Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

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Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:09 pm
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Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

Hi Everyone,

Surprised I'm the first to ask about this but has anyone used/tested Neo Connect with Indigo:

https://www.selectblinds.com/blinds-sma ... ation.html

If not these, what else are people using the automate their blinds with Indigo?

Thanks

Joe

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Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:11 am
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Re: Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

I just did a little cursory check of the controller, it's kind of neat but it seems like a pretty closed system. They have an Alexa skill but no open API that I can see and without that it would be a total hack (if it was even possible).

For me I automated my binds over a decade ago with the humble Add-A-Motor curtain controller which is a simple on/off device that I plug into an Insteon plug. I wrote a plugin for it (but never published it) that gives me almost total control over the position it ends up in. For $99 it was a great purchase. It was a perfect solution to open shades that never had any kind of automation options.

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Re: Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

[MODERATOR NOTE] - Moved to the correct forum.

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Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:51 am
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Re: Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

For me I automated my binds over a decade ago with the humble Add-A-Motor curtain controller which is a simple on/off device that I plug into an Insteon plug. I wrote a plugin for it (but never published it) that gives me almost total control over the position it ends up in. For $99 it was a great purchase. It was a perfect solution to open shades that never had any kind of automation options.


Thanks for the response!

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Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:37 am
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Re: Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

I just got this back when I did a tech inquiry to Neo asking about a RESTful API:

We don't have an open RESTful API at the moment. We'll migrate our backend at some point in the next months and we may create an open API at the same time.

What we do have is an open API for local communication using TCP/IP or local HTTP GET commands.


So I'm thinking it will work if I put a little elbow grease in...

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Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:29 pm
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Re: Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

Has anyone explored this further or have details of the TCP/IP or local HTTP GET commands?

TIA

mclass

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Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:25 am
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Re: Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

I am considering the purchase of a motorized shade for a hard to reach skylight. The shade integrates with Neo Smart Controller and it would be awesome to control with Indigo. :D

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Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:41 pm
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Re: Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

After waiting some time, our new house with external Neo Smart blinds controlled through Neo Connect controller has become sufficiently accessible for me to "have a play".

Neo have an HTTP/TCP local API available that they were happy to supply on request.

I have used this API to implement up, down and stop commands via Indigo actions, without the need for a cloud connection to the the Neo Controller.

Still in prototype as there are some mechanical issues with the blinds, but appears to be a suitable/workable solution. There is potential for a plugin for the Neo controller, but this is beyond my capabilities. I can share my (primitive) Python script if this would be useful to form the basis of further development

mclass

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Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:53 pm
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Re: Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

:D Yes, please!

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Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:33 pm
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Re: Neo Connect / Neo Smart Blinds

OK, so here's a link to the script that can be used to create Indigo actions for local roller blind control with the Neo Smart Controller:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9byb09msho55ss7/NeoBlinds_PUBLIC_0.0.py?dl=0

and a link to the referenced Neo API document:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fc85rhebtcvqs7d/Open%20Local%20HTTP%20Protocol%20V1.2.pdf?dl=0

Use at your own risk and I recommend that you have a working remote at hand when you're testing :roll:

If anyone's up for a challenge, a plugin that creates a blind device would be ideal - I'm afraid I don't have the skills (as you can probably tell from my primitive Python script :lol: )

mclass

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