I’m working with a local vendor to install window shades (blinds) in my home. I told them I want to integrate their solution with my SmartThings setup. They know nothing about ST (fair enough) so I simply said I need a zigbee or zwave solution. Their proposal includes two line items:
Zigbee Network Coordinator & Extender
QDR2 Zigbee Multi Channel Remote
My understanding is, their shade motor controller will be controlled by the remote. The remote has up/down, and also, pre-sets for 20%, 40%, etc blind extension (which I don’t really care about - I just need up and down).
Will I be able to integrate with this remote (or perhaps with this motor controller)? I can see there being two options here - talk to the motor controller directly, or, talk to the remote and let the remote talk to the controller.
One window will be 30’ up off the ground, so virtually inaccessible once installed. I don’t want to risk causing a situation where I have to ‘re-pair’ their remote with their motor controller. I’m tempted to ask for a basic simple wired controller - just ‘up’ and ‘down’ via switches - and then later figure a way to replace those switches with something I can control via ST. But any ‘wired’ solution is going to involve cutting into the sheetrock, which increases installation cost.
I don’t HAVE to have integration with ST for these blinds, but it would be a nice-to-have. I lower them once a day at noon, and raise them once a day at sundown, so either manual or ‘their remote’ would be fine.