Last Updated on January 1, 2024 by Daniel Osakwe
Logitech Home Hub Review.
I’ve been a home automation enthusiast for a long time, and I’ve experimented with many different systems. Most of them were frustrating, expensive, or both. Then, I stumbled upon a company called Logitech. They had a product, the Logitech Harmony, that was easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and could control everything from your TV to your garage door. I’ve had the Logitech Harmony for a few years now, and I’ve used it for the majority of my home automation needs.
Logitech is a brand that is well known for quality products, and the Logitech Harmony is no exception. You can find this device in many places to buy it. However, we recommend you buy it from Amazon. The Logitech Home Hub is the perfect combination of a universal remote, a voice-controlled device, and a universal hub.
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Logitech Home Hub Setup
The Hub has a lot of features, to the point where it seems overwhelming. With the Hub, you can control up to eight remotes, and you can set up 50 “one-touch actions,” which combine commands to control multiple devices. The standard “Watch TV” option might, for example, turn on the receiver, the television, and the cable box. Honestly, you won’t need 50 of them; you can get very granular (change the channel to 31, press B on the Xbox One controller), but numerous, excessively detailed macros are probably rare.
All of this can be done remotely, assuming you have an internet connection and can be synced among multiple devices and computers. When you’re out on a date, the babysitter doesn’t know how to turn on the TV. Don’t worry, you can help without leaving where you are.
Despite Harmony’s claim of easy setup, Harmony’s power does come with significant complexity. Setting up the Harmony Hub on an iOS device was difficult from the beginning since it kept getting stuck while trying to connect to my Wi-Fi network. After experiencing the same problem on another iOS device, I ended up using the MyHarmony software on a Windows PC to fix the problem.
Using the wizard-based setup is fairly easy, but you will need specific model numbers for all of your gear, which you will have to manually enter into the app. Some of these can be found on the back of some equipment, particularly TVs, although most are on the front.
Logitech Harmony: Outstanding performance
A number of smart home products are also supported by the Hub, including SmartThings, Nest, and Philips Hue, among others. They can also be added to the system via a similar wizard-based setup that launches a web browser to log into the respective network.
The Harmony system provides a simple but functional interface for lights and other smart home devices, and you can tie them to entertainment center commands—for example, dimming the lights when you launch “Play a Movie.” With Harmony, you can also operate most of these functions via voice control.
If you’re not the type of person who has their phone in their hand permanently, the Harmony mobile app is definitely less convenient than a dedicated remote. Simple commands like changing the volume are difficult to find on a phone if your app isn’t left open to action.
In an open auction, you can simply use your phone’s volume rocker to adjust the volume, but in a closed action, you need to tap and swipe to find the icons you’re looking for. In the same vein, other devices, such as Apple TV, can be difficult to control without the touchpad built into the remote.
Pros and Cons
|Compatible with a number of smart home products,
|There are some commands that can be interminably buried.
|Support for nearly all entertainment devices.
|Setting up the mobile app didn’t work; the desktop app was needed.
|Its capabilities make it quite affordable.
|Hub hardware placement can be tricky.
Logitech Home Hub: Verdict
Logitech’s high-end Harmony systems all start with the Harmony Hub. This is a device the size of a discman that connects your home’s Wi-Fi to your entertainment center with the help of an IR blaster built-in. In addition, it can also control other Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. I was unable to find any home entertainment devices that the Hub didn’t support. Logitech claims it’s compatible with more than 270,000 smart home and home entertainment devices.