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Echo Dot (2Nd Generation) - Black Logitech Harmony Companion
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Echo Dot (2Nd Generation) - Black Logitech Harmony Companion

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Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black Logitech Harmony Companion
  • Use your Smartphone (with available app) or included Harmony Remote for one-touch control of your entertainment system and home automation devices such as Philips Hue lights or Nest Learning Thermostat
  • Companion remote includes full featured home entertainment controls including dedicated home automation controls
  • Included Harmony Hub lets you control devices hidden behind cabinet doors or walls, including game consoles such as PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360
  • Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more
  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
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Can be tough to set up, wish it had a few more buttons
by Valued Customer on August 10, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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I've been using this remote for close to a year and overall I like it. It was easy to set up the first time, as I simply imported my previous Harmony remote's settings and customized settings. Unfortunately, when I tried to customize some buttons on the remote everything got messed up and I had a horrible time getting it back to functional. I had to reset to factory defaults, then reprogram all of the devices and customization from scratch. I deducted one star for this.The remote works well during normal use. If you pause a lot while watching TV, and a device times out (usually it's our Bose sound system), it is a hassle getting it to turn back on. Once things are out of sync with this remote, you have to get your smartphone, go to the Harmony app, select your device, swipe a few times to get to the power icon of the device that is off, and then turn it on through the app. A pain. I deducted one star for this, because I couldn't deduct just a half star.If you're familiar with most previous Harmony remotes, you know there's a ""FIX"" button that guides you through a few quick questions to get everything working properly again. This remote doesn't have that button (after all, it doesn't have an LCD display, so how would it work?). That's why you go through the app.Overall, a ""good"" remote that I don't have too many gripes with, but I think it could have a few more buttons for custom functions instead of re-mapping buttons that are supposed to do something else, and getting everything ""FIXED"" when out of sync is also annoying (my wife just hands me the remote with the ""do something"" expression all over her face).

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Worth the effort !
by Valued Customer on August 02, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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I read the other reviews about it being hard to program.. since I was familiar with other Logitech remotes, I was sure it would be a snap to program.. well it was not as easy as I thought, but not that hard either.Now I love the unit. The remote works by transmitting RF (radio frequency) signals to the hub, which rebroadcaster the control signals to IR (imfarred) to most of your devises . You say �so.? That means you don't have to point the remote at anything and it still works ! Love that feature !

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Five Stars
by Valued Customer on July 31, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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I love to control my TV using an echo device !

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A handy and essential tool if you put in the time to set it up. App could use work though.
by Valued Customer on July 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Be prepared to put in quite a few hours setting this thing up depending on the complexity of your entertainment setup, but it is very worth it. Some of that time spent can be attributed to the sluggish app, but more on that later. I have a Sony ""dumb"" TV, a Vizio soundbar, Xbox One, Xfinity X1 cable box, Xiaomi Mi Box 3 Android TV streamer, a few Philips Hue lights, and an Insignia Google Assistant speaker. The Harmony Hub and remote consolidated everything with a remote to just one, and even threw in some of my Hue lights and I can control it all with Assistant to boot. At first I was concerned about the way this handles all the devices using ""Activities"". I was more accustomed to older conventional universal remotes where you would press a button to pick a device, do what you needed to do with that one, then pick the other and control them by switching devices. Well, I can now say the ""activities"" concept is much superior. You hit one button and it turns on your TV, audio device, switches both to the correct input, and gives you control over main device for that activity. It has a huge database of devices, you just need to enter the brand and as much as you know of the model number and it will find pretty much anything. I even got some limited control of a Playstation 2 with it. Now, there can be some trial and error involved in the setup. I think the biggest challenge I faced was getting my soundbar to switch to the correct input. It uses a me thing where you just use one input button to toggle between the inputs. This is supported by the Hub, it will simply send the ""I out"" command the correct number of times based on what it knows like the last activity that was running. But when I tried starting an activity with everything off, it always seemed to come up one input short, until I realized the soundbar needs a few seconds to start up before it can accept cammands, so I found the ""power on delay"" setting and turned it up a few seconds, so now it turns on the soundbar then waits a bit longer then starts issuing the correct number of inpit commands. Now it works perfectly. I've left most of the button commands it maps to the remote for the devices default, but I dit add a few custom ones such as a sequence (you can have it issue a number of commands in a row, a sort of ""macro"" I guess) that maps to the DVR button which is unmapped by default on the Xbox One, where a single tap opens the Xbox menu and hits the Y button to take a screen shot with one button, or a long press on DVR to record a video. I get a kick out of that and it can be a bit quicker and easier than having to issue the controller commands. I also mapped a long press on the Mute button to turn the virtual surround sound on my soundbar on and off because I like it on for games and movies, but it makes music sound like crap so I can then easily turn it off for that. I can also start any of these activities from my Google Assistant speaker, which is awesome. I can just walk in the room and ask it to ""Play Xbox"" or ""Watch TV"" and it happens. The only annoyance with this currently is that it is currently not a native Home Control integration, so I have to say something like ""Hey Google, ask Harmony to play Xbox"" but from what I've read native integration in the Home Control section of the Google Home app is coming for Harmony any day now. There is also Philips Hue integration, so if I wanted to I could set different scenes or lights to come on to correspond to different Activities, but I have not done that yet. There are also 4 Home Control buttons on the remote and a + and - rocker. These you can map to turn on and off up to four lights or other smart home devices. I have the two lighbulb buttons set up that one just turns on and off and dims the lamp next to my bed so I can press it and see to go to the bathroom and night for instance without having to use my phone or wake anyone up with voice command. The other bulb button I set for all lights, main reason being if I turned them off with that button, I can then control the brightness of any active lights with the remote. I am leaving the two plug buttons open for future smart plugs I want to use to control some fans in the room. There are a number of people understandably upset about the limited ways to use the remote to control Hue lights, for instance you cannot set either of the home control buttons to activate a Hue scene which is a drag and seems odd as the more expensive Harmony Elite remote can do so with an identical set of home control buttons. However, I'm fine with what I was able to set up. The remote itself is very nice, most of the body is a soft-touch finish and much of the back is covered in a very nice feeling samdy texture that I think is similar the ""Sandstone"" texture that was available on the back of the first Oneplus One phone. I got the Companion set specifically as I wanted a button only solution (my phone already has a touchscreen) and the lack of a need to charge it every few days vs. the Ultimate or Elite remotes. The only thing that would have been nice perhaps is tilt sensor backlit keys, but once the cool look factor wears off and I get used to the button layout by touch it just becomes a battery drain anyway. Now, onto the app, which is used to set up all the commands as well as can be used as a remote itself. This area could be improved. Each time I open the app, it takes about a minute each time to connect to the hub, and sometimes a little longer because it will occasionally check the hub firmware for updates. Also, almost every setting you change or activity or command you set needs to do a server and Hub sync which can make the initial involved setup even more time consuming. So, the app could definitely duse some work, but the overall package is great, and I think is definitely worth the current price. I may someday down the road add a Harmony 950 (the Elite remote with just the remote but can be paired to the Hub) but for now the Companion remote is plenty useful. So all in all, this thing is great given a little initial time investment, and hopefully the app gets the updates it needs to make it a little quicker to set up and use that functionality.

