Your Definitive Guide To Programming Electric Blind Remotes
Ah, the electric remote-control blind – the epitome of modern convenience. You can kick back, cuppa in hand and adjust your blinds at the gentle touch of a button: what a time to be alive.
If you’re tempted with this futuristic form of shading but fearful of your perceived lack of technical capabilities, listen up. Programming an electric blind is so straightforward any technophobe can get their blinds rocking and rolling in no time with these simple instructions.
Programming Your Blind
Programming your blind is simple. Once your blind has been installed, you will need to get the remote control and the motor to talk to each other, let the motor know where the top and bottom of the blind is, and set stop positions in between. Your battery in the blind will come with some charge in it from the factory, but it typically takes four hours to fully charge the battery so put your feet up for a while to let it charge up some more.
Using a small, thin Phillips screwdriver or pin, press the “Prog” button on the motor and it will beep. This is located at the end of the blind near the wire. Press and hold the “Prog” button for one second and the blind will beep and shunt once.
On the remote control press the ‘Down’ button, and the motor will shunt once again. You have successfully programmed the blind and remote.
Now that you’ve woken the motor up, you need to tell it which way is up and which way is down. If you don’t do this, the controls on the remote will be inverted, and that’s just a headache no one wants to live with!
Press and hold the ‘Stop’ button in the centre of the remote for five seconds, and the motor will shunt once. Now, press the ‘Down’ button and the motor will shunt again. There you go – ‘Up’ is up and ‘Down’ is… well, you get the gist.
This is the step where you tell the blind where the top and bottom of the window is, and therefore where it needs to stop every time you want it to open or close. This is called a ‘Stop Position’. If there is no action from you within 30 seconds the motor will exit the ‘Stop Position’ preparation mode automatically.
Press and hold the ‘Prog’ button on the reverse of the remote for one second. The motor will shunt once. The first ‘Stop Position’ you are going to set is the top, so press the ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ button on the remote until the blind is in the spot where you would like it to stop when it is open. Once you’re happy with where it is, press and hold ‘Prog’ on the reverse of the remote for one second to save the ‘Stop Position’.
Now we’re cooking with gas! Look at you go, setting up your ‘Stop Positions’. Now, you need to repeat Step 3 to tell the blind where to stop at the bottom of the window, and then set them for any ‘Stop Positions’ you’d like in between. Maybe a half-open-half-closed setting for those moments of indecisiveness, or perhaps a low ‘Stop Position’ to block the sun from blinding you at five in the afternoon. You have up to four more Stop Positions between the top and bottom to enjoy, so what are you waiting for?!
We know what it can be like – you live with your ‘Stop Positions’ for a week and decide that actually, you didn’t quite get it to stop in the right place. No worries – here’s the quick fix for fine tuning your ‘Stop Position.’
Let the motor run to the ‘Stop Position’ that you want to fine tune. Press and hold the ‘Prog’ button on the reverse of the remote for one second, until the motor shunts. Within seven seconds the motor will shunt again, indicating that the ‘Stop Position’ has been cleared and you’re free to set your new ‘Stop Position.’
You also have the ability to add multiple electric blinds to the same channel, meaning all blind can be controlled at once at the single touch of a button. This does mean that the blind cannot be controlled individually.
Programme the first blind to the remote like normal following the previous steps. Turn the first blind off by pressing the PROG button on the motor itself (the small hole on the yellow plastic at the end of the motor) holding for 7 seconds. The motor will beep and shunt once. Once the motor has beeped again after 7 seconds, it has been turned off. This will not erase any settings.
Then go onto the next blind, programme it, turn it off and move on to the next one until all your blinds are programmed individually to the same remote. Once you’re ready, turn on all of the motors and they will all simultaneously function from the same remote.
This step is pretty final, so unless you want to reset the motor to the factory settings, don’t do this!
Press and hold the ‘Prog’ button on the motor for seven seconds and the motor will beep once and shunt. When the motor beeps again after seven seconds, the memory has been cleared.
Alternatively, you can reset the motor this way: Press and hold the ‘Stop’ button on the remote for five seconds, until the motor shunts once. Press and hold the ‘Prog’ button on the reverse of the remote for seven seconds, within 10 seconds of pressing the ‘Stop’ button. The motor will shunt once. After seven seconds, the motor will shunt twice, indicating that the memory has been cleared.
And there you have it: you’ve programmed your DotcomBlinds blind and you’re all set to enjoy your blind in electrical bliss.
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