What is Home Automation?
With the world gradually shifting towards a fully automated home, it is important to understand the functionalities of a modern smart home. Many of the home devices and appliances that are used today are smart appliances which can be operated through Internet from your Smart phones or tablets from anywhere in the world. There are doorbells, lights, security cameras, alarms, thermostats etc. which can be operated by a mere click of your finger. So how do you operate these devices? if you are using one or two smart appliances you can control them from your phones but what happens when you have multiple devices from different manufacturers? Controlling and operating each of them individually would be too much of a task and too cumbersome. Your house needs a single hub which will connect all these devices and appliances and allow them to communicate and interact with each other.
What is a Smart Hub?
Simply defined, a smart hub is a method of communication used to control your devices. They can be considered as the nerve centre of your home automation system. They use different protocols that link smart devices to each other and to a hub. There are different protocols like Zigbee and Z-Wave that are widely used. Apple Homekit, Wink Hub 2, Samsung SmartThings Hub are some of the popular automation hubs that are being used and preferred.
Samsung SmartThings Hub is a multi-protocol controller and comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave and Zigbee and can control a wide range of products from different brands. And the best thing is, they can be paired with home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa and function through voice commands.
What is Somfy?
Every smart device that you use has a motor which controls its functionalities and determines its compatibility with the smart home hub. Somfy motors are widely used by smart devices like window treatments. It operates through Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) that allows you to adjust your motorized window shades and blinds from anywhere in the house and even outside. You can control them through remotes, wireless wall switches, mobile devices, timers and sensors. Window treatments which are driven by Somfy motors can be integrated into the home control systems with ease. They are compatible with most third party home automation systems or hubs which mean that these window coverings can be operated and controlled from anywhere through a single controlling system. There is the Somfy myLink device which has to be installed and the app downloaded. Once they are paired, you can control your window coverings individually or in a group as per your requirements.
Using Somfy & Samsung SmartThings Together
Somfy motorized shades can be integrated with Samsung SmartThings easily by getting a ZRTSI RTS to Z-wave bridge. By using this bridge, you can connect your Somfy RTS motors and turn them into a Z-wave signal that can be controlled by your hub. You would connect your shades to the Z-wave bridge, then connect the Z-wave bridge to your SmartThings. Then you simply send commands to the bridge using SmartThings which then operates your shades. This integration allows you to control your shades using your smartphone, with scheduled automations, or even using Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
Somfy also makes motors with built-in Z-wave capability. For those z-wave motors, they can communicate and link directly to your SmartThings hub without the need of any additional accessories or bridges. So first check to see if you have the Z-wave motors, and if not then you’ll need to get the ZRTSI bridge.
It is easy to integrate Somfy blinds with Samsung SmartThings. Once done you can control your blinds and other automated devices using similar protocols with ease.