Powering Your PoE Shades
Our PoE Shades require 7W max using an IEEE 802.3AF-2003 PoE switch. You will need to use the T568b wire standard. You will need CAT 5 or newer. Since each motor has it's own individual IP address, dual shades will require two separate drops.
If you've already dropped a single cable for two shades, we recommend you use a PoE splitter/combiner like the one found
|RJ45 Pin Position
Once the shades have been plugged in to a PoE Switch (or PoE Injector) you can proceed to the next step!
PoE Motor Setup
This guide follows setup using the PowerShades Dashboard, which is the recommended way to set up your PoE Shades. You will use your login from the dealer portal in order to access your properties.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Before we start the setup, you will need to give yourself (or anyone who will need it) access to the property.
Once you have logged in, you will need to navigate to the Admin tab at the top of the page.
Click "Manage" next to the user then, "Property Permissions" in the dropdown menu.
Select the properties you would like to assign to this user by clicking the checkbox next to them.
At this point, create the "user" account for the owner of the property. This can be done by clicking "New", then select "New User."
You will need to fill out their details, such as email address and password. You will also need to select the property(s) you would like to attach them to.
This is the same login used for the app!
Limits are set during production but may need to be adjusted.
Log into the PowerShades Dashboard. If you have multiple properties, make sure you have the correct one selected. You can change the property by clicking the property name under "Property", and selecting the correct property.
Ensure all PoE shades have power and are connected to the internet. Next to the Shade Name, an online status will display. Verify it's online (green checkmark next to it) before beginning these steps.
Shade Name you're wanting to adjust, then select Configure This Shade.
A new dialog box will pop up labeled "Shade Name Configuration". On the right side of this dialogue box, you will see all of the limit correction options. Verify the shade's top and bottom limits by using the commands on the left.
If the limits are incorrect, roll them the to furthest direction of the limit you need to set (roll the shade all the way up or down). You are able to use the Step Up and Step Down to bypass the limits. Use those buttons to get the shade to the correct limit.
Click the corresponding Set Limit for the limit you're trying to change.
Once both limits have been corrected, click Save Limits.
MY SHADE IS ROLLING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.
Shade Name and navigate to Configure This Shade. On the right side, click Set Direction. Limits will have to be reset.
WHERE IS THE BUTTON ON THE MOTOR?
It can be found on the motor side where the pigtail is located.
WHAT DOES THE BUTTON DO?
Good question! It's not used during installation. You can use it for a couple of different features:
Pressing and releasing the button will jog up or down if the limits are set.
Holding the button for 1 second will indicate which IP mode it's in - DHCP or Static.
Holding it for 3 seconds will cause the LED to begin alternating between red and green. This allows you to change the IP mode. You will need to press the button until it turns either red for static, or green for DHCP.
Holding it for 10 seconds will cause the LED to begin flashing green. Letting go will reboot the motor.
Holding it for greater than 30 seconds will cause the LED to begin flashing red. Letting go will factory reset the motor.
WHAT IP MODE ARE POE MOTORS IN BY DEFAULT?
They are set in DHCP mode by deafault. If changed to static, the default IP address is 192.168.1.240.
HOW DO I FIND MY POE SHADE'S PRIVATE IP ADDRESS?
If the shades are online, the easiest way to find the IP address is by clicking the
Shade Name and navigating to Configure This Shade. Once there, you will be able to see the Private IP address at the top left corner.
If you're planning to set the shades up locally, you will need to use PowerShades Config.NET to find(and change) the Private IP address(es).
CAN I SET UP A POE SHADE LOCALLY?
Yes! You will need to follow the PowerShades Config.NET guide. It operates practically the same as the dashboard, just a little less intuitive. It can only be used on Windows.
WHAT ARE THE LED BLINK CODES? WHAT DO THEY MEAN?
||Hardware is asleep.
||No Ethernet link, attempting to initiate connection
||Confirm your PoE cable is plugged into a known good port.
||Ethernet link established. Waiting for DHCP lease if applicable
||If using DHCP, confirm you have free leases available within the DHCP range.
||IP Address assigned
||Waiting for DNS to resolve
||If on static, confirm the information entered. Ensure the motor is on the correct subnet.