Smart devices are here to stay. As the years go by, electronically controlled appliances have shown that they are not simply a novelty or gimmick, but an essential part of a modern lifestyle. Smart devices can be controlled wirelessly and automatically, allowing you to simplify your daily routine by scheduling things such as having your coffee maker automatically start in the morning, or your lights turn on when you arrive home, or have your shades close immediately after sundown. But what is simple to some, seems more and more complex to others as more and more devices release every day. How do we get back to a solution where we can simply plug and play rather than deal with multiple third party apps and devices?
Thankfully, when it comes to Smart Shades, Graber has a solution – and that is their new Virtual Cord App and Smart Hub. The Virtual Cord app is designed as a perfect companion piece to new or existing Graber Virtual Cord Z-wave shades. By using their hub, you can connect your shades to the Virtual Cord app on any iOS or Android device, and control your shades using your smartphone. Rather than having multiple remotes through your home connected to different shades, you can control it from one device from anywhere you have wifi access. This means that you can even control your shades when you are away from home.
How Does It Work?
So how does it work? What makes this app smart, and what makes it a game-changer for homeowners looking to make the dive into smart shades? Simply put, an officially supported app allows for ease-of-use and setup, and helps you avoid having to find a compatible third-party hub and app to use with your existing shades. If you don’t have a smart home setup at home, Graber’s new Virtual Cord smart hub is for you.
In a basic sense, the Virtual Cord app works like this. You pair your existing remotes and shades to your hub, and then through the app you can control them on your smartphone or tablet. The remotes will still function normally. With 30 shades per hub, you can control your entire home easily, and it has a built-in walkthrough for easy set-up.
A smart hub does more than just open, close, and preset. This fully featured hub can control your shades in groups or individually, and set routines and time-based triggers (such as opening at sunrise). Additionally, you can even control your shades with your voice by pairing the hub with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. By setting automations to control your shades, you can have them open in the morning to wake you up, close at night time for privacy, all at once and all without needing any of your input.
Since this is an official Graber app, it also allows additional functionality that you won’t get in any other third-party smart hub. This includes the ability to change your shade’s upper and lower limits directly, set favourite positions, and even change the roll direction of the shade if required. This helps to simplify the set up and troubleshooting process, as you won’t need to deal with complicated setup instructions involving holding buttons and waiting for lights any longer. Graber promises to add more functionality in future updates as well, so keep an eye out for that as well.
So if you’re looking for a simple solution to automate your smart shades, command them with your voice, or simply to have control of them with your smartphone, take a look at Graber’s new Virtual Cord smart hub and see if it’s for you. It is a fully featured hub right out of the gate, and is a straightforward option for those who are looking to dip their toes into the smart shade world without having prior smart home experience. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to our support team and we’d be happy to help.