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Topic # 126910 23-Jul-2013 16:36
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Hi Guys,

logitech have a new product....

http://www.logitech.com/en-nz/product/harmony-ultimate?crid=60


has anyone had a play with this and tried compatibility with things such as mysky and home theatres?


looking to get one.

cheers.




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  Reply # 864456 23-Jul-2013 16:47
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I have used the lower end ones (IR only) - the 650 I think?

Their online stuff is brilliant - found MySky, Onkyo Amp and my 2013 Panasonic TV about a month after it came out.



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  Reply # 864457 23-Jul-2013 16:47
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Doesn't it just use the same database of IR codes as all of the Harmony remotes? The difference is, the remote itself uses IR to communicate with a base station that blasts IR out to the devices which could be out of sight of  regular IR remote.

So if a regular Harmony works, then this should work also.




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  Reply # 864459 23-Jul-2013 16:53
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Check the link.

This one is a bit different.




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  Reply # 864479 23-Jul-2013 17:03
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It would appear that the Ultimate is basically the same as the Touch, but with the IR blaster added (which also has network access so you can control devices using a smart device as well).




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  Reply # 864559 23-Jul-2013 19:15
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sdavisnz: Check the link.

This one is a bit different.


I meant it uses WiFi to communicate with the base station with a smartphone app. Plus there is a limited function remote also. Should still use the same database.




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  Reply # 864600 23-Jul-2013 20:05
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I'd love to have a play with this...
Add in Philips Hue to the mix and I'd be a happy camper!

Has anyone actually put their hands on one? Would it be a worth upgrade from the Harmony One? I am happy to donate my Hamony One to my parents in order to simplify their world somewhat...

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  Reply # 864646 23-Jul-2013 20:59
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Actually I thought I would go one further and bought one of these

http://www.globalcache.com/products/itach/wf2irspecs/


Can't decide if I want to use the Roomie Remote (which means I have to buy an IOS device) or iRule where I can use an Android device but pay more for the software and have to do more programming.




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  Reply # 864668 23-Jul-2013 21:26
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I have a Smart Control on order

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/harmony-remotes

Don't need a colour screen remote - the last harmony one I got was ridiculous having to charge every 5 days.

I'd rather use my phone screen to control + a complement remote because my phone always is handy and is charged daily anyway

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  Reply # 865000 24-Jul-2013 13:05
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My old Harmony is getting a bit hard to use (the buttons don't seem to react so great anymore) so thinking about upgrading. One of these is on the list I think.

I believe they will be releasing just the Hub at some point (if you think your phone on its own is enough to control it).

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  Reply # 865015 24-Jul-2013 13:27
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It says it's RF to the base station, so I'd expect that's not via wifi necessarily as that would limit it to installations only where there is an existing WIFI network. However, the base station must be wifi or networkable if a smart phone app can work with it.

I think it's a step in the right direction, and would allow for seamless integration of the likes of the PS3 etc.

I bet the price is also in a new league of it's own...

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  Reply # 865048 24-Jul-2013 14:03
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My Harmony stopped charging, so I went looking for a replacement. 

I have put all my gear into a hidden cabinet and use Roomie Remote with the Global Cache IR device.  All the IOS devices in the house (7 of them I think) all have Roomie on them.  It also means that if you have Sky feeding to other TVs in other rooms, you can change the Sky channel without pointing the remote at the Sky Unit.

The best thing though is the IP compatibility with things like iTunes (all my music is in ALAC), the Panasonic Smart TVs, DVD players, HTPC, which gives real time feedback to the app.

Another thing is that Roomie Remote is very family friendly (read wife).

You buy the Roomie app once through iTunes and use that account to get it on all devices.  Cost about $50.  The Global Cache iTach devices costs about $120.  Its a real cheap way of getting universal control of all audio visual equipment on mulitple devices.

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  Reply # 866364 26-Jul-2013 09:32
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I've just ordered one from PlayTech for $369 (using discount code Logi-WS2013 for 15% off)

This will replace my Logitech Harmony 900, I'll let you know how it compares. 


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  Reply # 866380 26-Jul-2013 09:44
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khull: I have a Smart Control on order
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/harmony-remotes

Don't need a colour screen remote - the last harmony one I got was ridiculous having to charge every 5 days.

I'd rather use my phone screen to control + a complement remote because my phone always is handy and is charged daily anyway


That is cool. You just saved me a few hundred on that. I really want the smart phone functionality and would probably not use the remote all that much. Will go for the Smart Control now.

It does work with multiple smartphones, so me and wifey can both control the TV and all the other fun IR controllable gizmos we have?




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  Reply # 866561 26-Jul-2013 12:50
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SQLGeek: I've just ordered one from PlayTech for $369 (using discount code Logi-WS2013 for 15% off)

This will replace my Logitech Harmony 900, I'll let you know how it compares.

Where'd the code come from? $369 is pretty tempting, but they have, albeit out of stock, the lesser pack for $199. Not sure I need a touch screen remote when I'll be interfacing to my touchscreen phone. And it's still nearly half the price even with the discount. Hmm...

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  Reply # 866564 26-Jul-2013 13:00
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 Where'd the code come from?


An email from PlayTech for their mid-winter sale. 15% off all Logitech products.

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