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12. BAFX Products (Infrared) IR Remote Control Extender or IR Repeater Kit - Control 1 to 8 Devices (Expandable to 12!)

  • BUILD – Create the A/V setup of your dreams with the help of our Infrared repeater kit. Our kit allows you to place any IR controlled device out of sight of the remote control and still be able to control it. Put the cable box, DVD player & Roku in a closet hidden from view, close the door and STILL be able to use the remote control.
  • IMPROVED! Now compatible with ALL IR controlled devices with better performance, no lag & better ease of use. Now also compatible with Marantz devices! Compatible with all brands of components such as: Uverse, ATT, Cisco, Scientific Atlanta, Yamaha, Sony, Logitech, Verizon, LG, Apple & more!
  • WARRANTY & SUPPORT – BAFX Products offers a 1 Year Warranty against manufacturing defects with a simple & super easy claims process. Not to mention our friendly and knowledgeable USA based support who are ready to help answer your questions and assist in getting you setup!
  • COMPACT – A smaller footprint than many other kits on the market allows the main block to placed just about anywhere along with a new and smaller IR receiver for a more discreet look. With the addition of mounting tabs on either side it can even be affixed to a wall, cabinet or ceiling!
  • CONTROL – With the provided components you can control up to 8 infrared devices (Expandable to 12 devices) from one location with the included IR Receiver (Expandable to 3 receivers). Extra Receivers and transmitters may be purchased separately.
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u/Neapola · 3 pointsr/apple

BetterTouchTool is an app that makes creating custom functions for input devices really easy. I know you said you have it, but I'm writing about it here as a lead in to my next Gotta Have It item. BTT is for creating hotkeys for your keyboard, custom functions for all kinds of trackpad gestures, reprograming what an Apple Remote can do, and a heck of a lot more. One of my favorite custom gestures is 3 finger swipes. I have 3 finger swipe left and right set to switch tabs to the left or right. BetterTouchTool is free, but even if it cost $25, I'd still highly recommend it. This app is awesome.

Flirc isn't exactly a Mac app, but it's one of my favorite things, and it's worth mentioning here because it can be used to turn a universal remote into a keyboard, and it works great with BetterTouchTool. Flirc is a usb dongle with an IR receiver that learns remote control buttons, but your Mac sees it as a usb keyboard. In other words, plug in Flirc. Launch the Flirc app to teach Flirc what you want a remote control button to do. For example, have the Play button on your remote trigger an F8 keyboard key press. Whenever you press the play button on your remote, your Mac does an F8 key press. It's pretty amazing! You only need the Flirc app for teaching the Flirc dongle remote control buttons. Once you've set up your remote, you don't need to open the app because your Mac sees the Flirc dongle as a usb remote. If you're like me, you have a multiple component universal remote for your TV/stereo/etc, and there's probably an extra component set sitting unused. Assign those functions to your Mac. I made a series of smart playlists in iTunes, and I have the 0 through 9 buttons on my remote set up to start playing those playlists. Volume up/down obviously controls the Mac's volume, plus mute, and the media buttons, etc. But you can do anything, especially if you use both BetterTouchTool and Flirc.

BetterTouchTool + Flirc = AWESOME home automation potential using something as simple as a cheap universal remote like this.

u/m1kepro · 2 pointsr/hometheater

I ended up tightening my budget quite a bit on this new home theater, so some of my choices aren't as nice as what I had before, but I'm very happy with what I got in the end. I want to thank everyone who gave me advice in my last post here. It was all very helpful!

I went with a 65" Samsung 120Hz smart TV. I decided against getting the 240Hz because I couldn't see a difference between the two when looking at it, and the 3D makes my wife sick in any case. That saved me almost $500.

For the receiver, I took everyone's advice and opted away from the all-in-one set I'd been looking at. Instead, I got a great price on a Pioneer VSX-824 that I've been very happy with.

I know the Denon reciever is what everyone recommended, and it's what I bought at first, but strangely enough my PS3 didn't work with it. It worked just fine connected to the TV directly, and other devices worked with that HDMI cable and port, but the PS3 just told me to go fuck myself. A quick google search told me that it's a flaw in the way the HDMI handshake works with Denon receivers, so back it went.

I went with Pioneer speakers as well, hooking up a
pair of tower speakers for front left and right, a pair of matching bookshelf speakers for the rear, and the matching center speaker.

The subwoofer will have to wait, for now, but the plan is to purchase the matching subwoofer when we're ready.

Instead of the Harmony Ultimate, which didn't seem to get any good remarks, I opted for the much cheaper Harmony 650, which has made my wife very happy. No more frayed tempers about what button does what on which remote. I'm even buying my parents one for Christmas.

I'm hugely pleased with the upgrade over my previous setup, even if it's not everything it could have been. What do you all think?

u/Nixxuz · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Not really a "bad", because there some powered towers out there, but they tend to be of either really crappy quality, or REALLY expensive.

So, for $100 you are somewhat limited in your choices. You'll probably end up with something in a D or T class amp. Don't worry, those classes don't mean much outside of technical stuff. Nice thing is that both are digital amps, which are smaller and lighter.

Cheapest, and as far as I am concerned, best bang for the buck, is the Nobsound Mini BT. I like them because I have owned a couple. Chinese made itty bitty amps that deliver enough wattage to get pretty loud without breaking the bank at all.

They come with an internal DAC so you can connect straight to USB if using a computer. Also come with a 3.5 headphone jack to 3.5, or 3.5 to RCA so you can hook up a CD/BR player, a turntable if it's got it's own internal preamp, or most anything else like an Amazon Echo or Google Home. It has no remote, so if that's what you need you can get an add-on device.

Or for nearly the same price you can get an all in one unit.

Another idea, if you have the room is a stereo receiver. Gives you more input and is pretty robust with a remote and all. This unit is higher quality than the mini-type amps and is about the cheapest full sized receiver you can get. I'd probably recommend this unless you are sure you want to go for surround sound in the future.

It doesn't have BT, but you can easily add a dongle for that in the future for like $15. This would also work just fine;

After that all you need is some speaker wire and you're ready to rock...or game, or whatever.

u/boxsterguy · 1 pointr/htpc

What IR receiver are you using? What software are you using?

Keep in mind that a remote control is not and should not be a replacement for a keyboard. That means your day-to-day software needs to work with a remote, but you may need to occasionally bring out a kb/mouse when you need to do something more complex (should be rare).

For example, my setup consists of a Microsoft-branded Windows Media Center IR receiver (other brands work just as well, but I've had this one since ~2005 and it still works great), a Harmony One, a Logitech diNovo Mini, and a wireless Xbox 360 controller and dongle. For day-to-day stuff, the Harmony controls everything -- Windows Media Center for TV and XBMC for everything else. When I want to play a game, I load Steam Big Picture mode from XBMC and use either the Harmony or the Xbox 360 controller to navigate to and launch the game I want to play. Obviously I use the controller in the game. When I'm done, I exit out of Steam and end up back in XBMC, where the Harmony takes over again. For the rare times when I need to do something more complex (install new software, mostly), the dinovo mini comes out just long enough to complete the task. The Harmony also flawlessly controls my Xbox 360 and PS3 (via the Bluetooth adapter).

As for range issues, how far away do you sit from your components? If they're not directly in your normal line of sight, you might want to consider replacing the Harmony One with a Harmony 900 instead (the RF version of the One).

u/jokerswild_ · 4 pointsr/Roku

Harmony Remote 650 or 700. They are identical, except the 700 is rechargeable (both use AA batteries, but the 700 has a built-in charger). The 700 has been discontinued but you can still find them pretty easily.

Harmony 650:

Harmony 700:

I have one of each and have been really happy with them -- I'm using them with Roku 2XS, Roku 3, Samsung TV, LG soundbar, Sharp TV, a set-top digital antenna box, my XBOX360, bluray player, air conditioner, etc... it's all programmable via a webapp and highly customizeable as well.

The Harmony series operates a little different from "normal" universal remotes. Once you have your devices defined, you create "activities" that use them. Push the button for an activity and the remote figures out what settings need to be applied. IE "turn the TV on and to HDMI1, switch the soundbar to optical2,set the volume controls to soundbar, the menu & arrow buttons to ROKU, and dim the lights to 40%" -- it makes it REALLY easy to use.

u/faithdies · 1 pointr/hometheater

Ok. So you don't need to push a ton of wattage through your mains and a decent, but not insane, sub will do.

My, personal opinion, recommendations.

Receiver(In no order. These are just brands I respect with good enough features and wattage):

  1. Harmon Kardon. $329.00 .

  2. Denon. $259.00.

  3. Onkyo. $259.00.

    I have always had good to great experiences with the above brands. If looking stylish is at all important, do the Harmon Kardon. Also, in my experience, HK power is very very clean. All of these include wireless networking and HDMI switching. I would buy the denon personally. But, I'm biased towards denon.


  4. Velodyne. $399.00

  5. Klipsch. $399.95.

    When it comes to these two subs, it's a crap shoot deciding which to get. Velodyne and Klipsch subs are both fantastic. I'm leaning, personally, towards the Velodyne. But that's just me.

    So, in conclusion, you had a budget of $800 dollars. If you did the Denon or Onkyo and one of these subs that puts you at 650. As a bonus, here's a used KEF center channel for 150 bucks on Ebay. It would give you 3.1 channel.

    Also, do yourself a favor and get something similiar to this:

    It will replace all the remotes in your system and make switching from TV->Games->DVD much easier with Macros.
u/Sharohachi · 2 pointsr/hometheater

I like the hub (companion and elite both work with the hub) but I'd go with the basic remote if I were you to save some money. This one is great and it includes a hub. The only thing the companion adds is some smart light buttons, so it would be fine too if you want those extra buttons. I have the basic Harmony remote I linked and the much fancier Harmony Elite, but I end up using the little remote more often. The elite is overkill unless you have more than 6 devices running to your TV/AVR and the touch screen ends up being a bother sometimes.

Edit: I saw you talking about using a tablet below and wanted to mention that the Hub will work with multiple devices so you can use the tablet or the remote as you see fit. I think the basic remote is definitely worthwhile as I like the physical buttons and easy operation, but you can still use your smartphone or tablet to control your devices too. The hub is $70 by itself so you might as well pay $77 for hub and a remote.

u/TardCart · 75 pointsr/AskReddit

Pelican waterproof laptop and gun cases. Heavy, pricey...but waterproof, durable as hell, and with a lifetime warranty.

Android phone - with Swype, and LogMeIn Ignition (if you need it for your job).

A Thermarest self-inflating sleeping pad...great for camping, or crashing at a friend's place, or living without furniture (though the bed-in-a-box someone mentioned is also sweet and pretty much a necessity if you've got a gf/bf...I ordered the queen sized from Walmart and it was perfect).

