Flirc works very well. In the latest version of the firmware, we added a default XBMC profile so as long as you are running that release, your flirc will work with the harmony without any additional pairing.
Using the XBMC harmony profile:
Make sure you are running the latest version of FLIRC GUI software
- Install Flirc software
- Plug in Flirc and open the Flirc software - the software should automatically upgrade the Flirc firmware (if required)
- Go to harmony software or myharmony.com and add a new device
(If you're using the harmony software you'll have to choose the device "Media center PC")
Depending on the Harmony remote model you may have to create an activity that uses the "XBMC Device"
- Sync the settings
- You should be good to go - you don't need to program buttons using the Flirc gui, we've done that for you.
To add further keys to the remote control see this article
Use a TV profile
In Harmony software or the online utility choose from one of the two option below (best to choose a tv that isn't the same brand as the one you are using)
Using the harmony software or myharmony.com, ensure all buttons have something assigned to them (e.g. the subtitle button may not have anything assigned to it for the panasonic device). If nothing is assigned to the button then the button won't be mappable using Flirc GUI as nothing is being sent when it is pressed.
Also, by default each button is assigned something different, when changing or adding buttons ensure the same action isn't assigned to different key, this will prevent "Button already exists" error when configuring Flirc through the GUI.
Sync the changes, quickly set up Flirc
Key repeat rate may not be desirable (i.e. when scrolling a list, flirc may not be responsive and continue to scroll a little longer than you want). This is something that is addressed in our custom harmony profile (as described at the start of this post)