# Hunter Douglas (Luxaflex) PowerView Binding

This is an openHAB binding for Hunter Douglas PowerView motorized shades via their PowerView hub. In some countries the PowerView system is sold under the brand name Luxaflex

PowerView

PowerView shades have motorization control for their vertical position, and some also have vane controls to change the angle of their slats.

This binding also supports scenes that are defined in the PowerView app. This helps to work around a limitation of the hub; commands are executed serially with a several second delay between executions. By using a scene to control multiple shades at once, the shades will all begin moving at the same time.

# Supported Things

Thing Thing Type Description
PowerView Hub Bridge The PowerView hub provides the interface between your network and the shade's radio network. It also contains channels used to interact with scenes.
PowerView Shade Thing A motorized shade.

# Discovery

Make sure your shades are visible in the PowerView app before attempting discovery.

The binding can automatically discover the PowerView hub. The discovery process can be started by pressing the refresh button in the Main Configuration UI Inbox. However you can also manually create a (bridge) thing for the hub, and enter the required configuration parameters (see Thing Configuration below). If the configuration parameters are all valid, the binding will then automatically attempt to connect to the hub. If the connection succeeds, the hub will indicate its status as Online, otherwise it will show an error status.

Once the hub thing has been created and successfully connected, the binding will automatically discover all shades and scenes that are in it.

  • For each shade discovered: the binding will create a new dedicated thing with its own channels.
  • For each scene discovered: the binding will create a new channel dynamically within the hub thing.

If in the future, you add additional shades or scenes to your system, the binding will discover them too.

# Thing Configuration

# Thing Configuration for PowerView Hub

Configuration Parameter Description
host The host name or IP address of the hub on your network.
refresh The number of milli-seconds between fetches of the PowerView hub's shade state (default 60'000 one minute).
hardRefresh The number of minutes between hard refreshes of the PowerView hub's shade state (default 180 three hours). See Refreshing the PowerView Hub Cache.

# Thing Configuration for PowerView Shades

PowerView shades should preferably be configured via the automatic discovery process. It is quite difficult to configure manually as the id of the shade is not exposed in the PowerView app. However, the configuration parameters are described below:

Configuration Parameter Description
id The ID of the PowerView shade in the app. Must be an integer.

# Channels

# Channels for PowerView Hub

Scene channels will be added dynamically to the binding as they are discovered in the hub. Each scene channel will have an entry in the hub as shown below, whereby different scenes have different id values:

Channel Item Type Description
id Switch Turning this to ON will activate the scene. Scenes are stateless in the PowerView hub; they have no on/off state. Note: include {autoupdate="false"} in the item configuration to avoid having to reset it to off after use.

# Channels for PowerView Shade

A shade always implements a roller shutter channel position which controls the vertical position of the shade's (primary) rail. If the shade has slats or rotatable vanes, there is also a dimmer channel vane which controls the slat / vane position. If it is a dual action (top-down plus bottom-up) shade, there is also a roller shutter channel secondary which controls the vertical position of the secondary rail. All of these channels appear in the binding, but only those which have a physical implementation in the shade, will have any physical effect.

Channel Item Type Description
position Rollershutter The vertical position of the shade's rail -- see next chapter. Up/Down commands will move the rail completely up or completely down. Percentage commands will move the rail to an intermediate position. Stop commands will halt any current movement of the rail.
secondary Rollershutter The vertical position of the secondary rail (if any). Its function is basically identical to the position channel above -- but see next chapter.
vane Dimmer The degree of opening of the slats or vanes. Setting this to a non-zero value will first move the shade position fully down, since the slats or vanes can only have a defined state if the shade is in its down position -- see Interdependency between Channel positions.
batteryLow Switch Indicates ON when the battery level of the shade is low, as determined by the hub's internal rules.

