motorized vent or window opener
  Bulletin - 3 Levels of Blind, Shade, & Window Control 

Level 1 - RollerTrol™ Simple Remote Controls: We designed our system so that you can start out with our simple wall mount and hand held remotes for our shade/blind motors and skylight/window openers, then upgrade later to a more advanced system. Your investment is preserved as any remotes you purchase will still work, even if you upgrade to level 2 or 3 later. The remote control signals will be 'learned' and used by the higher levels of automation (see our blind & shade automation guide).

Level 2 - BroadLink® RF-IR Blaster Automation Hub: See our affordable blind and shade hub, operated by Android and IOS apps. This RF-IR blaster hub can learn RF radio signals for our blind motors and skylight/window openers and IR learning for TV. Convert old phones and tablets into WiFi home automation controllers!

If you want to take it even further and add support for Alexa®, take a look at the Node-RED visual design system for home automation. Built into the Raspberry Pi operating system, it is a very rapid way to control blinds and build a home automation system that runs on any platform (Raspberry Pi included) and supports literally hundreds of devices, including our blind motors and skylight/window openers via the BroadLink® plug-in.

Mermet® Custom Shades: For those of you wanting a more complete solution, we are now offering high quality shade and blind fabrics from Mermet®, mounted on standard tubing. Our motors just slide in and lock in place - no fuss no muss! Please check our Custom Blinds and Shades website for info.

Z-WAVE® Blind Automation: This protocol is often used in home automation systems. We have a Z-Wave interface for roller shade and blind motors, and Z-Wave control of our skylight and window opener systems.

We also have interfacing for all home automation systems via relays (see our blind & shade automation guide).

12v Electric Window & Skylight Opener

electric window opener installation example Here's an unobtrusive 12 volt electric window opener for controlling windows, skylights, vents, and any other item you would like to move with a motorized actuator. It can be controlled by a simple switch, or with our optional remote controls.

The linear chain actuator pushes straight out from the fixed housing which lines up unobtrusively with your window frame, fastened in place with mounting screws. Attach the end of the chain actuator to the window with two screws and you're done!

window types You've seen how handy our window blind and shade systems are, now you can use the same safe, low voltage technology to open and close your windows. With our new RollerNode™ controller, you can use the same radio remote system that controls our blinds. This means you can also later extend your system to use your phone, tablet or PC (any web enabled device) to control your window openers.

It is simple to adapt this unit to most types of windows and skylights because it does not need to rotate in any way like hinged units do. The flex link direct push drive has a 300mm stroke (~12"), the opening/closing force is approximately 20 lbs (9 kg), current consumption is ~1.5 A.

Use it to control the motion of windows, greenhouse vents, skylights, etc.

It can be adapted to work with most types of windows: single hung, double hung, hinged casement, skylights, etc. The internal electronics provide travel limit stops and motor overload cutoff.

You can buy these electric window openers in our online store.

CurtainCloser™ Drapery kit

We have also introduced our new drapery and curtain motor kit that uses a battery operated wireless motor (with solar option). Read about how it was used in the ultimate home theater our senior production engineer built.

ShadeSlider™ Skylight, Door & Bottom-up Shade Motor Kit

Our ShadeSlider™ skylight, door & bottom-up shade motor kit is also now available. It's good for greenhouse shades and blackout blinds too, or other types of linear motion applications.

Battery Operated Shade, Curtain & Blind Motors Have Arrived

We have intruduced a new 'Solar Wireless' series of blind motors with built-in rechargeable batteries and optional solar panel. Enjoy a completely wireless installation and still use our radio remote controls! These are also available in our mini size battery shade motors.

We have also introduced our new drapery and curtain motor kit that uses a battery operated wireless motor (with solar option).

We Have "Future Proofed" our RollerTrol Blind and Shade Products!

diy shades and blind motors with remote controlDon't like complicated systems? You can start with our very simple radio controlled motors and hand held remotes, with the assurance that your system can be expanded to meet any future needs. They are very simple to install and operate, and many of our customers find that it's all they need!

Be assured, though, that if you later decide to expand your system, we have created an easy pathway that uses your existing equipment, preserving your investment. Please read on to find out how ...

Control Our Blind & Shade Motors With a PC, Tablet, or Phone

We have implemented our radio encoding protocols with a Z-Wave solution. For more info, please see this ZWAVE section in our online store or this article series on how to install z-wave with Vera for blind and shade control.

Controlling your blinds with a PC can be convenient, but what if you could control everything with tablets placed (or wall mounted) at strategic locations around the house? What if you could control devices with your phone too? What if you could do this from remote locations when you are away?

We too have had the experience of using multiple remote controls in our living room. Our RollerTrol™ system has been designed from the ground up to eliminate this problem. The ability to interface our motors with the BroadLink® hub (or any hub with ZWAVE) takes you one giant step forward to having a single, unified control system for all your devices.

You can use our shades and window openers with any z-wave hub, using our Z-wave interface products: Wink, SmartThings, Vera, Homeseer, Nest, Syslink, Zipr, Xuan, Razberry Pi, Staples Connect, Fibaro, Xuan, Homelive, etc.

Use PC's, Android® tablets, Mac computers, Linux computers, iPhone®, iPad® and any other web enabled device!

We sincerely hope you enjoy using these advanced products; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time!