Z-Wave and WiFi are effective ways to control smart homes

Z-Wave, WiFi, & Micropython: A Powerful Combo for Blind & Shade Control

example group of shades controlled by Z-WaveThe NodeSwitch™ Unity series of Z-wave and WiFi controllers are powerful "smart home" controllers (built upon the versatile Micropython platform) that provide advanced capabilities for home automation.

Our sister companies have been producing custom blinds and shades for many years, and we have lately identified a need for a group controller that can operate groups of shade motors simultaneously, whether they are wire powered or wireless built-in battery motors. The Unity Project is the direct result of that need.

We also wanted the controller to be capable of operating not just our blind motors, but also our electric low-voltage window openers, CurtainCloser™ drapery and curtain kits, ShadeSlider™ skylight shades, and other devices.

In the picture above, we see a typical room layout where several group controllers would be useful. The shades on the left side of the room are on the south facing sunny side, so you would likely control those shades more often than the shades on the other wall. This example is precisely the kind of situation these shade controllers were designed for.

Introducing the Unity Project: A Group Controller for Blinds & Shades

Z-Wave and WiFi group controller for blinds and window openers We have developed the Unity Series of blind and shade controllers, using well supported digital radio protocols, such as Z-Wave and WiFi® (ZigBee® is under development).

We called it the Unity Project because it incorporates more than one type of radio remote control signal: Z-Wave, WiFi, ISM, and Bluetooth (for future use).

We feel this allows much more flexibility when choosing the type of system you will use, and it can also help to keep your automation costs low.

Pictured here, this unit can be mounted inside a closet, or on a panel in the basement, or anywhere that is convenient (the radio signal will pass through walls).

This controller has been designed with ease-of-use in mind; it will auto-include itself into your Z-Wave network as soon as it powers up, which is all you have to do to see the controls appear in your Z-Wave app or hub interface.

If you want to later invoke the built-in WiFi web server capability, any web enabled device with a browser screen (phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) will walk you through the simple procedure.

Need More Info? Read on ...

You can purchase the group controller, along with motors for blinds and window openers, and our control products in our DIY online automation store.

If you need more information, please see the article series below.

We sincerely hope you enjoy our advanced technology products; if you have any questions, please contact us at any time!

Adrian Biffen
Senior Partner
NodeSwitch™ Controls

Z-Wave / WiFi Unity Controller Article Series

Part 1: Z-Wave Group Control of Blind & Shade Motors: Introduction

Part 1A: Z-Wave & WiFi Blind Control: Cloning Motor Channels

Part 2: Blind Motor Quick Start Pairing With Your Z-Wave Hub

Part 3: Blind Motor Quick Start Pairing With Your WiFi Network

Part 4: Welcome to the WiFi Home Page

Part 5: Understanding the Controller Settings

Part 6: WiFi Slider Control for Motorized Blinds, Shades, and Window Openers