Logitech's Harmony Hub is a very practical and effective way to bring your home entertainment under one system. An improved ease of use is the principal benefit of the Harmony Hub, achieved with the devices and its accompanying apps and universal remotes.
Integration of Alexa with a Harmony Hub takes this ease of use one step further. Setting up the Harmony Skill in the Alexa app involves a straightforward process which we will take you through.
Harmony Hub Alexa integration guide
The first steps involve setting up both you Harmony device and your Echo hub. If your reading this article, I assume you have done this already. To connect these devices to take the following steps:
- Launch the Alexa app
- Choose the Menu button at the top left of the page
- Choose Skills & Games
- Search “Harmony”
- Select the blue Harmony skill (not the red)
- Click Enable
Following that you can set up names for your Activities, an example of an Activity is Watch TV. You can put custom names that work in addition to “Watch TV” by selecting “Add Friendly Name”. An example is “Alexa, turn on the screen”, where “the screen” is the Friendly Name.
You can also set up friendly names for your favorite TV channels. If your Smart TV has Roku you can allow Alexa to jump to channels an application, an example being “Alexa, turn on Netflix“.
The final step in the process is to click LINK ACCOUNT then DISCOVER DEVICES and you will complete the process.
Alexa Commands for Harmony
Here a few useful commands to get you going with your Harmony Hub:
- “Alexa, turn on the TV”
- “Alexa, turn off the TV”
- “Alexa, turn up the volume”
- “Alexa, turn up the volume by 10”
- “Alexa, pause”
- “Alexa, skip forward”
- “Alexa, turn on channel 11”
- “Alexa, channel up”
- “Alexa, turn on PS4”