By Dane Kalinic // Product Specialist, Remote Control Business Unit on March 23, 2010
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Filed: Digital Home
Hi, my name is Dane Kalinic and I am a product specialist on the Harmony team. I am joining my colleague Omar on this blog to provide tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Logitech Harmony Remote. In today’s post I want to focus on the Harmony 900.
This past August I was fortunate enough to be part of the team that launched our newest radio frequency (RF) remote, the Logitech Harmony 900. One of the top benefits of the Logitech Harmony 900 is that RF allows you to control all of your AV devices, even the ones inside a cabinet or closet. This feature is great as it makes it possible for people to achieve the minimalist and clutter-free living room that is so popular today. Additionally, there are other benefits of switching to the Harmony 900 (RF) Remote.
- Controlling identical devices. Yes, it is not so uncommon for home theaters to have identical devices in the same room. With any other remote, the signal that comes from the remote will be seen by the identical devices and therefore all will respond at the same time, even when you don’t wish for this to happen. With the Logitech Harmony 900 you can add Harmony Precision IR Cables which will stick right onto each device and allow you to control each individual device separately. When these cables are used you can easily assign control to a specific RF Blaster port by following the steps right on your Logitech Harmony 900. There are four red IR emitters, each on a wire that is 8 feet in total length. The split in the cable comes 3 feet up giving you 5 feet for each wire allowing you to have plenty of cable for each device. You can see a picture of what they look like below.
- Multiple cabinets and adjacent room control. Another common home theater configuration is having devices in multiple cabinets or rooms. The accessory that you need for this is the Harmony RF System and it can easily be added to the Logitech Harmony 900. The Logitech Harmony 900 comes pre-packaged with one RF Blaster, but you can add up to four more allowing the capability for the Harmony 900 to control up to five blasters total. Not sure if you need this? Well, typically you will want multiple RF Blasters for whole-house music systems, projectors or perhaps you just have your devices split amongst two different cabinets. Like the Precision IR Cables, you can add a RF Blaster right on the Logitech Harmony 900 without the need to plug the remote into your computer to do an update.
As you can see, the Logitech Harmony 900 is a great solution for home theater control. With RF, Precision IR Cables and RF Blasters you can control devices from different rooms, multiple devices and even IR lighting and home automation. Keep following for more tips & tricks next week and let us know if you have any requests.