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Logitech Harmony 650 Remote
As we’ve said earlier, one of the traps of any suitably complete AV setup at home is the amount of cabling and remotes you end up with. Well, cabling, sadly, is part of the deal for a while yet, but the remote problem has been happily solved, and one of the most elegant solutions on the market is Logitech’s range of universal remotes.
The Harmony 650 is a solid, mid-range programmable remote with a colour display, and the capacity to control three units – so, say, TV, audio, and a third device, like your Live Hub or a Blu-ray player. The 650 delivers one-touch control over your entire system, simply letting you choose what devices power on and how they connect with one button.
It’s easy to set up, too – just connect it your computer, and Logitech’s software does the rest.
Now, you’ll notice that we’ve chosen two Western Digital devices, and both of them have storage. There’s a method to our loving madness, namely that same-brand devices tend to play nicer together, and secondly, that you can never have too much storage, especially when – as is the case with the My Net N900 – it’s designed from the get-go as a back-up device
And everyone needs a backup device!
On top of that, it also allows for accelerated streaming of media and gaming content, Dual-band N performance, and it can perform those essential backups wirelessly – so it’s great for laptops and other wireless devices in the home. It basically acts the central part of your own personal cloud, all while just being a great router to boot!
It’s pretty easy, in the modern connected home, to end up with an overdose of devices all huddling around your television. Which helps , no, one ,really, as you end up with more cables, more clutter, and a terrible confusion of remotes. Best, then, to enjoy devices that can do a lot of things – like Western Digital’s WD TV Live Hub.
This attractive media player boasts 1TB of storage and built in Ethernet connectivity, meaning you can store media right on the player. And given that the Live Hub can handle everything from photos, to HD video files, to music, there’s no reason not to make this the center of your AV set up.
On top of that, there are remote apps for both iOS and Android that not only let you share media from your phone, but even turns your phone into a control device.