Adding a Roku to a Logitech Harmony Remote

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  1. FredH says:

    Thanks for this post – it looks like it’s been helping folks for 6 years now. Got my Roku 2 working with my ancient Harmony 659. I can’t believe Logitech hasn’t moved the Roku out of the DVD category in all these years.

  2. skinsfaninvegas says:

    Having it under DVD is ridiculous, especially when they have a category for set top boxes. Putting it in a completely incorrect category isn’t user friendly – it’s user-hostile. I’d never spend hundreds of dollars on a Harmony One after going through this, that’s for sure. After the warranty period they want you to pay for support, which is valid IF THEY HAVE A LOGICAL WAY YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, and this absurdity of listing a ROKU as a DVD shows that Harmony doesn’t think the way normal users would.

  3. joetoronto says:

    I’ve managed to get the volume control on my Harmony 900 working, but that’s about it. I can’t get FF or Rewind to work.

    • John says:

      You can tweak what the buttons do from inside each activity, just click “Customize Buttons” on the Activity you wish to modify. Keep in mind that you may need to change the Device the button is tied to, e.g. Fast Forward and Rewind should be tied to your Roku/DVD player while Volume Up/Down should be tied to your TV or Receiver.

  4. Crappy Logitech. Blah. But thanks for the article, got me fixed up.

  5. Mychale Keck says:

    NICE!!! I was just about to go in and do the exact same thing you did and check each device type and the manufacturers they had listed. But I thought to check with Google first and your post was at the top of the page. Had my Roku up and running on my Harmony in nothing flat. THANKS!!!! :-)

  6. popper1101 says:

    Thanks for posting, helpful to know it was under DVD->DVD!

  7. Vern says:

    Worked perfectly! Thanks a lot for posting this!

  8. Dar-z-plops says:

    Fantabulous. Just what the doctor ordered

  9. Kathleen says:

    Do you know how to do this with a Roku 3 (model 4200X) and the Harmony “Smart Control” remote? I love that this remote is non-IR, but it seems to have a bit less ability to be customized than the Harmony One that I had before. I can add the Roku to the device, but it doesn’t seem to actually be doing anything with it.

    • John says:

      If the Smart Control uses the same software the process should be the same. If you have the device added, you can try accessing the Devices menu on your remote and access the Roku that way. You may have to manually program how you want the remote to work with the Roku (set which button does what).

    • kevin C says:

      A Roku 3 uses a bluetooth remote so you are going to be out of luck using a Harmony Remote to control it unless it too has bluetooth. I ran into the same thing on my oku 3 and also my PS3. Well, for the PS3 they do sell an adapter that runs 80 bucks or so, so I’m passing on that for obvious reasons.

      I do have my Harmony 880 working fine with my Roku 2 and numerous other devices in my home.

  10. JonnyRo says:

    Much appreciated!

  11. OldSchool1948 says:

    I’ve been using a Harmony 900 for a while with a Roku device, most recently the Roku 2 XS. Having said that, I cannot control the volume without first selecting my Pioneer AVS as a device. Then if I want to control the Roku device, I have to select it as a device.

    Has anyone found a way to truly control a Roku device by default using the Harmony 900 controls without having to switch to either the Roku device and/or or control the volume?

    • John says:

      Inside the harmony software you should be able to set any button (such as the Volume Controls) to do anything any of your remotes can do.
      It sounds like you might need to reconfigure your “Watch Roku” activity to specify that Volume Up/Down controls your Pioneer AVS.

  12. roryneil says:

    If it helps anyone, I couldn’t get this to work at first, BECAUSE I put in my model number (mine is the 3100X). I tried again, and just said the suggested model “Roku2 XS”, and it worked perfectly.

  13. Joy says:

    I have successfully programmed my Roku but for some reason I can get into a program like Netflix or Hulu but I can’t back out of it. So for example if I am in Netflix and I decide to change to Hulu I can’t back out to the main home screen. What is the command to get to the main homescreen.

