Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




62 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


Topic # 165913 24-Feb-2015 15:27
Send private message

Just looking into this now as the prewire for part 2 of our reno is happening in a couple of weeks. The few blinds places I rang suggest the battery powered systems because you can't see them as much and they will last years with typical use before replacing batteries. Some even have solar recharging.

So just after some advice or thoughts on this. I'm currently using OpenHab and Zwave tech and if I could stick with that, that'd be great but I'd be OK getting another controller like ZigBee or somesuch if need be.

Thanks
Aaron



Create new topic
1664 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 188

Subscriber

  Reply # 1245635 24-Feb-2015 15:33
Send private message

As long as the blind controller has the typical 'up/down' controls (which almost all have I believe), then you can still control it using Z-Wave - via the Fibaro Roller Shutter module. What I mean is, get the best motor/system you can find/afford, and then worry about how you will automate it - since the Fibaro module should support retrofitting to just about any device on the market.

1664 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 188

Subscriber

 
 
 
 


1475 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 147

Subscriber

  Reply # 1245668 24-Feb-2015 15:40
Send private message

I went through this exercise of choosing blind motors a few months ago, and I am now ready to buy.  I generally found the local suppliers to be either horribly expensive, or not interested (I left several messages that where never replied to).

The best service, information, and (so far) price I have found is from http://rollertrol.com/ They even do window openers, which I want to try out.  Plus they have a section on how to control/automate (from basic remote control through to Vera and VerLite http://rollertrol.com/vera-and-veralite-wifi-controller-for-blinds-or-shades 

I would be interested to know how you got on for the supply of motors locally.



62 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


  Reply # 1245669 24-Feb-2015 15:41
Send private message

Thanks. I've been drooling over that shutter controller however it will only work with wired in units due to AC restriction. It won't work with DC battery units which is a shame. Whilst I like the idea of batteries in a way, what I'll end up with is some sort of wireless protocol that I then need to interface with my HA setup.

Wired would probably be easier to get working, albeit a bit more conspicuous.


timbosan: I went through this exercise of choosing blind motors a few months ago, and I am now ready to buy.  I generally found the local suppliers to be either horribly expensive, or not interested (I left several messages that where never replied to).

The best service, information, and (so far) price I have found is from http://rollertrol.com/ They even do window openers, which I want to try out.  Plus they have a section on how to control/automate (from basic remote control through to Vera and VerLite http://rollertrol.com/vera-and-veralite-wifi-controller-for-blinds-or-shades 

I would be interested to know how you got on for the supply of motors locally.


Thanks! How are your blinds, all good? And do you have a Home Auto system running them? 




873 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 56

Subscriber

  Reply # 1251233 4-Mar-2015 18:03
Send private message

those rollertrol ones look great they have a curtain motor that is radio controlled with solar charger and battery included exactly what I've been looking for.

1674 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 428


  Reply # 1280766 10-Apr-2015 20:46
Send private message

c-bus, clipsal

834 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 260

Trusted

  Reply # 1280785 10-Apr-2015 21:02
One person supports this post
Send private message

I have child powdered curtains, and I use the shouting protocol :-)

1664 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 188

Subscriber

  Reply # 1280788 10-Apr-2015 21:24
Send private message

The cheapest and often most effective protocol of them all!

1748 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 361

Trusted

  Reply # 1287709 20-Apr-2015 13:17
Send private message

Glassboy: I have child powdered curtains, and I use the shouting protocol :-)


Shoutcast ?




My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government


Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Geekzone Live »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.