assigning remote controls for motorized skylight shades and bottom-up window blinds

Bottom-Up Window Blinds and Skylight Shades: Part 2 - Cloning A Remote

In the previous article we looked at the various component pieces that make up the ShadeSlider™ kit. In this article we'll take a look at cloning the motor to an existing remote control channel.

The ShadeSlider™ system comes with a pre-programmed remote control, but you should be aware that the motors use the same remote control digital radio protocol as our standard roller shade motors, window/skylight openers, and drapery controls (CurtainCloser system).

If you already have some of our motors, you may want to clone the radio control signal to an existing wall remote. We also have a Z-Wave controller that can be used for the ShadeSlider™ system which would require cloning the to the zwave group controller.

You can perform the cloning procedure at any time because it does not involve touching the motor. Also, if you haven't yet connected the power supply, please refer to the section at the end of this page.

Cloning a channel is a simple operation; basically, you clone the signal from the master remote that came with the unit to your existing remote. This is done with the setting buttons on each remote control.

The pictures below show the master remote front view, and the master remote back view, with the cover removed. We have marked the setting button on the back of the master remote.

ShadeSlider for skylights and bottom-up windows - how to clone a remoteShadeSlider for skylights and bottom-up windows - how to clone a remote

It is important to understand that the remote control provided with the ShadeSlider™ system is already programmed as the MASTER remote. This should not be changed, but you can clone the radio control system up to a maximum of 20 other existing remote control channels.

For example, if you had one of our 15 channel remotes previously supplied with a roller shade package, you could clone the ShadeSlider™ master onto one of the channels of the roller shade remote. This would allow you to control the roller shades as well as the ShadeSlider™.

Here is the cloning procedure:

  • The next actions must be completed within 6 seconds of each other:
  • Press and release the P2 button TWICE on the MASTER REMOTE that holds the master channel you want to clone, the motor will jog each time (see picture above for setting buttons).

If you are cloning to another remote:

  • Press the P2 setting button once; the motor will jog, and the cloning procedure is done. PLEASE NOTE: If you have a multi-channel wall remote, there is no P2 button; just use the combination keypress of UP and STOP instead.

If you are cloning to the group transmitter on our Z-Wave controller:

  • Press and release the setting button on the DCG-1R-RFT Radio Receiver once, and it should flash once.
  • At this point, you are finished - the Z-Wave transmitter module will control the motor, and the travel limits will not be changed.

Here is the 'un-cloning' procedure:

  • Follow the exact same instructions as above; the motor will jog to indicate the channel was removed from the group transmitter (or the existing remote).

Please Note: Wait 10 seconds for programming cycle to complete before you clone another channel.

Attaching the Power Supply

The 12v DC motor uses a safe low voltage for operation; this also makes it suitable for RV and boating applications. For instance, it makes a great bottom-up shade for motorhomes - owners can maintain their privacy, but let in light at the same time. The same goes for apartment dwellers, or anywhere you might need privacy and light at the same time!

The 12v power supply you received uses a screw terminal adapter for an easy connection to the motor wiring; all you need is a small Philips or blade screwdriver to clamp the wires securely into the adapter (please note that the MOTOR wire with the black stripe is the negative terminal). The following picture is a close-up of the screw terminal adapter, with the power supply plugged into it:

ShadeSlider for skylights and bottom-up windows - how to connect power to the motor

Using Screws for Mounting the Frame

As shown on page 1 of these instructions, there are two sliding tabs with screw holes on each side of the frame that are for mounting the skylight/window shade. The longer screws provided with the package can be used to fasten the ShadeSlider frame (assuming that they are the appropriate screws to use).

We sincerely hope you enjoy using these advanced motors; if you have any questions or require pricing, please feel free to contact us at any time!

Articles in this series:

Part 1: ShadeSlider™ Bottom-Up Blind & Skylight Shade: Component Layout, Motor Drive System

Part 2: ShadeSlider™ Bottom-Up Blind & Skylight Shade: Cloning Motor to Existing Remote (you are here)

Part 3: ShadeSlider™ Bottom-Up Blind & Skylight Shade: Frame Assembly, Drive Shaft Setup