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    Of course, I got the employee/contractor discount of 50% (which I get on all Logitech products).
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    Wow that is definitely the need of the hour in our place as we have at least more than half a dozen of remotes for various electronics at our home, one for tv, music player, dvd player, ac. etc. etc. I just want to know whether this logitech universal remote or any other branded universal remote is available in india?

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    Logitech Harmony remotes are available on eBay.in but they are expensive... start at 5K plus. My advice is buy it only if you can justify the need. My purchase price was $125.

    There are other cheaper universal remotes available but they have a painful programming methods. Also I can program the harmony remote with one touch buttons. For example:

    Watch Projector button does the following:
    - starts my Onkyo AV receiver and switches the input to DVD
    - starts my Panasonic projector and switches the input to S-Video
    - starts my Pioneer DVD player
    - adjusts the volume to my preset value
    - starts my AC as well
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    More pictures:

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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
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    what an update pal.

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    Default The Harmony Software UI

    The Harmony remote is not like a general universal remote that is programmed by a preset 3 or 4 digit code. It is a fully configurable device.

    Install the software that comes with it. Once the software is installed, connect the Harmony One remote to the computer via USB. Internet connection is required, else the Harmony software does not start.

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    Figure 1: The Harmony One Software

    Now create a user account. The user account is created with the Logitech Harmony database on the internet.

    Configuring the device is very simple.
    1. First gather all the information about your devices. You will need the device type, manufacturer name and model number. The model number is usually found on the sticker on the back side of most devices.

      Not all of these down on a piece of paper.
    2. On the brand new Harmony One, there will be no devices defined (naturally). So the next step is to add devices. See the following pictures (2/3/4)...
    3. Any device that is controlled by an Infra Red remote control can be added. :thumbup1:
      I think RF wireless devices cannot be controlled but I cannot verify this.

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    Figure 2: Add devices

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    Figure 3: Various device types

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    Figure 4: Various device sub-types
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    The Logitech Harmony remotes' database consists of over 20,000 manufacturers and over 600,000 devices. New devices are continuously added to the database. As soon as you add the device, all its IR remote codes are marked for import into the remote.

    If by chance a device is not listed, the remote can learn from the existing remote. A receiver window on the backside can receive the signals from the existing remote in the learning mode. It will ask the sequence of each remote operation and all you have to do is point the existing remote to this window and press the appropriate button.

    You can re-configure and fine tune the devices from the following icons:

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    One the devices are added, the software automatically configures the default activities such as, "Watch TV", "Watch DVD", "Listen to CD", etc. You can configure your own as well from the activities tab and also rename the activities.

    Here are some sample activities on my remote:

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    Activities and devices can be configured as desired. The Harmony One remote has two user interfaces:

    1. The standard buttons. These buttons are also backlit. This is a boon in a dark room where a projector is installed.

    2. There is also a touchscreen window. See the pictures in post 1.

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    In the above picture, I have customised the DishTV STB remote for my purpose.

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    I have basically added the icons of various TV channels.

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    For example, Zee TV is see on STB Channel 100 and so on...

    So when I switch to the activity, "Watch Sony TV", the above interface is automatically displayed on the remote. I can switch to, say, Star Plus, in two ways:

    1. Hit the numeric buttons "1", "0", and "8" switch to channel 108.
    2. Just touch the icon for "Star Plus" seen on the touch screen window. :thumbup1:
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    Once the setup is done, the remote is ready for programming.

    Click on the "Update" button and the software will fetch all the required (IR) codes from the internet database and flash the Harmony One remote. It will be completely programmed with all the activities and device configuration.

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    The whole update (flashing) process takes about 3 minutes or so (depends upon the speed of the internet connection also).

    The best part of the remote is that it will correctly switch on or switch off the devices. For example, I touch the option "Watch Sony TV", the following will happen:
    1. STB will be turned ON.
    2. Sony TV will be turned ON.
    3. Sony TV will be set to the correct channel or mode. In my case, I use Channel 1 on Sony TV.
    4. The STB will change to the channel set (optionally, if configured). In my case, I set it to Channel 625 (Discovery).
    5. All other devices will be switched off.