Wire shelving/carts. I buy the commercial-grade ones at Lowes Hardware with the big casters (wheels) and use them for TV/computer stands, easily-moved storage, etc. Some of them fit easily in closets and make great clothing-organizers (haven't had a stupid heavy 'dresser' in over a decade). When you move you can use them to transport your stuff to your vehicle, to an elevator, etc., and they make great furniture dollies too.

Outdoor remote power switches...the outdoor models are 3-prong and the indoor ones are usually 2-prong (and thus useless). Plug a power strip into one of these and hook all your computer stuff to that...button press turns all those 'vampire' power adapters and bright LEDs completely off.

Kleen Kanteen...stop buying bottled water and drinking out of plastic. Whether it's 'BPA free' or not, stuff just tastes better out of clean stainless steel and it lasts forever. Buy a Brita filter (or pitcher) if your tap water tastes like crap.

Kindle is the second-most useful gadget I've owned (after my Android phone).

And, finally, the best lube you'll ever find is Wet Platinum (silicone based). The stuff lasts forever and never gets sticky.

u/killfluffy · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I have two of these:

I dont even know where my original fan remotes are anymore. Two are Hunter Douglas, big ones like 52”, and one is something like a Fanimation fan or something like that.

The fan itself is inconsequential. Depending on where you live and the home improvement stores you have, you will find after market fan controllers. Some of those should work with Harmony, too. I personally have never needed to tinker with those but I heard there is a forum out there somewhere where they’ve mapped what controllers work with Harmony.

It would probably still just be easier to call the Harmony support people and reach out to the support folks for whatever fan you’re looking at to see what they say.

u/cbroughton80 · 1 pointr/amazonecho

Next to the echo the Harmony is probably the second most bang for our buck. The voice controller is nice but I've really come to love the fact that it's Bluetooth and not line of sight. It seems small but it's so handy and I grown now when I have to use someone else old-school remote :)

Got one for my mom and she loves it. Great gift for $50 if you don't mind setting it up. Amazon link.

u/bflosabre91 · 1 pointr/xboxone

that is the most popular logitech universal remote on amazon. Regular price is $90. Sounds like kinect is on par with the cost of a universal remote but instead uses ultra useful voice commands and also turns your smart phone into a universal remote. Sounds like a great deal and great value for only 100 bucks

u/John_Barlycorn · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

Does it have to be motion control? My experience with them has been that they're awful to use. I find a touchpad works a lot better. Maybe you've a different use case than I do.

I use something like this. They can control volume just fine, but you'll need to make sure HDMI-CEC passthrough is enabled on the Shield, and whatever equipment you have for audio accepts CEC. I, personally, do not like CEC because it can often get confused and start turning off the wrong thing, stuff like that. I have older components though, so maybe it works better on newer stuff?

I used one of those controllers for Keyboard/Mouse struff. But I use a Harmony remote for most stuff. I don't need the keyboard/mouse all that frequently so it just sits on the end-table. The Harmony remote controls a Flirc that's plugged into the Shield. Between the Harmony Remote and the Flirc I can use the remote to do just about anything. It's really amazing. You can even macro multi-key commands, assign them to a specific key, you name it.

Harmony has some newer remote systems as well. They look like they could do just about anything, you might want to look into that.

Lastly, Google's Android TV Remote App has a touchpad to.

Again, if you really need motion control, I'm not sure. I've not had luck with those.

u/MundaneArcane · 2 pointsr/googlehome

If you have the kinect, you could have google say "xbox turn on", but I feel like that's silly.

I'm kidding, sorry, I've got to assume you don't have a kinect. I echo others on here, get a harmony hub. There's a bundle on amazon that often goes for far less than the hub by itself - Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Smartphone App and Simple All In One Remote - Black.

I actually got this as a gift for a friend who lost the remote to her tv. I ended up liking it so much that I got two for myself (although for my living room I found a refurbished Elite that's a wonderful remote).

u/DrKoooolAid · 3 pointsr/raspberry_pi

So I'm currently using my Pi3 as a retro gaming unit. It works great and I love it.

I'm hoping to also use it as a Media Center moving forward. I've read that I can just go into the Retropie settings and install Kodi from there and it will run like one of the systems on Retropie. Is this true? And will it work well?

Also from there I'm hoping to just buy a external HD and keep all of my media on that. Will Kodi be able to access it fine being run through Retropie?

Lastly, could anybody recommend a remote to use with Kodi. I'd prefer not to use the app on my phone and I'd just like a physical remote. Something small and simple. I found this one. Is it any good?

u/YaztromoX · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

> Will the harmony hub interface and allow me to command the echo to turn on my Apple TV or my PS4 along with the tv and receiver and switch back and forth?

Yes, but with a caveat. The Harmony Hub on its own can't turn on the PlayStation 4. In the default configuration, the Harmony Hub will connect to the PS4 via Bluetooth as a remote, but for whatever reason it is unable to send the signal to turn the PS4 on (it can put it into rest mode, although it uses a series of button presses to navigate the menus to get to the rest mode option from the main menu, and may or may not work depending on where you are when you request to turn it off).

That said, there is a Sony licensed third party IR receiver for the PS4 which can turn it on. You can in fact combine this IR receiver's controls and the Bluetooth controller built into the Harmony Hub to turn on the PS4 (via IR) and put it into rest mode (using Bluetooth commands).

> Also can I command it to launch Netflix,Hulu and Prime Video on my Apple TV?

You should be able to do this, although it is going to require some custom programming the Harmony app. You'll need to setup a new Activity for each, which not only turns on the devices you need and sets them to their correct inputs, but then sends the necessary button commands to the Apple TV to get to whichever app you want to launch. So long as you can always get to the app with the same series of button presses this works fine.

Hope this helps!

u/mrnahum · 5 pointsr/hometheater

I have a similar setup in I have ceiling speakers hooked up in my living room that function as my surrounds when I'm using my receiver and as ceiling speakers when I play music via Sonos... On to your questions:

  1. Yes, you can. There are two ways to do this:

  • Sonos Connect/Amps have an Audio In. You can use the pre-amp out from your receiver for the ceiling speakers and plug it into your Sonos. In the Sonos app, you can specify what you would like to prioritize, so if you're playing music via Sonos, but Sonos senses an audio signal coming in, it will automatically switch to the audio in for you.

  • You can get an auto source speaker selector, like this:

  1. In short, no. There IS a legacy product that has an add-on remote, and that is the Harmony Ultimate Hub. You can add this remote on to it:

  2. Similar answer to 1

  3. You have a lot of rooms that you plan on using in-ceiling speakers with. Do you want them to be able to play independently and/or different sources? Having Sonos Connects for that many rooms is pretty pricey. Have you considered something like Niles, Russound, Elan, etc? Also, having one receiver do all the work might be a stretch....Here is my setup:

    Floor 1:

    Rotel 12 channel amp hooked up to 3 Sonos Connects. Individual zones for a pair of B&W CCM65s in Kitchen (1 zone), Front Entry, Dining Room, Living Room (1 zone). Russound speaker selector hooked up to amp and receiver to power rear surrounds in Living Room theater.

    Living Room theater - Rotel RSX-1550 powering B&W XTC, XT8, and ceiling speakers as surrounds

    Patio & Garden - B&W WM6 and Bose Freespace 51s hooked up to 2 Rotel RB-1562s connected to 2 Sonos Connects.

    Floor 2:

    Master Bath: B&W CCM65s hooked up to Sonos Connect Amps

    Upstairs hallway: B&W CCM65s hooked up to Rotel 12 channel amp, with Sonos Connect (Zone 3)

    All equipment is in a rack in my laundry room, Cat 6 run throughout house, conduit runs into a Leviton SME
u/the_blue_wizard · 2 pointsr/audio

To complicated and confusing. Can you cut to the chase?

You knocked something into something ... then what happened?

"I accidentally kick the hi-fi and knocked it onto the tuner." ...and then ...what?

So, what is it you need? Seemingly a remote, but what happened to the existing remote?

The remote had a AUX/MD switch, but what is MD?

You CAN NOT run the speakers directly from the Computer.

If you want a full universal remote, nothing beats the Logitech Harmony Remotes. Harmony has many thousands of devices that they support, and you can check them in advance on-line to be sure your device is supported.

I use the Harmony 350 with Rotel, Onkyo, Yamaha Stereos with out any problem or conflict.

You plug the Remote into a computer USB input, the go to, enter your equipment, it is automatically programmed through the USB connection. No messing with codes or pushing the On/Off button 50 times.

Now if you want to replace your amp, then consider what features you need and how much money you want to spend. You can get a very good very reasonably price Amp w/DAC and decent power for a pretty reasonable price -

SMSL AD-18 Class-D Amp with DAC - $139 -

You will find several very positive reviews of this product on YouTube, this being one of many -

There are many of these Class-D/Class-T amps available on Amazon, the prices range from about $25 up to about $150 depending on brand, power, and features.

I'm still not sure what the problem is or what you need, but hopefully I've given you some options to consider.

u/richunclesam · 1 pointr/applehelp

My first gen can't control volume. There is an option for it in the menu, but it doesn't work... so I'd presume it only effects the analog audio output.

I have a Sony universal remote that I've been very happy with, but I'm fairly certain it's discontinued. I got it open box at Best Buy around 5 years ago. Hard to go wrong with a Sony. Any unit with a learning function will do. I'd go with this one which is apparently just an update to the one I have. It's on the chunky side, but assuming it's similar to the older one it has good range and a great button feel. You can also program macros, like powering on multiple devices at once, and you can set the volume buttons to always do the same thing regardless of source selection.

u/robotdinofight · 1 pointr/hometheater

I just moved my Receiver, Shield TV, Xbox One, & PS4 into a closet. I don't really watch movies on disc any more since ripping all of them and using plex media server on the shield tv. I do play video games, but it's not that big of a deal to switch discs. I LOVE not having any blinky lights anywhere in my field of vision. It really helps add to the illusion of a movie theater and helps my mind just focus on the screen & sound.

I use a Logitech Harmony with hub to control everything. I place the hub in the closet to control everything in there, then use one of the included IR repeater wired right outside the closet door to control the projector. Amazon just had a deal on these for $70, refurbs go down to $70 all the time too.

u/c010rb1indusa · 1 pointr/PleX

I always like the Harmony One/900 but they stopped making them, it's been replaced by the Harmony Touch, which is a good remote but lacks physical number keys, which IMO is a crucial feature of any decent universal remote.

