The AVUA-IRRTS is a Universal Automation Interface for gaining IR control of Somfy Shades Systems or virtually any other system you want to control with learnable IR commands. Our information here is geared for Somfy Shade Systems but we can help you gain control of other devices as well based on the same principles used with the Somfy Controls. We can connect your remotes be them Somfy or other MFG as well as supply the interface as a kit for your own termination. See Options for details. The AVUA-IRRTS provides a way to control RF devices with Learnable IR Remote control. Somfy's RTS line of RF remotes (Telis 1. Telis 4 etc.) do not respond to IR commands so integration with advanced Home Automation Remotes can sometimes be difficult or expensive. The remote provided with the AVUA-IRRTS system provides the user with an IR remote that has learnable commands so that integration is possible. Somfy remotes are connected to the IR controlled contacts of the AVUA-IR automation interface. One of the nicest features of this automation interface is the ability to easily disconnect the remote control from the system so that the shades can be more easily programmed. This is significant because the programming of the Somfy shades requires moving through the steps within a time limit and you don't want to have to run back and forth from the control unit to the shade. The remote can still be operated manually by hand because the design of the Somfy remotes allows for non-destructive integration.
This AVUA-IRRTS unit lets the user take automation control of their Somfy System controls by enabling integration. With the potential for up to 20 RTS channels this is the most powerful interface available. The AVUA-IRRTS provides 12 relays for control using a simple 14 button IR remote that is provided. The codes from this remote are unique and we have not found another device that responds to the remote. Each Somfy remote, at a minimum, would require 2 contacts so we would potentially connect up to 6 individual Somfy remotes. Customers may specify which remote they wish to use and which buttons they wish to have connected. You pick the remotes you want connected so you can maximize the control of your systems.
Somfy Telis 1 Remote Standard Integration Configuration
The use of the Telis 1 Remotes will provide a maximum 6 channels (6 - Telis 1 Remotes) of automation control. When used at the full Telis 1 capacity the AVUA-RTS the unit will only provide full Up and full Down automation of the shades (No Stop or Customer Preferred). We are limited to 12 relays for control and each remote would require 2 relays in this configuration. If you desire to have control of UP, Down and Stop (Also used for Customer Preferred Position) commands for the shades, the system will be limited to 4 RTS channels of control (4 - Telis 1 Remotes) with each remote using 3 of the 12 relays. By default we wire the remote for the following commands: UP (#1), Middle Stop Button (Also used for Customer Preferred Position) (#2) and Down (#3) If you add another Somfy Telis 1 Remote to the system we will use the next sequence of buttons (4,5,6).
Somfy Telis 4 Remote Standard Integrated Configuration
The use of the Telis 4 Remotes will provide the maximum 20 channels (4 - Telis 4 Remotes) of control. When used at full Telis 4 capacity the AVUA-RTS unit will only provide full Up and full Down automation of the shades (No Stop or Customer Preferred). We are limited to 12 relays for control and each remote would require 3 relays in this configuration. If you desire to have control of UP, Down and Stop (Also used for Customer Preferred Position) commands for the shades, the system will be limited to 15 RTS channels of control (3 - Telis 4 Remotes) with each remote using 4 of the 12 relays. By default we wire the remote for the following commands: UP (#1), Middle Stop Button (Also used for Customer Preferred Position) (#2), Down (#3) and Channel Select (#4) If you add another Somfy Telis 4 Remote to the system we will use the next sequence of buttons (5,6,7,8).
Using the Telis 4 remotes may provide a challenge for some users as the programming of the IR macro will be more complex. The Telis 4 provides up to 5 channels of control per remote. The selection of each channel is performed by successive buttons presses. In order for you (the programmer) to know what channel the remote is on you will have to write macros that always return the channel selection to a home state. Example: We want to send the UP command to the shade(s) on channel # 4 so we would write a macro that performs the following: Channel Select, Channel Select, Channel Select, Channel Select, Up, Channel Select, Channel Select, Channel Select. This macro would move the channel from home #1 channel to the 4th channel then command the shades to go up and then move the channel from #4 to our #1 position. This type of programming will require testing and perfecting as delays will be necessary. Some folks may not have the capability for this kind of advanced control with their home theater remotes. In this case we recommend using the Telis 1 remotes. View the Somfy Telis 4 Circuit Board Wired , View the Somfy Telis 4 Complete
Misc. Information on Controller
The AVUA-IR Remote provided has 14 buttons numbers 1-14. Buttons 1-12 control the contacts for each of those relays. Internally the AVUA-IRRTS system uses screw terminal blocks for making connection. This facilitates easy modification of wiring as soldering is not required. The automation controller can be used for other functions as well like controller you garage door or controlling appliances. Internally you have Normally Open and Normally Closed contacts for each relay. When used for remote control integration, we connect to the NO (Normally Open) contact. There are 2 banks of relays 1-8 and 9-12. Each bank can be set internal with a switch be either controlled momentarily or as a sustained toggle. By default the switch is set to momentary control for our use with the remotes. In a toggle mode only,buttons 13 and 14 are used to control the 2 banks in an All On/Off. Button 13 will control a 1-8 relays and button 14 will control 9-12 relays. Each relay is rated for up to 5A/240VAC so this kit may be used for more than just shade automation.
AVUA-IR Universal Automation Controller Specifications
• Allows IR control of RF and Other Devices
• Disconnect Remote for Easy Shade Programming
• Non-Destructive Remote Integration - The Normal Buttons still work!!!
• Ribbon Cable used for Remote wiring - No large Holes in the Remote
• Table Top Design w/ rubber feet
• Wall mountable thru Cover - Requires Drilling holes
• The supplied IR remote has a 40' Range
• Default System Includes:
- 12V 500ma Wall Plug Power Supply
- Learnable IR Remote (2 AAA Batteries required not included)
- 1 mounted and internally wired 8 pin mini-din connector
- 1 mating 8 pin mini-din connector (not wired)
- 3' of ribbon cable for self termination and connection
• Dimensions: 6" W x 1.5" H x 6.25"
• Warranty: 1 Year Warranty - Does not cover over powering the relay circuits.
1) Connect Remotes: Select type of remote(s) that you would like connected to the system using 3' of ribbon cable lead.
2) Expansion Ports: Adds mounted 8 pin mini-din connector, mating connector (not wired) and 3' of ribbon cable.
3) Comments: Enter any relevant comments regarding your order.
Typical lead time is 3 days but may take up to 8 days.
- IR to RTS