  14. Wanda says:

    I was able to add my Roku XS to my Logitech Harmony 900 remote. However, I can only power my Roku through my Harmony 900 Remote. How can I get all the function keys on my Roku Remote programmed on my Harmony 900 remote? I really don’t want to use my Roku remote for commands like the home key, fast forward and rewind. Does anyone have step by step instructions on how program my Harmony 900 remote to include the commands I want?

  15. Tiny Clanger says:

    Thanks — that’s saved a lot of hassle. Roku’s motion-sensing remote *eats* batteries.

    Logitech seem to have updated their software since some of these comments were made: you can now just enter “Roku 2 HD” as the device, and the Instant Replay button is now assignable.

    Shame there are shortcuts that’ll take you directly to things like Pandora, but there aren’t any for BBC iPlayer or Plex, though, but you can’t have everything :)

  16. Capscorpio says:

    very helpful saved me a lot of research work. !!!!

  17. PJ says:

    It worked, however the last command sets the Input on my receiver to BD (for Blueray Device) even though I have the input ad HDMI 1 I have tried to add another command but it will not let me. Any tips

  18. JohnnyGP says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. It saved me and probably numerous others a lot of time. Kudos to you!

  19. Anand says:

    Thank you very much for the tip. I couldn’t find ROKU in the database, but came to know that it is in DVD category,,strange though!!!!! Finally added ROKU to my logitech harmony remote. Thanks again for your tip.

  20. Ron says:

    Thanks, helped very much!

  21. John says:

    Awesome, thanks!! I looked under Cable, Satellite and Computer. Who knew it was a DVD player?!

  22. debbie says:

    Thank you

  23. Desirae says:

    Is there a way to add a keyboard to the Harmony Remote? I hate having to choose each letter by using the up, down, left and right arrows. Seems so archaic with the Sleek Harmony 1100.

  24. Bob says:

    John, Trying to setup a Roku XD 2050x and Logitechs software does not have a device option anymore. It only has me enter the manufacturer and model number. When I enter all the correct in, it asks me if I have a Roku XD, which I do, and then I sync. However, when I try to use the remote with the Roku, it does not work. Any suggestions? Thanks for the help.

    • John says:

      Bob –

      Your logitech software has the ability to “learn” another remote. It sounds like you might need to use that option. Have it learn from your new Roku’s remote and that should solve the problem.

      John

      • Jared says:

        What happens if you do not have the roku remote? Is it possible that you can have the harmony 900 learn how to control the Roku N1100 without the remote? I was able to add the roku as a DVD player but my harmony will not control the roku at all. How can it learn to control the roku?

  25. Maria says:

    does this also work for the Roku 2?

    I have all my devices working except the Roku 2… not sure what activity it will fall into. Listening to the radio? Yes, because I have Pandora setup. But I also have channels setup as well (HBO GO, SHO GO, etc.)… not necessarily a DVD.

    HELP, please.

  26. Clarke says:

    Thanks! Worked great.

  27. Dan says:

    Thanks! Was struggling to find my Roku XS in the Harmony Remote software. You’d think with the popularity of streaming devices, there would be a separate category for them.

    Thanks again!

    • Jon says:

      Yea. Amusingly enough, the traffic to this here blog doubled (to record highs) for a few days after Xmas. 100% of it because of the Roku/Logitech.

  28. alfiesaden says:

    hi – is it just me !! can any one explain why when i type in the bing browser “snowulf.com” i get a different site yet whe i type it in google its ok? could this be a bug in my system or is any one else having same probs ?
    alfies

  29. Jeremy says:

    Thanks for the great tip! I searched a few of the device categories looking for Roku, came up empty, then found your site. Hiding this one under ‘DVD’ is not intuitive — nice one Logitech.

