IR controllable curtain rods


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I know much of this is a repeat from that thread in the hardware forum, but i referred some folks here and they couldn't find that thread. Hence, i'll just do this thread for a complete review.

Just got & mounted some relatively cheap ($130) IR controllable curtain rod from tech-home for the H/T room, thought you guys would want to know.

I'm planning on taking full advantage of the IR and not actually manually interacting with them unless absolutely necessary. This means:
- Use CQC's event scheduler to open up the curtains every day at 7am [until I get a cheap ($20) photosensor, in which case I'll do it once there's sufifcient daylight. I don't want to open up these curtains until need be]
- On TV is turned on, have CQC close curtains as it shines too bright a glare on my plasma.
- Have CQC open curtains when TV is turned off.
- Have CQC close curtains when it's dark out.

Obviously any package that has USB-UIRT support can be modified to do some of this [ie use SageTV or Xlobby to do the same as above, but since they don't do RS232 control of TVs or photosensors, instead of "TV-on", do it on "DVD or TV start"]

So on to the review of the curtain:

1) Definitely very solid and heavy metal, doesn't feel cheap at all.
2) It comes with 4 rods to do a 4-wide window. The base unit is exactly the right size for a standard US window size
3) IR control means I can use MX850 or USB-UIRT to control.
3) Relatively cheap

1) The manual was definitely not written by a native english-speaking person, and the pics are very fuzzy and hard to follow. After attempting to decipher it for 20 mins, I gave up and looked at the rods and reverse-engineered how it works by plugging it in and trying random stuff. Then again, that's how I do everything - why should this be any different.
2)It comes with a wired control unit & the wireless remote. I snipped the wires off the control unit as it was pretty ugly.
3) I wish there was a serial interface so I could tell if it was currently open or closed (i.e., opened/closed via MX850 remote)

Here's some videos of it on the table. They're bet 1-2MB in size, except for the last one, which is 5MB.

Me banging on it to show you how strong it is

Sample movement with it "on the bench"

Final product - Mounted Curtain opening.
It's embarassing how little I know about HA. Just got a brilliant reply on the CQC forum about this, which I wish I had thought of sooner.

The wired controller that I snipped off is a basic contact closure. [ie, if these wires are bridged, open the curtain. if they're open, close the curtain].

I can run a cheap contact closure to the HTPC, wire it to the ends. That way the HTPC can tell if they're open or closed, and send the appropriate command.

Now on to see if I can rescue the remaining cable.
Nice report IVB,

Can you let me know what brand they are? Is there a website link?