Use Amazon Alexa with your Logitech Harmony hub-based remote to start and stop Harmony Activities, change channels, control volume and play/pause your content. Use your voice to jump to your favourite TV station or directly into a Roku channel. For example, say "Alexa, turn on the TV" to power on your TV, AV receiver and cable box and set them all to the right inputs.
Try saying "Alexa, turn on the TV" "Alexa, turn on CNN” "Alexa, change to channel 29" "Alexa, turn up the volume" "Alexa, pause" "Alexa, mute the TV" "Alexa, turn off the TV"
Amazon Alexa works with Logitech Harmony Elite, Harmony Companion and Harmony Hub; available at logitech.com/harmony
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It's not all Alexa but Logitech as well. I've been using Logitech Remotes since Harmony One+, so I'm pretty much proficient in setup. But linking this two is a hit and miss. To make changes, you pretty much disable the skill and begin all over. If you plan to buy into this, have a lot of patience. The programmers of the apps and skills have not tested these thoroughly and sometime can get confusing. For example "Done" actually meant Cancel in one of the setup screens.
The Alexa app really needs a better interface. It’s not intuitive it’s very klunky just like the Alexa plus I have. It works sometimes but for no reason it just won’t. Linking with the harmony hub to control tv and such is also hit and miss. It really should be a lot better than it is. Maybe in 5 yrs it will be. But they have my money now. I’m a bit disappointed with it all. Also there are not enough different uses for the system.
Worked perfectly fine for maybe an hour, but then abruptly stopped working for no particular reason and never worked again, despite restoring all factory defaults, unlearning and relearning the skill and even creating a new Harmony account.
I have had 2 Harmony remotes over the last few years all set up and are amazing best remotes on the market. Got an Echo and added this skill and is flawless whatever you have set up your remote to do Alexa does
Setting up the Harmony Hub is not a very straight forward process as all the information teaching how to use and our it with Alexa is scattered about the internet. Here are the core concepts you must familiarise yourself with easily use this device:
- To have a device appear correctly in your Harmony skill and show up in your Alexa routines, you need to first add it to your Harmony app. You do this by adding it as a device and then setting up an activity. The name of your activity is what Alexa will pick up on, so give it something appropriate like ‘My TV’ or ‘My Office Air Con’. Each time you add a new device and activity, YOU’LL NEED TO COME BACK TO THE HARMONY SKILL AND RE-DISCOVER YOUR ‘SCENES’ (activities) under the Harmony settings > Manage Smart Home Devices > Scenes > Discover Scene. By renaming your scenes, you are changing the name Alexa will pick up on - for example, changing ‘Fujitsu AC’ to ‘My Air Con’ will now have Alexa respond to ‘Power on My Air Con’.
- For whatever reason, activities default to shutting off the moment another has started. This mean that if you don’t change your settings after adding your device and setting up your activity, asking Alexa to turn on your Air Con will also shut off your TV. Obviously that not what we want, so under the device settings in the Harmony app, you need to set your ‘Power Settings’ to ‘keep device always on but switch off when off button is pressed’.
- If you are using a custom device that is not properly supported, you can still add it as an entertainment device. Just enter in the manufacturer name and device model and run through the device setup until complete.
- You can add custom commands to your device by going to the Devices page in the Harmony app and editing one of your devices. Choose ‘Add/Fix Commands’ and then choose ‘Command Missing’. You can give your new command an appropriate name, like ‘Turn On Air Con’ and scan a button press from your remote. Be sure to point the directly at the hub from a distance of about 8cm. If it doesn’t detect the button press, press it down for longer. Some remotes send a state of being known as a ‘profile’ to their device. Air cons usually do this, so set the temperature, fan speed, etc. on the remote before sending the info to the Hub. Some remotes also send different instructions for on and off, so ensure starts in the opposite position pressing the button.
- You can assign your custom commands to the power settings of your device. Editing a device under the Device page of the Harmony app, choose ‘Power Setting’. You’ll likely want to ‘keep device always on but switch off when off button is pressed’. Then choose to use two buttons for power on and off . You can now assign one of your custom commands to each power option. Sometimes it may be necessary to set the command duration to be longer for your target device to get the message. Any activity that uses the power on and off functions will now use your custom commands!
- If you’re trying to control a PC, you’ll either need to connect over Bluetooth or by purchasing any infrared sensor that support a Windows Media Centre Remote. I was unable to get the Bluetooth option working, so I went with the IR option. Now keep in mind that we are not connect directly to the PC with the IR option, but instead simulating the remote, so you’ll need to set up a Media Centre Remote under the entertainment category to simulate the correct button presses.
I am disappointed with this interface - the linking of the Harmony Hub and Harmony remote is delicate at best, often loosing WiFi and then remaining offline......but once connected and sync with hub then have to link with Echo and Amazon. Once enabled this is a bit "hit and miss" - Alexa unable to access hub for no apparent reason.
Process for this interface is understandable but too clunky for the average person with little IT knowledge.
Needs tech guys to start over and improve software to link these two fabulous assets.
It works occasionally, but regularly fails with “I don’t have a skill Harmony”. Logitech support are even worse, they claim “Harmony is not supported in your region” despite their Head Alexa guy boasting how good it was to make it available in Australia and New Zealand .