Logitech Harmony 520 Universal Remote Control
How to Guide:
OK now you have all your equipment set up on your new entertainment rack, now what? Here’s the problem you now have… there is probably 5-6 remotes (or more) sitting on your coffee table. And no one in your family can operate the entertainment system except you? Sounds familiar? You betch ya!
Here is the solution the Logitech Harmony 520 Universal Remote Control now there are other models available even from Logitech, but this model is the most affordable in their series (especially if you shop here at Ebay).
Here’s an overview from Logitech:
No more remote clutter. Control your entire home entertainment system at the touch of a single button. Simply select an activity and the Harmony remote will send the right commands so you don't have to juggle multiple remotes or remember a sequence of buttons. Plus, an intuitive wizard will walk you through the steps to get the remote set up to your home theater devices quickly.
The Internet-based setup is a breeze. An intuitive setup wizard will walk you through the steps to get the Harmony remote to work with your systems. The online database contains all the information of 2,500 manufacturers and over 80,000 models of components. The Harmony 520 makes Home Entertainment accessible to the whole family. It can hold a maximum of 12 devices in its memory, which should be plenty for any one entertainment system.
What's in the box?
Logitech Harmony 520 remote control
AAA batteries (4)
IBM or compatible PC with Windows 98, 2000, Me, or XP
Also compatible with Macintosh system with Mac OS X 10.2 or later
CD ROM drive
10MB free hard drive space
All right got that out of the way… onto the guide. First this will not be a “step by step” kind of guide, but more of a “what to expect” kind of guide. OK here we go… go to the Logitech website (logitech dot com) download the Harmony Remote Software it’s best to always get the most current version (as of this writing is 7.5.0).
After you install the program it will run through a wizard that ask you what are your different audio/video equipment manufacturer name and model number it will then be assigned to a generic device name like TV, AMP, REC, DVD, CD, TAPE, etc. Once you type in all the info the wizard will show you (by the devises you’ve inputted) various “Activities” you may want to add to the function of the remote like “Watch TV” or “Watch DVD” or “Listen to Music.” Note every item the wizard suggest can be renamed later if you don’t like “Listen to Music” you can change it to “Listen to CD.”
Now during the set up of these “Activities” the wizard will ask you “what would you like the devises that are not required to be ON to do…” Best thing here is to be in OFF mode (saves energy). In other words if you Watch TV the DVD player needs not to be ON. This is truly amazing to watch this happen. You can go from “Watch TV” to “Watch DVD” and see the cable box turn OFF, but the TV stays ON and switches to the DVD input then the AMP/REC would turn ON and select the proper input.
Once you run through the initial set up you will end up on the “Activities Page” this will be the page you will see every time you adjust your remote, add new equipment, or to add more features. Common to all the devises listed on that page are three buttons Settings, Troubleshoot, and Customize Buttons.
Settings Button: Here you will be able to run through the wizard again to configure this activity. Use this also if you want to change the name of the activity like “Watch TV” to “Watch Cable.”
Troubleshoot Button: This is where you go if you have problems with an activity not doing what its suppose to do (very rarely this happens). I find that the initial set up wizard does a find job (but there is still room to fine tune or tweak the settings, see Customize Buttons).
Customize Buttons Button: This is where it gets fun! You go here if you want to add more function to the activity you selected. Say you have an IR remote control fan and you want to control it from the activity you are currently doing. The Logitech Harmony 520 remote control has a LCD screen capable of showing 4 customizable buttons so you will be able to add the fan as another devise and have access to it in that given activity. So while you are in “Watch TV” you have control of the IR remote controlled fan. In other words you can add any button of any devise that you initially set up in the beginning (TV, REC, DVD, CD, TAPE, etc.) When you are in the Customize Buttons page the hard buttons of the remote are the “Standard Buttons” and the LCD buttons are the “Additional Buttons.”
Important… because this is an IR (infrared remote) you have to point the remote in the direction of the entertainment system. The remote must be able to see the audio/video devises. If there is something blocking the IR signal the devise will not respond. Also the IR remote code steps (this is when you press an Activity button like Watch TV) that it has to perform takes a little time so on the LCD display of the Logitech Harmony 520 remote control will show words basically saying to keep the remote pointed towards the entertainment system. When the IR remote code steps are completed the LCD display will show a “Help” page… basically it tells you if something went wrong press the “Help Button.”
The “Help Button.”
This is truly one of the strong points of the Logitech Harmony 520 remote control. The Help menu is interactive it will ask you questions like “Is the TV ON?” then you would answer by pressing a button “Yes” or “No.” If the TV is OFF and you answered NO to that question the TV will turn ON. If you answered YES the TV is ON it will then ask you another question pertaining to the activity you are doing. Using this help feature will take care of any problems the user may encounter.
Other recommendations… using rechargeable AAA batteries would be the best choice with this remote. Any digital camera rechargeable AAA size battery will be fine. Best to get 2 sets so you will always have power to spare (there not too expensive).
In closing… The Logitech Harmony 520 remote control is a good investment to keeping your home running smoothly and in… Harmony (no pun intended, well maybe). Have fun programming your remote. And if you just don’t want to do the programming because it’s a web based tool I could do the programming for you and all you have to do is install the software (via the Logitech website again the current version) and I will email you the login info with your set up all configured. So all you would have to do is connect your remote via USB and press the “Update Remote” button in the top right hand corner of the “Activities Page.” Cost is $39.95 for this service via PayPal (I’ll send you an invoice). In most cases can be done within 24 hours (or up to 48 hours) of receiving payment. So in other words… you can have you system up and running fast! Use my EBay contact if you are interested. Thanks for reading I hope this helps you in understanding the Logitech Harmony 520 remote control better.