Z-WAVE controller for window blind motors, openers, etc

Z-WAVE controller for window blind motors, openers, etc

Legacy Page Bulletin for Z-Wave Motor Control

Z-WAVE is used in many new home automation systems, and we are announcing our new Z-Wave group controller for bottom-up window shades, skylight shades, 12v RV motorhome shades, blackout shades, window openers and regular custom blind motors.

This page is here for archival purposes only.

Our ZWAVE® blind and shade motor control (DCC-ZWAVE-12R) trigger modules can be used to activate our radio equipped blind and shade motors using an RF (Radio Frequency) digital remote control radio transmission.

These units can also function as Z-wave repeaters, passing signals on to other local z-wave devices.

It can be used with any certified Z WAVE hub, such as Wink, SmartThings, Razberry Pi, Vera, Homeseer, Syslink, Zipr, Xuan, Staples Connect, Fibaro, Xuan, Homelive, Isis, Nexia, etc.

This versatile device, part of our NodeSwitch™ automation control series, can also be used to control other 12v DC motors and devices using the accessories shown below.

This is the first in a series of articles about how to set up our Z-WAVE® control systems.

Z-Wave Control: DC Motors and Other Devices

blind and shade motor transmitter triggered by relays When using the DCC-ZWAVE-12R Z-WAVE® controller with our blind and shade radio motors, it is used to trigger our DCG-1R-RFT radio motor relay interface transmitter (pictured at left).

The relay interface transmitter module then sends a radio signal to the radio receiver built into our motors; a microprocessor inside the motors then decodes the signals to activate the motor with open/close/stop functions.

This unit could be thought of as a single channel hand held remote control, without buttons.

It is important to note that all our other hand held remotes, wall mount remotes, timers and sun sensors will continue to function; our motors can be controlled from multiple remote locations. Each motor has enough memory to hold the digital signatures of 20 different channels, from any number of remotes.

The default 'relay on' trigger period of the DCC-ZWAVE-12R Z-WAVE module is 1 second, but it can be programmed to hold the trigger condition for up to 255 seconds.

The RF radio control signal is also capable of passing through walls and in most cases can reach anywhere inside a typical home.

You can also use the relay interface transmitter module to control our wired window openers and other 12v DC motors, such as fans, drapery motors, etc. The advantage of this is that you can also use our hand held (or other) remotes to operate blinds and shades, as well as window and skylight openers.

Z-WAVE® controller for blinds and shade motors can be purchased in our online store (view in a new window)

Preparing the Controller Out of the Box

Installation of the DCC-ZWAVE-12R Z-WAVE trigger module is relatively straightforward; the 3 electrically isolated relays (NO - normally open) each have a pair of wires, and the unit is powered by a pair, so there is a total of 8 wires. Here are the steps to follow for preparing the Zwave module so that it is ready to connect to the motor controller:

    Z-WAVE controller power adapter 12v
  • Strip the insulation from the individual wires in the wiring harness, about 1/4 inch is good.
  • Connect the power supply screw adapter that we supply to the red and black wires, but be sure to observe polarity. If you look closely at the screw adapter, you'll see the symbols for plus (+) and minus (-) (picture at right). Don't power it up yet.
  • Insert the header connector into the unit; note that it is 'keyed' and only fits one way - it should not be forced. There are 2 small slots on the header receptacle connector (in the unit itself, see picture below), and the header connector has 2 corresponding ridges that slide into those slots.

We supply terminal blocks with screw terminals to connect the 6 relay wires to the device you want to trigger, either the wired wall switch for our non-radio motors (and window openers), or the radio wall switch for our radio blind and shade motors.

Z-WAVE blind motor controller headerAt this point you can connect the six relay wires to one side of the terminal blocks, but make sure you don't trap any insulation inside the screw terminals as it can actually prevent the wire from contacting the conductive metal parts.

Here is the color coding of the 6 relay wires:

  • Relay 1 (Open function): White and White/Black
  • Relay 2 (Close function): Gray and Gray/Black
  • Relay 3 (Stop function): Brown and Brown/Red

Z-Wave Motor Control Trigger Module: Operational Summary

The schematic diagram of the actual relay configuration is very straightforward, as seen in the simplified schematic below. The relays are just switches that are normally open when the device is first powered up. When the Z-WAVE receiver gets a radio control signal, it activates the designated relay just the same as if you had flipped a light switch.

In the schematic, we show relay 1 and relay 2 in the normally open circuit position, but relay 3 is shown in the activated position, which simply completes the circuit, triggering whatever is connected to the screw terminals. Relays 1 and 2 do exactly the same thing when they are triggered by a remote radio signal from a Z-WAVE hub.

Z-WAVE motor controller schematic diagram In the next instalment, we'll show you how to connect the Z-WAVE module to the DCG-1R-RFT transmitter, which will then be able to control any of our radio motors and receivers.

Z-WAVE® controller for blinds and shade motors can be purchased in our online store (view in a new window)

PART 1: Z-WAVE control of blind and shade motors - Introduction (YOU ARE HERE)

PART 2: Z-WAVE motor control - Connecting the Z-WAVE trigger module to the radio transmitter

PART 3: Z-WAVE controller for blind motors- Creating Z-WAVE controller events (Vera example)

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