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Since this question gets posted a lot, here are two easy fixes to get the Harmony remote to respond more quickly.

Click on the Device's "More Options"

- Select "Adjust the delays (speed settings)"


Inter-key Delay: 300ms

Inter-Device Delay: 300ms


Start by adjusting the Inter-key and Inter-Device delays to 300ms or less. Then test the remote. If it works at 300ms, keep lowering the speed in 100ms increments and see if the device still responds. If it doesn't, increase it back up 100ms. In my experience, I've found that most devices will respond to 100ms and devices like Tivos will take an Inter-key of 0ms.

Click on the Device's "Troubleshoot"

- Select "Show me more problems"

- Select "Device doesn't appear to receive every command correctly."

- Select "The device responds too much to some commands (for example, volume up increases the volume too quickly)."



The default number of repeats is 3. Lower the repeat speed and see if the remote still responds. If it doesn't, increase the number of repeats until the device still responds. In my experience, most devices will respond with 2 or more repeats and devices like Tivos will respond with 1 repeat.
 

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I vote for a sticky to this one. Maybe people could even start listing the best times for their devices. I'll start:


My Panasonic PT-53TW53 TV, Panasonic SA-XR55 receiver, and SA8300HD HD DVR all seem to do ok with inter-key delays of 0ms with 0 repeats. I'm still tweaking my Sony DVP-NS70H DVD player, but it definitely needs at least 1-3 repeats. Still playing with the inter-device delays as well, but I think I've got them all around 100ms ATM.
 

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How about the "Input Delay" option? What does this do? My default settings seem pretty high (1000ms). Will lowering this help any? Or is this the delay for switching, say, between Input 3 and Input 4 of the TV?
 

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How about the "Input Delay" option? What does this do? My default settings seem pretty high (1000ms). Will lowering this help any? Or is this the delay for switching, say, between Input 3 and Input 4 of the TV?

Yep you've got it - it's the time after switching to an input before sending another command. Play around with your original remotes and you'll see that your TV probably won't accept any commands immediately after switching inputs as it syncs everything up.
 

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Yep you've got it - it's the time after switching to an input before sending another command. Play around with your original remotes and you'll see that your TV probably won't accept any commands immediately after switching inputs as it syncs everything up.

Fair enough. Can I ask what "Inter-Device Delay" refers to? Is that like the delay from when I push Channel Up (via the cable box) to Volume Up (via the receiver)?
 

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Fair enough. Can I ask what "Inter-Device Delay" refers to? Is that like the delay from when I push Channel Up (via the cable box) to Volume Up (via the receiver)?


Sort of. Since all your devices use IR, they need to process the signals received. Some devices are better at ignoring other's signals. This is just a delay to allow the device to ignore another signal before responding to one that is actually meant for it. So, if you send a signal to your TV, your cable box has to receive it, then get ready for the next signal. I don't understand why this should be any higher than inter-key, but the defaults are.
 

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When I was setting up my Dad's H880 I had to increase the inter-key delay time for the Samsung DVD-HD950 from 500ms to 600ms. I can't believe how awful the response time is on that DVD player.
 

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Syntax Olevia will take an Input Delay of 0ms (at least while switch sources on the display)


There's a great Help button on the Delay Settings page of the web software.
 

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From the members site :

What are the different speed settings for?

Power On Delay: When a device powers on, it takes a certain amount of time to "warm up" and resume normal operation. For most devices this happens very quickly, but for some devices such as televisions and receivers it can take up to 3 seconds (3000 ms). For some Plasma screens and other high-quality picture reproductions can take close to a minute (60000 ms).

Inter-key Delay: When a device receives an infrared command, the device is then "busy" processing the command. The amount of time required before the device responds to another command is known as the Inter-key Delay, and normally ranges from 0 to 300 milliseconds. Devices with long Inter-key Delays take longer to respond to multiple infrared commands (i.e. when changing television channels).

