in dummy units until they are released.

Channell surfing is easier than I expected, and I had same reservation. It's very responsive and easy...plus if you put the base next to where you sit, you never have to pick it up..just a slight touch, no pressing! and it works no matter what direction it faces. granted you have to look and can no longer go by feel, but other than that, it excels at surfing.
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