Logitech still sells the Harmony 650, it's got a rechargeable battery and is pretty much the same thing as a Harmony One, but uses buttons around the screen instead of a touchscreen like on the One. But you can get it for $65, instead of $300 give or take.

u/akajester · 0 pointsr/hometheater

I hope you don't mind I found some examples. Onkyo TX-SR444 $319. Monoprice 5.1 speaker set $150. Logitech Harmony Smart Control $70. This will get you something to setup and learn with and it should sound better than what you've had before with a ton more options. The Onkyo has great built in software and a mic to help do some automatic speaker calibration. You can also tweak it manually when you learn more. You can add rear speakers later if you want 7.1. If after a while you find the fronts/center aren't "full" enough you can add something like this and this. When I got started this really helped me out. Reading and research and asking questions helps a ton! Enjoy.

u/TheSoCalledExpert · 5 pointsr/Roku

I don’t have that particular model, but I do use harmony hub based remotes and they work wonderfully. They link up with the roku over IP, so line of sight is never an issue. I also love to program in a “home” command in my power off sequences so that the hub will kill my stream and return the roku to its home screen every time you turn it off or switch inputs.

You don’t need one that fancy, but I certainly wouldn’t blame you for getting it. Even a harmony hub by itself will work great and you’d use your phone as a remote. I use this one in my bedroom and the battery lasts for the better part of a year:

u/e60deluxe · 3 pointsr/hometheater

yes, but its a full keyboard.

also, the keyboard doesnt send the IR signals, the included smart hub ($99 independently) does. it has an RF link to the smart hub.

the smart hub also allows you to use a tablet/phone or one of their accessory remotes

the new harmony line relies on the smart hub to do all the IR signals, and the accessory keyboard/remotes/ or tablet/phone only control the smart hub.

u/jmbroady · 1 pointr/appletv

Logitech Harmony Smart Control is what I use. It’s still a hub based Harmony product but comes with the simple SmarT Control remote which doesn’t have a touchscreen which in turn keeps costs down.

Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Smartphone App and Simple All in One Remote - Black

Also, you can use IR Harmony remotes with the Apple TV 4K. So remotes like the 650 and 350 can both be had for under $40.

u/kageurufu · 1 pointr/Android

I'm thinking of using something like

I don't have steering wheel controls as is, so I'm not too worried, but a remote like that could easily do the same as the parrot.

I'm planning on chopping it apart, and doing my own steering wheel control panel, if at all. Also, xposed google search api with tasker could work great. See if your tablet can use the google search anywhere and hack it up with that. Nice single word commands like "skip"

u/ntsp00 · 2 pointsr/DIY

Personally I would remove the left and right drawers and add doors instead. Possibly even remove the middle drawer as well and add a basket to the bottom, middle shelf. Then you would have two open shelves, a basket and two cabinets. The similar project you're referencing has the shelves in-between the old drawers removed which is why it doesn't look like a dresser anymore. I don't have any experience doing this so I would just add doors and turn them into cabinets. You would still be able to use whatever blu-ray players etc that are inside the cabinet by buying one of these. I use a similar one because my soundbar covers the sensor on my tv and it works great. Anyways, I love the charm of the dresser and glad to hear you're preserving it. Good luck!

u/wolverineden · 1 pointr/htpc

I have a Harmony Home Hub, Harmony Ultimate, and Harmony Keyboard.

That gets you 1 remote that powers everything, 1 keyboard that can also control everything (meaning even if you just want to interact with your ps4, you can do it through the keyboard OR the remote) and a hub that ALSO allows you to control everything with your phone, control other smart home stuff (like lights) and keeps everything in sync (so they keyboard and remote both know the "state" of all of the devices, which input everything should be on, etc).


We have an 8 month old who's starting to crawl so i've been downsizing tech to prevent him from breaking stuff.


I just sold my HTPC and am looking to sell my harmony gear as a package. PM me and we can talk price cause its perfect for you. I just want it to end up in a good home.

u/par383 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I think it depends on how much you brew. For me, a HERMS System and temp controlled fermentation are overkill for something I do 6x per year.

I do think you should get a couple kegs though. Put 1/2" ball valves on them, and do yourself a favor and get some quick disconnects like I have for your hoses:

The disconnects save so much time and headaches when moving hoses. I wish I got them as soon as I switched to all grain. Speaking of hoses, get some silicone ones. They hold up much better to the high heat than the vinyl ones. And are food grade.

Invest in a March or Chugger pump, and a plate chiller. Quick disconnects on all of these fittings. Make sure you get a GFCI plug adapter too so you don't accident electrocute yourself.

A friend suggested I get a remote control plug too to turn the pump on and off. Very nice.

Sorry for the long links. I'm on my phone.

u/memebuster · 3 pointsr/PS3

Yes, but it's not cheap. If you use a Logitech harmony universal remote you can get this adapter;

I have it and it works quite well, but with a tiny bit of lag. The official Sony bluetooth remote is fantastic and has great response. I have both but usually just use the Logitech Harmony to turn on and navigate Netflix and Vudu.

u/MrGriffin12 · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

I'm doing what you described with the Harmony Home Control (Amazon link) and IFTTT.

What you do is setup the Harmony device with "Activities." So for example I have one Activity called "Watch AppleTV" that turns on the ATV, turns on the receiver and switches it to HDMI3 out, then turns on the TV and switches it to input1.

Then you login to IFTTT and add your Harmony and Amazon Echo accounts to IFTTT. Then you make a two IFTTT recipes for each activity. So I made an activity that turns on Watch AppleTV and another that turns off Watch AppleTV. You run these from the echo by saying "Alexa trigger run on the AppleTV." You need to say trigger to the Echo knows to send it to IFTTT. After about two seconds the command runs from the Harmony and you are all set.

The key is you need to make a Harmony activity on the Harmony for everything you want. Then those activities show in the dropdown list for Hamony on IFTTT.

The only one I'm not sure about is your up/down volume idea. I think you could make a Harmony activity for recover volume up then an IFTTT trigger to match. Then another activity and trigger for receiver volume down. I just use the Harmony remote for volume.

u/is_he_serious · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Do you happen to live near a Fry's? If you do, they have the Andrew Jones Pioneer set of speakers go on sale pretty regularly. The center usually goes for $50, a pair of bookshelf speakers for $68 or the single tower speaker for $68 as well. 2 pairs of the bookshelves and the center, plus a Monoprice sub ($100 + shipping) and you've got a really nice 5.1 setup for about $300. Or if you wanna go even bigger, get the two towers as your front L and R speakers for an extra $70.

Use the remaining $200 and find a 1-2 year old receiver on ebay or Craigslist. Denon, Onkyo, Yamaha and Pioneer all make solid products. Just do a little research on the specific model to make sure it does 4k HDR and all that.

Finally, a lot of people recommend the Logitech remotes. They're nice, but they're also expensive and can be overkill for some users. I have this Sony universal remote: It lets me control everything, and was super simple to set up. Worth trying to see if it will meet your needs before dropping $70+ on a remote.

Hope this helps!

u/BigB_117 · 2 pointsr/Roku

The harmony hub works with both. The remote can be purchased with it as package. You can also control things with your phone and you use your phone to program it.

Having both is great. I can do tv/movies by feel with the remote, but I can also fire up my system from the other room and start playing some music without getting up to find the remote.

I just got this one recently and it’s great. It hits every device in my entertainment center without direct line of sight from the IR blaster and the remote doesn’t need line of sight either it uses a radio signal.

Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Smartphone App and Simple All in One Remote - Black

u/guyHalestorm · 2 pointsr/htpc

The ultimate remote. Literally.

I bought one of these when I moved in with my now wife a few years ago. She didn't like my collection of remotes and remote keyboard, she just wanted to be able to turn on Bravo. Best thing I ever did. Automating activities makes turning things on/off correctly a snap. For a keyboard you can get one of these. Whatever you turn on that accepts a bluetooth keyboard - PC, PS4, Fire TV, whatever - the keyboard is automatically connected to it. I wouldn't try playing Quake on it, but it works great for web browsing. Battery in the remote dies? No problem, open up the Harmony app on a phone or tablet and work it that way while the remote charges.

I've since set up cheaper Harmony Companions to control the bedroom TVs, since I use Xbox 360s as media center extenders for live TV. My daughter has some Philips smart bulbs and it controls them as well. Overall I've come to love Harmony Hub based products, they just work.

u/metamet · 1 pointr/xbmc

I installed the Netflix Windows 8 application and XBMC.

I then installed OblyTile and created a custom large button at the Start menu/tile interface for XBMC (needed to customize the tile with the XBMC logo, but wasn't tough). I also added the Netflix tile right next to it, large as well.

I installed Chrome (browser of choice) and created two smaller tiles that were links to bookmarks in Chrome, YouTube and Google Music.

Change the background of the Start/tile interface to something dark with a little bit of a pattern. Looks very clean and crisp.

I use a Logitech K400 right now. I have a Logitech 650 and Flirc I want to finish setting up, but I haven't had the chance to tinker with that aspect yet.

Overall, Windows 8.1 and XBMC + Netflix works really well. The Netflix app is stellar and XBMC keeping XBMC full screen (hitting "\") and just hitting the Windows button to get out of it/go to Netflix is very smooth and user friendly. I prefer it over the Apple TV and my Ouya by far.

And I built it with the very affordable Intel NUC DN2820FYK, which accepts 2.5" HDs.

u/YukonCornelius407 · 5 pointsr/appletv

I’m a big fan of the Logitech Harmony Companion. Beyond being able to integrate with tons of other smart devices, the remote just feels great.

Logitech Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control for Smart Home and Entertainment Devices, Hub & App, Works With Alexa - Black

u/snowtx · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

If size is an issue, SMSL Q5 Pro and SMSL AD18 are small amps with multiple inputs, a sub output (no bass management crossovers/filters though), and a remote. I own the former. Massdrop has had them for $85 and $110, respectively, but neither is an active drop right now. Otherwise if size isn't a problem, look at accessories4less for refurbished AV receivers.

You didn't mention a budget but for powered speakers and sub, the JBL LSR305 and JBL LSR310S sub would be great. has the combo set right now for $480. However, you would need a way to control the volume - best bet is an active preamp but most of them are as large as a receiver and can be quite expensive (try craigslist). A passive preamp such as the Schiit Audio SYS would work but no remote. This IR remote could be added:

An RCA splitter would allow you to sent use a sub with the Edifier. Still, I'd go for the JBLs or a passive setup over Edifier.

u/MMfuryroad · 1 pointr/hometheater

If I was going to spend $50 on the Harmony 650 I'd rather spend $89.99 on the Harmony Home Companion/Control. I bought mine used like new in a box from this particular Amazon reseller and it was all basically brand new and setup in less than 30 minutes with the hub and an external IR blaster.

Harmony Home Companion used like new Amazon reseller

This will do the majority of what you're wanting to do and include the hub for any Bluetooth, IP control situations and includes the Android/IOS app and some home automation control buttons as well.

Here's a good review link as well.

