Shades from Blindsgalore (Neo Smart Blinds Controller) Integration?

Hello, new to the forum, and fairly new to home automation. So far, have been able to connect a lot of things in my home to my Echo device, without a HUB. I have used the Smarthings app for some of them. Soon, I need to consider a HUB. I just ordered a set of motorized shades from Blindsgalore. To integrate with voice, they sell the Neo hub, and the salesman also told me that the wink hub would work. I don’t want to end up with more hubs than necessary, and am considering a Smartthings hub. Has anyone used a Smartthings hub with blindsgalore, or know if it will work?

There was a time this would not have gone unanswered. Did you ever try these blinds with SmartThings? Considering them too.

It uses the Neo smart hub, which is from an OEM who sells them to various window coverings companies. It’s Wi-Fi and a proprietary 433.92 MHz, no open API. So no direct integration.

http://neosmartblinds.com/smartcontroller/

However, it has an echo integration which allows its scenes to be activated through an echo routine. So you could use that as a “man in the middle” integration. :sunglasses: But you would still need to have the additional hub and use their app to set up the scenes.

http://neosmartblinds.com/smartcontroller-integrations/#scAlexaRoutine

FAQ: Can I trigger an Echo Action without Speaking to It?

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Hi folks. Although I’m a member of the SmartThings forum, I’m an owner of a Hubitat Elevation hub and not a SmartThings hub. The two have similar approaches to drivers, for those unfamiliar with the Hubitat Elevation. Anyhow, in my search for drivers for my newly acquired Neo Smart Controller for our outdoor blinds, I came across this thread. I thought others might do the same, so I wanted to provide you with info on a driver I have created for the Neo Smart Controller with support from a fellow Hubitat Elevation owner, Brian Wilson. You can find it here.

I got the API docs from Neo. The Neo Smart Controller supports HTTP GET commands with a simple syntax, so it was fairly trivial to build a driver for it. I’ve been using it now for a week or so and it has worked flawlessly. Someone in the SmartThings community might like to port it over to SmartThings - an exercise I understand is pretty straightforward. Enjoy!

Hi bigrizz, thanks for the info!! So I would still need to purchase the Neo controller in order to use your solution, is that correct? Your solution won’t work directly on my motorized shades?

Hi Naadimre. Yes, you need the Neo controller. The Neo controller sends the RF signals to the supported blind motor.

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