So we have some windows that are fitted with motorised openers. They are controlled from via switch with a rocker type open one way, middle off, the other close. The action ones the switch has to b held in place. Anyone know an easy way to make this smart? I thinking of a 2ch sonoff switch, one channel for open the other close. But I think its a bit clunky. Thoughts?
Since they are already motorised, then, yes, the safest and easiest thing is just to automate the remote control.
And the easiest way to do that is with a SwitchBot, which is essentially a robot finger that pushes a button. They have an official smartthings integration and they work quite well. I have a number in my own home.
The two downsides are that they are pretty expensive and they look pretty weird. But they work fine. They are available in a number of countries, including the US, the UK, and Japan, all through Amazon.
And here’s a review I did for this forum:
You didn’t say what country you were in, which does affect device selection somewhat, although again both Switchbot and Sonoff are available in many countries.
So that’s one approach, which has the advantage of not changing any of the existing safety features and not voiding the warranty of the existing motorised system.
Here’s the UK listing at Amazon. You do need the mini hub as well as the button pusher in order to get the smartthings integration.
Not a bad idea but that £50 a window! Hmmmm
Yes, that’s the downside.
You could use 2 sonoff minis. Its small enough to fit behind a back box and relatively cheap.
You’ll have to create an automation to turn it off after so many seconds unless your window motor has a fully open/close sensor otherwise it would keep driving the motor which could result in a burnt out motor or stripped gears. Heres a link
Sorted using a Sonof 4chR3 so contol each pole. So can now say “Ok google turn on open kitchen window” and “ok google turn on close kitchen window”. It set to inching with clost set for 0.5sec more than open to make sure closed. At bit clunky but a work in progress and it works.