3 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying SmartShades

Smart home tech has totally changed how we vibe with our living spaces. Think about it: from lights that know when you’re home, to sound systems that make you feel like you’re at a concert, our homes are getting smarter and more in tune with us, thanks to all these cool gadgets. And let’s talk about a real game-changer: smart window shades. Products like RYSE SmartShade are leading the charge in making our homes even smarter.

But, as awesome as smart shades are, it’s easy to mess up when buying them. To get the most bang for your buck with RYSE SmartShades, here’s a heads-up on three common mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Mistake 1: Not Buying the Right Add-Ons

When you’re bringing RYSE SmartShades into your home, remember it’s not just about the SmartShade itself – it’s what you add to it that really counts. Depending on what you’re looking for, you might need some extra gear to get the most out of your smart shades.

A common mistake we’ve noticed is that a lot of folks don’t pick up the right add-ons for their RYSE SmartShade. It’s important to know that the SmartShade by itself doesn’t unlock all its cool features. On its own, it’s basically a fancy way to connect your shades to your phone via Bluetooth, letting you control them like a remote. But if you want to dive into the really neat stuff like setting up Groups, creating Routines, and hooking up with other smart home platforms, you’re going to need the SmartBridge add-on.

RYSE SmartBridge

The RYSE SmartBridge is like the brain of your RYSE SmartShades setup, hooking them up to your Wi-Fi and letting you control everything from your phone or smart home system. This nifty device doesn’t just connect your shades; it lets you group them and set up personalized routines for each one – super handy, right?

And, it gets better. The RYSE SmartBridge makes it a breeze to add your SmartShades into your existing smart home vibe, working with big names like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. Plus, we’re always working to add more compatible smart platforms to the mix.

Just a heads-up, though, the SmartBridge needs to plug into your router or modem with an ethernet cable since it’s not wireless.. But that’s a small trade-off for the awesome control and convenience it brings to your smart home setup. Don’t worry, we’re releasing a model with Wi-Fi built in by mid-2024, that will replace the current version.

RYSE BatteryPack

The RYSE SmartShade comes with a power adapter, which you’ll need to plug into an outlet and then into the SmartShade to get it up and running. Without this, no power means no magic from your shades. The cord on the adapter is about 5 feet long, so you’ve got some flexibility on where to set it up.

Now, the SmartShade isn’t wireless right out of the box. But, if you pick up a BatteryPack, you can ditch the cords. Once the BatteryPack is charged up, it keeps your shades moving for about 5 or 6 months, depending on how much you use them. And when it’s time to juice up the BatteryPack, just pop it off, use a Micro USB cable, and you’re good to go again.

So, when you’re planning your RYSE SmartShade setup, remember these extras. They’re what turn your shades from just another part of your window to a smart home gadget that really adds to your day-to-day.

Mistake 2: Buying for Incompatible Shades

Not all window shades are ready to jump on the smart tech bandwagon straight out of the box. If you’re thinking about snagging a RYSE SmartShade, make sure the shades you have or plan to get are a good fit. 

Here’s the scoop: RYSE SmartShade is all about shades or blinds with a looped string or chain that goes round and round. If your shades have an open-ended cord or chain that doesn’t make a loop, they’re not going to play nice with the RYSE SmartShade.

Just a heads up, the RYSE SmartShade really needs that continuous loop to work its magic. So, those cordless shades that do their own thing? Yeah, they’re not going to work with the RYSE SmartShade. No loop, no compatibility. It’s that simple.

Shades with metal or plastic beaded chain 

The RYSE SmartShade works with a bunch of different window shades out there. But, there’s a catch: your shades need to have a metal or plastic beaded chain. The perfect chain size? #9 or #10 for a smooth integration and operation with the RYSE SmartShade.

Now, the cool part about the RYSE SmartShade is that it can lift most shades, no matter their size or weight. But, as they get bigger and heavier, nailing the installation is key for the best performance. Getting it installed just right means it can handle the extra bulk without a hitch.

Got heavier shades? You might want to ditch any extra bits on the chain, like bead connectors. These little guys can add more weight and mess with how well the SmartShade works. If you’re looking to get them off, a splicing tool will be your best friend, making the job easier and keeping things running smoothly.

Shades with string cord

Just a heads up, the RYSE SmartShade is really made for vertical shades that work with a drawstring. If you’ve got horizontal blinds with a drawstring, the SmartShade might not be your best bet. Why? Well, there’s a chance the drawstring could slip, messing with the SmartShade’s performance and reliability. For the best experience, stick to using the RYSE SmartShade with those vertical drawstring shades.

Cordless Shades

The RYSE SmartShade won’t work with any of the cordless shades out there. It’s all about whether they have that continuous looped string or chain – without it, no go with this high-tech gear. So, before you dive in, take a good look at your current window treatments and figure out how to get them ready for the RYSE SmartShade magic.

Mistake 3: Buying One SmartBridge for an Entire Home

Let’s clear up a little confusion about the RYSE SmartBridge, shall we? Some folks think one SmartBridge can handle all the smart shades in their home. While these gadgets are pretty awesome, they do have their limits. If you’re decking out several rooms or windows with RYSE SmartShades, one bridge might not cut it.

Each SmartBridge is designed to support a certain number of shades. How many you’ll need depends on your home’s size, layout, and how far apart your shades are. To dodge any connectivity headaches or network traffic jams, it’s smart to chat with the RYSE support team or do a bit of homework to figure out the number of bridges you need. Sure, buying just one SmartBridge seems cheaper at first, but for a smoother experience, investing in the right setup from the get-go is the way to go. Trust me, you’ll love the convenience and reliability of your smart shades way more.

Now, about connecting your RYSE SmartBridge to your smart shades: it’s all done over Bluetooth, not WiFi. This detail trips up a lot of people. Bluetooth’s range is about 40 feet, but walls and other obstacles can mess with that. To keep things running smoothly, place your SmartBridge centrally, keeping it within 35 feet of your shades if possible. This helps avoid any disconnection dramas or automation hiccups. And yeah, concrete walls can be a real pain for Bluetooth signals, so keep that in mind for the best placement.

In smaller homes, a centrally placed bridge might do the trick. But in bigger spaces, you might need more bridges for better coverage. If you’re short on Ethernet ports for these extra bridges, no sweat! Consider a Wi-Fi extender with an Ethernet port or even a long Ethernet cable to connect your bridges to your router. Sure, running a cable across your home isn’t the prettiest solution, but it’s a solid plan B when you’re out of ports.

So, choose the best setup for your needs and get ready to enjoy the seamless operation of your RYSE SmartShade system.

So, to wrap it up, getting your hands on RYSE SmartShades means you gotta get the lowdown on their product ecosystem, make sure they’ll play nice with your current home setup, and have the right setup ready to go. Dodge these three slip-ups, and you’re golden – ready to soak up all the cool perks of smart shades. Enjoy the shade!

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