the writers workbench: universal remote

by:CTECHi     2020-01-04
It is hard to imagine that many people will not face the same situation: place many remote controls around the house and try to take care of all remote controls (
Not to mention finding them)
Make unremitting efforts to operate your electronic equipment.
This is why the general distance market has been booming in recent years. In our never-
In the process of finding nirvana, we will try to find peace and happiness.
It is named \"harmony \".
\"The problem is ---is it?
Logitech harmony one advanced universal remote control Logitech One universal remote control is a stylish IR (infra-red)
There is a remarkable feature of the device than many other devices--a touch screen.
But there are more games here.
With the universal remote control, there are two important aspects to deal--
Not only use it, but also program it. (
Not just the initial settings-
But it was adjusted later. )
There are two ways to configure a remote device-
Connect the remote directly on the remote control or through the software to the computer.
Both have advantages: the former does not need to fiddle with computers or websites.
The latter provides greater flexibility to update the latest device and its code.
The latter is harmonious.
You run the software that connects you to your personal settings website page.
In a perfect world, it is very easy to build a harmonious world, giving you simple and clear tips along the way.
That is to say, nothing in life is perfect and you will most likely (indeed, likely)
Some adjustments must be made along the way.
It still handles well with useful tips, but adjustments are necessary for any universal remote control, especially for more devices in the home theater.
It is worth noting that if the site is closed-
Happened once in my test. -
You won\'t be able to access anything until it gets back to work. (
Of course, it is not just home theater equipment that is controlled by a harmonious family.
Most electronic products using infrared remote controls have the potential to fall under their jurisdiction.
I tested it on the radio. cassette-
The DVD equipment in my office works very well. )
All of this programming starts with clear questions on the screen of the Harmony One software, asking you to enter the brand name and model number of the device in the appropriate chart.
The \"activity\" you set up is also here.
\"These problems often bother most home users: get your TV, DVR, DVD player and anything else to work together.
And change its settings according to the function (
Watch TV or DVD).
Some people do this manually (
Because it\'s too complicated to set up)
Others work hard to learn how to create \"macros\" to understand what to do and in what correct order.
In harmony activities, however, all you do is choose \"activities \".
\"This is basically done for you. (
Although it is successful, it is basically an effective word. )
After entering all the device information, select the desired activity.
For example, a \"watch TV\" is called very simple \".
\"Harmonious people know what must be turned on, what settings to use, and do it all for you.
Since then, whenever you want to watch TV, all you have to do is click on the prompt \"Watch TV\" on the touch screen \".
Watch the dvd too-
The software knows what devices are needed and what their settings should be.
Then, create the activity under the prompt \"watch DVD\" on the remote control. \" (
Any number of activities can be set.
For example, play Xbox with the remote control. )
Like I said, it\'s perfect in a perfect world.
But, as the software even warns you, these settings may not work properly, so you should test it on your home theater device first --up. (
This is a complicated process for any universal remote control;
Harmony people just do their best to take you through it. )
In my example, it worked really well for the \"watch DVD\" campaign, but there was a device that had a problem with \"Watch TV.
\"So, you go back to the software and use the troubleshoot feature.
It has very simple tips to ask you basic questions.
Most of the time, adjustments should solve your problem.
I have a strange set.
Harmony, however, is a bit difficult to know what settings to use.
Happily, I know the correct settings, so I was able to manually tell which software to use. (
Obviously there is the right option on the screen, but the software does not think it is correct. )
Once set up, the activity function works fine. Basically.
More will be introduced later.
Jump forward a little and you may want to change your settings later.
Maybe you added a new device.
Or you find some commands that you want to place more conveniently.
This is one of the best features of harmony.
It is very easy to do with this software.
You start the software and set it up-up screen.
You can even re-
Use simple drop-program physical buttons on remote controldown menus.
Anything can be re-done
You can order whatever you like.
The command on the remote control touch screen can be found under the \"additional button.
\"I move the on/off switch in the list from bottom to first command.
Everything is very configurable.
Almost everything: Once you set up a device (TV, DVD, DVR)
This is their order on the touch screen.
If you want to change their position in the future, you have to start over.
Programming is where you can configure your favorite channels.
The remote control allows 24. (
More and better, but no problem 24 hours. )
This is a simple process, though not intuitive at all.
You do this under \"activities (Watch TV)
/Settings, then select \"set your favorite channel and add icon \"--
But there are only a few icons to choose from.
By using the FAQ help page, I found the question \"Where can I find the image.