Harmony Home Companion review

u/Skvli · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I use this for my xbox one AND my 360.(I have two of them) I have to point it at my xbox one rather than my kinect, so that tells me kinect isn't required, and look at that. NUMBER BUTTONS! It works with your TV, sound system, and console. It works like a dream. You can set volume lock so once you choose one volume source, the volume buttons will only change that one source regardless of what input you're on. Also you can learn buttons on a single basis. basically, since numbers have no use on my xbox, but my cable is plugged in through it, i assigned the numbers to affect cable, so that I can be on my xbox input, and use cable all at the same time. Just pick it up and use it. So simple and easy once you set it up. Takes only about 5-10 minutes to do so, and it's so much cheaper than other Universal remotes that can do the same thing. It will even pause and play my chromecast! (I'm not paid by them, I swear. I just LOVE this remote, because it makes my life so easy.)

u/PoglaTheGrate · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

A remote control will work by sending out pulses of infrared light. There is a sensor on the device - TV, DVD, stereo, yes, even your ceiling fan - that can see the IR pulses, and reacts accordingly.

You can actually see it yourself. Point any IR remote at your phone's camera, press a button, and you'll see the LED in the end of the remote lighting up.

Each device has a specific set if pulses to react to. This means you can have multiple devices, but only have the one remote control one device.

A universal remote will copy these pulses. Devices like the PUCK will have pre-programmed devices you can control. The PUCK has the feature that you can control it via Bluetooth with your smart phone.

If your smart phone has an IR blaster you can download an app like Suremote and have your phone work as a universal remote.

I have a very similar remote to this one. These type of "learning" remote has the added advantage that if a button isn't working correctly, you can programme the universal remote from your existing remote.

u/hnnmth · 2 pointsr/cycling

This isn't bike specific and doesn't have a microphone, but I taped one to my top tube and it works great to change track, pause, adjust volume, and can also be used as a remote for the camera. It doesn't look as hideous as it sounds once it is on the bike and is easily switched from bike to bike with electric tape (I bought colored electric tape to match the colors of my frames). I've also been caught in the rain and snow, spilled sports drink all over it and it still works great.

u/Y0tsuya · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I dunno, I'm happy with my $50 Logitech Harmony. Programming is tedius, but once that's done I don't have to touch it again. Controls multiple devices from a single remote and supports macros.

But my favorite is still my trusty old Harmony 550. Then again it didn't cost me $400. For that much money I'd expect it to cook me breakfast too.

u/paurac · 1 pointr/SmartThings

Lights: I prefer switches over smart bulbs. I have a lot of the GE toggle and dimmer switches.

Entertainment: Logitech Harmony remote with the hub integrates well. If their setup is simple, the Companion is decent. If it is more complicated you might want something with a screen like the Elite

Security: I think Ring is more open, Google seems to be locking nest down so it doesn't integrate with other things as well.

Additional things: Look into getting a fire tablet and running Action Tiles. I like it to see the status of everything and know what is on/off at a glance. Thermostat, Smart locks, garage door opener, sensors on other doors/windows are other things that can be added in the future.

u/IXI_Fans · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

I have the Harmony Hub/Smart Home. It is the boring looking remote, but don't let it's loks fool you, it is one of the most powerful. You can also use your smart-phone too, which is nice if the remote is JUUUUUUSSST out of reach. :)

Check out this one if you have smart lights/plugs.

And this one if you want the same one with no home control buttons.

Once you get it set up (it could take an hour+ if you arent familiar with the software) it is amazing!

u/svideo · 2 pointsr/Roku

You probably have a Harmony Hub based remote which has been available down to around $100 if you dig for it. That line has been discontinued and replaced with a nearly-identical line of Harmony Home Control devices. The new Harmony Home Control line hasn't been discounted anywhere that I am aware of, outside of a trade-in deal from Best Buy.

The Home Control series adds the ability to interface with some HA devices like Nest and SmartThings. They have promised that an upgrade for existing Harmony Hub users will give them these capabilities sometime "early [this] year" (it was "late [last] year" at one point, so don't hold your breath). It has also been noted that this will not be a free upgrade.

u/bymyhand · 2 pointsr/SmartThings

What about getting an RF remote for your receiver. It is pretty low tech but it would easily let her lower the volume to a level she can sleep with from her room.

The harmony expansion remote may go through walls.

Harmony Smart Remote Add-on

Another option could be Tasker. Like during a certain time of day you get her volume buttons on her phone to be able to control the volume in the Harmony App. Not sure if this is supported but I hear Tasker can do some crazy things.

u/SuncoastGuy · 1 pointr/smarthome

I think it is better to look at it from the perspective that Google Home uses the SmartThings(ST) Hub vs the other way.

ST works w/ zigbee and Z-wave. If you need to control those, you add the ST to google home and it connects wifi to those protocols. If you don't have any zigbee or Z-wave devices, it doesn't serve much purpose. Not sure if it is logical, other than for battery operated devices(wifi consumes more power) but I dislike wifi smarthome devices and get Z-wave or zigbee if possible. What type are your lights, switches or plugs?

My father has a Vizio P65-F1 and it supports Google Home.

If your model TV doesn't support Google Home integration using wifi, the only way to control it is by IR, via the a Logitech Harmony Hub or similar device.

The Logitech Harmony Smart Control (hub+remote) is often on sale for ~$50

With my Alexa, SmartThings and Harmony hub, I say: "Alexa, it's game time."

Alex responds: "Awww, yeah", dims the lights, sets the AV receiver and TV to appropriate modes."

The PS4 can't be powered on via Bluetooth keyboard so need to do that with my controller, but I am waiting for a sale on the PDP PlayStation 4 IR Receiver to fix that.

The Harmony page for the the Xbox One page indicates it can power off and on.

u/DJToca · 1 pointr/DIY

I personally use two of the single device models and they work great. Can be powered by the device itself if it has a usb port. Best part you don't have to buy a special remote. It uses the existing remote you have.

For a single device:

For multiple devices:

Thanks to the wife we currently hide all of our electronics in an old dresser she re-did. I cut holes in the back for air flow and it works like a champ.

u/jwort93 · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

Not cheap, but the Logitech Harmony Home companion should work well. Logitech Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control for Smart Home and Entertainment Devices, works with Alexa It should be able to pair via Bluetooth to the mi box and control the TV via IR.

u/yayoirc · 1 pointr/computers

No, but you could get an IR remote and receiver. There are fancy ones too but come at more cost.

As far as I know, you would need 3rd party software to accomplish switching monitors such as MultiMonitorTool. Assuming you have windows 8 64bit, here is the direct link.

  1. Extract the files to C:\MMT
  2. Right click on MultiMonitorTool.exe and click Send to-> Desktop create shortcut.
  3. Open the program.
  4. The program shows you your displays. Determine what is what from the "Name" column. Suppose it's display 2:
  5. Right click on your new shortcut on the desktop and click properties. Adjust the target to look like this:
    C:\MMT\MultiMonitorTool.exe /switch \\.\DISPLAY2

    Press OK. Then use the shortcut to toggle display 2 on and off.
u/BadBrent · 1 pointr/htpc

The Logitech K400/K400 Plus is always going to be your best bet when it comes to wireless keyboards/trackpads, but as for the remote you should probably just look for a used WMC RC-6 USB receiver like the old HP receiver that you see all over for sale for $5-10 shipped, and you can pair it with any of the Logitech Harmony remotes or my personal favorite is the Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Backlit IR Learning Remote. I have a few of these around the house, and they have backlit buttons and they work with not only televisions and other gadgets but it also does Windows Media Center and apps like Kodi, Plex, Emby, etc.

u/eitherrabbit78 · 1 pointr/xboxone

> So your saying, if i change all the settings in Game Mode, and then turn game mode off, all these settings will save? So if i switch bak to Dynamic or movie, and it changes everything back, when i turn game mode back on, these settings will adjust again?

Correct! I know it's a pain in the ass (I have to switch mine every single time as well) but you could always invest in a Harmony 650 remote (one of the best things I've ever bought, and I hate most programmable remotes) and set up a macro so it's only one button press and the remote will do the work for you.

seriously one of the best things I have for my "game room" one button press and it switches to the system on I want to play, to the correct HDMI on the receiver, while turning the other system I was playing off. Works wonders for having 4 game systems and a 4k bluray player. One button press does it all, including turning what you want on when everything is off.

u/chisayne · 1 pointr/techsupport

You can get an IR Repeater, not RF but if you have room for the IR blaster between the speaker and the TV it should work. Another option if you want to spend a bit more, Logitech Harmony remotes are pretty awesome. They do have an RF one but again it's using an IR blaster from its receiver to the TV's IR sensor.

u/Cirenondrog · 8 pointsr/hometheater

Nice! First thing i noticed was 3 remotes. When i first started my very first setup one thing that changed my life was this remote right here:

It was inexpensive on black Friday @ BB for about $20-25 some years ago. It controls 8 devices including, at the time a bought it, the PS3 ( needed an $10 adapter though). Really easy to set up and they still work perfect. Been almost 10 years.


But a really nice clean set up.

u/PapaShongo53 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

The problem you're going to have for the PS4, and maybe the PS3 I'm not sure, is that only the game controller and the PS4 Universal Remote can wake up the PS4 or turn it on. The Harmony remotes can control it but not turn it on.

There is a new IR Receiver for Harmony but I have no idea how good it is or if its even out yet. I was going through this exact problem with trying to watch Vue, Tivo and control my TV power and AMP volume. I eventually ditched the Tivo and got a Shield with HD Home Run and use a Harmony remote which works great, and save the PS4 for gaming.

u/deeayepee · 3 pointsr/kodi

This Rii one works well for me. There is a TV program button so you can reprogram the IR to match the TV and soundbar remote. I have 2 of the bottom buttons programmed to control my sound bar, 2 set to the netflix shortcut button and another app, and the USB dongle plugged into my smart TV with Kodi installed. The air mouse is pretty neat too but it doesn't always work right. Also the instructions are lacking a little but I really enjoy this remote especially for the price. I think there is a bluetooth pairing option as well but I have yet to use it.

Hope this helps.

u/CaffeinatedGuy · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This ;)

Okay, I can't pick just one, so I present you the following. As you'll notice, all three are practical items, but that's because most people would/could use them all.

Most comfortable keyboard I've ever used.

Best remote control ever. Seriously, this thing is easy to program and can be customized any way you want. It's only limitation is the 5 device limit, but that's still enough for most (even me!). This is the model I have, but you may find another model by the same brand that better suits you.

This umbrella is not only head-turning cool, it's also really great quality that's above and beyond what you would expect from something that looks like a novelty. It's even cooler to me because I actually do Japanese swordsmenship, and the other members of our club/dojo are jealous.

u/JohnBooty · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Hey, maybe we can do better and simpler than Bluetooth. Aside from Bluetooth compression messing with the sound quality, it can introduce lipsyncing issues due to lag. I always like a wired connection myself whenever possible.

You should be able to plug something like this into the TV's optical output, plug the M-Audio monitors into this, and then control the volume w/ the TV remote.

Only reason I say "should" is because on my Sharp TV, the volume level of the optical output is fixed by default. You have to flip a setting in the TV's menu to allow the optical output volume to be controlled by the volume setting. I looked in your TV's manual but couldn't find any information about whether that's the case... it's possible the volume level on your optical output isn't controlled by the volume setting. But hey, at $12, maybe it's worth taking a shot.

