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I'd be so interested to hear how it went.
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Choosing a home automation system / Re: Controlling Blind Remotely
« Last post by admin on September 20, 2017, 04:57:17 AM »
Hello @lcsmith62, thanks for your posting.

The feedback we have from our Insteon clients is that the best way to control our blind motors is to use our z-wave control kit:

http://rollertrol.com/store/en/all/253-zwave-group-control-starter-kit-for-blinds-and-shades.html

This would assume that you have whatever Insteon module is required for it to control devices using z-wave.

With regards to Alexa, we're not sure if Insteon has provided the ability to interface with that type of voice control.

We know that it can work with Home Assistant (HASS) running on a Raspberry Pi.

Regards, Adrian
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Choosing a home automation system / Controlling Blind Remotely
« Last post by lcsmith62 on September 19, 2017, 05:37:14 PM »
I would like to be able to make my roller blinds go up and down when I am away from home.  I have cats and they want the windows unobstructed.  So, if I forget to raise the blinds when I am on the road, I want to be able to.
I have an Insteon Home automation hub, and a broadlink zapper.  I also have an Amazon Echo.  I haven't hooked it up to the roller blind yet, but plan to.
Do I need to get another piece of equipment/software to accomplish my goal?  If not, how do I hook up what I've got to do it.
Appreciate any help you guys can offer.
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Selecting the right material for your application / Re: DIY Projection Screen Material List
« Last post by admin on September 07, 2017, 11:04:28 AM »
Hello @robzeke, thanks for your questions; here are the answers:

re slotted tubing:

Our motors are made for industry standard Rolease tubing, but the drive adapters can be modified to fit other types. Slotted tubing (internal splines) are good because they lock the motor drive. You can also use tubing or pipe with a smooth interior wall, but we suggest you use a locking screw to prevent slippage.

We have written a series of articles with a lot of detail that can be seen on the main menu at Rollertrol.com (see 'How To' and 'Projects')

Projection material can be heavy, so you may want to use our HD motors that have 24 lb lift capacity. One of the above articles explains how to measure the weight of your shade. You can use any kind of tension bar, as long as the fabric + tension bar weight doesn't exceed the lift capacity. We also have the Maxi, which can lift 45 lbs using a 2.5" tube.

We only supply motors, but you could do a search for screen material and tubing. The metal supermarket is one place to check for tubing. We also use 1.25" EMT steel conduit from any home hardware supply.

Regards, Adrian

Senior Tech
RollerTrol Automation Systems
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Selecting the right material for your application / DIY Projection Screen Material List
« Last post by robzeke on September 07, 2017, 10:49:34 AM »
I have a couple of questions concerning a DIY projection screen. I can see by the specs of the motor that it fits standard 1.5" aluminum tubing.

Here are my questions:

Can I/Should I use the slotted tubing? and, will the motor fit with the slotted tube? Best place to purchase?

I am looking to use rear projection material and just wanted to make sure that will work, any reason why I shouldn't or couldn't user rear projection material?

And finally, best place to purchase a weight bar for tension, something specifically designed for projection screens would be nice.

So basically I guess I'm looking for a supply list. aluminum tube; screen material; weight bar and motor.

Thanks
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Pairing remotes to motors and assigning channels / Re: Remote stops working
« Last post by admin on May 27, 2017, 04:40:22 PM »
You are very welcome, and we appreciate your biz! Customer service IS our #1 priority.

Regards, Adrian
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Pairing remotes to motors and assigning channels / Re: Remote stops working
« Last post by fogyreef on May 27, 2017, 04:28:17 PM »
Appreciate the great customer service!
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Pairing remotes to motors and assigning channels / Re: Remote stops working
« Last post by admin on May 27, 2017, 02:20:09 PM »
Hi, it sounds to me like the battery may have failed for some reason. We have many installations of these systems in skylights and we've never had any issues around heat build-up, so I don't think that is the problem. I will check your order history and communicate with you directly by email so that we can get some replacements out to you right away.

Regards, Adrian
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Pairing remotes to motors and assigning channels / Re: Remote stops working
« Last post by fogyreef on May 27, 2017, 01:10:35 PM »
Ok. The remote and the motor setting switch both work when the motor is plugged in to an outlet. The light on the charger is green which I take to be fully charged.

When the AC is unplugged neither the remote nor the setting switch work.

When the solar charger is plugged in the motor makes a clicking sound like a car battery out of juice. Tick...tick....tick...tick...

Are these motors sensitive to skylight heat loads?

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Pairing remotes to motors and assigning channels / Re: Remote stops working
« Last post by fogyreef on May 27, 2017, 12:48:48 PM »
Ha. That does make sense.

Breaking out the ladder to test the skylight blinds. Thanks for the quick response!
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