[mythtv-users] Setting up a Logitech Harmony Smart Control remote with mythtv

Jim Abernathy jfabernathy at outlook.com
Thu Dec 14 16:33:09 UTC 2017

On Dec 14, 2017, at 10:53 AM, David Engel <david at istwok.net<mailto:david at istwok.net>> wrote:

On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 12:37:02PM +0100, Andre Newman MythTV wrote:

On 14 Dec 2017, at 00:54, Anthony Giggins <seven at seven.dorksville.net<mailto:seven at seven.dorksville.net>> wrote:

On 14 December 2017 at 09:33, David Engel <david at istwok.net<mailto:david at istwok.net>> wrote:
On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:01:42PM +0000, Jim Abernathy wrote:
I have 2 Harmony Smart control remotes and I love them.  For controlling standard stuff it works great.  I even have one mythtv frontend controlled by it.  That system has a Microsoft MCE 1039 IR remote and I added the Mythtv FE as a Microsoft Media PC.  That remote works on Live TV, FireTV, and Mythtv.

So now to the problem.  My newest FE uses an old Vista MCE remote model VRC-1100.  Using the wiki on mythtv on the VRC-1100, I got my FE working fine with the Microsoft Vista remote.  Now I want the Harmony Smart Control remote to work with it.  But not sure where to start.  I thought I’d check with the experts here before digging much further.

Chuck your IR remote and receiver and go get a ~$15 (or less) USB
Bluetooth dongle.  Then configure your Harmony Hub to use BT instead
of IR.  You'll get a *much* more reliable and faster remote.


Ditto Bluetooth is miles better then IR with the Harmony setup.

Very interesting, which Harmony profile do you use for the Bluetooth?

My IR has always been a bit of a pain and I have a couple of BT adaptors knocking around.

As noted in another message in this thread, tell the Harmony you're
setting up a Windows Computer.

This worked so well that I went back and eliminated the MCE remote on my other FE and setup the Harmony Smart Control for it as well.

NOTE! Don’t spend time debugging a remote button problem without replacing the battery in the remote first :-)

Jim A

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