On Friday morning I started to wonder if there was a way to control all my devices with one remote.
Oppo 203 – 4k Player
Anthem MRX-1120 – AVR Receiver
JVC X9500 – Projector
Philips Hue Lighting
It also just so happened the solution was available on Amazon, a black Friday daily deal for just £139. (It’s back up to £213 now).
It arrived tonight, Sunday evening, and I’ve just been configuring it, here’s a few things that happened during setup – most of which can be done from your phone.
All IR transmissions are made from the hub, which is controlled by RF from the controller, so I don’t need to turn around and point the controller at the relevant device as the hub is stationed where it can reach them.
I’ve been able to teach it using the IR remote for the projector screen. I then configured the Harmony Remote to control that directly as it’s out of sight of the hub.
The X9500 projector was in the database as DLA-X950R, now that I have that sussed it will turn on. To turn it off however it requires the power off sent twice, so I got the MyHarmony desktop software and configured it to do so!
I have setup two activities Movie and Play PS4. Unfortunately Sony made it so that only the controllers can turn the PS4 on, but it is able to turn it off when you are done. So each activity turns on the Receiver and switched to appropriate channel, the projector and the Oppo 4k player for movies. I have configured it through the software to leave the projector on which switching between activities, but it will turn off the PS4/Oppo as appropriate.
I could tie in the lights to the activities, but it’s not convenient to place a disc in the player in the dark. So lights have been assigned to the buttons at the bottom of the harmony remote, currently on/off and dimmer functions.
I’d be interested to hear what other cool stuff I can do with it.
So Louise has stripped down a sideboard and stained and varnished it, it started pretty orange but it’s a nice dark colour now. She’s also been planning her art for the walls and I hung them this evening.
Today a few things did get wired up, but still no mains electricity for the lounge until tomorrow. The outdoor lights got installed, so that’s nice! Also our sideboard arrived, and Louise has been stripping it down so that it can be stained and varnished in a darker colour.
The sideboard will go behind the sofa, not block the centre speaker!