Input Delay: When a device switches inputs (i.e. goes from Video 1 to Video 2) the device is then "busy" processing the command. The amount of time required before the device responds to another input command is known as the Input Delay, and normally ranges from 500 to 3000 ms. Devices with long Input delays take longer to change inputs.


Inter-Device Delay:
When an infrared command is sent for a particular device, every device in your system receives the command, but only one will respond to it. The other devices ignore the command. Sometimes, a device will ignore the command and then stop accepting any of its own infrared commands for a period of time. This period of time is known as the Inter-Device delay. During this delay period no infrared signals are generated by the Remote. In rare cases this delay can be several seconds, but in most cases needs to be set to only 500 ms.
 

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My TV (Toshiba 50H13) has a terribly slow and unreliable power-on delay (sometimes it's quicker than others). I've had to increase it to 3000ms.
 

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Has anyone had a problem with a SA8300 HD when punching in the channel numbers on the remote thats it takes a few seconds, kinda slow... BUT eveything is is done quickly, changing channel with up/down key, volume


I have not done anything regarding with the inputs for the repeat option 0-3. Couls that be setting Im missing? I belive I alrayd have my delays set for 0m
 

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Has anyone had a problem with a SA8300 HD when punching in the channel numbers on the remote thats it takes a few seconds, kinda slow... BUT eveything is is done quickly, changing channel with up/down key, volume


I have not done anything regarding with the inputs for the repeat option 0-3. Couls that be setting Im missing? I belive I alrayd have my delays set for 0m

For my 8300HD, power on delay is 3000s and the other 2 delays are 0ms. That cured the speed issues pretty much and then I set my repeats to 0 and it works as fast as the original remote.


dont forget to update the harmony after making the changes!
 

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ok, Im gonna have to change these settings,i'll let u know if it worked for me..thanks snowjay!

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For my 8300HD, power on delay is 3000s and the other 2 delays are 0ms. That cured the speed issues pretty much and then I set my repeats to 0 and it works as fast as the original remote.


dont forget to update the harmony after making the changes!
 

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snowjay said:
For my 8300HD, power on delay is 3000s and the other 2 delays are 0ms. That cured the speed issues pretty much and then I set my repeats to 0 and it works as fast as the original remote.

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Thanks for the tip, I just set it up your way and it works great.


I did one more thing that you didn't mention and I'm not sure if it made a difference, In the "how do you change channels with your factory remote" screen it gives you four choices:

1, two buttons (02)

2, three buttons (002)

3, one button plus enter (2 enter)

4, one or more buttons (2, 22, 1234)


Option 2 was set by default. When I made the changes you suggested I chose option 4. It now works just like the factory remote, but I'm not sure the extra step I took was nessassary.


Kevin
 

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That extra step only affects how the favorite channels work I believe. I use option 3, this way it always sends an enter after the channel #.



And I'm glad I could help you guys.
 

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thanks snowjay, set mine up b4 settings works great!!

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That extra step only affects how the favorite channels work I believe. I use option 3, this way it always sends an enter after the channel #.



And I'm glad I could help you guys.
 

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How about this.


I have a Phillips 32" LCD, model 32PF7320A/37. I've set the input delay so that it works fine, but for some reason when it cycles from the last input (side) to the first one (tv), the television defaultly exits out of the input select menu. Now when the Harmony sends the next input change command, it just brings the menu back up without actually changing the input. This means whenever I change activities and the input cycles back around, it always ends up stopping one input short of the correct one. Sure, I always fix it just by pretting the "tv input" button on the Harmony, but it would be nice to fix somehow. Is there some way to tell the Harmony to add one "input" button press, but only when going from certain activities to certain other ones?


For example, going from DVD to TV wouldn't require the extra press, since TV comes after DVD in the input list. However, going from TV to DVD would require the extra button press because DVD comes before TV in the list and therefore it has to cycle back around.
 
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