How to Setup your Harmony Remote Control – Part 3

// April 8th, 2011 // extras, gear


Thanks for sticking with The ‘Pimp as we explore the many options for setting up the Harmony Remote. If you’ve been reading along, then you know the basics, but now it’s time to get a little deeper. In this part of the tutorial, we’ll explore the complete configuration that controls all the gear in CribMac 2.0. And trust me, that’s a lotta gear.

This will seem kinda backwards, but stick with The ‘Pimp. We’re going to look at the end results before we dive into the setup steps. It’s a good thing.


First thing, you have to device a strategy for how you want each of your activities to be structured. When an activity is setup via the wizard, the physical buttons are automatically configured match the device functions.


Functions that don’t have a physical button are not automatically setup on the touchscreen. This is where you have to tweak things, and having a plan helps before you setup each activity. For example, the Harmony One doesn’t have a DVR button (why, only Xenu knows…). This is where the touchscreen comes in.


Every activity is launched from the touch screen, and once devices are setup, the custom buttons used for the activity are displayed on the touchscreen. There are some global functions I wanted to have on all my activities, so I chose to keep those functions in the same spot on each activity.


The way I approached this was to be sure that the global functions were always on the same button position on all activities. After an activity starts, there are six custom touchscreen buttons displayed on each “page.” You can map several pages, but it’s important not to clutter things too much.

So, once you have figured out the global and custom functions to map to the touchscreen, this will make the setup go much faster. For CribMac’s setup, here are some of the global functions across all activities:

  • Projector Input – Flips through all the projector inputs. A just in case button.
  • Aspect Ratio – Force the projector to switch aspect ratios. Usually not needed.
  • Lights On/Off/Bright/Dim – Duh! Of course you’d want to have this handy.
  • Input HDMI 1 – A redundant button, but more direct route to setting the right projector input.
  • Projector Power – Useful if the projector doesn’t turn on due to pilot error (aka, my daughter not keeping the remote still while an activity starts)
  • Audio Power – second verse, same as the first

Now that we know where we are going, next post will cover setting it all up. See ya next time.


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2 Responses to “How to Setup your Harmony Remote Control – Part 3”

  1. Richard says:

    When is the next installment of this Blog coming? Can’t wait!!!!

    • Hi Richard,

      Glad you like the blog! Sadly, I’m a working stiff instead of a full time blogger, so I had to take a break to deal with a new project. Thankfully, that work is slowing down so I can get back to Digital Pimpin’

      Take care and thanks!