The Logitech Harmony Elite and Harmony Companion remote controls are a great way to control your home with a single remote instead of having to shuffle between different remotes for different devices. Whether it's launching a game of Metro Exodus on your Xbox One X or setting the mood in your house, Logitech Harmony can bring it all together with just the press of a button. But what about adding Alexa to the mix? Taking it one step further, the two devices can hook up with Alexa to make your experience truly hands free, as a good smart home should be.
What you'll need:
- Amazon: Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control ($350)
- Amazon: Logitech Harmony Companion Remote Control ($150)
- Amazon: Amazon Echo Dot ($50)
- Google Play Store: Amazon Alexa app for Android (Free)
How to do the thing
- Open the Alexa App on your iOS or Android Device.
Tap the menu icon in the upper left corner of your screen and select Skills & Games.
- Tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of this screen.
- In the Keyword or skill name field, type in "Harmony."
- Select the blue Harmony icon that comes up.
- On the next screen, click Enable Skill
As soon as you set this up, you will be able to use your Echo Dot — or other Alexa device — to control your Harmony Elite or Harmony Companion-connected devices with simply your voice! Set up the home theater for your next movie night and introduce some Harmony with your Alexa devices!
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If you're looking to introduce Alexa into your Logitech Harmony set-up, you'll need the following devices:
Make it hands-free
A hands-free Harmony helper awaits
The Amazon Echo Dot, beyond being the center of your smart home functionality, plays exceptionally well with the Logitech Harmony devices.
The Echo Dot is small and unintrusive, making it the perfect accessory to pair with your Harmony Elite or Companion devices. You can tuck it out of sight, and just simply forget about it as you go about with your day. There's also the music streaming and alarm/reminder capabilities of this device, making it the perfect linchpin for a smart home.
The key to harmony
The central hub for a hands-free Harmony experience
The Logitech Harmony Elite allows users to connect all of their major devices into one central hub, enabling full control over every facet of your smart home.
The Harmony Elite plays nice with all of your Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, as well as the various devices connected to your home wi-fi network. Doesn't matter if it's your Xbox One, PlayStation 4, your Philips Hue or LIFX bulbs, or even that crazy routine you set up through IFTTT, it just works.
A cheaper alternative to the Elite
The Harmony Companion does everything the Harmony Elite does, just without the touchscreen on the remote.
If you don't need the touchscreen, you can save some money by purchasing the Companion instead of the Elite. It'll still get the job done and you can still connect it to Alexa.
You'll need to download the Amazon Alexa application in order to set this all into motion.
Alexa App (Free at Google Play Store)
The linchpin of this whole setup, allowing you to connect your Harmony and your Alexa-enabled device to one another.
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