New to Hubitat and I'm really liking it. I also have integrations with Broadlink RM4 (ifttt) to control RF & IR devices and I'm in the process of hooking up to Node-Red to do more locally to speed things up.
HOWEVER, when watching TV, I want a real remote control. I don't want to have to unlock my phone to change a channel. I want real remote control buttons.
I know about the Harmony Elite Hub and I bought 2 of them, but haven't opened them yet, because I'm thinking about returning them due to the cost and I understand they will only control 15 devices and I don't think I can carry the remote from one room to the next and use it with a different hub.
My question -> Is there a universal remote control that we can use (without another special hub) and integrate it to Hubitat and/or Broadlink to control my devices and trigger actions/scenes/rules?
Seems like I shouldn't have to pay almost $300 (per room) to have a remote control send a signal Hubitat (and/or Broadlink) to change the channel on my tv.
Keep the broadlink and use an old cellphone. Without a sim card the battery lasts like a week, if you uninstall all the crappy apps constantly exchanging data.
Couldn't you also use voice? Google or alexa with broadlink?
Not sure why you feel the Harmony hub (edit: Oops, I mean Harmony Companion) won't work due to button concerns - it includes a remote w/"real buttons." See below. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you are concerned about? The hub/remote combo goes for about $100 (renewed). Also see it used/like new for $124. You do need a hub/remote for each TV/room, so if that's a price barrier then the Harmony won't work.
I want the same thing. In a perfect world, I would have something with all of the buttons of a Harmony Companion Remote that would actually be Zwave or Zigbee button device and I could setup rules for each of the buttons. I like the tactile feel of a old-school remote with real buttons more than relying on a phone or tablet screen.
I do not know why you would pay four times as much for the Elite then the Companion. One nice thing about Samsung TVs is they all use the same IR signals. I can use the same remote for whatever room I am in. Anyhow, I am fine with the Companion version.
You're both right, of course. I have two companions, one for each TV (Samsung and Sony) and they are exactly what I need. But it's very much a YMMV situation, and my wife still misses our older Harmony 700 remote because of the screen it had.
I think it's pretty funny (and likely annoying to the OP) that we've turned a thread called "TV Remote other than Harmony" into a full on Harmony love-fest. [Oops...]
I have a Tablo Quad for recording or for pausing live TV, etc. Do not get their HDMI versions. They disable them a LOT more then the Quads unless you pay their subscription fees and they apparently can not be added as a device to your lifetime subscription like you can quads. It is a total rip-off.