Worst case scenario, you could add something like this between the optical-to-analog gizmo and the M-Audios:

Looks kind of shady, but seems to have positive reviews, so I would be reasonably confident in it. Have not used it myself just to be clear.

u/jrile · 3 pointsr/hometheater

If you are interested in something like that (I also highly recommend) the harmony hub is on sale for $50 right now.

I personally love this thing because of the alexa compatibility. Also you can use any phone/tablet as a remote along with that one. I bought a cheap amazon tablet as a dedicated remote

u/WeissIchWeiss · 2 pointsr/organization

I bought one of these and it might be the best investment ever. Totally worth it. It swallowed up all of my remotes, now controls my lights and it works with my Echo/Alexa. Thank me later.

Logitech Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control for Smart Home and Entertainment Devices, Hub & App, Works With Alexa - Black

u/Cash091 · 2 pointsr/OLED

Honestly. Get a harmony hub anyway. I freaking love my Harmony Ultimate. If you have multiple devices you can use it to switch between all of them with ease. I also have a receiver, so switching manually before was just a hassle... Like 4 different remotes driving me nuts. Now I use one.

Using an app called IFTTT allows you to control Harmony using Google Home or Google Assistant. I use my PixelXL because I'm waiting on the nVidia Spot.

One downside to Harmony is you lose the "magic mouse" or whatever LG calls the pointer. I am not using LG's remote at all. It's not too bad because all I need to use the TV's interface for is switching Picture Mode to Game for certain games.

I say, "Okay Google, turn on the XBox." which I typed myself, so you can make it whatever... and my TV turns on, the receiver switches to the right input as does the TV. The TV turns on. And I'm good to go. You can also type out a response that Google says. When I do it my response is, "Okay... I prefer the PC, but hey... nobody is perfect."

With punctuation, Google Assistant delivers it with the right amount of sass. It's great!

u/TheObviousChild · 1 pointr/hometheater

Sure thing. This is what I got. Logitech Harmony Smart Control. So far, it works great. I like the fact that you can just use the keyboard on the smart device to type whatever you need.

u/Oneprouddaddy · 1 pointr/youtubetv

I came from tivo roamio now have all the popular streamers plus my old Tivo (has lifetime) with OTA. I use three of these remotes.

Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Backlit IR Learning Remote for use with Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku, Media Center/Kodi, Nvidia Shield, most Streamers and other A/V Devices

Made my favorite steamers the Apple TV and shield work great and wifey approved and was easy to program (some built in ).

They work with rokus too.

u/AresX85 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Gotcha, well you can still get the basic hub+remote for $135 it looks. I have this, but never use the remote really, cause everything is exposed as switches to my other systems.

There's plenty you can do if you know how to code, but if you aren't writing plugins for HASS you can get away with just learning some basic YAML pretty much, and there's tons of useful resources on the website.

I use this sensor for a lot of things, including temp/humidity. It's also got a light sensor, if that would be in any way helpful there as well. It shows up in HASS with the assortment of sensors that can then be tied to whatever automations and such.

u/ottuser · 1 pointr/DirecTVNow

I use the hub with all my streamers, for the remotes I use a mix of the 'companion' remotes that came with the hub, harmony touches and smartphones.

I really do hate the layout on the harmony touch... just hate it... I got em cheap in a hub pack at costco or sams... and one on clearance so I put up with it.... But if you are going for a good remote get the "Harmony Elite"... I keep looking for one on sale. The "elite" has a more classic/normal harmony remote layout and not that stupid stupid stupid "Harmony Touch" layout.

I was buying for a friend and noticed in walmart they had the the old packages on sale (they have the harmony hub and the simplified 'companion' remote) for like $60 but then noticed online they are going for $53 on walmart and amazon.


That said, pretty much any universal (even the older harmony 650 IR only remotes) will work with the apple tv... in fact your TVs remote likely will control it... just make sure you have HDMI CEC control enabled on the hdmi port the apple tv is connected to.

You will need to keep the siri remote charged and handy to force close apps... there is no real way to get to the app browser with universal/hubs yet.

u/ryanmah · 1 pointr/xbmc

I used to love my MCE remotes, but nowThe Sony RMVLZ620 mixed with a Flirc is the best solution i've found. The Sony has IR learning and macros, while the flirc lets you easily program all the buttons to any keyboard shortcut imaginable.

u/PastaBob · 1 pointr/gadgets

Yeah, this thing seems like a team picked and chose features from other boxes including the formfactor of a Roku remote with a sideclick attached to it.

I swapped out my roku in the bedroom for a Mibox, that thing is awesome. It pulls my recently watched stuff from all apps to the front page, and has volume built-in on the remote. It has bluetooth that actually supports speakers and headphones. Totes great.

u/Jasong222 · 0 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV

I'm a big fan of the inteset -Inteset

Comes preprogrammed for shield and can handle 3 other devices as well (many preprogrammed). Nice, solid, remote feel to it. Pre-programs, learning, macros, universal buttons, it's awesome. (No microphone, no sound jack. Ir, not Bluetooth or rf)

edit: downvote me all you want. I've had one for about 4 years and love the heck out of it.

u/thendawg · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

I use this setup with my Shield (although mine is the one model older, no real functional difference). It will connect with (afaik) every android tv device using bluetooth then has a built in ir blaster, plus a second remote IR blaster for controlling TV, home theater, etc.

All communication is RF based to the hub so no line of site needed. The incl remote uses bluetooth or you can use the smartphone app anywhere on the same wifi network. My fave part is the remote customization, you can literally map any button on the remote to any function on any device you want using the app to set it up, as well as having 3 unique profiles on the remote for different activities. You can even set buttons to run a sequence of commands - for instance DirectTV Now Guide can be accessed with a series of keypresses in the android app, but no hotkey, I setup this sequence and assigned it to the Guide key so when in the app my wife can hit this key and the guide pops up! (Did the same for DVR page in the DTV Now app)

Maybe this is a little much for all you need? But the nice part is, it should work with anything you pickup down the road. Logitech has been pretty good at providing updates for the Harmony lineup to support new bluetooth devices. All in all, I felt it was a steal for $55 (what I paid for it about 6 mo ago)

u/Glenathon · 3 pointsr/Vue

This thing was supposed to come out in March, but looks like was delayed until July. I already have a Logitech remote, so I'm pretty excited once it arrives. It works with a number of different Logitech remotes.

I use my PS4 primarily with Vue as of late, and I agree, using the controller is not idea. I think this is the perfect fix for this solution and it's made by Sony and for the PS4.

EDIT: Licensed by Sony

u/Robert315 · 2 pointsr/hometheater

you have to get a receiver, and having all the wiring installed into a media closet is a big project someone took care of for you. All you need is speakers and a receiver and an IR Repeater. To minimize remotes, you can get a harmony all in one, the 700 is great. And besides that you just need to get an IR Repeater with a remote eye for the front of the TV, I have this one and it's great:

u/MasterBuilderBater · 2 pointsr/gadgets

Closed cabinet... Hmm. If there is any room for an IR signal to bounce around off the back of the closed cabinet door then you could use one remote to control everything inside the cabinet.

I think this thing is one of the best, most customizable interface devices I've ever owned. The Logitech Harmony Smart Hub and Remote.

  • Use the included remote
  • Use your smart phone
  • Create tasker Applications to turn devices on and off and place them on your android home screen. This allows you to use Google Now to launch them via voice, is "Okay Google, Open XMBC On"
  • Connect generic IR dongle to control a PC via Event Ghost
  • and much much more

    It's $129 new or $99 refurb (both via Amazon Prime) well spent. I'm seriously considering getting a second one.
u/GoldenGirl925 · 1 pointr/personalfinance

If your parent is a veteran (or active duty) ATT offers a 25% discount on cell, home phone, internet and DirectTV and DirectTVNow.

Set my parents up with DirectTVNow (streaming cable with local stations) and an Amazon Fire on each TV. They pay $50/month for more stations than they had with Comcast cable. Had to keep Comcast Internet ($70/month with land-line phone line. They do not want to get rid of land-line) because ATT internet is too slow in their area. They tend to go over the 1TB Comcast limit, which adds $10-30 to the bill, but it’s still cheaper than the $230 they were paying to Comcast each month. I bought them a telephony modem so they don’t pay $10/month to rent and bought a very nice open box WiFi mesh system for $40. We also share Amazon Prime Video and share Netflix with a friend.

Learning how to use the new remote may be your hardest thing to overcome. If you go for Amazon Fire, get the “SideClick” so they only have “one” remote that does everything. Sideclick Remotes SC2-FT16K Universal Remote Attachment for Amazon Fire TV Streaming Player

u/datamonster · 1 pointr/hometheater

+1 for Harmony with hub... I upgraded from the old style harmony 700 and it's been great. Recommend the smart home / companion model, better button arrangement & control for lights.

u/Shiny_Callahan · 3 pointsr/arduino

Yeah, my cable box/DVR powers itself on to record scheduled programs, but it does not shut itself back off when the recording is finished. This is what throws my system out of sync all the time. I had thought about grabbing one of those Roku Sideclick remotes, but got a great deal on the Harmony remote so I gave it a shot first.

Years ago there was one of those home shows on TV and they were in a celebrity's house, the person had this remote that looked like a tablet running some sort of custom firmware that controlled everything in the house. It was TV remote, shut the blinds, dimmed the lights, flushed the toilet, you get the idea. I always wondered what the heck it was, and if I could "roll my own" version of that. Some crazy stuff out there for sure.

u/ghostokg · 3 pointsr/fireTV

It's a bit expensive, but I just bought this older version of the Harmony Hub remote system, and it's been pretty useful turning everything on and off. If you also buy an Amazon echo or echo dot you can use this remote to voice control the TV on/off too.

u/gzunk · 1 pointr/buildapc

For my living room HTPC I use the Logitech K830 which is quite expensive, but looks nice and does and excellent job.

For music and stuff on my own HTPC, I use a Bluetooth remote which is basic, but cheap and good enough for what I use it for.

u/beaub05 · 2 pointsr/htpc

You've thought this out pretty well. I'd probably only change a couple of things. First would be to look into getting a networked HDHomeRun DUAL over a USB tuner. I'd go with this one because you'd be able to connect it to any computer in the house over LAN. If this wouldn't benefit you then a USB tuner might suit you better.

And the second is I wouldn't necessarily change, but you might want to consider. The chromebox ships soon, but we don't know yet if we'd be able to load any other OS on it yet. My guess would be yes. Other chromebooks have had success, but we just don't know yet so I wouldn't commit just yet.

The only other issue I can see is Plex might have an issue transcoding to play on your devices, especially the Celeron based chromebox.

