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Logitech® Harmony® Link
Control your A/V system with an iPad®, iPod touch®, iPhone®, or Android™ smartphone
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From Logitech: Harmony Link
Item # 596LINK | MFR # 915-000144
This item is no longer available.
Our take on the Logitech® Harmony® Link by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
Total control from your favorite device
How many times have you had to search for a missing remote? What if you could just take your smartphone out of your pocket and use it to control your system? Well, with the Logitech Harmony Link, now you can.
The Link turns your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android smartphone into a universal remote for your home entertainment system. It begins with the free app you download to your device from either the iTunes or Android app store. With it, you can send commands wirelessly to the Harmony Link, which translates the commands into infrared (IR) signals that your A/V gear can understand.
On screen controls
You'll see a virtual control panel on your device. Operate your gear, adjust volume, and more by simply touching the screen. The Link lets you control up to eight devices, and with over 5,000 brands supported, there's a good chance Harmony's data base has the commands for your gear.
Just like Harmony's popular and easy-to-use line of remote controls, the Harmony Link app lets you select an activity, such as "watch a movie," or "listen to music." The Link will turn on or off the various components necessary and switch them to the proper settings — all you have to do is touch an icon on your device's screen.
With an iPad, you can do even more
Use an iPad? The version of the app you'll download gives you another advantage. A personalized grid of TV listings will appear that lets you search for new shows without interrupting the program you're watching.
When you've made your decision, you can select the program you want to watch right from the listings. With one touch your iPad sends the commands to turn on your system and set the TV to the proper channel.
Control components behind cabinet doors
Control components behind cabinet doors
Included with the Harmony Link is a mini IR blaster. If your system's components are stored in a cabinet or a closet, the blaster can relay commands to them.
From the review Logitech Harmony Link: Finally, the missing Link
"If you've adapted to the smartphone lifestyle, and if you've got an A/V system that uses several remotes, the Harmony Link is easily worth the price of admission. Even more so if you're an iPad owner."
— Jim Ralston, Crutchfield Managing Editor
What's in the Box:
- Harmony Link
- AC adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
- 26" USB cable (with a mini-USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
- IR mini blaster (with attached 8' cable terminated by a male 2.5mm connector)
- "Getting Started" booklet (Eng/Fre/Por/Spa)
- Addendum (Eng/Fre/Por/Spa)
- compatible with iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, and Android smartphones
- personalized TV programming grid (for iPad only)
- requires free downloadable app from iTunes App Store or Android App Store
- Harmony Link Wi-Fi® wireless receiver
- controls up to 8 components
- IR mini blaster
- USB cable for software updates
- requires home Wi-Fi wireless network
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer requirements for initial setup:
- Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
- USB port
- OS® X 10.4.8 or later
- USB port
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Overview: The Logitech Harmony Link allows you to use your Apple or Android mobile device to control your home entertainment system. Using the FREE Harmony Link app (available from iTunes or Android Marketplace), your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone becomes a full-featured remote control that can launch activities & control A/V components with a single touch. Your Apple or Android mobile device communicates with the Logitech Harmony Link using your wireless (Wi-Fi) network, and then sends infrared (IR) signals to your A/V component to turn them On/Off, set their inputs, change volume, & perform other functions you require.
Simple Online Setup: Initially, The Logitech Harmony Link must be connected to your computer via the included USB cable to setup your MyHarmony.com account, add your controllable A/V devices, and connect to your wireless (Wi-Fi) network.
Free Harmony Link App: The Logitech Harmony Link requires the FREE Harmony Link App (from iTunes or Android Market) to be downloaded to your Apple device or Android smartphone. The Harmony Link app allows you to use your Apple or Android mobile device to control up to 8 of your A/V components.
- Logitech Harmony Link from iTunes: Compatible with iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen), iPhone (3G/3GS/4), or iPad (1/2). Your Apple device must be running iOS 4.0 or later.
- Logitech Harmony Link from Android Market: Compatible with Wi-Fi enabled Android smartphones. Smartphone must be running Android 2.x or later.
8 Controllable Devices: Using the Logitech Harmony Link & FREE app, your Apple device or Android smartphone can control up to 8 devices from over 5,000+ A/V components; with more added every day - so you can be sure you'll have control over what you own today & tomorrow.
Wireless Communication: The Logitech Harmony Link communicates with the FREE Harmony Link App & your Apple or Android mobile device using your home's wireless (Wi-Fi) network via 2.4GHz frequency. The Logitech Harmony Link turns the Wi-Fi network commands from your Apple or Android mobile device (with the FREE app installed) into infrared commands that can control your TV, cable/Sat box, Blu-ray/DVD player, A/V receiver, & many other home entertainment components.
Note: The Harmony Link even includes an IR mini blaster that allows it to send IR signals through closed cabinet doors. The unit features 2 IR blasters ports (2.5mm), but only comes with 1 IR mini blaster.
One Touch Control: With activity based-control, one touch automatically turns on the right devices & selects the appropriate input settings depending on what you want to do; like "Watch a Movie" or "Listen to Music".
Swipe Control: You can use simple swipes & taps of your Apple device's or Android smartphone's touchscreen to control volume, video playback, and more without taking your eyes off whatever you are watching on the TV.
TV Guide Service (iPad only): The Harmony Link app allows you to see and browse your television schedule on your Apple iPad. First, tell the Harmony Link app on your iPad your location & TV service provider and the online TV channel guide will then help you find something good to watch. If you see something you like, one press of the "Watch Now" button will turn on and configure all of your devices, and then tune directly to the right TV channel.
System Requirements: Your computer & network will need to meet the following system requirements to use the Logitech Harmony Link.
|Operating System (OS)||XP, Vista, & 7||OS X 10.4.8 or later|
|Internet||Broadband Internet Connection|
|Wireless Network||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (supports WPA Personal, WPA2-AES, & 64/128-bit WEP encryption)|
|Port Type||USB Port|
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