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Logitech Harmony turns your phone into an IoT magic wand for your house

The Logitech Harmony far exceeded my expectations. It's marketed as a "Universal Remote" and, as such, it's one of the best. However, the Harmony is much more, as it works with popular Internet-connected devices.

Product setup is easy via smartphone/tablet. The first step involves get connecting the Harmony hub to wifi. Since the device database is downloaded from the Internet, Harmony works with almost anything that has a remote: cable boxes, TVs, dvd players, stereos, etc.. You may configure up to 8 devices.

Harmony's remote doesn't need line of sight to communicate with its hub. This means you can place the hub in a solid wood cabinet and control it with the remote or your smartphone/tablet. The Harmony hub has a built-in internal IR blaster for old-school devices. Harmony ships with an additional IR blaster with a long wire so it can be placed, for example, outside your cabinet. Additional IR blasters can be purchased separately.

The provided remote is …