How to set up Ajax control of roller blinds or roller shutters. Connection diagrams

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The Ajax capabilities are not limited to protection against robbery, fire, and flood, as the system can automate routine actions, save time, and make life more comfortable.

We have already written how to control a gate or traffic barrier. This article describes connecting electric roller blinds and roller shutters to the Ajax system and the nuances of their control using apps, scenarios, or a wireless Button.

Why are roller blinds and roller shutters needed, and what types are there

Roller blinds and roller shutters differ in purpose. Roller shutters perform protective functions and block access to the territory or premises. And roller blinds are used similarly to curtains — they protect from light and prying eyes.

Roller shutters can be used to protect windows, doors, and glass roofs. Roller shutter gates and grilles are also worth mentioning.

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Decorative roller blinds are usually installed indoors. Their curtains can be insulated to reduce heat loss. They protect from sunlight and, to some extent, provide sound insulation.

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Types of roller blinds and roller shutters by the control method

Roller blinds and roller shutters are opened/closed manually (mechanically) and/or by electric drive. Mechanical roller shutters can be automated using an electric drive.

Which roller blinds/roller shutters can be controlled with Ajax

Ajax can control any roller blinds/roller shutters equipped with an electric drive.

If the roller blinds/roller shutters are equipped with a controller (more expensive and rare models), you will need to connect wiring to its control terminals. In the absence of a controller, make a connection directly to the electric drive.

Connection to the drive

The Ajax system allows you to control roller blinds and roller shutters with an electric drive of any kind — with 110/230 V AC mains (most models) and low-current type (12/24 V DC).

Power electric drives, as a rule, are installed in protective roller shutters, and low-current ones are more often found in decorative roller blinds.

Information about the type of electric drive can be found in the equipment manual and/or on the roller blinds/roller shutters manufacturer’s website.

Connection to the controller

Some roller blinds/roller shutters models can be equipped with a control unit. It consists of a controller and control devices such as remote controls. The controller receives commands from control devices and activates the open-close mechanism.

To integrate with Ajax, the controller should have a control input for connecting wired buttons and relays. The controller can have a non-standard control input or special control and operation modes, which also should be taken into account during integration.

Before starting to connect the equipment, study the technical documentation for roller blinds/roller shutters.

What devices are used when connecting

Main devices:

  • Roller blinds or roller shutters with an electric drive.
  • Hub — coordinates the operation of system devices.
  • Relay low-current relay — gives the command to open or close roller blinds/roller shutters with a low-current drive or controller.
  • WallSwitch power relay — controls the power supply for the equipment and gives the command to open or close roller blinds/roller shutters with a power drive.

With the help of WallSwitch, roller blinds or roller shutters can be de-energized upon command from the application or automatically when arming. This way, intruders will not be able to open the roller blinds or roller shutters, even if they have gained access to Button.

Additional devices:

  • Transmitter integration module — transmits to the system in real-time the status of roller blinds/roller shutters: open or closed.
  • Button — allows sending a command for roller blinds/roller shutters opening or closing.
  • DoorProtect Plus opening detector — detects break-in of roller blinds.
  • Back-up batteries of appropriate capacity and output current — for opening or closing the curtain in case of power loss, as well as for back-up power supply of Relay and/or WallSwitch.

The hub can run up to 16 hours on a back-up battery, and the rest of the Ajax devices run 2 to 7 years on pre-installed batteries.

Security requirements

Connect roller blinds and roller shutters according to manufacturer’s instructions, observing the general electrical safety rules.

Do not disassemble energized devices. Do not use devices with a damaged power cord.

Do not connect Relay to a power supply with a voltage higher than 36 V or AC circuits. Also, do not connect WallSwitch to a voltage that goes beyond 184–253 V (230 V networks) and 88–121 V (110 V networks). This is a fire hazard and will damage the device.

Avoid getting moisture on Relay or WallSwitch or cable connections.

Considering the operating temperature range and the operating humidity of the Ajax relay — devices should not be placed outdoors.

We recommend using roller shutters equipped with an emergency manual lifting system — in case of a prolonged power outage or fire.

How to connect roller blinds/roller shutters to Ajax to control opening-closing

The connection diagram and the type of relay depend on the type of roller blinds/roller shutters control system:

  • Opening and closing is initiated by a 110/230 V power supply — WallSwitch is used.
  • Opening and closing is initiated by a 12/24 V supply — Relay is used.
  • Opening and closing are controlled by the controller — Relay is used.

Connection to Ajax of roller blinds/roller shutters with 110/230 V power supply

According to the diagram below, connect the WallSwitch power relay to the electric drive power supply circuit and set up the system.

WallSwitch connection diagram

WallSwitch and electric drive of roller blinds/roller shutters can be powered from the same power supply. When mounting the device, do not allow any moisture to penetrate the relay or the site of cable connections.

