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Logitech Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control for Smart Home and Entertainment Devices, works with Alexa
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- Works with Alexa for voice control
- Use your Smartphone (with available app) or included Harmony Remote for one-touch control of your entertainment system and home automation devices such as Philips Hue lights or Nest Learning Thermostat
- Companion remote includes full featured home entertainment controls including dedicated home automation controls
- Included Harmony Hub lets you control devices hidden behind cabinet doors or walls, including game consoles such as PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360
- Simple setup on computer or the available smartphone app – works with over 270,000 devices, including your TV, satellite or cable box, blu-ray player, Apple TV, Roku, Sonos, game consoles, Philips Hue lights, and more
- Model: 915-000239 (Control up to 8 Devices). Please refer to the system requirements mentioned in this page.
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Logitech Harmony Companion
Control your entertainment and your home from your smartphone
Logitech Harmony Companion integrates connected lights, locks, blinds, thermostats, sensors, home entertainment devices, and more*—all controllable from your Harmony remote or Harmony mobile app. Customized multi-device Activities make movie night more epic, date night cozier or happy hour happier.
Customize your own home experiences
Get your lighting, locks, thermostat and more to work together for one-touch experiences like 'welcome home' or 'good night'. Set room lighting to automatically dim when you start a movie. Turn on multiple devices at a touch, create custom schedules, or trigger them with sensors.
Control from inside or outside your home
Take control of your smart-home and entertainment devices directly from the remote or the Harmony smartphone/tablet app** or use with Amazon’s Alexa for integrated voice controls.
*Smartphone, lights, locks, thermostats, sensors, blinds, and other products sold separately. **Initial online and/or mobile setup required. Data rates may apply for mobile app download.
- Combined home entertainment and automation control.
- Works with Alexa to provide voice-activated controls.
- Controls up to 8 home entertainment devices like set-top boxes.
- No upper limit to the number of home automation devices controlled.
- Harmony App turns iOS and Android smartphones/tablets into personal universal remotes.
Easy home entertainment and automation control
Control home automation devices such as Philips hue lights, Nest Learning Thermostat, August door locks and more—plus advanced home entertainment devices like Apple TV, Roku, or Sonos and game consoles such as Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation3 or Wii.
Touch an Activity button like “Watch TV” and all the right devices change to the right settings. A streamlined button layout and full number pad make it a breeze to change channels, adjust volume, fast-forward and rewind. Plus, you can control individual or grouped devices, like lights or plugs, with dedicated home automation buttons.
Closed cabinet and game console control
The included Harmony Hub sends commands from the remote or Harmony App to your devices using IR, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wireless signals***. So you can control devices behind closed cabinet doors and access online entertainment services like Netflix and Hulu on your PS3, Wii, Xbox One or Fire TV.
***Wireless and IR range may vary due to environmental conditions.
Alexa voice control
Use Amazon Alexa with your Logitech Harmony hub-based remote to start and stop Harmony Activities, or to turn on your television to your favorite channel. For example, say 'Alexa, turn on the TV' to power on your Harmony Watch TV Activity, or 'Alexa, turn on Netflix' to begin streaming content from your Roku device.
Turn household smartphones into personal remotes
The Harmony App lets anyone in the house turn their iOS or Android smartphone or tablet into a universal remote, complete with up to 50 one-touch Favorite channels and multi-device Activities.
Simple setup on computer or mobile app
Harmony works with over 270,000 devices from 6,000+ brands. Simply connect your remote to your Internet-connected computer, go to setup.myharmony.com, and download the commands for your devices. Or use the Harmony App**** to setup control for your devices in just minutes—right on your smartphone or tablet. Either way, the remote and app are automatically synced up with the commands for all your devices.
****Initial online and/or mobile setup required. Data rates may apply for mobile app download.
What’s in the box
- Harmony Companion remote (with battery).
- Harmony Home Hub.
- IR mini-blaster.
- USB cable.
- AC adapter.
- User documentation.
- Internet access: Wi-Fi: Supports 802.11g/n, WPA Personal, WPA2-AES and 64/128-bit WEP encryption.
- For iOS mobile setup and control: iPhone 4S or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation or later) device with iOS 6.0 or higher.
- For Android mobile setup and control: Wi-Fi enabled smartphone with Android 4.0 or later.
- Harmony App: download from the App Store or Google Play. A supported mobile device is required for setup and control of some home automation devices.
- For Windows-based PC setup: Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.