# Roller Shutter Up/Down Position vs. Open/Close State

The position and secondary channels are Rollershutter types. For vertical shades, the binding maps the vertical position of the "rail" to the Rollershutter ▲ / ▼ commands, and its respective percent value. And for horizontal shades, it maps the horizontal position of the "truck" to the Rollershutter ▲ / ▼ commands, and its respective percent value.

Depending on whether the shade is a top-down, bottom-up, left-right, right-left, or dual action shade, the OPEN and CLOSED position of the shades may differ from the ▲ / ▼ commands follows..

Type of Shade Channel Rollershutter Command Motion direction Shade State Percent
Single action bottom-up position Up OPEN 0%
Down CLOSED 100%
Single action top-down position Up CLOSED 0%
Down OPEN 100%
Single action right-left position Left OPEN 0%
Right CLOSED 100%
Single action left-right position Right OPEN 0%
Left CLOSED 100%
Dual action (lower rail) position Up OPEN 0%
Down CLOSED 100%
Dual action (upper rail) secondary Down OPEN 0%
Up CLOSED 100%

# Interdependency between Channel positions

On some types of shades with movable vanes, the vanes cannot be moved unless the shade is down. So there is an interdependency between the value of vane and the value of position as follows..

Case State of position State of vane
Shade up 0% = UP UNDEFINED
Shade 50% down 50% UNDEFINED
Shade 100% down, Vane 0% 100% = DOWN 0%
Shade 100% down, Vane 50% 100% = DOWN 50%
Shade 100% down, Vane 100% 100% = DOWN 100%

On dual action shades, the top rail cannot move below the position of the bottom rail. So the value of secondary may be constrained by the value of position.

# Refreshing the PowerView Hub Cache

The hub maintains a cache of the last known state of its shades, and this binding delivers those values. Usually the shades will be moved by this binding, so since the hub is always involved in the moving process, it updates this cache accordingly.

However shades can also be moved manually without the hub’s knowledge. A person can manually move a shade by pressing a button on the side of the shade or via a remote control. In neither case will the hub be aware of the shade’s new position.

The hub periodically does a "hard refresh" in order to overcome this issue. The time interval between hard refreshes is set in the hardRefresh configuration parameter. To disable periodic hard refreshes, set hardRefresh to zero.

Note: You can also force the hub to refresh itself by sending a REFRESH command in a rule to an item that is connected to a channel in the hub as follows:

rule "Hub Refresh (every 20 minutes)"
when
    Time cron "0 1/20 0 ? * * *"
then
    sendCommand(HUB_ITEM_NAME, "REFRESH") // refresh all shades in HUB

    sendCommand(SHADE_ITEM_NAME, "REFRESH") // refresh single shade that ITEM is bound to
end

# Full Example

# demo.things File

Bridge hdpowerview:hub:g24 "Luxaflex Hub" @ "Living Room" [host="192.168.1.123"] {
    Thing shade s50150 "Living Room Shade" @ "Living Room" [id="50150"]
}

# demo.items File

Shade items:

Rollershutter Living_Room_Shade_Position "Living Room Shade Position [%.0f %%]" {channel="hdpowerview:shade:g24:s50150:position"}

Rollershutter Living_Room_Shade_Secondary "Living Room Shade Secondary Position [%.0f %%]" {channel="hdpowerview:shade:g24:s50150:secondary"}

Dimmer Living_Room_Shade_Vane "Living Room Shade Vane [%.0f %%]" {channel="hdpowerview:shade:g24:s50150:vane"}

Switch Living_Room_Shade_Battery_Low_Alarm "Living Room Shade Battery Low Alarm [%s]" {channel="hdpowerview:shade:g24:s50150:lowBattery"}

Scene items:

Switch Living_Room_Shades_Scene_Heart "Living Room Shades Scene Heart" <blinds> (g_Shades_Scene_Trigger) {channel="hdpowerview:hub:g24:22663", autoupdate="false"}

# demo.sitemap File

Frame label="Living Room Shades" {
  Switch item=Living_Room_Shades_Scene_Open
  Slider item=Living_Room_Shade_1_Position 
}