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Logitech Harmony Smart Control

I remember many years back, before home automation really kicked off, the concept of a universal remote was all many had to work with.  At some point, I jumped on the band wagon and purchased a Logitech Harmony 890 Pro.  At the time, this was the bees knees of universal remote.  That’s where the fun really started.

Essentially, this remote had the RF capability many other remotes did NOT have at the time.  All of Logitech’s remotes in Australia did not have this RF feature, so I purchased mine on eBay from abroad.

So the requirement was pretty simple.  I had a Sony PS3 for viewing my media, I had a Pioneer plasma TV and a Bose Lifestyle V20 system which hooked everything up.  The PS3 was controlled via Bluetooth, the Bose was controlled via RF or infrared and the TV was infrared only.

The 890 Pro had RF and with the help of the Logitech Bluetooth dongle and Logitech receiver which also broadcasts in infrared, the system was sweet as!  This system served me through 6 or 7 years of ‘mostly’ trouble free universal single-remote easiness :)

Have to say that one of the great features was the ‘Help’ button.  The genius that thought of that at the time was really onto something there ;)

As the kids got older and became more independent, they started using the remote themselves, which meant dropping it and giving it a beating.  The 890 Pro didn’t handle this all that well.  The LCD screen was replaced once, the light sensor broke a couple of times, the cradle connectors didn’t quite make contact all the time.

Finally, as I waited with baited breath for the Smart Control to arrive in Australia, the 890 Pro was on its last leg.  I wasn’t going to replace the LCD a second time and decided to go back to the original remotes – what a pain that was!

A couple of weeks ago, I got my Smart Control.  This baby is IMHO, truly the next evolution to the 890 Pro.  I’ll cover that in my next blog.

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