Somfy ZDMI - Z-Wave Shade Controller 1870171 Reviews
Submitted on 01/02/2020 Alarm Grid
The Somfy ZDMI is a Z-wave shade controller. It is a relay module that connects with a shade motor for controlling the blinds or curtains. The name ZDMI stands for Z-Wave to Digital Motor Interface. By using this device, you can control your blinds, curtains, or other motorized window coverings. As a Z-Wave device, it is universally compatible with most Z-Wave controllers. Keep in mind that some Z-Wave hubs might see the device as a light switch or something other than a relay for window coverings. The Somfy ZDMI works great as a Z-Wave relay for curtains, and we give it 5 Stars.
There are many things we like about the Somfy ZDMI. For one, it is one of the few home automation options that provides smart control for a motorized curtain controller. This can be extremely convenient if you want to control your blinds while you are away from home or have them activate automatically with smart scenes. The device is easy to operate and install. It gets its power from the curtain motor, so you don't need to plug-in the ZDMI. We also like the fact that the wire between the ZDMI and the shade motor can run a maximum distance of 30 feet. This gives you great flexibility in choosing an installation location.
However, there are some downsides to the Somfy ZDMI. For one, it is specifically designed for use with Sonesse 50 ILT2 and Sonesse 30 RS485 curtain motors. You may not be able to use it with other curtain motors, so make sure to check compatibility before purchasing. Additionally, you may experience some limitations when using the Somfy ZDMI to open the curtains partially. For example, many Z-Wave controllers can only use the Somfy ZDMI to either open the curtains completely or shut them completely. If you want to open the curtains part-way, then you might not be able to using the Somfy ZDMI. But if you are just wanting to open or close the curtains, then it should work just fine. One final downside to the Somfy ZDMI is that it uses standard Z-Wave, not Z-Wave Plus.
Overall, we think the Somfy ZDMI is a great option for users with a compatible curtain motor. Just make sure to keep its limitations in mind. We give it a 5-Star rating.
Good: Controls Motorized Curtain Controller, Easy to Operate and Install, Gets Power from Motor, 30-Foot Wire Run from ZDMI to Motor
Bad: Only Designed for Certain Curtain Motors, Most Z-Wave Controllers Only Allow for Complete Opening/Closing, Standard Z-Wave
Bottom Line: 5 Stars