    After 30 minutes, suppose I get bored and decide to watch a DVD movie instead, then all I have to do is touch "Watch DVD on Sony TV" option. The remote will do the following:
    1. The STB will be turned off.
    2. Sony TV is already ON; so no action will happen there. The remote knows the current power state of all devices and will correctly switch ON or OFF the required devices.
    3. Pioneer DVD player will be turned ON.
    4. Onkyo AV receiver will turn ON and set to Video 3 input.
    5. Sony TV will switch to AV mode (from Channel 1).
    6. A play command will be sent to Pioneer DVD player (if a disc is inside, it will start playing).

    After watching the movie, if I decide to switch off, all I have to do is to push the POWER OFF button and all devices will be switched off.

    The bad:
    The bad thing of the remote is that, if you use the original remote to switch ON or OFF the device, the Harmony remote goes out of sync. It may think that a particular device is ON when it is actually OFF.

    This is not the fault of the remote because it was deliberately made out of sequence.

    But this can happen, if there is a power outage and your devices are suddenly switched off. In such as case, take the remote into the next room and press the power off button. The remote will now be in sync.
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    Really a great stuff you are lucky to have it on discounts
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    Amazing Just4kix, your lucky to have discount and get such cool gadgets

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepmohan View Post
    Really a great stuff you are lucky to have it on discounts
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    Amazing Just4kix, your lucky to have discount and get such cool gadgets
    Anyone who knows a friend working at Logietch can get these discounts. Even if you or he are contracted to work at Logitech, discounts are eligible.
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    Is that a screen I see on the universal remote? How much would this remote cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    Is that a screen I see on the universal remote? How much would this remote cost?
    Yes. The remote has a touch screen interface. The remote is fairly expensive. This model (now discontinued) costed me $125+tax after 50% discount. But let me tell you, it is worth every penny, especially to a guy like me who has a slew of devices to manage. If I am watching a movie on projector, I would have needed four remotes - one of Blu-ray player, one for AV Receiver, one of projector and one for Air-conditioner. This Logitech remote allows me to do all the jobs with just one remote.
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    Ok screen I thought ok, but a touch screen prety advanced!

    Ok I didnt know it controlled the air con aswell! What other things can be controlled using the remote??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    Ok screen I thought ok, but a touch screen prety advanced!

    Ok I didnt know it controlled the air con aswell! What other things can be controlled using the remote??
    The remote can control pretty much any device that has its own remote.
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    I think its well worth the money spent then!

    I bet even if it wasnt on discount, you would still think that its worth it, I mean if it can control anything which has a remote what more do you want.

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    Where can you purchase this from?

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    This particular remote is not available in India and anyway out of production. It has been replaced by Harmony 900. It is very expensive, as already stated (about 25K).

    You can buy the lesser spec'ed Harmony 650 from websites such as Flipkart, Snapdeal, eBay, etc. The price is around Rs. 4,400.
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    Rs25k for a remote, that's way too much.....however the Rs4400 remote sounds ok.

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    You got to be kidding me Rs25k for this remote, thought the price would have come down slightly.

    The lesser spec remote I suppose it differs alot, because there is a major price difference aswell.

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    Sorry. 18K seems to be the price on eBay.

    http://geb.ebay.in/g/ImportHubViewIt...h-IR-Receivers

    Between Harmon 900 and Harmony 650, the basic functions are still the same. The main differences are:

    - Harmony 900 can be configured to control 15 devices at a time versus 6 with 650
    - Harmony 900 has touchscreen interface; nothing on 650 - pure buttons' interface
    - Harmony 900 has RF wireless remote control - this may not be much use in India but in US homes, AV equipment is often stored away in some basement and you only have TV + DVD/BD player in the living room
    - Harmony 900 uses rechargeable battery; 650 uses AA batteries (which you can substitute with rechargeable ones)
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    Thanks for the info Just4kix.

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    Nice buy Just4kix! Very impressive and classy.

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