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Can I control my shades from iPhone or iPad?

Control Shades and Curtains via iPad with Hunter Douglas PlatinumApp
Screen Shots of iPhone PlatinumApp

The short answer is YES,

With all Hunter Douglass electric shades, all you need is a small box called App Bridge and your iPhone or iPad.

We recently installed electric roller shades and used Hunter Douglas motorization system for that. The reason was that the client heard that there is a special app
that allows to control the shades via iPad. I was curious and went to check it out after the shades where installed.

I have to say that is one of the most simplest and easiest apps I have seen, great work Hunter!

Here is some back ground,

A typical remote has 4 buttons that allows to choose a shade to control via each button. Actually you can assign more than one shade to a button
say if you have 3 shades on the east side and 4 on the west. You can choose button1 to control all eastern shades and button 2 to control all western shades.
But what if after the installer left you wish to change that. it is a simple process for an installer who does it every day but not so simple process to a client who never done it.

Well that is where Hunter Douglas new Platinum App comes to help.

First you have a welcome screen with a master category you can call it Living Room, Bedroom or which ever room you like. Than you click (+) to add a shade call it a name say Beth’s Blackout Shade and click on Sync in the iPad at this point you click on a button on the shade the shades move and that is it Beth’s shade is working via iPad.

You can add more shades and assign them via clicking on a button in each shade and the beauty is that you can create as many top categories as you like say you wish to control
all kids room at once you add a category for “kids rooms shades” click (+) to add shade 1 (+) to add shade 2 and that is it. When you select “kids rooms shades” all the shades in your kids room will go up or down at once.

I must say its is so simple I was very impressed!!!

Put Your iPad to Work Controlling Your Shades

How many remotes do you have throughout your home? How many wall switches control everything happening in your home from the home speaker system to the garage door opener? What if you could electronically open and close the window shades with ease right from you iPad or tablet computer? Yes, it’s that easy.

What’s the Platinum App?



You love your apps and now there is one to control your Hunter Douglas Powerrise 2.1 and PowerGlide 2.1 window coverings using your iPad, iPhone or your iPod Touch. Look at some of the features of this system.
• You can use them to control the natural light in the room. Just choose one of the scenes, such as Summer Afternoon. This allows the shades on the east side of your home raise and those on the west side lower.

  • Perhaps you want some privacy during the daytime. Not a problem, select the right setting on the app and the vanes of the Silhouette window shades offered by the company open wide.
  • Time the operation to just what and when you want. You can set where you want your window coverings not only at specific times during the day, but also various days of the week.
  • Allow it to control windows room-by-room if you like.
  • Control individual window coverings. You can program it to control every single shade, drapery or window panel in your home, office or apartment.

To use this Hunter Douglas app, you will need to have the right components. This includes the Platinum App Bridge, which is the brain of the system. It holds all of the programming data and it will send a signal to the appropriate window covering using the Platinum Repeaters. You’ll also need the Platinum Repeater Kit, which includes the power supply you need. You’ll need one for each room.


You’ll need to use your Apple device with an iOS 5.0+ operating system to control it. It does provide you with free updates, too.
Would you control your window shades using the Hunter Douglas Platinum App? If you want ultimate control with real time programming options, there’s nothing quite like sitting back and controlling everything with the touch of your iPad.

Great Apps for Home Automation

Technology today has made it easier than ever to maintain your home. Remember the days you left for a weekend vacation, unsure if the air conditioner was, in fact, turned off? Now there are dozens of applications that allow you to control your home away from home. Smartphones have become the new remote control, only better because you can call it! That means no more grumbling about the hidden remote.

With so many apps available, it’s hard to know which to choose. Here are five of the best Iphone apps and five of the best for Android devices:


1. Crestron Mobile Pro G 

Crestron Mobile Pro G, Iphone, Home Automation, Applications

Mobile Pro G uses 3G or Wi-Fi communication to keep you connected in the home, office and on the go. View room and device status; select movies and music; adjust volume, climate, lighting and security. (Required control module must be uploaded to Crestron control system by authorized dealer) Use the GUI provided or customize your own.


2. DVR Remote 

DVR Remote, Iphone, Application, Home Automation

DVR Remote is an iPhone application for keeping track of your favorite shows. Your TiVo® Series 3 or TiVo ® Premier DVR is synced to your phone, allowing you to use your phone as a remote control for the unit. You can also browse your Now Playing information wirelessly on your iPhone.


3. Off Remote

Off Remote, Iphone, Application, Home Automation

Off Remote lets you turn off, lock, sleep, log off and restart a PC or Mac directly from your iDevice. The timer function lets you set Off to trigger up to 24 hours in the future so you can set a computer to automatically turn off after a task such as completing a download or upload or to automatically lock at a certain time to limit a child’s screen time.


4. HomeWorks Light Control

HomeWorks, Iphone, Application, Light Control, Home Automation

The HomeWorks Light Control applications allows you to control your Lutron HomeWorks system over a Wi-Fi, Edge, or 3G network with the convenience of iPhone and iPod touch. A key feature of this application is that it automatically configures itself using the information stored in the HomeWorks system.This application works with Lutron’s HomeWorks system and requires setup by a qualified HomeWorks installer.

Free, with system

5. Mobiscope: Home Security & Video Surveillance

Mobiscope, Iphone, Application, Home Automation

Monitor your IP cameras, view and control public webcams in your home. Mobiscope allows you to monitor video surveillance from your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch by connecting it to any USB or IP camera. Up to four cameras can be surveyed at once, but you can sync the app to an unlimited number of cameras. You can also pan, tilt and zoom IP. All videos can be recorded and viewed again.



1. MobiLinc

MobilLinc, Android, Application, Home Automation

Using Wi-Fi, or cellular communication, MobiLinc supports control and real-time monitoring of up to 1024 INSTEON or X10 devices, 1024 scenes, and 1024 programs on your Android powered device anywhere in the world. With MobiLinc Pro and Android, control all of your lights, thermostats, devices, programs and irrigation system while on vacation or away from home. With MobiLinc and the many INSTEON devices available, home automation from the palm of your hand has never been easier. MobiLinc Pro works with the ISY-99i central controllers.


2. Conductor

Conductor for Insteon, Android, Application, Home Automation

Control your home automation system with Android Conductor is an application for Android that allows you to control your home automation system via your ISY-99i from Universal Devices. Universal Devices’ ISY-99i is a powerful home automation tool. The Conductor software allows you to use that powerful tool on any Google Android phone or tablet.


3. DroidSeer X10 Home Automation

DroidSeer X10 Home Automation, Android, Application, Home Automation

Once configured you will be able to control any device that is linked into your HomeSeer system and also read status devices such as thermostats and display their values on your Android device. Droidseer is designed to be simple to use and will allow you to manage your home from anywhere where you can get an internet connection. The latest version has been optimised for the Motorola Xoom and other Honeycomb tablets. It will also run on any Android phone running 2.1 or above.

Free, with system

4. Lightswitch

Lightswitch, Android, Application, Home Automation

Servers that are certified with Lightswitch support this app. The application consists of two pieces: a server which is the home automation physically installed in your house and the client which runs on your Android.


5. Home Buddy

Home Buddy, Android, Application, Home Automation

Home Buddy is an application that interfaces with Mi Casa Verde’s Vera to control Z-Wave compatible devices around your home. After instantly detecting your IP address, the app allows you to control lighting and temperature simultaneously or individually.

Free, with compatible device