[mythtv-users] FYI: harmony 650 37.99 @ costco (instant 17 rebate)

Gavin Whitehead gavin at alabastercranium.demon.co.uk
Wed Nov 30 16:39:41 UTC 2011

On 29/11/2011 15:01, Kris B. wrote:
> On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:50 AM, "Steven Adeff"
> <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> we use Harmony 850 in the living room and one housemate has a Costco
>> purchased 650, both work fine (within the realm that any Harmony
>> "works"...). My big peeve with them is they use the horrible
>> "activity" model which makes doing anything outside of the activity
>> model a royal PITA. which is really too bad because so far hardware
>> and ease of programing is excellent. If only they operated more like
>> the Home Theater Master MX-500 I have in my bedroom...
> I have a 650 myself, and I do like the remote, but one caveat - the nuts
> and bolts of the programming can really only be gotten to with the
> windows programming software - the java online version doesn't get you
> to key repeats, timing, etc.  If you use the web version of the
> software, you end up having to call or email logitech for them to change
> your online profile and get to that stuff; the windows program has all
> of that available.  I was getting double presses with my ir keyboard
> mapping and easily fixed it in the windows programming.  It is hidden
> since they want you to use the java/online version, but you can still
> find it out there.
> The Activity model works great for me since my tv can jump right to an
> specific input, so when I change to the dvd input it automatically
> switches the tv for me to the right view mode, and then turns on the dvd
> player and then I have control of the dvd player - nice, but you end up
> having to program everything twice - once for the device and where you
> want the keys, then once for the activity and where you want the keys
> and how it works.  It would be nice to be able to turn off that feature
> if you wanted to just have a plain device functionality, but even that,
> you can work around it.
> Took me 3 hours to get everything the way I wanted it - and for the IR
> keyboard I had to manually program every key because if I didn't, I
> ended up with double clicks using the codes in the logitech database.  I
> also had to play with the timings as well.  However, now there is a .5
> sec delay between key presses which stinks when you are trying to skip
> around on a video, or you over click and you have a runaway device.
> Probably if I ever switch to LIRC this will be eliminated..
> Good luck!

What is the "windows programming software" you refer to and where can I 
get it from?


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