Tutorial Install a connected switch for roller shutters

You have already automated the lights, sockets, thermostats,…, the switches remain! But these little beasts are not as easy to set up as a small socket in tusk. And then, speaking the switch language is not so easy, hence this tutorial which will explain both the connection but also the routines to use your TEEKAR switch (which can be used for other switches for shutters).

If you decide to make the connections yourself, be careful to switch off your electrical installation. It's good to keep up to date, but better not to get hung up on it ...

The physical installation of the switch

What do we find in the box? The switch, two screws and a quick installation guide in English and German. It is quite succinct on the physical installation of the switch and gives more details on the Wi-Fi installation. But the main one is there: the connection diagram.

So let's start from the beginning. If you already have an automatic roller shutter (cranked ones don't count), you shouldn't have a problem with the connections. If this is not the case, you must bring in 3 wires from your installation: neutral, phase and earth.

In case of replacing a switch, the most difficult will be ensure compliance with the color code of the wires. If, as in the case of your servant, you come across the extension cables via dominoes (and of course without respecting the color code), the easiest way and if possible pull on the arrival of the cables from the shutter to see the wiring initial and thus locate the wires. THE'using a multimeter can be difficult to find the wires coming from the shutter if you unplug everything (we test in comparison with the ground. Earth / neutral: low voltage, phase / neutral: 220 V).

Your shutter should have 4 wires: earth, neutral, and a phase (a rise return and a fall return). So if in use your shutter closes instead of opening, and vice versa, you have reversed the phase wires (brown and black or other colors, blue being neutral and green / yellow the earth).

To put it simply, the earth wires of your installation and your shutter will be attached to each other via a domino. The two neutral wires will have to meet both in thelocation N switch to power it, as well as the shutter. The phase of your installation will be connected at the L of the switch et those of the shutter at locations L1 and L3.

 

To fix the switch, it is necessary toremove the facade by passing a flat screwdriver in the lower part. You will thus have access to the two holes to insert the fixing screws in the flush-mounting box. Once everything is connected, your switch will be adorned with 3 blue lights and, oh miracle, the top one will also flash red fairly quickly. This is pairing mode. If you have a problem and the switch leaves this mode afterwards, rather than unplugging it and then disassembling everything, press the top key for 20 s.

A tip to see if everything is working well before fitting everything into the box and replacing the front: press the springs to see if your shutters go up, down and stop. In the event of a problem, take stock of your connections. If it's good, go inside, screw and hide everything with the facade! Be careful, as we have seen, three small springs will make contact to engage the mechanism. By pressing on the front, we will press on the springs and therefore activate the raising or lowering of the shutter. It may also explain the problems that users encounter with this type of system. If the front panel is not properly placed (too deep, for example), there may be permanent or random contact with one of the springs and therefore cause the shutter to open or close unexpectedly.

 

 

 

Pairing with the app Smart Life

TEEKAR decided to trust the app Smart Life. No difficulty for the installation because it is done like a socket or a bulb. As soon as it is powered on, the switch is in pairing mode. Open Smart Life, press the + et choose wall switch as requested by the manufacturer (and not a curtain switch which at present are only supported if they are ZigBee (?)). Get on your 2,4 GHz network, Enter your password and let it be (see the bulb tutorial for more details). Rename your switch for more convenience later.

Once done, when you enter the switch control, you will notice that the visual repeats that of a remote control allowing you to open, close and pause it remotely.

Creating routines under Alexa and scenario under Smart Life

There are some subtleties in considering it as a wall switch:

  • In native mode, to open or close the shutter, you have to say on or off. Not very practical, eh? It will therefore be necessary create routines under Alexa to use a more intuitive vocabulary.
  • At present, it is not possible, under Alexa, to control the “pause” function during descent or ascent (the middle button). This will require going through a scenario under Smart Life and then put it in a routine under Alexa.

We will see this together. Of course, above all, theactivation of the Skill Smart Life is of course necessary on Alexa. It is also mandatory to have the switch found by Alexa once it is installed on Smart Life ended. Normally this is done automatically but if it is not, press + to add a new device and select "other".

 


Routine to say "open" and "close" instead of "turn on" and "turn off":

It's relatively simple: in the game « when this happens ”choose "Voice" et enter the sentence you want. Then at the level of "Add an action"choose "Connected home" > "Control a device", find your switch and then select " We " ou "Off" depending on whether you want to open or close your shutter.


Scenario and routine to stop your shutter during operation:

For this case, it's a little more subtle. It is necessary that create a scenario under Smart Life and then put it in a routine Alexa (scenarios cannot be invoked directly).

Dance Smart Life, click on "Scenario" at the bottom of the screen and + then "Scenario". Enter the name of your scenario and then, by going to "Add an execution action", select your device (in our case "bedroom shutters") and in the section "Status" choose "STOP".

 

 

Your scenario is now usable. Test it out by tapping on your scenario icon while your shutter is moving up or down. If there is no problem, let's move on to integrating it into a routine that should look like this:


How to do ?
The start is the same for the first routine (choice of the sentence, select connected house for the action) but instead of choosing “control a device” in connected house, choose "Control a scene". You will find your scenario Smart Life. And there you have it, by saying the magic phrase, your scenario becomes an action.

It is possible to create other routines such as opening your shutter at a fixed time or even other scenarios for the shutter to close at sunset or open at sunrise. The possibilities are endless, let your imagination run wild!

 

 

 

Which connected switch to choose for your roller shutters?

The choice is vast, but you can turn to these models that we have all tested with success.

 

 

 

Did i choose Alexa or did she choose me? Let's say that as a beta tester, it's a bit of both! And I do not regret having met our favorite assistant nor this adventure undertaken with Alexien Modo. Technophile, self-taught and loving popularization, I try to make our common passion easy to access!