Now that we’ve unboxed the Revue, it’s time to take a look at the setup process, which has been receiving mixed reviews so far.
Setting up a Logitech Revue is a 12 step process which ranges from adjusting your screen positioning, network preferences, establishing your set-top-box and TV model, and so on. While not necessarily complicated, especially for someone who is somewhat tech savvy, it certainly may seem a bit daunting for some users.
Continue reading after the break for our initial impressions, along with our video walk-through of setting up a Logitech Revue for the first time.
After you hook up your Revue and turn it on for the first time, you must first complete the 12 step setup process. We’re going to list each of the steps and give some additional feedback.
Step 1-3: Maximize your screen area
I’m not exactly sure what constitutes the three steps here, but needless to say, the first thing that needs to be done is making the necessary adjustments for Google TV to fit your TV’s screen in its entirety. This is one step that may be a bit challenging to some users, but anyone that has performed this task on a computer monitor will feel right at home.
This step must be performed on each side of the screen using the controller’s arrow pad, until the black area takes up the whole screen. Again, this is not overly difficult to achieve, but I can’t help but wonder why some sort of auto-adjust option wasn’t built in, with the ability to make this adjustment if need be.
Step 4: Connect to the Internet
In this step, you must establish the Revue’s Internet connection, either through a wired Ethernet cable, or via Wireless (Wi-Fi). If you’re connecting via Ethernet, simply plug it in and your modem/router will assign the Revue an IP and you are good to go.
If you are going to be connecting the Revue to the Internet via Wi-Fi (which I imagine most people will be), you will have to follow the necessary steps to connect. Simply select your router’s SSID (the public name of your wireless network), and enter your password if you are on a secure network. I see no major issues with this step, so let’s move on, shall we?
Step 5: System Updates
There isn’t a whole lot to say about this step either, as it simply downloads and applies any necessary system updates. A reboot might be necessary, and once this step is complete you are ready to move on to entering your Google account information.
Step 6-7: Google Account
Google TV requires a Google account to use, and for this step you must enter your Google account name and password. This is so the Revue can sync photos and video subscriptions to your device, and this step offers the ability to sign up if you do not already have a Google account.
This step is also pretty self explanatory, so let’s keep rolling along to step 8.
Step 8: Logitech Legal Notice
You can read this if you want to, and also check off a radio button to receive updates about Logitech products. Yawn. On to step 9.
Step 9: Enter ZIP code
The message on the screen says this is so you can receive accurate programming information, but you and I both know this isn’t the entire story here. That’s right, Google wants your zip code so that you can be served geo-located ads more effectively. This step cannot be skipped, so you may as well enter your zip code and move on.
Step 10: Set Up TV Service
Probably one of the most important steps is properly setting up your Logitech Revue to pair up with your cable or satellite provider’s set-top-box.
This screen will ask the user if they see their TV signal playing in the box situated to the right of the screen (see above), and chances are you will. If not, you may not have connected your set-top-box to the Revue correctly. Next, you will have to select the model of your STB. Navigate to find your provider, and select your model. You may need to enter it in manually, which can typically be found on the bottom of the box near the serial number.
An optional step is ensuring that the Revue properly sees any of your premium content (HBO, Showtime), so if you subscribe to any of these services select yes and have the Revue scan your channels for any of this content. You will then see a list of your channels, and if it looks ok, you’re ready to continue on. Almost there!
Step 11: TV Setup
Another important step is entering your TV’s make and model number. If your TV is in an awkward place and you can not easily see the back, you may have to look it up online, or simply move your TV into a position where you can see it. For this step you simply select the manufacturer, and then enter in the model number.
Step 12: AV Receiver Setup
Here it is, the 12th and final step! Here you will set up any of your AV equipment to work with the Revue. I personally do not use any additional AV equipment, so if you run into any problems with this section, you may want to refer to the Revue Cares help section on Logitech’s website.
As I mentioned earlier, none of these steps are overly difficult. However, users who might not be as technically savvy may find the process somewhat intimidating. I feel that Logitech could have done a bit more to make the process a bit more automated in the areas like having to adjust the screen size, with the option to set up manually as a failsafe.
One nice feature of this set up process is if for some reason the Revue looses power during the process, upon startup you will be returned to the step you were last working on. Overall, I found the set up process to be pretty painless, but some may not.
If you would like to watch the process step by step, please refer to the video embedded below. Stay tuned for more video of our Logitech Revue testing experience in the coming days.
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