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Interesting, does that work via HDMI-CEC or is it just a glorified IR blaster? I like that they dropped the price from the previous offering; I assume this is what you're talking about? [link]
If all you want is Alexa control, the Harmony Hub works and is like half the price of the Ultimate. You can also use your phone as a remote if you don't like the voice control.
Which Harmony Hub? And, are you using an Echo Dot or the Echo Plus? I got the Harmony Home Hub last week (no remote), and I did its initial setup via USB cable to my Mac & the Logitech Harmony App for Mac. After that, I gave the Alexa App Harmony Skill my Logitech id+password ("linked accounts") and the Logitech hub then worked with my Echo Plus, letting me do some TV things via voice.
I have the Harmony Home Hub and it integrates well with the Alexa.
I first downloaded the Logitech App to my desktop, connected the Harmony Hub to the desktop via USB, answered a few questions about my TV & STB (DirecTV) brand/model, and it loaded the Hub with everything it needed to know. Then I enabled the Logitech Harmony skill on Alexa, and "linked" the accounts (told Alexa my Logitech ID & password.)
I can do the following by voice with Alexa: TV on/off/ volume up/down/mute. DirecTV: pause/resume, "channel ###" (e.g.: "Tell logitech to go to channel 854" or many favorites by name (e.g.: "turn on espn").
I can't have Alexa navigate the DirecTV channel guide or DVR features (beyond "pause"/"resume"); I have to find the remote for that.
You can do more with the Harmony Hub from the Logitech Harmony App on your IOS or Android smartphone or tablet, and you can add other tricks to the Harmony Hub by programming it from any existing IR remote, but those things don't have Alexa voice control.
The IR blaster is like a universal remote. You add your devices to it and it will send the IR codes to turn on/off equipment, volume, change channels, etc. These devices are smarter than a normal universal remote and you can do scripts that will do things like turn on the projector, your blueray player, and your receiver with one press of the button or via the echo a voice prompt.
i have never tried this device. i have had other harmony remotes though but nothing ever made me truly happy. Always something just a bit off.
I have the Harmony Home Hub 915-000238...
Not going to lie, I'm a bit confused as to all their different 'packages' for the hub. As far as I can tell it's just the hub and then depending on the package you get a different add on (or no add ons in my case?)
Is the hub that comes along with the remote this same hub
Logitech Harmony Hub for Control of 8 Home Entertainment Devices, works with Alexa [link]
I don't care too much about the included remote i just like the idea of getting the hub that will work with my echo's at a lower price
You might be in luck because I think they're on sale lately. Here's what you'll be looking for:
It comes with a hub, a remote, and an IR blaster. The hub and blaster can both send signals so if you have something in a cabinet, for example, you can put the blaster there. Your TV can get signal from the hub.
With it, you can change channels, volume, turn on/off, switch inputs, etc. using voice control on Home.
If Nvidia is going to charge $50 for the 2017 remote like they did for the 2015 version, then I would rather spend a bit more ($67) on a Harmony Hub.
I use the Logitech Harmony Hub which allows control of up to 8 devices via an app that is iOS and Android compatible.
OK, I have an Echo, Dot and the Harmony Hub ([link])
1-The Echo does not natively support the Harmony Hub (not yet)
2-You have to use IFTTT or Yonomi to interface these two together.
3-The Universal Hub you linked should be able to do IR, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi so I don't think you need the remote control adapter.
Yeah, at the very least to set it up through tasker to use Google Now, you would need this:[link]
You need something to actually send the IR signals to your devices, and the Harmony is (in my opinion) the best device to do that with.
The remotes are exactly like they are pictured. The Harmony One is an older remote that I don't really use anymore. The other 4 are exactly what you see in the screenshot, one hub and one remote for each.
You can in fact pick up a hub without a remote.
Logitech Harmony Hub.
