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Logitech Harmony ONE Advanced Universal Remote Control Review   

The only thing one needs to do is pop in the battery and connect the charging cradle up to a wall socket. Like most rechargeable devices that are new, an overnight charge is recommended. This is crucial as the programming process does take a little bit of time away from the charging cradle and if the battery dies during a programming session, you'll turn your Advanced Remote Control into a doorstop.

Logitech Harmony ONE Advanced Universal Remote Control Review   

The charging cradle itself does have some customizations as you can route the power cable to come out the front or the back of the cradle depending on how neat you want to be. The cradle also has a "night light" that goes from full bright, to medium, to off. I usually leave it on because I hate fumbling for it, but if you keep the remote charging at the front of the room near your TV, I can see how the bright light could be annoying, so its nice to be able to dim it or turn it off altogether.

Setting Up The Harmony ONE Advanced Universal Remote Control

Like its predecessors, the Harmony ONE relies on that 225,000+ strong online database to allow it to control up to 15 different devices. But first, you need to install the included Harmony Remote Software from the included CD.

Logitech Harmony ONE Advanced Universal Remote Control Review

Once you've done that, you'll need to create an account which allows you to register your remote and gain access to the online device database. You'll be prompted to plug in your remote control at this point so that your remote can be registered properly. The software also gives you access to direct software upgrades and firmware upgrades for your remote control, improving functionality and adding new features when available. If you already have an account, you can simply login.

 Logitech Harmony ONE Advanced Universal Remote Control Review

For previous Harmony Remote users, the upgrade process is very easy and you have your choice of either starting all over again with your new remote, or just replacing the remote control and having the new remote take over the duties of controlling your home theatre system from your old one.

 Logitech Harmony ONE Advanced Universal Remote Control Review

New users should grab a pad and a pencil and jot down all the model numbers of all the gear they want to control. Once you have all the proper brands and model numbers written down, you will need to add those devices into your account so that you can then work on assigning them to the different activities that you do with your home theatre like watch a DVD, play Xbox 360, or Watch TV. You will also want to note down which inputs on your TV and AV receiver that you use to get sound and picture for each activity.

Once you've got your devices entered in, all you need to do is just add in the devices that you use for each activity. The software will go through a series of questions to qualify each component and find out how things are hooked up in your system so that it can switch the right input on your TV set, set the right input on your AV receiver, and turn on the right source device. This is actually easier than it sounds as the Logitech software prompts you a lot to be sure of your selections, and gives you a chance to fine tune your programming if there are any issues with the activity setup.

Finally, just hit the update button, and the software zaps your remote control with the settings and you're good to go. Now, all you need to do, is point the remote control at your home theatre system, hit the activity that you want from the touchscreen, and let'er rip. If things don't rip, then you can go back in and easily fine tune things, or you can use the HELP button on the remote for a quick troubleshoot. Just be prepared for some fine tuning and you will be good to go.


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