Originally Posted by Chirosamsung
You are missing the point-it worked before.
Turning something “on” shouldn’t take a professional solution...I’m pretty sure a $300ish remote should be able to handle that when you set it up on the computer to “turn on” the Apple TV.
My $40 dollar remote used to do that. My question is, why isn’t it working now all of a sudden?
I could not agree more... and therein are our gotchas.
Harmony, as well as the device makers (TVs, DVD, AVR, AppleTV, Roku, DVR, Bluetooth, IR, ) have integrated so many extra functions into their devices and then their remotes -- macros this, sequence that, hub this, app that - many due to customer demands, they and we have all strayed from the KISS principle.
I recently picked up an older Harmony Remote off Ebay, I think it was a 620 for $30. My son played around with setting it up but concluded the support for all the newer devices today (AppleTV, etc) just is not there as the remote is obsoleted by Harmony.
So we ended up with a Harmony Remote + Hub + companion. (I really wish Harmony supported adding up to 3 LCD remotes to a hub but....no that would be too logical!) After 3-4 weeks toying around with Harmony + Hub + Companion, he says it might finally be working properly.
My older solution was to simply velcro the component remotes to clipboard. Then each manufacturer's remote always worked it's own world. Uber simple but too caveman.
WRT to the pro solutions, I looked into that about a month ago. The price started around $1200+ for the simplest integration with the lowest model unit they offered. That was pretty basic setup - AVR + DVR + DVD + ROKU + AppleTV + TV + other. Turn on/off and adjust volumes - no blinds, no lights, no whole house other stuff.
Our own AVS forums are filled with customer install owners complaining about the some professional solutions not working either or aging out too and needing to be replaced at 4-5 figure prices. And every time you want to add a new device or change something, you have to call them and then there's a fee which usually starts at 3 figures per call and goes up from there. There are truly some horror stories over there.. so be careful before you step into that pond b/c once there they gotcha by the @@. I'm also sure there are plenty of happy people with their setups - so it all comes down to getting a very good, very competent, very reliable installer backed by good history, with any "pro solution" Note: Even BestBuy Magnolia sells the "pro" solutions now for custom work. I have no experience or history with that area.
We are giving the Harmony Hub + Companion a try... push/shove I'll break out my clipboard. YMMV. Peace.