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  1. Connect the power supply to the power terminals of WallSwitch observing the polarity.
  2. Connect power from the coupling SPDT relay to WallSwitch output terminals.
  3. Connect the common terminal (“COM“) of the coupling relay to the phase (“L“) of the power supply.
  4. Connect the NC terminal of the coupling relay to the opening input of the roller blind/roller shutter electric drive, and the NO terminal to the closing input.
  5. Connect the zero (“N“) of the roller blind/roller shutter electric drive to the zero (“N“) of the power supply.
  6. Ground the appropriate contact of the solenoid valve, if required by the manufacturer.

WallSwitch setup

In the Ajax app:

  1. Go to the Devices tab.
  2. Select WallSwitch and go to its Settings .
  3. Set the required parameters.
    • Relay operating mode: bistable or pulse.
    • Contact state: normally closed or normally opened.

    The settings depend on the roller blind/roller shutter model. You will find connection recommendations in the technical documentation of the device.

  4. Click Back to save the settings.

For more informative notifications, rename WallSwitch, for example, by naming the device Central Entrance.

Connection to Ajax of roller blinds/roller shutters with 12/24 V power supply

According to the diagram below, connect the low current Relay to the electric drive power supply circuit and set up the system.

Relay connection diagram

Relay, coupling relay, and electric drive of roller blinds/roller shutters can be powered from the same power supply. When mounting the device, do not allow any moisture to penetrate Relay, coupling relay, or the site of cable connections.

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  1. Connect the power supply to the power terminals of Relay.
  2. Connect the “+” of the power supply to one of the Relay output contact terminals, and the “+” of the coupling relay — to the other terminal of Relay contacts.
  3. Connect the contact “” of the roller blind/roller shutter electric drive (common contact) and “” of the coupling relay to the “” of the power supply.
  4. Connect the common terminal (“COM“) of the coupling relay to the “+” of the power supply.
  5. Connect the NC terminal of the coupling relay to the roller blind/roller shutter opening control input, and the NO terminal to the closing input.

Relay setup

In the Ajax app:

  1. Go to the Devices tab.
  2. Select Relay and go to its Settings .
  3. Set the required parameters.
    • Relay operating mode: bistable or pulse.
    • Pulse duration (if pulse mode is selected) is within 0.5 to 255 seconds. The duration should be greater than or equal to the closing-opening time of the roller blind or roller shutter.
    • Contact state: normally closed or normally opened.

    The settings depend on the roller blind/roller shutter model. You will find connection recommendations in the technical documentation of the device.

  4. Click Back to save the settings.

For more informative notifications, rename Relay, for example, by naming the device Central Entrance.

Connection to Ajax of roller blinds/roller shutters with a controller

The controller of roller blinds/roller shutters can have one or more control inputs. The connection diagram depends on this.

One Relay is enough if the input is combined and is responsible for both opening and closing roller blinds/roller shutters. If the inputs are separate (one responsible for opening and the other for closing), then two Relays are required.

Connection of roller blinds/roller shutters with combined control input

Connect the low current Relay to the controller according to the diagram below and set up the system.

Relay connection diagram

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  1. Connect the power supply to the power terminals of the relay.
  2. Connect the relay contact terminals to the control input.

If the Relay is connected to a controller that opens the gate when the contacts open, provide the Relay with backup power. In the event of a power loss, the Relay contacts open, which will lead to the opening of the roller blinds/roller shutters.

Relay setup

In the Ajax app:

  1. Go to the Devices tab.
  2. Select Relay and go to its Settings .
  3. Set the required parameters.

    The settings depend on the model of your roller blinds/roller shutters. You will find connection recommendations in the technical documentation of the device.

    • Relay operating mode: bistable or pulse.
    • Pulse duration (if pulse mode is selected) is within 0.5 to 255 seconds. The duration should be greater than or equal to the closing-opening time of the roller blind or roller shutter.

    An incorrectly selected pulse duration can lead to a failure of roller blinds or roller shutters to fully open or close.

    • Contact state: normally closed or normally opened.
  4. Click Back to save the settings.

For more informative notifications, rename Relay, for example, by naming the device Central Entrance.

Roller blind/roller shutter connection with separate control inputs

Connect the low current Relays to the controller according to the diagram below and set up the system. With this connection diagram, one Relay controls the opening, and the other Relay controls the closing.

Relay connection diagram

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  1. Connect the power supply to the power terminals of both relays.
  2. Connect the contact terminals of the first Relay to the first control input.
  3. Connect the contact terminals of the second Relay to the second control input.

Relay setup

In the Ajax app:

  1. Go to the Devices tab.
  2. Select Relay and go to its Settings .
  3. Set the required parameters.

    The settings depend on the model of your roller blinds/roller shutters. You will find connection recommendations in the technical documentation of the device.

