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How To Video: Program a Harmony Remote
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How To Video: Program a Harmony Remote

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CNET's favorite line of universal remotes takes the pain out of the setup process, letting you configure everything with your PC. Brian Cooley shows you how to get started.

We love Harmony Remote Controls here at CNET for alot of reason but the most important is that innovative at extremely easy way you set them up. Now in the pass Unified Remote Required in all kind of complicated codes and you trying figure out what the commands we're gonna do when you got it all done and never work right but with the Harmony, the web figures it all out for you through a special app that does all of the hard work. I'm Bryan Cooley here to show you how to set up a Harmony Unified Remote. Now before we get started you'll need a list of all your home entertainment gear by model number. You need to be aware of what's plugged in to what. You'll need an internet connected computer with either Internet Explorer, Firefox or Mac with Safari, no Chrome browser at this time. A USB cable (??) to hook up the remote to the computer to the web and of course you need the Harmony remote. First of all put batteries on the remote and get it connected to your PC via a USB cable, the port usually right here at the very front. Then go to your PC and log in to my Harmony.com set up an account there and get logged in at this point you'll be prompted to download their software, it's a one time download. It's an app of sort to bridges your remote to their web intelligence to get this all done. Depending on the Harmony Remote you have, the app you use maybe different but the process is the same. Now you start adding devices in the app by type make and model number and it may ask you a few question about these device if you need characteristics. Then you set up activity that you use these devices for, how they talk to each other to watch a DVD or watch movies or watch your PDR, answer the questions what input you use how you control audio volume change channels things like that. Then you get a chance to review the settings to make sure they reflect what you do and what you know about the juggling you use to do with all of these remotes. Now proceed to finish which is where the Harmony site does it magic, it programs your remote and when that's done, you unplugged it and test it. It's not working quite right, you reconnect and use the troubleshooter not start over again from scratch. if you add devices later or change your home entertainment set up. Just reconnect the remote again run set up and twick things, you don't have to blow the whole set up and start over and as you can gather by now your set up information is store not on the remote but on Harmony website as well. When you can call it up again, it's really nice if you ever lose or break your remote or if you upgrade to a newer different model. I am Bryan Cooley, thanks for watching Just How To.

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