Edit: Oh, and for wife proofing, I've got a Harmony 650 and FLIRC IR dongle that makes controling my TV, receiver, cable box, and HTPC easy

u/andy2na · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

you want the hub primarily for the wifi capabilities so it works with Smartthings or your other wifi devices that you may use. The hub also lets you connect it with alexa so you can turn on activities, change channels, volume, etc. As you mentioned, it does also allow control for stuff in cabinets

/u/glennbarosen get this if you want home control buttons on the remote

or get this if you dont care for home control on your remote. you can still have the activities communicate with your smart home devices (smart bulbs, smart plugs, etc). I use this one and it works great with my smart home stuff

Either choice will let you control your TV, sound system, apple tv, ps4 (ps4 only after it was powered on by controller)

u/jenkinl1302 · 3 pointsr/htpc

OK, so for remote I use this with a flirc. That way I have a truly universal remote with physical buttons (better for operating in the dark) for not a lot of cash. I do have a Logitech K400 for the rare times when I need a full keyboard.

For a case, I have the Silverstone ML03B. Small form factor and really blends with the other components. Depending on your CPU, you may not even need an aftermarket cooler. I have the i3 4130T with a stock cooler and it's dead silent. I built 2 years ago, and at the time, the only gaming I was doing was emulating old-school NES through some Gamecube. EDIT: So I only used the intel integrated graphics (HD 4400). /EDIT If you do want/need a GPU, you'd need a half-height to fit the case. Just last week I picked up a GTX 750 ti. It improved Dolphin emulation dramatically, and runs Skyrim at 1080p on Ultra settings at 60 fps.

Hopefully that answered some of your questions. If you have any more, feel free to ask.

u/franksj1 · 1 pointr/intelnuc

I use Spotify with my NUC8i5 and this remote.

Works great! Not exactly your solution, but perhaps you can use some aspects of it. I just keep Spotify up and ready to play and use the remote to start and stop. Could also use any phone to select which music and start with Spotify Connect.

Best to you,


u/archangel924 · 2 pointsr/kodi

I picked up this air mouse

It's super cheap and I'm actually really happy with it. I kind of wish it was backlit, they sell some that are. Works great when using my PC for kodi and chrome browsing from my couch.

u/frozen-solid · 2 pointsr/hometheater

A quick note now that I'm not on my phone:

Some of the sites will say it only supports 6 devices, but it got an upgrade to 8 recently. All you have to do is plug it into the My Harmony website and it will unlock to 8 devices automatically.

It also supports the PS3 bluetooth adapter, which is available on Amazon right now for $25.

I know you said you only need 4 devices, but I figured I'd throw that out there for future growth.

u/AuntChiladas · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My boyfriend can't live without this anymore Not to generalize but, I guess men love controlling the remotes...

I have a wishlist for my SO. Because he's a spoiled man. xD

u/jammininmypjs · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Pyle tends to be discouraged here

Topping or SMLS will be your best bet for mini amp brands



Topping MX3 also on sale here

Remote Ability Add On would allow you to add a universal remote to your current setup (from what I understand)

Or a PreAmp like this

Chromecast Audio would let you add wireless streaming to an amp without bluetooth

If you dont mind something larger, an AVR receiver like this or this will be your best option

Sidebar suggestions

u/Sidekicknicholas · 2 pointsr/hometheater

I got this for $99 from Best Buy the other day:

Havent used it much since our theater is still under construction, but it seems like it will be quite awesome.

u/BeardedAlbatross · 5 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Alright, the problem here is your TV has no variable or line level RCA outputs. I'm going to offer a couple of options:

  1. An optical DAC with a remote line level controller and powered monitors. DAC, Remote volume control, Really good sounding powered monitors. Wait til they go down to about $240 for the pair or buy them on massdrop now, you have 9 hours to decide. Totals to $300

  2. Same setup as above, but will switch out the JBLs for something cheaper and totals to about $200. Wait til the Micca PB42X are in stock at amazon. They run $120. If you can swing for the JBLs, do it though.

  3. The best option in my opinion, would be to get a cheap 5.1 receiver with an optical input. You can pair this with any pair of passive speaker you want, you can purchase a used receiver from craigs or ebay, you can add a center channel at a later date, and more importantly, you can add a subwoofer when your budget allows and have proper bass management with high and low pass filters and eq.
u/ericklemyelmo · 1 pointr/Vue

Alright so the one I got is good but bad at the same time. I'm trading it out for a universal remote, mainly for the function of having a guide button. the one I got is the ipazzport controller like one:

It was easy to set up and use but the problems it had were double clicking sometimes, poor one handed use, and no guide button, which is a deal breaker for me. I've found out that the mi box has an ir receiver on it, so I'm going to be getting this:

I personally wish it was a bit less old school controller look wise and had a QWERTY keyboard, but what can you do. I was torn between that one and this one, which I will get if the guide button doesn't end up working out:

The other ones I read up on as basically being the dankest nugs are the harmony remotes, but I really can't justify that much money for a remote. Stuff like this has me wishing I would have just gotten a ps4 and gotten the PlayStation remote with it. I will make a new reply to you guys when I get and try out the new remote. Hope some of this has helped!

u/Rapmullet · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

I bought this on a whim and got to say it's been great on my 2015 shield 16g. Easy to set up and super responsive. Only limitation I've noticed is using kodi sometimes but it's been great so far.®/dp/B00M4JYTWA

u/mrHwite · 1 pointr/xboxone

I got the 650. Probably the best bang for your buck unless you want a fancier one that can control bluetooth devices.

It's definitely a living room game-changer. One button to turn on everything for a given activity (gaming, watching tv, etc) and to change to all the correct inputs; one button to turn them all off when you're done. And dogs love them! I've had to replace mine twice

u/Jr712 · 3 pointsr/hometheater

You have 3 options.

First is just the hub with no physical remote. There’s a smartphone app that has to be used to control everything.

Harmony Home Hub

Second is the hub with what they call a “simple remote”. The simple remote is a physical remote that can control up to 8 devices and 6 activities. This is the version I use and highly recommend. The remote actually has a very good build quality and I like it better than the fancy remote because it’s battery lasts forever and it’s much more durable so not a big deal if my kid drops it.

Harmony Companion Remote

This last one comes with the hub and the high end elite remote. The elite remote can control more devices and activities than the simple remote but most people won’t need it. It also has a customizable touch screen that you can program to do whatever you want.

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control, Hub & App

No matter which of those 3 options you get it’s the exact same hub and the smart phone app works for all of them. The physical remote is the only difference.

u/kghyr8 · 1 pointr/hometheater

I’d highly recommend a decent universal remote. The harmony hub with remote is a nice simple option that has tons of room to grow. And they are currently on sale.

Logitech 915-000194 - Harmony Smart Remote Control with Smartphone App - Black (Certified Refurbished)

u/L00K3R · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

I will say you are correct about the remote but I have two TV's a XBR-55X700D and a XBR-55X850D. I do have issues from time to time but have removed most of the overall junk in the menu. the weird thing is the 850 updated a while back and the Menu is just like the 700 (vertically and on the right side) as before it was a modern UI look and Horizontal across the bottom. I liked the way the 850 was before the update. Anyway the point I wanted to make was the Remote IR sucks and I finally found a solution. I purchased 2 of these.

all has been great after that as far as the remote. The TV UI from time to time has issues but nothing I can't work around. I refuse to Factory default when there is an issue because I do not want to have to re install all the apps and sign in again.

u/thx1138jr · 4 pointsr/hometheater

Agree with this. Use 650 for my living room setup (6 devices, it will control 8) and works like a charm. Easy to set up and cheap:

u/matthewdavis · 4 pointsr/PleX

I was a longtime Harmony One user. And I decided to try the cheaper Logitech Harmony Smart Control (after the One finally kicked the bucket). And I love it. Give it a look and see if itll suite your needs.

Edit: link

u/dashrendar2112 · 1 pointr/Spectrum

I bet this would work great:
Logitech Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control for Smart Home and Entertainment Devices, Hub & App, Works With Alexa - Black

u/tone_capone · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

No need to spend this much.

[The Harmony 650]( Harmony 650 Infrared All in One Remote Control, Universal Remote, Programmable Remote (Silver) works perfectly well for me for all of my devices!

Highly recommended!

u/unalive3 · 7 pointsr/xboxone

Just so you are aware I also bought One S on Black Friday for the UHD apps (guess I should've done research first), but hardly any of the apps support 4K. The only apps I'm aware of are Netflix (if you subscribe to 4K), Vudu, and obviously the 4K Bluray app. YouTube and Amazon do not support 4K.

I ended up finding a good deal on a Roku 4 and went that route. My Sharp TV's apps don't even support 4K content. Don't buy Sharp :(

Also this remote works for my TV, Xbox One S, and Roku which is totally cool.

u/BiffBiffkenson · 2 pointsr/appletv

I'm using an Inteset which looks the same as a cable remote but works fine, about $25 controls volume, mute, tv input and all the apple functions.

However for me I don't like that its so large so I'm getting an Xbox replacement remote to setup, its a lot smaller., $18 to try and it'll separately control tv volume and mute.

The Harmony express looks great but $250 is too much to spend on a remote imo.

u/glonq · 1 pointr/homeautomation
  1. Get a Harmony Hub + remote like this
  2. In the Harmony app, add your devices (TV, Roku, etc).
  3. In the Harmony app, create activities for "watch plex", "watch youtube". Basically they turn on the tv, set the input to roku (hdmi2 or whatever), then tell the roku to start a specific roku channel.
  4. In the Smartthings app, add your Harmony hub. It will find the "watch plex" and "watch youtube" activities.
  5. In the Google Home app, add your Smartthings controller. Now Google Home knows about those activities also.

    So I'll say "hey google start plex" and it will reply "ok starting the watch plex" (yeah, bad grammar) and then do the right thing. I still use the roku (or harmony) remote for choosing shows, pausing/forwading, etc. But it's handy to be able to use Google Home voice commands to start/stop things.
u/I3igAl · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

ah ok didn't realize there was a passive version, those do look pretty nice!
Since you already bought the Q5 and the remote seems like an important feature to you, i must say that the included remote is kinda chintzy, generic device thing that needs much better aiming than a usual TV remote does. however the Logitech Harmony line of remotes does work with the Q5.
Basic remote, 40 new 25-30 used
Fancy IR blaster hub thing that makes your smartphone a universal remote for everything. 100 new but often goes on sale for 70, can set a price alert.

u/Feeling_Saucy · 3 pointsr/googlehome

I bought the hub+remote combo used on Amazon for $69.99 . I wasnt sure what to expect because I've never bought anything used on Amazon before, but it was fulfilled by them so I thought I'd give it a try. The box was beat up but I was so happy to open it and see a brand new remote + hub still in the plastic wrapping. Best day ever. I'd suggest going to the link below if your looking for a remote too.

u/BusyPooping · 1 pointr/hometheater

Logitech harmony companion with hub is perfect for what you need. you can probably do fine with getting the warehouse deal version if you dont mind getting it "used." the warehouse deal is hit or miss. usually as good deal. but the return process is always really easy with amazon.