    • Relay operating mode: bistable or pulse.
    • Pulse duration (if pulse mode is selected) is within 0.5 to 255 seconds. The duration should be greater than or equal to the closing-opening time of the roller blind or roller shutter.

    An incorrectly selected pulse duration can lead to a failure of roller blinds or roller shutters to fully open or close.

    • Contact state: normally closed or normally opened.
  4. Click Back to save the settings.
  5. Repeat steps 1–4 for the second Relay.

For more informative notifications, rename Relay, for example, by naming the device Central Entrance.

How to control the power supply for roller blinds/roller shutters using Ajax

Power supply control will work in parallel with the control of opening/closing for roller blinds/roller shutters. According to the diagram below, connect the WallSwitch power relay to the controller power supply circuit and set up the system.

WallSwitch connection diagram

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  1. Connect the power supply to the WallSwitch power terminals.
  2. Connect the relay contact terminals to the roller blind/roller shutter power supply inputs.

WallSwitch setup

In the Ajax app:

  1. Go to the Devices tab.
  2. Select WallSwitch and go to its Settings .
  3. Set the required parameters.

    The settings depend on your roller blind/roller shutter model. You will find connection recommendations in the technical documentation of the device.

    • Relay operating mode: bistable.
    • Contact state: normally closed or normally opened.
  4. Click Back to save the settings.

For more informative notifications, rename WallSwitch, for example, by naming the device Power supply of roller blinds.

How to control roller blinds or roller shutters using Button

The hub running on OS Malevich 2.10 and later allows configuring different actions for short and long pressing of Button. For example, a short pressing can open or close roller blinds/roller shutters, and a long press can de-energize the device.

To control roller blinds/roller shutters using Button, configure the appropriate scenarios in the Ajax app:

  1. Devices tab.
  2. Button
  3. Settings .
  4. Scenarios

How to see the status of roller blinds/roller shutters in an Ajax app: “closed”, “open”

To display the status of roller blinds/roller shutters (open or closed) in the Ajax apps, connect the Transmitter integration module to the status output of the roller blind/roller shutter controller.

Connect the status output of the roller blind/roller shutter controller to the tamper or alarm terminals of Transmitter. The operation algorithm of notifications depends on this.

Connection to tamper terminals of Transmitter

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When connected via the tamper terminals of Transmitter, the security system notifies about opening or closing regardless of the security mode.

The status of roller blinds/roller shutters is displayed in real-time in the Body field in the Transmitter statuses:

  1. Ajax app
  2. Devices tab.
  3. Transmitter

Connection to alarm terminals of Transmitter

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When connected via the Transmitter alarm terminals, the system notifies about opening or closing only when the entire system or group to which the Transmitter is added is armed. Exception: Transmitter operates in the Always Active mode.

The status of the roller blind/roller shutter curtain is displayed in real-time in the Detector status field, in the Transmitter statuses:

  1. Ajax app
  2. Devices tab.
  3. Transmitter

How to detect a break-in of roller blinds using Ajax

For break-in detection, you can use a third-party roller shutter motion detector by connecting it to DoorProtect Plus using an external terminal.

To connect a motion detector to a DoorProtect Plus detector, follow the instructions:

How to control roller blinds/roller shutters in an Ajax app

Click on the switch in the relay field in the Devices menu of the Ajax app — the state of the relay contacts will change to the opposite, and the roller blinds/roller shutters will open or close.

If you have connected to a controller with separate control inputs, to open the roller blinds/roller shutters, press the switch in the field of the corresponding low current relay. To close, use a similar switch in the field of the second low current relay.

How to control the power supply of roller blinds/roller shutters drive in the Ajax app

Press the switch in the power relay field — the state of the contacts will change to the opposite. When the contacts are closed, power is supplied to the device and the roller blinds/roller shutters can be controlled. When the contacts are open, the power supply to the device is interrupted, and the roller blinds/roller shutters are blocked.

How to program scenarios for opening, closing, and power supply control of roller blinds/roller shutters

Ajax scenarios allow you to open and close, as well as power and de-energize roller blinds/roller shutters when changing the security mode, turning on/off the Night Mode, on alarm or schedule.

Scenarios when changing the security mode can be used both for the entire Ajax system and using groups.

The Ajax security system provides the ability to control automation devices on schedule. You can set the activation time for WallSwitch or Relay.

It is possible to set a scenario upon the fire detector alarm. If the FireProtect detector detects the smoke, excess limit temperature, or its rapid rise, the Ajax security system can open the roller shutters according to the scenario to facilitate evacuation.

To create scenarios for controlling roller blinds/roller shutters, go to the menu:

  1. Ajax app
  2. Devices tab.
  3. Relay or WallSwitch
  4. Settings
  5. Scenarios