  30. Eric says:

    Awesome post, exactly what I needed! I crated the activity, but still can’t control volume or the ok button on my 900. Does work to start the activity, but can’t control anything else once I’m in. Tried to learn the roku remote, but it didn’t work. Any suggestions?
    Thanks
    Eric

    • John says:

      Eric –
      When you setup the activity on your Logitech, you need to choose the device that controls your sound and it should automatically set the volume buttons on the remote to the volume buttons on your sound output device.
      You can verify this by opening up the activity, and customizing the buttons. From there you can verify/set what the Volume and OK buttons do.

      -John

  31. therese says:

    OK thanks for all the help. Found Roku in the list. Must have been tired last night. LOL! Got it all set up except the part where I want to watch a DVD so I will try that now. Got all the commands set up as well. This was great help!!!

  32. therese says:

    Just got the Harmony 900 and the Roku.Two great additions. Have tried the above set up but my Roku model number gets changed to a different number. Guess I should try it anyway. Also Roku does not come up as a manufacturer. Would also like to set up all the functions of the Roku remote on the Harmony 900. anyone know of step by step instructions anywhere?
    OK going to try again!

    Thanks for the tips.

  33. dan says:

    One of the most useful Harmony tips on the Internet, Thanks!

    I thought I’d never find the stupid setting for the Roku.

    And, Mr Fred, you’re right but the Logitech setup shows a shinny disk as you try to setup to use your roku. And you have to say you’re watching a DVD

  34. Fred says:

    You have to remember that DVD no longer means Digital Video Disk. It now means Digital Video Device.

  35. MichaelM says:

    Still helpful after all these months; this posting solved my problem. Perhaps one day, Logitech will discover that a Roku doesn’t play DVDs.

    • John says:

      What I would really like is for them to update the list of commands the Roku supports, specifically to add the Instant Replay button. You can buy a newer Roku remote (or use the iPhone app) and Instant Replay will work, even with older Rokus.

  36. Ben says:

    Thanks, exactly what I was looking for!

  37. Kat says:

    THANK YOU! It would have taken me AGES to try DVD Player. I had tried some randomly, but wouldn’t have gotten down to DVD player for a long time. Thank you for your help!

  38. Thank for the helpful tip. This is the love/hate relationship with Logitech. The Harmony was good and they broke it with crap software. Fortunately there are people like you willing to help others workaround such Logitech silliness – like Roku HD in the DVD section…!?

  39. Bob says:

    Thank you for taking the time to put this together. It was a big help.

  40. Espartaco says:

    This works like a charm on a Harmony One. You will need to do some custom setup of buttons to get all the functionality of the Roku 9 button remote. You will need to designate a button as home, back, options, and replay. Now the Roku remote can live in my cabinet with the other unused remotes!

  41. John says:

    Thanks for the tip. Found my Roku under DVD and now the remote controls my Roku. Great. But now I can’t figure out how to control the actual DVD player/recorder (Samsung) on the same system. Any ideas?

    • John says:

      You need to setup an activity with the Roku and then another with your DVD Player/Recorder. To do that, use the “Watch a DVD” template, selecting your Roku as your DVD player. After you have the activity setup, then go back into it and select Rename (I used “Watch Roku”).

      Then setup another activity using “Watch a DVD” and this time select your DVD Player/Recorder.

  42. B Free says:

    Thanks! This hooked my Roku UP!

  43. Shawn says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  44. Evan W. says:

    Thanks for the tip! I was worried that Roku wasn’t supported by Harmony remotes, never would have guessed it would be listed as a DVD player.

  45. Fordo says:

    Rock On! Exactly what I was looking for. Thx Much.

  46. Michael says:

    Good tip thank you!

  47. Very helpful and easy to follow post on Roku/Harmony…I reviewed many posts before I found yours and it solved my issue..thanks so much…Sandor Lenner

  48. David Ludwig says:

    EXCELLENT! I just got the same thing from WOOT and was looking to add this to my Harmony One. Thanks!

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