I'm not really sure what you mean, these are standard consumer electronics. The Google Home is sold at a bunch of stores and the Logitech Harmony Hub is likewise available pretty much everywhere.
The main thing is the Google Home isn't sold directly by Amazon because it's in direct competition with Amazon's own Alexa platform, which is devices like the Amazon Echo & Echo Dot. Having not used the Alexa stuff I can't speak to it's functionality with the Harmony Hub, but I'm pretty happy with the Google Home setup I'm using.
I use If This Then That as a go-between, since it talks to both Google Assistant & Harmony Hub. The nice thing is, IFTTT allows you to set up custom voice commands you can run from the Google Home that do a lot, including switch Activities on the Harmony Hub.
I say, "Hey Google, switch to Xbox One", and the custom voice command triggers IFTTT, which then makes my Harmony Hub switch to the Xbox One Activity. The Harmony stuff is pretty nice, when you switch to an Activity it automatically turns on the XBox if it's not on, turns on my projector if not on, turns on the receiver if not on, and then switches the receiver to the correct input.
The home automation stuff adds up really quick, but is really fun to play with if you're into gadgets and stuff :)
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I thought the Yamaha Aventage receivers worked with Alexa. Maybe not all of them do? You might want to check there first and see if it's just a matter of adding the device/skill.
I have an older Yamaha receiver that doesn't directly work with Alexa, however, the Logitech Harmony Hub does:
It's $90. I happened to just buy one and set it up last night in my theater, but it seems to work pretty well so far.
What model do I need Harmony Hub
I'm assuming your talking about a Toshiba with FireTV built in. I accomplished something similar with a Logitech Harmony hub and IFTT. I can walk into my living room and turn on/off my TV with an echo dot and the harmony. It should be easy to create a recipe in IFTT to turn your TV on every morning at a set time.
Thanks for your answer. Will this work? Logitech Harmony Hub for Control of 8 Home Entertainment Devices, works with Alexa [link]
I have a Harmony One. Will I just need to get the Hub? [link]
I use my old HTC M8 phone as a universal remote as it has a built in IR blaster. It controls both Roku, FireTV and my Vizio TV (on,off, volume, input switch) using the AnyMote app. You can add as many TVs, cable boxes or devices as you want. They can show up as separate remotes or you can build your own combined panel.
If you don't have an old phone or tablet with an IR blaster you can buy their blaster. It's a bit pricey, though.
Logitech has something similar.
Well the Harmony hub can link to Echo natively and allow you to control any infrared device with Alexa. The fan I use is this honeywell
There is just one hub, and then there is the Z-Wave/Zigbee "extension unit." Yes they do sell just the hub without remote.
I have a harmony hub. This controls Bluetooth and ir devices, can be used with the simple remote or android iphone device.
Yes it'll let you use your phone to control all that.
I have a Harmony Hub that I use with Alexa, and it works great. It kind of blew me away because I already had a Harmony Touch that was set up in our theater. I had dedicated an evening to set up the Hub with all of the equipment in the theater.
The Harmony Hub was able to download the configuration from the Hub and it all just worked. I had the thing running in just a couple of minutes.
From anywhere in the house, I can tell Alexa we're going to the theater, and the AV system and projector will turn on (it takes a while), the lights on the stairs and in the theater come on, the air purifier fan goes full blast, and then once we're inside and ready to watch, it will switch to the input we ask, dim the lights and quiet the fan.
The problem though in what you're asking for is controlling things within Apple TV. I can ask Alexa to "watch CNN" and it will switch my input to Comcast and tune to CNN, but I can't ask it to tell Apple TV to "play the news". AFAIK, Apple TV doesn't have that as a direct input IR/RF command.
I suppose you could program the Hub using macros, but unlike a direct command (like tune to CNN or launch this app), you'd be issuing a string of navigation commands (menu, right, down, right, enter, right, down, play). That would be problematic both in terms of if the app layout changed, or the UI of tvOS or the app changed.