Please Note: Do you already have an existing automation system? Please see the shade and blind automation section further down about our interface products.

3 Easy Levels to Full Automation; Preserve Your Initial Purchase

Since 1972, we have worked with home automation, back when the x10 protocol first appeared. When we started our parent company RollerTrol™, it was our policy to support as many home automation systems as we could and we continue this philosophy today!

We have now refined this policy to simplify the 3 easy levels of automation for controlling our shade and blind motors, and many other devices.

A key feature of this plan is that your initial purchase of remote controls is preserved, and will keep on working for you, no matter how extensively you decide to automate.


remote control blinds, shades
Level 1 - Simple Operation Remote Controls:

Our system allows you to start out with our simple hand-held and multi-channel wall-mount remote controls for our shade/blind motors, then upgrade later to a more advanced automation set up.

A lot of our clients find that these simple remote controls are enough, and your purchase is preserved no matter if you upgrade your automation system or not. Whichever remote controls you buy will keep working for you, even if you move up to a more sophisticated automation level at a later time.

You can operate individual motors with our remote controls and/or create groups of shades to operate all at the same time.


RF and IR blaster learns remote control signals for blinds, shades, window openers
Level 2 - RF-IR Blaster BroadLink® Automation Hub
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Finally, a super simple phone app that can 'learn' RF signals right from our remotes. Have a look at our affordable new blind and shade hub, operated by Android and IOS apps.

Additionally, this system also has "if-this-then-that" (IFTTT) event triggering, and timers, as well as IR learning for your TV and other media. The best part is, your remotes from Level 1 will still work.

This system may well be the only automation set-up you will ever want to have. Save your $$$ and change all your old tablets and phones into powerful WiFi home automation controls!

You can operate individual motors with our remote controls and/or create groups of shades to operate all at the same time.


HASS learns RF and IR remote control signals for blinds, shades, window openers
Level 3 - Home Assistant™: Welcome to the end of incompatible systems!

We are now supporting the excellent Home Assistant (HASS) software, that runs on any platform in the background (as a web server), including the Raspberry Pi. Both the Level 1 and Level 2 controls and phone apps will keep working with this system.

Any browser-enabled device on your network is able to utilize this interface as it acts as your own private cloud. You don't have to have an exterior connection to the world-wide-web, but it is an option for you.

Please see this article about how HASS turns a Raspberry Pi into a powerful low-cost home automation controller for our IR BLASTER BroadLink system. It is able to tie in with many other control systems such as Wink®, Wemo®, SmartThings®, Vera®, Z-Wave®, etc (over 500 devices and counting!).

You motors are individually operable with the BroadLink hub + HASS, and you can also create groups.

This is a powerful system that provides the ultimate in remote control.

 

Control Everything With Your Voice: Home Assistant™+ BroadLink®+ Alexa®

Amazon Echo Alexa voice control system

Customers often ask us if we can integrate our shade and blinds motors with the Alexa® voice command system, and the answer is YES! The Home Assistant system™ makes this relatively simple because it creates a bridge between the BroadLink® hub and Alexa®.

Not only is the BroadLink® hub capable of learning RF control signals for our blind and shade systems, it's also a great  IR code learner too, and can  controll all your TV, Blueray, DVD, Netflix streaming, TV, and other media systems. With Alexa you can add voice control to this capability.

It's simple to program a sequential process for some applications in your home with just the touch of a single button. For example, if you have a home theatre system, there may be several functions you need to get your theater started: dim the lights, turn the projector on, lower blackout blinds, select Netflix, lower projector screen, activate audio system,  etc.

Then you can assign that control function to be started by Alexa, and use your voice to execute a series of events that are pre-programmed into the BroadLink hub.


Have A Home Automation System Already?

group transmitter for bind, shade motors Use our relay controlled group transmitter that can interface with our radio motors with OPEN/CLOSE/STOP commands. You just have to have a relay module with 3 relays to trigger these control signals. The group transmitter can control as many motors as you like at the same time in a group, no matter how many are in the group!

If you are using Z-WAVE® systems, you'll want our Z-Wave trigger module for blinds & shades that can be used to trigger for the group transmitter.

We also have a complete ZWave control kit for shades & blinds that comes with the 12v power supply,  z-wave trigger module, and group transmitter.

Please see our article explaining how to use our interface modules:

RollerTrol™ Z-Wave Motor Control

If you prefer to have group and individual control of our motors, you may consider using our BroadLink hub system, as mentioned above, as it will give you far more operating options for much less than Z-Wave.

The BroadLink hub can control our older R series motors, our newer G series blind & shade motors,  our drapery motors,  smart film, any IR controlled devices such as sound systems, TV and many other devices such as LED lighting, fans,  etc. The BroadLink hub can even learn x10 radio commands, in case you have some of those old modules in your home.

For purchasing the BroadLink or Z-Wave interfacing products, please include a mention in your quote request.

Companion articles in this series:

BroadLink® Temperature and light sensitive blinds, shades & window openers

BroadLink® Smart hub for Home Automation: Introduction

BroadLink® Rain sensor for closing skylights