Or you can just go to bestbuy or target and get it price matched.

u/crypticgeek · 2 pointsr/hometheater

FYI, the Harmony Touch refurb is on Woot! today for $134.99 shipped.

Though if you have a smartphone the Harmony Smart Control is $129.99 new on Amazon. The product page also has a good comparison chart.

u/LetsBuyLocal · 1 pointr/PleX

You can control this setup with any standard IR remote. The hardware has a IR sensor and is pre-programed with xbox media center IR commands. So if you get a XBox Media Center ready remote or Harmony you're good too go.

So you can get a cheap $10 remote or $$ remote or even use a bluetooth keyboard...

As far as "Wife Proofing" what I did was this.. Buy this remote..

SHE LOVES IT... jokes about how I had to get her a special remote with her friends..

It's a learning remote so you have to have a harmony to program this kiddie remote.. but I made the green button TV Power, Read Vol Down, Orange Vol Up and rocker standard and the "M" the back button. No insults to all the wifes out there, I'm sure many can use those $$ remotes but mine loves this little 5 button remote with the plex setup. The only thing she don't like is she can't fwd cuz I have the buttons programed as next chapter. But she can turn on the TV and so can the little ones. While I use this remote..

However if you're not ready for that you can do what I originally which was this..

1st I bought this..

Worked great.. but was RF so once I closed the av cabinet door it stoped working.. so this frustrated me so then I bought this.. which worked over the built in blue tooth..

Then when I had to program the wifes / kiddie remote cuz she complained about the keyboard because the kids would leave it turned on and it woudl be always be dead when she went to grab it so I used that as an excuse to buy the remote I really wanted which was the big harmony IR remote here..

I told her I needed it to program the kiddie remote.. but really you can use any xbox media remote do that... I just needed an excuse to get approval from the wife to spend $200 on a remote ;-)

u/DPAmes1 · 1 pointr/Roku

The 650 is cheap (I just bought another one new for $20), but it doesn't have RF or WiFi. It's IR only, with USB to sync settings with the computer app. For accessing out-of-sight devices you would want something like the Harmony Smart Control:

u/Brandorff · 1 pointr/hometheater
u/lightswitch05 · 2 pointsr/DIY

Great questions!

  • Wifi change hasn't been noticeable. I'm sure its went down some, but we had great signal to start with. I was a bit worried about that. If you look in the pictures, you can see I ran a CAT5 into the attic before walling over the hole (you can see it hanging down starting at image 7). The plan was to run the wire into another room and put in a second wifi router if the signal was too bad.
  • As far for the IR remote controls, we got pretty lucky on that too. Two weeks before we started the project, comcast bumped us up to a X1 cable box. I found out that the X1 remote uses Bluetooth over IR to control the box. As for DVD player, we use a PS3 - which again is Bluetooth. The plan before comcast got us a newer box was to get an IR repeater and have the receiver attached to the TV.
u/bobby-t1 · 5 pointsr/PleX

I have this this harmony remote and hub and until your comment, didn't know it worked over bluetooth. Thanks!

Looking at the details page of the Shield TV (non-Pro 2017 model), and in the customer Q&A, a person says:

> I have used that with a Logitech harmony elite remote which uses a remote hub to control the shield tv via Bluetooth. Looks like i should be good to go!

u/glorifiedextra · 5 pointsr/LaserDisc

First, if your TV has a composite input, just use that. Composite to HDMI converters have spotty quality at best. What model TV do you have? Do you have any other equipment with Composite inputs? A HT receiver or a VCR/DVD combo with HDMI out?

As for a remote, Logitech Harmony remotes still support laserdisc players. This is the one that I have and it operates my Pioneer CLD-D406 perfectly.

u/Alwayssunnyinarizona · 1 pointr/googlehome

This one:

Looks like it's on sale so I'd jump on it. I could almost convince myself to buy a second for another TV in our house at that price.

It's all you need, I never even use our remote anymore. It was lost for a good week or more and I never missed it.

My wife is probably the bigger user, she's usually got the baby in hand and it's very helpful to just be able to say "turn on ABC" or "turn the TV up."

u/bomphcheese · 3 pointsr/appletv

I know this won’t be a popular answer, but I would just upgrade to a better remote. I have a Logitech and it works fine with AppleTV.

Logitech Harmony 650 Infrared All in One Remote Control, Universal Remote Logitech, Programmable Remote (Silver)

Plus it’s half the price.

u/terrencegf · 2 pointsr/logitechharmony

I previously owned the Elite and now own the Companion. I have LG OLED TV, PS4 Pro, PS3, Nvidia Shield TV, Logitech Squeezebox Radio, and media PC (via FLIRC). (No receiver.) My main reasons for switching to Companion:

  • Companion is lighter
  • Elite required daily charging (in supplied cradle)
  • Harmony phone app obviates the need for touchscreen on remote (which I rarely used)

    If you don't require the extra buttons for home automation (2 buttons for 'lights' and 2 for 'outlets'), you can get the cheaper Harmony Smart Control (which comes with the Harmony Hub) for $58 on Amazon US right now.
u/ATLxUTD · 1 pointr/Roku

Harmony remotes are great but pricey - if you want a cheaper option Inteset INT-422 is great.

u/gurase · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

Hub + smart control (not Elite/950) is on sale for $64.99. I know it doesn't look like it but this DOES include the hub. You could buy the 950 separately and pair it.

Edit: Looks like Amazon is out of stock. Best Buy has it for the same price with free 2-day shipping.

u/thatstheways · 2 pointsr/logitechharmony

OK, I get that - there are a lot of options that, frankly, I don’t really understand what they do. I think I have a relatively older iteration of the remote. Essentially, what you need is the Hub and a remote. The Hub accepts all of the inputs from your harmony remote (or the app on your smart phone) and then sends that signal out to the corresponding device whether that be via an IR signal or a signal over Wi-Fi. They seem to have a number of kinda crazy remotes now with touch screens etc. but I think that’s kind of ridiculous and overkill. I’ve had the simplest version of the remote for years and never felt limited.

I’d just get this:

If you’ve got a basic level of technical proficiency, the app makes it very easy to add all of your devices and then set up an activity. The main one I use right now is my “Watch Apple TV” activity which , with one click on the remote, turns on my Apple TV, turns on my TV, sets it to HDMI 4, turns on my receiver, sets the receiver to the right input, and then controls Apple TV for most things and volume on the receiver. You can then go in and customize the remote buttons to do things that aren’t the “default” setting, like the colored buttons on the remote I use to switch between stereo and surround inputs.

If you have Alexa, you can just tell Alexa, “Watch Apple TV,” which is also ridiculous but pretty cool.

u/UCLAKoolman · 2 pointsr/gaming

well it's only $47 right now for the adapter, and I picked one up for cheaper than that a while ago

Still pretty expensive IMO, but I really, really love the convenience of only needing one remote for everything.

u/The_Harbaugh_Face · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

The Harmony Companion has been a life changer. It's reliably responsive and is remarkably comfortable to hold. It's a significant price jump from the remotes in the review, but I wholeheartedly recommend it if you have other boxes and smart lights.

u/RochesterBen · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

The emitter is a tiny IR/visible light emitter that would come from a central unit that would relay the signal from a remote, through a door that the remote normally can't get through (closed wood door), via either a radio frequency universal remote, or an IR "repeater kit" with a target to aim at on the outside of the door that would mirror the signal to the other devices inside. Great for inconspicuous home theater installs. The cover would prevent the signal to going to similar units (if that's needed), or typically, to cover up the red flash it would give off when it was sending out a signal, as well as hold it in place (the sticky stuff on them wouldn't hold long when they got warm).


Edit: Here is a super cheap kit:

u/skiattle · 2 pointsr/mac

Logitech Harmony Smart Control.

I have two. One setup is a TV, a Vizio Soundbar, a TiVo, a Mac Mini and a Roku, the other is a TV, a Denon receiver, a Comcast cable box, an AppleTV, and a Xbox One. I have a Harmony for each setup. Works fantastically with both.

I did have to buy one extra IR blaster, beyond the one that comes with the setup, but that was mostly due to placement issues with one of the boxes. Otherwise, for my use, I'm able to easily control iTunes, PLEX & VLC from the remote. I did have to edit the default configuration as by default, the Harmony puts the Mac Mini to sleep when you power everything off - this wasn't something I wanted done as I wanted PLEX access from anywhere.

u/FreydNot · 1 pointr/prius

I use a HTC Bluetooth Music Streaming Stereo Clip Adapter plugged into the aux port. It's not the cheapest solution, but I like it because it has an internal battery and supports the apt-X codec which is lossless.

I also use a Satechi BT MediaRemote which I've used velcro to stick it to my car dash. That gives me easy access to volume, next and previous.

u/coldcircle · 2 pointsr/htpc

I've used Harmony remotes and now switched to Inteset INT-422. Remote is great and comfortable to hold.

u/tgiokdi · 2 pointsr/xbox360

I spent $50 for the one that I have, brand new from amazon it only supports 5 devices, but it works pretty well.

the software for the computer though, that gets a little confusing, as there's a couple different versions of it, one for regular users and one for 'power users', I apparently fall somewhere in the middle, as I don't care about the millisecond delays on key presses, but I do care about the menu layouts on the remote.


u/iamalwaysfreezing · 1 pointr/breakingmom

Here's the Amazon Link! I watched the price for a while and it went down to about $100. It can be a pain in the ass because any time you want to adjust your favorites, you have to go in and re-do them all, but once you get it set you enable the Harmony skill on the Echo, and it's awesome!!

u/adamsgrow · 1 pointr/enail


Wow this looks perfect, the light sensor is ideal, usually im dabbin with the lights on lol

u/VTEE · 3 pointsr/AskElectronics

Depending on the setup, this could help with the control issues. Use one of these for each TV, with the emitter over the TV's IR receiver and put the extender's receiver behind the bar where no one can see it. Amazon also has some with two emitters for cases where the TV has a cable box under it.

If you have direcTV, I remember some of those boxes use an RF signal, so you can just cover up the IR receiver and still use the remote normally.

To catch people, the best option is look at security footage like others have said. TV-B-Gone style devices will show up on camera easily.

u/Vallywog · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

I just picked up one of these and once setup right its pretty awesome combined with the harmony hub and shield.

u/nexus4strife · 1 pointr/homeautomation

It won't get bricked by the Harmony Link Hub end of life. But I can't say Logitech won't decide in the future to brick the Harmony Hub too.

