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Cheapest smart curtains?


#47

Yeah, I know. If it works well then i shouldn’t really need to integrate (tho always nice) - comes with a solar panel apparently so think that sounds should allow automatic operation when dark and Alexa when not…


#48

Let us know here how it goes. I contributed to the z-wave version via Indiegogo so waiting, and waiting … and … waiting… Bluetooth maybe the only option.


#49

So far not so good. It’s a ‘refurbished’ one (i.e. used), seller was supposed to provide batteries but didn’t and doesn’t seem to work with any batteries that I try
Usb seems to work but no good for me where I want to use it

Amazon delivering some NiMH batteries tomorrow so will try them but if that fails it goes back…


#50

Ikea smart blinds confirmed


#51

I use Somfy RTS battery operated rails. They are very quiet and so far (6 months) still on the first charge.
I wish they had two way communication as Homey gets out of sync and I wouldn’t say they were cheap.
I did have a cheap, mains powered, infrared controlled rail for a few years but that was very loud. It would make everyone jump when operated lol
I would also be interested to hear what others are using along with comments about them.


#52

Hi Guys,
Just wanted to share with you my personal experience.
I have bought some tubular motors from Dooya via Ali-x-press and they are just GREAT
The integration into Homey went seemlessly, so I can only recommend them.

If you are looking to buy a tubular motor from Dooya, I can stronly recommend “My garden house store”
link: https://nl.aliexpress.com/store/3680030?spm=a2g0z.12010608.0.0.620b65f2k3p8SA

The seller is really responsive, knowledgable and helpfull.
The items have been shipped after one day and arrived in Europe (Belgium) in four days.
5-star service!

If you have questions, send me a PM.
Best regards.


Ikea slimme rolgordijnen
Jaloezieen smart
#53

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#54


#55

Which motor did you buy? There’s a very wide variety of Dooya motors:
KT82TV
KT82TV/W
KT82TN
KT82TN
KT82LE
DT52E
DT52S
KT52E
DT52EN
DT82DE
DT82DS


#56

I have venetian blinds, I’ve bought the DV24 motor.
There is a quite extensive cataloge on the dooya website.

o yes, do not order the “LE” ones. They cost 18USD extra to ship. Because of the internal batteries.


#57

Alright, I took my chances and ordered a first set of ceiling mounted center closing motorized curtains. I bought the Xiaomi Aqara Zigbee curtain motor and the Xiaomi Aqara curtain track.

The width of my room spans 427cm so I asked the seller to cut two pieces of 212.5cm, making a length of 425cm. So far he told me this is not a problem. He will also make sure the indicated value will be under €150,- because of Dutch customs, but the tracks were 135,- and separately bought motor €70,-, so this shouldn’t be a problem anyway.

As far as I can see, the motor has an included power cord, but I need to connect my own power plug. This is not inconvenient since I need to have the cord run down from the ceiling to the floor anyway and add at least another meter of cord.

I noticed three supporting apps for Homey in the App Store. Is the picking just a personal preference?

I bought my curtain at Fanci Blinds store and my motor with Mijia smarthome store. I’ll keep you posted on the delivery and installment.

/edit: the Mijia company never shipped, so I ordered with the lower mentioned company.


#58

Really curious about this, my living room is also exactly 427cm wide :smile:
Keep us informed! :wink:


#59

I have 3 of these motors installed. Works great in flows. If I set the position manually in the App, I occasionally get a ‘time-out’ error. @TedTolboom - the developer - is aware of this.

You need the Zigbee App to control them.


#60

Right. So my curtain rails came in two days ago and I’ve mounted them to the ceiling. The motor isn’t here yet, so I’ll make another update when it is all operational.

The package was a long tube and I needed to pay the UPS delivery guy €28,- for customs. This raised the price of the 425cm rails to €167,-

Well packaged. No damage.

Parts and spare parts. There were two extra small pieces of track to extend the track when needed. Very convenient. My rails were cut 2cm shorter than the order, but I decided not to put in an extra piece of track.

The trackband is already cut to size and fitted. It needs some fiddling to get it in the track when you fold the track straight. The two parts (each 211,5 cm including the motorparts) connect with the connection rod. Think beforehand on which side the four screws need to be.

Assembled view.

Exact size. (So 2cm shorter, but with included spare parts to extend)

Installed.

Installation detail.

There is an official Installation video you can use. You need to drill three holes for each clamp. Best done using a laser to put them in line.


#61

Alright. The curtain motor from the Mijia smarthome store never shipped and the company never responded, so I filed a dispute with AliExpress and got my money returned. I ordered the same motor with SZHYJ store and got the motor within two weeks. I asked them to put a low customs value on the package, so they put $20,- and there was no extra customs tax before I got it.

Connecting the motor is easy. Just release the switch, put it on, and put back the switch.

After connecting the power (you need to connect your own plug, so I disassembled an unused power strip and used the cable + plug) you can add it in Homey (with the Xiaomi app installed). When connecting, you need to pres the bottom button for just over 5 seconds to match it with Homey:

It will pop up with the proper image:

It allows in the app for three positions:

When opening and closing the motor will look the first time for the maximum positions for open and close. If you somehow mess that up, there is always an option to reset the motor by removing the cover and pressing the reset button over 10 seconds:

Since I prefer to run all devices by voice I made two simple flows. One to open and one to close with the same voice command. I’ll include daylight later:


#62

Nice, thanks for the update!

Any chance of a video or some pics of the completed setup? Would love to see how it runs and noise level


#63

There you go.


#64

Google Assistant on my phone started when you said ‘hey google’ :smile:

The engine seems pretty silent but does the rail make a squeaky sound?


#65

Great, thanks!

Is there a slight squeal on the rail?

Also, can you vocalise halfway or any setting other than open/close? Is this just down to setup of flows?


#66

About half a year ago I replaced my 3 Kallox rails with the Xiaomi Zigbee rails. Am happy with them,…but…:wink:

…be aware that the curtains still cover al lot of wall/window when fully opened! In my mind, this was less with Kallox.