Controlling cheap retro-fit electric blinds with an Arduino

Electric blinds are petty standard nowadays but 30 years ago not so much so I was searching for an easy solution without the need to completely renew everything in the house. 

I found a cheap electric blind motor that can be retrofitted without huge effort but of course I also wanted to control them remotely. Internet of things and so.. 🙂

The solution was: Arduino w. Ethernetshield connected to a relay-board and a dismantled GW60 remote control w. control wires soldered onto the PWB. 

Works like a charme since two years and is meanwhile also integrated into my FHEM based Smart Home System. 

The sketch for Arduino is just a Webinterface switching on and off the relays. I implemented some logic as the remote supports up to three independent channels by pressing the channel number of the desired target blind first and I also played a bit with timings for up/down/stop the achieve half and fully closed blinds but apart from that this Arduino Sketch should do as a starter. 

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Sometimes…

Admit it… there are those days where you just can’t help it but feel that you are the only sane person on the planet. Then it helps to take a break. Stop writing that e-mail full of anger. Take a walk, take a nap, call a friend and talk. And then, reset and get back to work and get it done. 

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Reboot…

Es war an der Zeit, die [alte Seite] in den Ruhestand zu schicken und das Blog mal wieder aufleben zu lassen. Back to basic mit WordPress und einem sehr schlichten Theme, möchte ich mir in Zukunft wieder ein wenig mehr Zeit fürs Bloggen (oder das öffentliche Ausschütten meiner Gedanken) nehmen. Vielleicht blogge ich auch ab und an mal wieder etwas Technisches oder Updates aus dem Urlaub (wie schreibt man das?)… Wir werden sehen.

Cheers
Nico

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