A while ago, I used to spend foolishly on super expensive Logitech Harmony remote and truly felt that it was a total waste of time and money.
My habit was to buy it and then return it to the store thinking it’s useless and not worth a penny.
Since so many years, I’ve been completely distrustful about purchasing any product of Logitech Harmony ever again.
But one day I saw a video on YouTube showing that tv can be turned on and off with Alexa.
I was shocked, and after exploring a bit, I got to know that the ideal way is to use Logitech Harmony Hub. I was still suspicious but, in the end, I was happy that I bought this, totally worth it.
Logitech Harmony Hub Review (Latest Guide)
What is the Harmony Hub?
Harmony hub is a connected device that can work as the brain for your smart home devices and entertainment system.
In case of the device isn’t Wi-Fi or Bluetooth compatible, there is also an option to connect it with stereo, Tv, smartphone, or tablet.
It works like a high-tech global remote which uses your tablet or smartphone to run your smart devices.
If we talk about looks, it is like a hockey puck with a surface which looks like a polished stone.
Its surface is black with a USB port and a reset button on the back which you can use to pair with multiple devices.
The Micro USB port has multiple features; it delivers power supply as well as it helps to connect with computer to function it.
When you look at the front of your device, you’ll see a LED light which will tell you if the hub is connected or not, also it tells whether the hub is still active.
Harmony Hub device is 4 inches high, 4.8 inches wide, and 1 inch broad, which makes it simple for you to put it wherever you want. Device weight is 3.9 oz.
Characteristics of Harmony Hub
Harmony hub can support more than 270,000 gadgets, and it usually connects to them by Bluetooth, wireless, and infrared rays. It allows you to manage all smart connected devices around you efficiently.
These devices include multiple televisions, gaming consoles, AV receivers, Light bulbs, streaming devices, and famous Amazon’s Alexa, the list is long, and the list is surprising.
A small black device which you can easily grab in your palm can control devices of 6000 different brands.
If you’re using a different remote for AC, different remote for tv, different remote for refrigerator, then you should throw all remotes and use this all in one remote. This Harmony Hub remote can also control door locks, plugs, lock windows using a smartphone.
This device is flexible and helpful which makes it a wonderful technology. Some years before people made a mindset that this device is useless and a waste of money, but now some people can’t live without this Harmony Hub. The individuals who can utilize this nicely, for this is a cool gadget.
Installation and Setup
Harmony Hub device box will contain a hub, USB cable, a power adaptor, and IR mini blaster.
There is no given power port, but it has a micro-USB socket and a button on the back for pairing the device.
You also have the option to reset it from the button on the back. The wall wart styled external power can be connected via the same micro-USB socket which is used to connect the device with the computer.
People say that the Led given in front distract us while watching tv, but we didn’t face any problems.
Features of Harmony Hub
Tech Integration: – Harmony Hub helps to have tech integration in the home. In high-tech homes bigger tasks can be performed including drawing blinds, controlling lights, and locking windows.
This device won’t have any effect on ordinary lamps and standard windows. It is an advantageous and helpful bit of innovation, yet the value it has will depend greatly on the amount of integration it can use from it, making Harmony Hub a great gadget one can’t survive without it.
This harmony hub has some apps linked to sensor controls, home locks, light dimmers, security system, alongside fun things which includes a cable box, Apple Tv, Xbox.
Programming of Harmony Remotes
The success of Logitech’s Harmony hub and other remotes is dependent on its hardware features and programming.
If you liked the cloud programming of “My Harmony” then we assure you, you’ll like this too.
If you’re disappointed by exploring wizards to edit settings, then I’m sorry to say that it won’t change too.
Cloud programming is very suitable for Harmony Hub remote as the remotes have been wireless, and you don’t need to connect the remote with your computer to make any changes.
Moreover, other than updating firmware and connecting WI-FI on the remote with the ultimate option, you’ll never need to utilize bundled USB cable provided with the box.
You just need to install the app and log in with your MyHarmony.com details to run the remote.
Before, programming of Harmony remotes used to be done via PC. You can now even do that with the new update and some changes, but only some settings can be set up this way.
But, if you don’t know, these touchscreens are also used for programming. The introductory setup of Harmony Smart Control is installed via mobile app, and syncing is used to update the settings.
If you want different button layout on your remote compared to your friends remote, then you can easily customize it via a mobile app. If you want the same settings, then you can use duplicate programming feature.
Requirements to Use Logitech Harmony Hub
For IOS users, if you want to use Logitech’s Harmony Hub remote, you should minimum have iPhone 4s, latest iPad (3rd Generation minimum), or a new iPod (minimum 5th generation), and Mini iPad. All these devices should be iOS 8 updated.
For the people who’re using Android, you should have smartphones or tablets with a minimum of 4.2 android version and proper Wi-Fi connectivity.
Apart from that both IOS and Android users will also be needing Bluetooth, and Harmony app.
These are some of the specifications of Logitech Harmony Hub:
1) Dimensions are as follows: Height: 10.48 cm, Width: 12.8 cm, Length 2.54 cm.
2) Weight is nearly 3.9 oz (110.56g)
3) Minimum of IOS 8.0 or higher devices are required, i.e., iPhone 4s or later version, iPad mini or 3rd Generation. Android devices should have Wi-Fi enabled with 4.2 android version or higher.
4) Bluetooth smart technology is necessary for the setup process.
Hub is the best addition to the Harmony Family till now. It is an intriguing piece of technology that works well with Bluetooth, WIFI, and has a mini IR blaster so that it can work well with infrared receiver gadgets too.
For the people who love smart home devices around them and has lots of tech integrated devices in their home, this Hub is worth buying. We highly recommend this device because the concept is very appealing, and some different kinds of stuff can be done in seconds by this device and app.
The users who’re buying this surely has a distinct advantage for user programming. The device is a little bit pricey, but it’s worth it. Before buying the device have a look at the article above to see if your mobile or tablet is compatible with the device.