Request: Add support for Alexa Shade Open/Close/Raise events

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Request: Add support for Alexa Shade Open/Close/Raise events

Postby mgoodnow » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:43 pm

In Alexa API v3 they added support for shades (blinds) open/close/raise events.

The Portal ISY connect just announced support for using these events, which I would love to see come to Mobilinc connect!

Currently today I have ISY programs which control the shades; these programs trigger a network command to the shades interface. I use two programs for a single shade, since a single program is only capability of two states. I have three "states": Open, Close, and Raise. With the limitation of today, I have to use a voice command of:

"Alexa, turn ON living room shade" - Program 1 THEN
"Alexa, turn OFF living room shade" - Program 1 ELSE
"Alexa, turn ON raising living room shade" - Program 2 THEN

...it would be really nice if I could start giving "natural" commands to the shades!
Since I'm a Mobilinc X user, I'm kinda have to stay with Mobilinc connect.

Reference: https://www.universal-devices.com/quicknews-alexa-gh/
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Re: Request: Add support for Alexa Shade Open/Close/Raise ev

Postby AdminWes » Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:49 am

Hi mgoodnow,

This is on my list to get added. Which device are you using for shade controls and the ISY?

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Re: Request: Add support for Alexa Shade Open/Close/Raise ev

Postby mgoodnow » Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:18 pm

Excellent, so great to hear this is on the TODO list.

For my setup, I'm using Hunter Douglas shades (but not their motors): Somfy Motors

- ISY 994
-- Sends network command
- Autelis RS232
-- Receives network commands via API
-- Sends RS232 signal via serial cable to Somfy interface
- Somfy 16 channel RTS interface
-- Receives signal via RS232 serial interface
-- Sends wireless signal via radio
- Somfy RTS motors
-- 3 positions: Open, Closed, and Raised
-- Have AC and DC RTS shades

Somfy 16 channel interface
https://www.somfysystems.com/en-us/prod ... -interface

Autelis (not sure if they still producing?)
http://autelis.com/wiki/index.php?title ... _Somfy_RTS

This setup has been working great for me the past 8 years.
Total of 10 shades: all hardwired 9 AC and 1 DC.

P.S. still don't believe Hunter Douglas have an API for their controller!
If anyone have information on this, would be interested.
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Re: Request: Add support for Alexa Shade Open/Close/Raise ev

Postby AdminWes » Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:39 am

Thanks for the info! When I'm able to add this, I think it will be a wrapper around a set of programs so that you can integrate how you have your setup today but with the natural Alexa language.

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