Logitech Harmony ONE Reviewccokeman - March 9, 2008
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Once connected, you will have to set up the Harmony to work with the audio/visual components that you have. At this point, knowing the make and model number of your television, DVD player, surround sound and cable or satellite box are mandatory. Having this information allows the Harmony software to download the configuration data from Logitech's online database. Choose the device type, input the manufacturer and model number and repeat for each device that will be added. Once complete, review the information for accuracy.
Finally, we get through the initial phase of the setup of this device and move into the meat and potatoes of the setup. The next part of the setup involves configuring activities. Activities you say? It's Logitech speak for macros that turn on or off specific A/V components based on what you want to do. Say you want to watch television. The Harmony turns on the TV, turns on the satellite receiver and turns on the surround sound with just a single command. Just turning the components on is half the battle. The other half involves setting the inputs and specific settings needed to successfully complete the process. Again, the process starts with a tutorial which you can either watch or pass on. It is best to watch for the first time setup.
After setting up the types of activities you can have based on the hardware you have chosen to use, it is time to actually configure the specific activities. The detailed configuration is needed to ensure that each activity can make the required settings so that the action is completed successfully. I will show the configuration of one activity as the rest follow the same scripted process to complete the process.
The questions are fairly detailed, so you definitely need to know how your components interact with one another. Once each set of questions is answered and the answers are confirmed, you can move on to the next device.
Once all of the activities are configured, the configuration can be uploaded onto the Harmony One. This consists of plugging the One into the USB cable and watching the upload process. Once complete, you can test it out and see how it works. If things don't work out right or you need to change the configuration parameters, this can be easily redone via the Activities tab.