August 30, 2010

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Adding a Roku to a Logitech Harmony Remote

I got a Roku HD player from Woot.com recently and, as with any electronic device for displaying content on your television, it came with a remote. I have a refurbished Logitech Harmony 880 remote that I use to control all of my devices so after verifying that the Roku worked (and adding my Netflix, Amazon Video, and Flickr accounts to it), I decided to add it to my remote’s repertoire.

This proved not to be so easy as the Roku didn’t seem to fit into any of the existing categories of Television, Amplifier, Cable/Satellite Box, Video Recorder, DVD, Music Player, Game Console, Mini System, Computer, Home Automation, or More Device Types. Well, I thought it fit into Mini System or Home Device Types, but those two categories were comprised of Mini System (DVD, CD, Radio), Mini System (CD, Radio, Cassette), and Mini System (DVD, VCR, Radio), and Tape Deck, Minidisc Player, and DAT, respectively. After some playing around I finally found it. Apparently,

the Roku is a DVD Player! Or at least that’s what Logitech says.

Inside the Logitech Harmony Remote Software (I have version 7.7.0), do the following:

  1. Go to Devices
  2. Click Add Device
  3. From the first dropdown, select DVD as the category and DVD as the subcategory
  4. Select Roku as the Manufacturer
  5. Enter your model (mine is an N1100, the example is N1000)
  6. Click Next
  7. It will show your device, then click Next again
  8. Scroll through your list of devices and click Settings on the one named DVD (this is your Roku’s default name)
  9. Select Rename this device from the list
  10. Click Next
  11. Enter the new name (i.e. “Roku” or “Roku HD”)
  12. Click Save
  13. Click Done

Congrats! You now have your Roku player associated with your Logitech Remote. Now you can add it to any activities you like or create new ones.