Monday, September 13, 2010

Reorder Activities On A Logitech Harmony Remote

Part of the Harmony Remote FAQ:
9. Is there a way to reorder devices and/or activities?

For remotes that have physical buttons for activities, you are not able to reorder the activities listed under the "More Activities" option.

Logitech support states that the Harmony 600, 650 and 700 (and possibly other Harmony remote controls) do not have the native ability to 'Reorder Activities'. This means that if the remote chose to place your favourite 'Activity' on the 4th page, you would have to scroll there every time you wanted to access that 'Activity'. This ordering feature is missing on the recent versions of the desktop software (7.7.0), despite the fact that previous versions of the software supported this. This workaround functions by accessing an older web version of the software (7.3.0) which is still works on newer remotes, although not in the most user intuitive way.

Reordering Activities Hack For Harmony 650

Step 1) Login to the following website: If you have been using your Harmony desktop software, this will have all of your settings stored here.

Step 2) Click 'More Options' and then make a note of the order of 'Activities' on the screen.

Step 3) Make a note of the order of 'Activities' on the remote.

Step 4) Click 'Re-order Activities'
The 'Activities' displayed on the website are not in the order that they will appear on the remote. You will have to reorder them so that they appear in the right order on your remote.

The remote has an order:
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

However it will interpret your list like this:
(1, 4, 5, 6, 3, 2)

You will need to exploit this by placing whatever activity you want in order 2, to be placed in order 4 in the web software.

Step 5) Click 'Update Remote'
This will ask you to follow some instructions to download two files so that your Harmony Desktop software can load your new settings. You will need to follow standard Harmony procedure and plug in your remote until the process is completed.

This should correctly reorder your remote. I have gotten this to successfully work with my Harmony 650.

Despite PlayStation 3 activity being 4th in the list, it is displayed as being 2nd on the remote.