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Works great but requires patience to set up
by Valued Customer on July 29, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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If you want to control your TV with your echo dot, this is the product for you. You will be able to do everything with your voice that you can do with the remote. However, the setup is not all that straight forward. While there is a mobile app, resist the temptation to use it. Instead, use your computer. The computer instructions are much clearer. I'm glad I stuck with it. It's very nice to replace 2 remotes with one and even better to be able to tell Alexa what I want.

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Best logitech remote I've ever purchased.
by Valued Customer on July 27, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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After taking a few weeks to get this remote programmed correctly, I consider this product an essential component of my entertainment experience. I've owned several logitech harmony remotes in the past which ranging in price from $30 to $300; this is the best one I've used by far.This remote's ""rubbery"" texture is much more ergonomic than the plastic material I've experienced in previous, more expensive logitech remotes.One downside is that the iphone app is a clunky and a bit inconsistent. Also, the app used to program the remote is slower, has a bit of a learning curve, lacks the robust customizability that would be preferred.All in all, this remote is a worthwhile item that adds greatly to the entertainment area at a reasonable cost.

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Fantastic remote
by Valued Customer on July 27, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Bought one for my aging mother to simplify her home theater setup and she adores it. It isn't the easiest thing in the world to program, but it's no more complex than it needs to be. Consider what you're asking it to do, and the setup doesn't seem painful at all. Can be accomplished by anyone who understands how the system works.Bought another for myself and my more complicated system. Easily moves from one device to another so seamlessly my six year old manages it.So, my point is that it's good at simplifying system management for the non-so-tachnically-minded and powerful enough to run medium complexity systems, though one of my systems is a bit too much for this solution.Would love more physical source buttons. There are three, and you can achieve six source selections by long-pressing the buttons, but three more source buttons would be much more useful than the start-ups buttons. My feeling is that smart home users are going to have a more sophisticated system, and this is kind of a waste of space.So, a great product that will allow ""the rest of the family"" to control your home theater as long as it isn't super complex and you have someone who is knowledgeable to set it up initially. I don't think you'll find any better remote system in this price range for this complexity.

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Five Stars
by Valued Customer on July 18, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Great product to control entertainment and smart home devices

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Wrecked by the inability to control devices individually!
by Valued Customer on July 16, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Great piece of kit, let down by a poor design choice. You can't control individual devices independent of each other, meaning if my RF air con is on, and I'm watching TV, turning off my TV will turn off my air con, or turning off my air con will turn off my TV. You can manually control each device, but not using Alexa, as that only works with �activities' where one �off' command triggers everything to power down. If Logitech fix this, (they haven't in years) this product will be the best consumer IR smart hun. Until then, it's a half baked product stubbornly refusing to fufill its potential. Disappointed.

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The hub is good. The app is good
by Valued Customer on July 07, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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The hub is good. The app is good. It is completely and utterly unnecessary to purchase the remote. Just get the hub. I've now had this for almost 6 months and I still don't know how to use the remote. The hub and and the app are very easy to use. The remote is useless except as a paper weight. Why didn't they make the remote an Infrared??? I have 0 idea how to use a single button on the remote. Completely not user friendly. If you're looking to buy, just get the hub and download the app.

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I primarily use my Roku controller and use the Harmony Companion to get good control over all the other devices
by Valued Customer on July 05, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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I find that I use the iPhone app more than I use the actual controller. I primarily use my Roku controller and use the Harmony Companion to get good control over all the other devices. It's especially helpful for my sound bar, for example, which has an awful hand-held controller.

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So far this Harmony setup is working great. It was fairly easy to setup and program
by Valued Customer on June 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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So far this Harmony setup is working great. It was fairly easy to setup and program right from my phone, and it was easy to connect to our Alexa. I am very pleased with it.

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