Best remote?

Hi All

Is the Harmony remote the best for integration into OpenHab? The Control4 remote is nice, im looking for something to take control of everything, if needed from turning on lights, playing music etc.

Can scenes be programmed in like they can on devices such as the zwave wallmote?

I wonder what else is out there?

Sometimes you just want a remote!

Appreciate your feedback. Thanks

Here’s a curve ball…

You ‘could’ get yourself an IR to UDP dongle, that pushes the raw IR packets into openHAB2.

Which a rule can map IR packets to items / triggers ???

This is the kit I use

Which can be hidden, if you use an external sensor, of which Keene do a wide range.

It can also be configured as a UDP to IR blaster, which I use to send IR packets from OH to any kit that can’t be directly connected to OH.
(Like my Humax PVR)

Then you can use any dumb remote control you wish :slight_smile:
Maybe even this generic one ?

I’ll add information on how I’ve achieved this IR to UDP to openHAB2

Starting with creating a UDP listener with the UDP binding


String UDP_Listener	"UDP Listener[%s]"    { udp="<[*:3000:'REGEX((.*))']" }

Then setup the Keene Electronics IR_Anywhere unit in Transmitter mode and activate the “Send to PC” option.

Sending every packet to the IP address of your OH machine and port 3000

Images and passwords etc to follow

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I have a harmony as I love the RF link the remote has back to the hub, no need to point the remote at the IR receiver and it works in another room…

There is another product which is similar and cheaper which also has a binding (?) and thats the broadlink rm pro. Never used it myself and they did some nasty stuff locking out abilities just like Logitech tried recently doing. Couple something like this with Habpanel and you may be able to setup something like Control 4 on a tablet.

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I use the RM mini, it was a bit of a hack to get it working but it works quite well. The harmony I like because its polished.

Can the harmony turn on/off anything IR and how easy is it to setup a scene to turn on a TV, select the NETFLIX button once its on etc?

Yes programming scenes (they called Activities in Harmony) is really easy, you can make any sequence to run at turning one Activity on or off (changing inputs, turning on the devices for that Activity). So in general it is really great.
However if you have some older devices (I used to have an old AV receiver) they might not work properly with Harmony, althought they say it is compatible. For example for me this old receiver couldn’t change to all input sources. Contacting the support, they fixed it, however it took several days to get it working.
After you created your own Activities (like Watch TV, Watch Movie, etc… whatever you want). You can trigger these Activities from openHAB and also you can send any keystroke to any device (Volume Up, Next channel, etc…). However you can’t really use this device to trigger events in openHAB. For instance you can’t really do an Activity which sends a command to openHAB to roll up all blinds. This can only be done via creating a proxy Activity in Harmony (which also needs to create proxy devices, because you can’t make an Activity without devices in Harmony) and watch for that Activity to start in openHAB. But this is really tricky and it is not what its meant to do.
So if you just want to control your TV/Movie station in one of your rooms, this can be a great and reliable device, but not for more in my opinion.

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Thanks for the feedback Kristof