Originally Posted by mutelight
IP control and RF control can be interchangeable in the sense that at one point a Harmony Hub enabled remote is going to be RF over WiFi and possibly to the TV via WiFi but it is literally over IP.
Controlling a Sony TV via IP is exactly that, it means the commands are sent via the network. The only RF aspect is the Harmony remote talking to the hub, both via RF/WiFi and then the TV can be wired via ethernet or connected via WiFi yet again being more RF.
Personally, after all TVs were updated, I paired them again with new codes, starting fresh and they are controlled via IP cleanly through every commend. I did remove the "Sony TV" from all my remotes and repair all activities but since then it has been nice and reliable.
Originally Posted by atbear
Just to close the circle... The Hub-based remotes transmit their signals to the Hub using RF, which can travel through cabinets / don't need to be line-of-sight. SOME Hub-based remotes also have IR emitters on them (like my 950) while some do not (like my Smart Control). From that point, you can transmit to your various components in a few ways: 1. IR from the remote (if equipped), IR from the IR blasters, and IR from the Hub itself. IR needs to be line-of-sight. 2. IP Control from the Hub through WiFi (the WiFi connects to your router, which then transmits those IP Control signals to the TV directly either through WiFi or through ethernet). Like RF, IP Control does not need to be line-of-sight. 3. Various other ways, like Bluetooth, etc. Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by m_snow
I’m saying that if you have a Harmony hub based remote you don’t have to point it at the TV. It sends an RF signal to the hub which then can convert it to IR or IP or, I think, even Bluetooth...depending on what you need. I have it covert to IR because I’ve always had little issues with IP.
Originally Posted by Madmax67
Yup. All correct. For those who like and use IP control that's fine but these are not reasons to use it over just using the Hub and the RF remote. I personally don't use or care for the other valid reasons for IP control so I leave this feature off.
Thanks again to all of you!
The Harmony IR/RF/IP stuff is much clearer to me now; I'm understanding, mostly, I think..
..thanks to all of you for your help and explanations. Realizing now I shouldn't-a, hadn't-a, oughtn't-a R-U-N-N-O-F-T out the other night and bought the 700. As it seems the Harmony Hub based remotes— operate more the way we'd prefer to have things set-up.