Smart Home Harmony Hub Integration

Smart Home Harmony Hub – Integration

This post will tell you how to control your Smarthome with the Harmony Hub. I will show how to set up openHAB2 and use the Harmony Hub Binding. I have done it and replaced my beloved Harmony One with an Harmony Elite. And one of the first thing I had to do was integrating the Harmony Hub in openHAB2.  I will show you how lean my tv shelf looks after the installation. Furthermore you get an impression how to control components with the PaperUI of openHAB2. Enjoy…

Smarthome Harmony Hub

Smarthome Harmony Hub – Product Details

You do not need the combination of the Harmony Elite and the Harmony Hub. It is fine using the cheaper Harmony Hub and openHAB 2. But as mentioned I loved my old Harmony One and the use of a real remote control. It is so comfortable using your remote and control your different components like the TV, Amp, Playstation and your Hue Lights. And with this set up you may even control any component that is supported by openHAB 2 like KNX, Z-Wave etc. I did not want to miss that!

Here you see the product details and some pictures of the remote.

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Logitech Harmony Elite, 915-000257

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Last update was on: 9. December 2019 20:36
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Logitech Harmony Hub for Control of 8 Home Entertainment Devices, works with...

Usually ships in 24 hours & Free shipping
Last update was on: 9. December 2019 20:36
$88.95 $99.99

Smarthome Harmony Hub – Lean, finally

Here you see my Mess Lowboard… You see my Z-5500 Logitech Amp, a Snakebyte Switch and the PS3. on the right side.

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After the installation the messy one turned  into my new “Lean Lowboard” =). But where has all the stuff gone? The components are all the lowboard. I added the two IR blaster that come with the Harmony Hub.

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Smarthome Harmony Hub – Configuration

I do not explain the set up of the single components within your Harmony. Everyone has different components and so this does not make sense. But all I have to say is, use the app. The set up is really simple with your Smartphone. I do not recommend using the PC software. The only thing you should do on your PC is arranging the channel logos.

Smarthome Harmony Hub – Binding

Smarthome Harmony Hub – Binding – Installation

At the beginning there is always the installation of the binding. Call the following page in your browser.

Now put in Harmony (1) in the search line. Choose INSTALL (2) next to the Harmony Hub Binding.

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Now the Hub should already been recognized. Add the hub by clicking the blue circle (1).

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Choose a name for your thing and click ADD AS THING.

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Now you will see the components that you did already set up in your Harmony App. You may now add any of the components by clicking the blue circle (1) and you will be able to control them in the PaperUI.

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If you did not activate the simple mode, got to the Things configuration by calling:

Choose the Thing you would like to control in PaperUI and click the grey circle (1)

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Choose the channel and activate it by clicking the circle (1).

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Now your may click Control on the left hand. Here you see two of my components. The Gigablue DVR and the Harmony Hub itself.

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What shall I say? It is real simple to integrate your Harmony Hub in openHAB 2. In one of my following post, I will explain how to control your Smarthome Components with the home control keys of the remote. You do not want to miss it? Use the newsletter…

Thomas has build its own Smarthome in 2010. In 2016 he started a German blog about Smarthome to share his knowledge. 2017  he started consulting customers that needed help setting up their own Smarthome. In 2018 the first German course about cloudless Smarthome was launched at Udemy. This course became one of the top rated Smarthome courses. This Smarthome course is now also available in English.

2 Comments
  1. Thanks for the great guide. Question on this. I am looking to start using the harmony hub in place of an existing Harmony 900. Can’t find much in OpenHAB that anyone has done or shared around full management thru the sitemap of each device. So for example, I have an XBox 360 and watch TV on it. I press play and stop and fast forward and reverse and record… Can’t find any examples or if it’s even possible to manage those things as items thru OpenHAB. Do you have any examples of this? Your GigaBlue picture above is the first time I’ve seen any sign that there may be more things to control than what all the examples give you. Assume I don’t want to use a physical remote. Thoughts?

  2. Hi John,

    you can control every single button of your remote via openhab.

    You can find all the command values in the rest docs of openhab.
    http://yourIP:8080/doc/index.html#!/channel-types/getByUID

    Then put your channel in channelTypeUID. For example use rules to send a command with the value to the harmony hub.

    I have done this for some things to control my old tv wiht voice.

    Regards
    Thomas

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