- For Intel-based Mac OS computer setup: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
|Harmony 650||Harmony Ultimate One||Harmony Home Hub||Harmony Companion||Harmony Elite|
|Highlight||Bright, brilliant home entertainment control||Powerful, seamless home entertainment control||Turn your smartphone into a powerful universal remote control||Control your entertainment and your home from your smartphone||The most powerful, intuitive Harmony remote for home entertainment and home control|
|Number of devices controlled||8||15||8||8||15|
|Works with Alexa||-||-||✓||✓||✓|
|Full-color touchscreen: Tap/swipe channels, control volume/playback; launch multi-device Activities||-||✓||-||-||✓|
|Harmony mobile app: Turn iOS and Android devices into personal universal remotes||-||-||✓||✓||✓|
|Closed cabinet control: Control devices behind cabinet doors and walls||-||-||✓||✓||✓|
|Home automation: Start/stop Activities or devices according to schedules or in response to sensors||-||-||✓||✓||✓|
|Compatibility||Mac/PC||Mac/PC||iOS/Android, Mac/PC||iOS/Android, Mac/PC||iOS/Android, Mac/PC|
|Favorite channels: Customize remote with favorite channels||23||50||50||50||50|
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Logitech Harmony Home Control integrates connected lights, locks, binds, thermostats, sensors, home entertainment devices, and more-all controllable from your Harmony remote or mobile app.
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Hub: The hub is a combination brain and IR blaster for the system. It receives commands via RF from the remote or through the cloud from the Harmony App or a 3rd party integration like IFTTT, then translates and sends those commands to your TV, cable box, blu-ray, game console, etc.. It can control those devices using traditional IR signals sent out from the hub itself and a small wired IR blaster accessory included in case you have an enclosed cabinet for your media devices and via Bluetooth for controlling some game consoles or connecting as a keyboard for AppleTV and other streaming devices. It can also connect to cloud services through its Wifi connection, which is primarily used to control home automation devices. The hub hardware could probably use an upgrade as some steps/changes in setup can take longer than I'd like, but I don't notice a lag in general use. The biggest drawback may be the 8 device limit, so larger entertainment systems might top out.
Remote: This might be the strongest Logitech remote in a while. It's very similar to the Smart Control remote, but adding the Home Control buttons towards the top made them shift the play/pause section down lower where your thumb naturally rests. With the shift toward DVR and streaming sources, it makes sense that users will want easy access to play/pause/ff/rewind. In fact, this shift is why I would recommend this remote over the Smart Control even for users without home automation devices to control. The buttons feel good on the hand, and the layout is just distinct enough to provide good location by feel, which is important because it doesn't have backlit buttons (to the detriment of WAF). No backlit keys does help prolong the battery life, which is rated for a year from a small CR style coin battery and can be easily replaced. You only get 3 activity keys, but each one can have a short and long press for a total of six activities triggered from the remote (you can have many more in the app).
App: The new app-based Harmony software works very well. The initial setup is easier than in the past and I didn't have to adjust any advanced settings to get devices to power up properly, which is a good thing because editing settings after setup can be a challenge. The settings menus aren't intuitive and it took me several adventures to find various options, particularly advanced settings that are common to traditional universal remotes like trigger lags and order. The app doubles as the configuration tool and an alternative remote. Fire it up and it logs into your hub (or the last one used if you have multiple) and shows you your activities. If an activity is already in progress, you'll get the power button on its left to turn it off or you can select it to bring up the controls for that activity. As cool as it sounds to control your tv from your phone and never lose your "remote" again, the novelty wears off quickly because the phone interface just isn't a good substitute for a physical remote. There's no tactile feedback or feel, so you have to look away from your tv and no longer get the visual confirmation of your button press. The app on a phone also shows very few controls per "page", so you have to swipe left/right often to find the right button(s). That doesn't mean the app isn't useful. For one, the app is the only place to control individual devices separately from an activity, and it's where you need to go if an activity fails to turn all the right devices or change inputs (I have not had any issues with this so far). I also use the app occasionally to proactively start an activity in another room such as the basement before walking down (great for warming up a projector if you have one).
Home Control: The new part of the Harmony line is adding functionality for controlling Home Automation devices. Logitech generally works with the major players like Hue, Wemo, Nest, etc... and the Home Control remote adds 4 dedicated home control buttons as well as an up/down rocker for adjusting settings like dim level for the latest selected device. The dedicated buttons are great and despite a light bulb on two and an outlet on the other two, they can be assigned to pretty much any device. You can also add home control actions directly to activities, so Watch a Movie could include dimming lights and/or closing blinds if you have them to integrate. I make extensive use of these buttons through a connection to SmartThings. With the flexibility of SmartThings, you can make almost anything happen through those 4 home control features. Setup was easy and the app walks you through it; but in order to get the full power, you should be comfortable tinkering with settings and digging a little deeper.