If it makes you feel any better, i just bought this and liking it so far.

u/krakelohm · 3 pointsr/fireTV

I do not believe you can do that. I snagged a sideclick ( and it works great. You have to set using the TV remote or one that is already setup with the TV functions. You can set any function to any button the remote. I even use it with the new Alexa remote with volume and power since I set a button for sleep. Good luck.

u/D3LTA360 · 6 pointsr/xboxone

I know this isn’t what you were asking. But I was in the same situation and bought this remote instead. It’s awesome, just like a normal universal remote but can also control Xbox. Great for Netflix and Blu-ray.

u/jakegh · 2 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV

I use a harmony hub and smart control, which has been on sale as cheaply as $58. It controls the ShieldTV over bluetooth for zero lag. The hub itself has extremely powerful IR blasters to handle devices that can't be controlled over IP or bluetooth.

The remote is RF, so you don't have to worry about pointing it at the TV. It's all buttons, no screen, which I strongly prefer, and lasts well over a year on a single coin battery.

It does not support voice control (but the ShieldTV gamepad will do that, if you have one) or air mouse. You can use the Harmony app on android/iOS or the AndroidTV app for that matter to do that stuff. The apps work as a keyboard too.

u/crackills · 3 pointsr/hometheater

Sony makes some nice 6 device universal learning remotes l, <$20. I use one in my living room.

Edit: this is the one I use, $25. Works great.
Sony RMVLZ620 Universal Remote Control (Black)

u/heath2011 · 2 pointsr/PS3

Check out Logitech Harmony remotes, they will control about anything. This model says it supports ps3. Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Smartphone App and Simple All in One Remote - Black

I think Logitech also made an adapter for the ps3 that lets almost any of their IR remotes control the ps3. That is not made anymore, so you would have to find one on eBay or something, and I would confirm that it will work with the remote you want before you buy it.

u/neomancr · 1 pointr/hometheater

Just get a harmony hub type thing. This one's really cheap and will do all you want. It's basically all Logitech does right nowadays.

Check this out at - Logitech 915-000194 - Harmony Smart Remote Control with Smartphone App - Black (Renewed)

Theyre like the Google of old IR commands

u/FranknStein7 · 3 pointsr/hometheater

There is a newer version that has some additional smart home functions if you are in to that. Here: I agree that you absolutely want the one with the physical remote. Best universal remote on the market IMO. There is no reason to get the fancy Elite model with the LCD screen unless you have a million devices. I actually prefer the one without the screen because you don't have to recharge it. It has a coin battery that from my experience lasts over a year. Only downside is it's not backlight (hence the great battery life), but it's easy to control by feel.

u/markneill · 3 pointsr/Vue

The Harmony Hub remotes will work today, the IR ones don't.

At least, not until March 31...

PDP PlayStation 4 IR Receiver For Logitech Harmony Remote Control Devices

USB connection to the PS4, promises to map all 51 controller functions to your Harmony IR remotes (350, 650, etc).

u/joequin · 1 pointr/gadgets

Depending on your usage requirements, this maybe be better than any phone integrated ir blaster. It's a network connected ir blaster with very good mobile software. (it also has a remote control, but you don't need to use that.) It's great.

u/kmarq · 1 pointr/hometheater

I just did something similar, added some bookshelf speakers to a small room setup. However, the ones I added were un-powered and my TV did not have a variable output. I had to find a little amp that would also take IR to control volume Kentiger V10 Bluetooth Hi-Fi Stereo

Everything is controlled from a Harmony remote which makes it all still nice for anyone to use.

First advice, confirm what outputs your TV has to see if you will need something that can manage the volume or not.

2nd, consider adding a Harmony remote to simplify the setup if you need to add additional hardware that can handle the volume and won't work with the existing remote. This guy is very affordable and works well Harmony 650

u/Jobindoza · 1 pointr/DirecTVNow

Honestly, pretty much any remote will work with the Apple TV’s learning function. But, I personally use a Harmony Smart Control
Which is actually on sale on amazon right now for $70.

u/xythian · 5 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV

I'm just using the basic Logitech Harmony Smart Control.

Works like a charm and controls my TV, AVR, and Shield.

u/Cool_Hwip_Luke · 1 pointr/xboxone

I loved that remote. Until the circular button wouldn't click down anymore. I bought a second one and loved it until the same thing happened. Both are unusable because you can't select anything. At $60 a piece, I'm not buying a third.

Ended up getting a different remote which is working out fine.

Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Backlit...

u/neat_username · 1 pointr/hometheater

>It's kind of a work around, but if you need two remotes you can get this Harmony collection and have one person relegated to the app while the other uses the remote. You can both run the app at the same time as well if you'd like.

u/sheinmantom · 2 pointsr/AndroidTV

How the harmony control the shield? Ir or Bluetooth?

I have at my living room shield, cable box and a receiver (and tv😅) can I configure the volume always control the receiver?
And it’s easy to change control form the shield and the cable box? (My parents want something simple)
Also this is what you bought? Bestbuy doesn’t send to my country

u/pootsounds · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

Just in case you're interested in the harmony hub, I don't know how long this will be on sale but it's a really good deal and the remote is freaking great... simple and a perfect addition to the hub with out being overly complicated.

u/ProTemp · 1 pointr/enail

(Choose the 3 outlet version + light sensor)

This one is great, I use it to turn on my E-Nail and NES, has variable timed shutoff, and an awesome wireless remote

u/sbddude · 2 pointsr/hometheater

One of the things that causes frustration on he harmony remotes is you have to keep the remote pointed for several seconds during the initialization sequence of turning on all the components. The best way around this I've found is one of the harmony models that are RF based. I'm currently using the harmony hub that comes with the simple remote. It lets you control with the remote and smartphones.


u/OakFern · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

If you can hold out for a while, you should be able to pick it up for around $100CAD. A little steep still, but better than $180. I got mine for $99.99 CAD at BestBuy during their Boxing Week sale at the end of last year.


It's been down under $100 CAD on Amazon too, although it looks like $130 CAD is the more typical sale price:

u/Chreeeees · 2 pointsr/Roku

Pretty much your only option is the pricey but awesome Harmony 650.

When I was exploring options, I settled on the much more affordable RCA 6-Device Remote. But my Roku is in line of sight...

u/NeedMoreCache · 31 pointsr/DIY

I'd like to have the OP weigh in on this, but IR is pretty "bouncy". Pointing the remote at the door probably gives the remote line of sight to the cable box.

Alternatively, here's a simple $8 solution:

u/DpwnShift · -3 pointsr/cordcutters

The best reviewed programmable remote on Amazon: Inteset Remote

Already set up for Roku/Apple TV, etc. Powerful, but intuitive and easy to set up. I just bought a second one to travel with!

u/MattM462 · 1 pointr/rva

Logitech Harmony Smart Control (smart hub and remote) - $65
Works with Amazon Echo and a bunch of smart devices.

u/NSADomesticUnit · 2 pointsr/fireTV

I use the harmony smart remote in both rooms that I'm also using the FireTV.

This one:

Is the one that I'm using. Best Buy recently had refurbished units for as low as 79$. If you don't want to spend $100 on it, you can order FLiRC and set that up to work with any remote (harmony or otherwise) that you want. I think those are only around $30 or so.

u/grudolf · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

Harmony Companion (US / [EU] ( should be fine, check the Shield setup guide. You can program 6 most used activities to remote buttons (3 + 3 with longpress) with others available in mobile app which is also used for setup and configuration. The hub supports max. 8 devices which should be enough for most use cases.


  • smart home (=orange) buttons can't be remapped to regular activities/devices
  • buttons aren't backlit
u/Young_Lincoln · 1 pointr/gadgets

Here's the solution for that problem. Not only will it control all of those devices, but you can program start up and shut down sequences for activities such as watching a blu-ray or TV. I use it with my projector, receiver and PS3 and it works flawlessly. The battery ran out on the controller, and I've been using my phone lately without any issues. It will only show virtual buttons relevant to what device / activity you're using, which is helpful too. I'd highly recommend it, especially for the current price.

u/Jenings · 6 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV

my man if you can afford 3 shields you can afford at least one Harmony hub with remote from amazon. Its probably the best remote Ive ever used

u/NiMaD83 · 1 pointr/theNvidiaShield

> 03918

I have yet to use it much or program any extra buttons.
But from what i've gathered
there are no codes provided when you get the item

You have to find a "code database" online on their site and it has the basic sections and none for android tv, android, nvidia etc so i asked for the code here.

The contoller did come pre-configured for xbone and seems to work with all the buttons i've tried (again haven't used it much yet)
As far as NASTV it works the same. Its pretty smooth thus far. What little buttons i've tried have worked.
One little thing though the IR on Shield must not be that great as i cant point it outside like a 45 degree view of the box or it won't work.

Also be carefull too beacause i read on their forum that they recently put out a 2nd revision controller that is indentical to the prebious one but has Shield TV support is supposed to be pre-configured. In my process i have ordered both. The one without Shield in the title and one with.
Neither are pre-configured. So i am just keeping the 1st one already with the code and working.
*Also note from my exp and from what i've read its the same thing. Good product but Horrible support. So not expect much from them

1st one i bought

2nd one that has Shield on its Banner headline.

u/jerseywizkid · 3 pointsr/hometheater

Honestly.... drop whatever you’re doing and buy this Logitech

It’ll control all of your devices and is super simple. Wife approved (non techy) and my 4 yr old even figured out how to use it for the most part LOL

Simple setup and day to day use.... and no matter what activity you’re doing, the volume controls will always control the receiver.

u/bigyo54 · 1 pointr/youtubetv

I have had a great experience using YTTV on Apple TV. However, using the Apple TV remote with it is very difficult. Therefore, I recommend getting this remote instead and programming it to operate your setup. It really made everything easier to use.

u/Tjoala · 3 pointsr/funny

>Obligatory I got this universal remote for $26 and was able to cut down from TV, Sound Bar, Roku remotes into 1 remote. You friend has 1 more remote than I did, but it should still work.

Have this as well, great remote. Use it for everything, including the XBOX one

u/quasifun · 1 pointr/kodi

This is what I have. It comes with the remote. You do the setup with your phone, but you don't need to phone once you program the hub. You can use the phone app as a replacement for the remote if you want. (I don't)

I misunderstood what you were wanting, you want Kodi on a tablet and a remote for the tablet. The hub is not what you want. It sounds like you already have a bluetooth remote and it just isn't working with Kodi. You could try experimenting with Keymap to solve this problem.

I have to ask though, for a mobile device, is the touch interface in Kodi not sufficient? Are you watching the tablet from across the room or something?

u/nitro230 · 1 pointr/xboxone

Ok cool, so let me get this straight. Lets say i get a Harmony remote (like the simple remote with no touch screen:

You're saying that I can program the hard arrow keys and OK key to do a string of commands so that both the xbox version of the key and the cable version of the key will both go when I push the button?

If so I'm sold!

u/rpp124 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Harmony hub and remote $45.

Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Smartphone App and Simple All In One Remote - Black

u/bashermalone · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

This is really all you need, IMO. Watch for it to go on sale. I got mine a few weeks ago from Best Buy for $99 or so. I used to have a Harmony One, and I do not miss the touch screen at all.