How to turn off ATV with Logitech Harmony Remote?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ascender, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    I've done a search and found a few threads which suggest the Harmony should automatically turn off the ATV. However, its just not happening for me.

    The activity is setup so that devices should be turned off at the end of the activity, but I think the problem is that the remote doesn't know how to turn it off. I've tried learning the command for turning it off manually, but the software doesn't seem to like that either, possibly because it misinterprets me holding down a button for 5 seconds as being a faulty IR signal.

    Any ideas on how to get round this problem please?

  2. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    It seems to work fine for mine. Keep in mind that the Apple TV doesn't "turn-off" but goes to sleep.
    Did you create the device profile by learning the commands or did you find it in the device library? I used the existing library one (it's listed a media PC).

    I'm not sure, but I think that the apple remote sends different IR signals if the button is held down (A power IR signal is sent to the Apple TV as opposed to the Apple TV interpreting 5 seconds of the play IR signal as power) This seems to be the case since my logitech remote turns it off immediately, not after 5 seconds.
  3. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    I have the harmony 550. I just set it up as a media center device and it works about 50% of the time for me. If I use the help button it shuts off. I think it has to do with the delay (Apple remote you hold down pause/play button). Try adjusting this function in the harmony setup to add a longer delay when putting device to sleep.
  4. ascender thread starter macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    I used the instructions in the sticky at the top of the forum which took me to the Wikipedia page.

    You're right, they've cut down on the number of buttons on the actual remote by having a different signal being sent if some are held down for 5-6 seconds.
  5. EvilRob macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2008
    As other posters have already pointed out, you cannot turn off an AppleTV from the remote. If you wish to turn it off, you must unplug it.

    That said, there is a 'sleep' mode that can be triggered by holding buttons on the remote, but there is a slight problem with Harmony remotes because the AppleTV expects a long hold, and the Harmony software refuses to configure a hold longer than 5 seconds.

    My guess is that the maximum hold the Harmony supports is near the threshold of what the AppleTV interprets as a command, so the operation works reliably for some people but not for others.

    Personally, I see no point in putting the AppleTV to sleep, especially not when it requires the user to hold the remote up for six seconds each time to achieve it. YMMV.

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