Unfortunately, this is where Logitech could use the most work. The overall functionality is great, but it's very limited. You can't assign home control devices to other remote buttons and although you get short and long press options for all buttons, you can't assign two devices to a single home control button either. The functions a home control button has is determined by the type of home control device automatically. For instance, a light will turn on with a short press, off with a long press and the rocker will dim it up/down at a defined step (4% in my experience) that can't be changed. Opening this up to be configured by the user would allow for greater home automation integration and flexibility that might rival higher cost systems; features like having the lights dim up when pressing pause during a movie and returning down when pressing play again. I was able to emulate this via a home control button, but it was an arduous process and means I need to remember to pause via that home control button during a movie.
Overall, this is a great universal remote system that still needs some work on the software side for customization and flexibility. If you have a simple system and don't want to tinker, you'll find this easy to setup and use. The physical remote is in my opinion, one of the best physical remotes in terms of feel and button layout I've ever used (backlit buttons would probably put it over the top). The Home Control is an added bonus for users with systems in place, and it's the biggest WAF upgrade because my wife can turn off the lights or turn on the fan while lying in bed without digging out her phone.
The only complaints I had with the Logitech One were:
1) The battery was unreliable. I had to replace it about once a year because it would swell up and stop holding a charge.
2) It didn't work very well for controlling our Roku since it had an IR interface only.
Unfortunately, the next generation of Logitech remotes (like the Harmony Ultimate), just didn't work very well because of the placement of the buttons in front of the touch screen. That's why I was excited to see this remote where Logitech switched back to the excellent button placement of the previous remotes.
We upgraded our Media Center to a new Tivo Roamio, and decided it was time to upgrade our remote as well.
Anyway, here are the things we like about this new Harmony Home Control remote:
1) The feel of the remote is excellent! It has a much better feel than any remote I've ever used - with a solid-feeling rubberized body.
2) The button placement is just as good as the previous One and 900 series remotes - which is the most intuitive button setup I've ever used.
3) The setup was actually very simple. Fortunately, it was able to import my previous Logitech One remote setup; but, the addition of the new Tivo was very simple using the new mobile app on an Android phone.
It took all of 20 minutes to completely configure it; although, I did get hung up once with trying to customize the buttons. My mistake was trying to find the correct menu option instead of just following through the wizard. That part wasn't very intuitive - but it wasn't horrible either.
Once the setup was complete, all the menu options showed up in a way that made a lot more sense - but you have to finish the wizard first.
4) I love the home control options! We're using this with a Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge - combined with several of their Caseta switches. Everything integrates perfectly, letting me control lights either individually or in groups.
Once you get the hang of it, the options are pretty cool:
- I have it setup to turn the family room light on at a dimmed setting automatically when we turn the TV off at night. It only turns on the light after sunset.
- There is another button that turns off all the downstairs lights.
- It's easy to setup either a single light or a group of lights to turn on, off, dim etc... I will admit that dimming as a group isn't overly useful; but, it does work.
5) It controls all my devices absolutely perfectly, and is extremely responsive.
6) I love the idea and function of the Hub sending all the remote commands instead of the actual remote. It really does make the control function more reliable - and there's no more worrying about pointing at your devices (although it's still a habit for me). The remote also comes with an extra IR blaster that plugs directly into the Hub if you have a device (like a TV) that's placed separate from everything else.
Although the remote is mostly perfect, it does have a couple of irritating flaws:
1) The keys aren't backlit. I can still live with it because the button positions are intuitive; but, it would be far better to have backlit keys.
2) I suspect the reason they don't use backlit keys is because the remote runs off of a single coin battery instead of being rechargeable. That's fine, and I suspect this battery will last a while - but I would rather have a rechargeable remote with backlit keys...
As far as a recommendation goes, if this had backlit keys I would recommend it whole-heartedly. Without the backlit keys, you'll have to decide if an intuitive keypad layout is going to be enough. I will say that I'm happy with it.
[*** UPDATE 10/13/2014 ***]
After using this for a couple more weeks, we decided we liked it enough to replace the Logitech Harmony 900 Remote we were using upstairs.
Unfortunately, the new remote had a defective button (the DVR button didn't work); but, Amazon was fast with providing a replacement.
We are now using 2 of these on the same account, and any member of the family can log into either one to issue commands with our phones as well.
This really is a great little remote - but I still wish it had backlit keys.
[*** UPDATE 11/5/2014 ***]
We're still loving this remote, and I updated the review to cover some of the stuff I've been doing with the home automation features.