How do \"and\" add images?
\"It\'s strange that these reactions are slightly different.
The instructions are the same, but they provide different links to where the TV network logo images can be found online.
Of these two links, one seems to come from the third one
Party partners at Logitech, even if not, are much better. (
To simplify your things, if you end up with a harmonious remote site, then better sites come from icon harmony.
Once you find this page (
There are hundreds of logo pictures)
, You just click on what you want and download them to your hard drive, decompress the files so you can access them correctly. Then --
Back to Logitech software--
You follow the \"Favorite Channel\" direction mentioned above.
It sounds hard, I\'m sure, but it\'s easy.
But it\'s more complicated to figure out than it should be.
Of course, you may not be interested in setting up your favorite channels, so it doesn\'t matter to you.
OK, now you finally have everything set up and configured.
How does harmony work in actual use?
Harmonious people are happy to use--
To a large extent.
The touch screen of the remote control is bright and clear and colorful.
The Touch Command is easy to work with and very convenient.
Good hardware button layout, similar-
For convenience, features are gathered togetherof-use.
Also, the buttons are designed so you can differentiate most of the differences by feeling-
Helps to use in the dark.
For example, when the pause button next to the play button is hidden, the play button is lifted.
The skip button has a \"bump\" to distinguish it from the fast forward button (and Reverse)
Just the button above
Also note that the buttons are backlit, which also helps in the dark.
Since the remote control is operated by a motion sensor, the switch does not need to be turned on.
The Harmony lights up automatically when you pick it up.
With the software, you can set it up no matter how long you want the screen to stay lit.
Keep in mind that the longer it continues to light up, the more batteries it uses.
But because the remote control comes with a charging bracket;
As long as you put the harmony in the cradle every night, it will charge the next day.
As mentioned earlier, the activity function (like, Watch TV)worked fine. Basically.
\"Basically\" is that sometimes the device does not turn on. Most-
Normally, this happens again.
Configure the device.
As the company explains, when you re-
Configuration, the remote control does not know if your device was turned on or off before, so some commands may not be sent.
This is normal, usually
Time is important after you come back.
Remote control is configured.
In fact, if you rarely
Configure your settings and this won\'t happen much if there is one.
However, it\'s easy to fix when it happens --
This is because the remote control has the \"smart help\" function.
Touch the Help key and a series of questions pop up on the screen. \"Is the TV on? \" --
Is the TV on now? \" --
\"Did this solve the problem? \" --\"Is the DVR on?
\"Wait, answer every question until everything finally runs.
That said, I did find that the occasional \"Watch TV\" activity was also problematic at other times, not just after a rebootconfiguring.
This problem can be easily solved every time ---
There is another way to solve this problem: Sometimes, this problem may be because the input command switch is too fast for the IR remote control, so the device will be confused and the command will not be sent, this causes the device to not be powered on.
If this happens, you can use the software to increase the amount of time listed in interv
Device delay settings-
Or increase the delay of a particular device.
It is very clear in the software.
A small rebuttal
When you access an activity or device with your own volume control (like a TV)
, The volume function works normally.
However, if you are accessing a device that does not have volume control (like a DVR)
You can\'t control the volume.
To do this, you have to switch back to a \"watch TV\" event or a different device.
Normally, you will be attending the \"Watch TV\" event, so this is not a big problem, but it would be nice if there is a way to copy the generic volume command to all devices.
The harmonious person has a very good feeling in your hand.
It is molded well with a thicker base on the bottom.
It feels very personal. I like it very much--
Although for weight reasons, I find that I have to do a little juggling if I just want to use the remote control at hand. (
Remember, you can\'t just grab the top-
Because it\'s a touch screen--
So a wrong thumb can click a button. )
That said, it\'s a very solid, convenient-designed unit.
I like the harmony one remote.
I like part of it. -
Even like, especially the simplicity of switching between activities, which is a pleasure, even when there is no perfect job, because Smart helps solve the problem easily.
It provides a lot of manual
Stay helpful and very configurable.
Touch screen and vibrant windows are happy.
Not perfect-
Every activity does not work.
Programming is not as simple as suggested. (
This is true for most universal remotes, though. )
Switching between devices may require a juggling of one hand.
Switching commands can take a little bit of time to adapt.
But in the end, it\'s a very mature, solid, good
Universal remote control.
It\'s not cheap--
At the time of writing, it retails at $250, but can be found in the range of $180.
But you have to pay for quality.
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