Will a Logitech Universal Remote Control a Roku Box?

by Michael Cox

    Roku's line of streaming Internet players includes remote controls. If you already have a Logitech Harmony universal remote, using the Roku's dedicated control may seem awkward. Not to worry; the Harmony -- like other universal remotes -- is compatible with your Roku, and its standard setup process should get you navigating the device's hundreds of content channels.

    Step 1

    Sign in to myharmony.com. If you haven't created an account and downloaded the Logitech Harmony software to your computer, do so and connect your remote to the computer using its USB cable.

    Step 2

    Click "Devices" on the main setup screen. Enter "Roku" in the Manufacturer box and your Roku's model number in the Model Number box and then click "Next." Confirm your selection if prompted to do so.

    Step 3

    Click "Activities" on the main setup screen. Choose "Custom" from the list and click "Next." Enter "Watch Roku" as the activity name. Click "Next." Select your TV and Roku and follow the prompts to instruct the Harmony to turn on your devices, specify volume control and switch the TV to the input your Roku is using.

    Step 4

    Click "Sync" to add the Roku and your new activity to the Harmony remote. Your Harmony will now power on and off your Roku. You may add more activities or map specific buttons using the "Buttons" option on the main screen. Disconnect your Harmony from your computer when you're done programming it.

    Tips

    • If you're using an older version of the Harmony software, when you set up the new device, choose "DVD" from the "Device Type" drop-down menu and then choose "Roku." For best results, use myharmony.com for the latest version of device support.

    About the Author

    Michael Cox writes about lifestyle issues, popular culture, sports and technology. In a career spanning more than 10 years, he has contributed to dozens of magazines, books and websites, including MSN.com and "Adobe Magazine." Cox holds a professional certificate in technical communications from the University of Washington.

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