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Logitech Harmony Remote

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by gregftlaud, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. UhClem

    UhClem Cool Member

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    Nobody should buy a Harmony Remote ...

    without first "consulting" the resource available at http://www.harmony-remote-forum.de/harmony_compare.php?lang=en .

    And, as either further research, or as a vital "OK, I bought it, now how do I *exploit* it" resource, you want to read "Bev's Harmony FAQ". Sorry, no link *here* (per author's request) but it *is* linked at the end of the introductory paragraph of the above link. [Or, you can google >bevs harmony faq<]

    I guarantee that you *will* learn mucho.

    And, to Greg: don't overlook the "Maximum # of devices" when deciding on which model of Harmony to purchase.

    -- UhClem

    "Life is such monotony,
    without a good lobotomy." --RH
     
  2. gregftlaud

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    Oh so basically when i go in to program what tv i'm using there will be an option there to re-program one of the buttons on the remote to activate viera cast?
     
  3. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    Yes. There are two areas of interest, activities and devices. Under devices, you have the option to customize buttons, both standard buttons and the ones with programmable names.

    Edit:

    You can download the programming software from the Logitech website and give it a test run without a remote to see what is involved.
     
  4. gregftlaud

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    cool thanks. i noticed this remote has a lithium battery with charger. do u have to fully charge this thing first out of the box or can u immediately start programming it? i looked at the online manual and couldnt find anything about that.

    i'm actually about to leave and just go buy one at bestbuy so i can get to it. i was supposed to get the one from amazon tomorrow but i dont want to spend my friday nite programming this thing. i'm just gonna send that one back. i have absolutely nothing to do tonite so tonite is a perfect nite to spend on this remote.
     
  5. ToBeFrank

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    The problem was the battery was slightly too small for the space it was in so the contacts would disconnect some times. My 880 is a few years old and has this problem. The simple solution is to stuff a small folded up piece of paper in there so the battery doesn't move. I believe they've corrected this on newer remotes.
     
  6. rock819

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    I would absolutely recomend the Harmony One remote it works on every thing I have and its so simple to operate once I got it set up that even my mother in law who is not a techie in any way was able to use it with no problems at all and I love the lcd touch screen it's especially nice to just push one button to watch a dvd or directv. If I were you though I would check on ebay and get a factory refurbished unit I did and it saved me alot of money and if you buy from ebay in most cases you can get an extended waranty from square trade for up to two years
     
  7. gregftlaud

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    do u have to charge the battery first or can u go ahead and program it then charge it?
     
  8. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

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    My experience has been you have to charge it first. A quicky charge will be OK. Just put it in the cradle for an hour or two. After you program it, then give it a good overnight charge.
     
  9. gregftlaud

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    anyone know in general how long it takes to fully charge?
     
  10. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    My 900 takes about 2 hrs from one bar to full charge.
    Its Lithium Ion, so you can just charge it whenever you arent using it. Dont have to wait til it goes dead to charge it.
     
  11. gregftlaud

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    ok problem. how do i add the "previous channel" to the remote. i went into the software and made the "plus" button previous channel......applied the settings to my remote but the plus button doesnt change the channel to the previous one :(

    another thing i dont like.......the red, yellow, green, blue buttons being on the touch screen but i can live with that

    i'm really impressed with this remote. some missing buttons but i can deal with that with the touchscreen. i really cant believe they dont have a "previous" button though.
     
  12. UhClem

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    I don't have the H1 (I have 670), but looking at the One's picture, isn't that curvy arrow just above the fast-forward button your "Prev" ? (And, "Mute" to the left).

    Anyway, Prev? (This is a DVR) We don't need no stinking Prev. Charlie don't surf! j/k

    I've got my Prev set up with a "Sequence" for commercial-skip (5 x 30-sec skip) and Mute is my
    "Next Play" sequence (during football season), a replay (-8 sec) followed by a 30-sec skip.

    Enjoy your new toy.

    -- UhClem
     
  13. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    You can move the color buttons, or any button for that matter, anywhere you want...on the LCD or on the hard buttons.
     
  14. gregftlaud

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    yep that curvy arrow button is the previous! i thought it was that go back 8 second button and replay it like the hr20 remote has on it. thanks!
     
  15. gregftlaud

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    Now all that's missing is the dash (-) button for inputting and going to ota channels.

    Any suggestions for a fix for that?
     
  16. RunnerFL

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    Doesn't it have a #? Just make that your -
     
  17. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

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    I used the + for - on my 880 (same physical position as on the Directv remote).
     
  18. dinotheo

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    Long time Harmony user here (pre Logitech) 659 up to Harmony One. I love them all EXCEPT for the 880. The 880's buttons are a mess. They butt up against each other and it is VERY difficult to use without looking at it. Every other one I have (I have 10 Harmony remotes at the moment) can be used without looking at it.
     
  19. azarby

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    Don't see how that caused my problem. My problem occurred at the time of inserting the remote into the charger, which we only did at the end of the day. There is a way to boot the remote in safe mode and when you do that, it shows the number of times the remote was rebooted. In two weeks my remote was rebooted over 80 times.

    The remote we have now (1100) works fine, it's just that my wife has trouble with the ergonomics. We use it RF mode and have all of our gear connected with IR blasters. This is a nice capability in that you don't need to be pointing the remote directly at the equipment. I belive the H1 has that also, but I would have to change things out as I was told it is not compatible with the 1100 RF. In any case, unless I couild be guaranteed that the problems are solved, I'm not switching back.
     
  20. David MacLeod

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    got a 550, 880, and a 1000 (main one) and love them. 1000 hits charger for about an hour each morning when I first wake up and is fine for 18+ hours.
    550/880 are spares/wife remote.
     

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