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Controlling our TV is so difficult that my husband just hands me all three remotes and says, “Make it work!” He longs for the days when all you had to do to change the TV channel was to walk up to the console, spin the dial until you found a program you wanted to watch, and then sit back down until the next time you wanted to change the volume or to one of the other three available network stations. Channel surfing? That was accomplished by asking your kid or spouse to stand in front of the set to spin the dials at your command, while you sat comfortably in your chair.
Those days have been over for years, but who would have thought instead of making it easier, remote controls have actually made it harder! Thankfully Logitech noticed people struggling and they came up with Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard (Model # 915-000225) which is available exclusively at Best Buy.
What Does the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard Do?
Well, it’s like magic – it takes the place of all of the remote controls for your TV-connected Internet and home entertainment devices. For us that means in replaces the three separate remotes that control our cable converter box, Smart TV, and Blu-ray player. Each remote only provided one or two functions for each device– the TV remote only powered it on/off and turned the volume up and down. The cable remote changed the channel and the Blu-ray remote connected us to our online services. Talk about confusing! Add to that we lost the TV changer for over a year so we had to do those functions by hand and you can see why we’ve become so frustrated by it.
When Smart TVs Fail – A Solution to the Multiple Remote Issue
I thought by buying a Smart TV my changer problems would be alleviated. Sadly the Wi-Fi inside the TV isn’t strong enough to connect to our wireless and that’s why we had to add the Blu-ray player. We use it 90% to access the internet and 10% for watching films. So disappointing to have to have just one more piece of equipment just to get on the Internet.
But now I can say even my husband can use the TV! We first started by installing the device and the coordinating iPad app. We chose to install it on our bedroom TV since that’s the one that he watches most often.
Setting up the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard
Setting up the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard was easy! My son happened to be here so I asked him to do it because I was busy with some other things. He reported that the onscreen app walked him through the process and allowed him to make sure each device’s functions were working correctly before moving on.
It only took him about 15 minutes, mostly because he didn’t know how our system worked or which controllers controlled which boxes. After a few minutes of working together we got the app set up and working perfectly! Now we can watch cable or stream videos with ONE BUTTON on my iPad – it’s that amazing! (Need help setting up your own Harmony Smart Keyboard? There’s help online at MyHarmony.com.)
Do More with the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard
Once we got the iPad set up we started working with the keyboard. It adds even more functions like attaching my Bluetooth enabled laptop to the TV so I can surf online, watch what’s being displayed on my computer, and more.
I’ve just scratched the surface of all the Harmony Smart Keyboard can do for your Internet-connected TV. It works with Xbox, PlayStation, AppleTV, Roku, and Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio (mine is a Vizio). In fact, it works with many IR, RF, USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi devices. The app can also be added to your Android or iOS smartphone which turns it into a personal universal remote.
The Harmony Smart Keyboard levels the field and gets me off the hook for being the only person in the house that knows how to use the TV. It’s a win/win in my book!
Are you perplexed by tech challenges like this?