download and install phone app for skylight motors

Phone App for Blind Motors: Download & Install Android/IOS App

environmental sensor monitors temperature, light level, humidity, VOC air quality, sound level

This is the third article in this series, and it is about downloading and installing the phone app for the BroadLink® smart sensor for controlling our blind motors, skylight/window openers, smart film, drapery motors, and many other devices, such as fans & LED lighting.

If you didn't see the previous article about powering up the WiFi environmental sensor, please take a moment to review that important step.

You may have already installed the BroadLink® program, if you have already installed the controller hub or security kit. In that case, please skip down to this section: Configuring the Sensor After Software Installation.

Please Note: It is important to follow these instructions sequentially to avoid any confusion.

The BroadLink® controller system has quickly become our automation system of choice for a number of reasons, not the least being the ease-of-use factor, and if you follow these instructions carefully, you will find that it is quite "user friendly".

One important feature is its ability to "learn" RF radio commands, which means it can directly control our skylight motors and window openers. It is also an excellent IR code learner too, for controlling all your media systems, including projectors, screens and HDMI switchers.

The environmental sensor discussed in this article series can be used as a trigger to activate a motor (or any other device) when conditions change, such as a temperature/humidity increase, or a light level increase. We will be focussing on the temperature aspect in this series.

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Downloading the App: Android and IOS Versions

There are 2 different ways to download and install the BroadLink® program:

1. Scan the QR code from packing box, or from this screen to automatically download and install the software.

Platform: Android IOS
QR Code:  BroadLink system QR code for android BroadLink system QR code for IOS

2. Visit the following links. The Android link is a direct download of the APK file, but you may have to enable downloads from unknown sources on your phone. You can also get it from the Google Play store (search for 'BroadLink'). The IOS link will take you directly to the item in the Apple store.

BroadLink® System Software: Direct Android Download Link (APK file)

BroadLink® System Software: Download Link for IOS (iTunes store)

Configuring the Sensor After Software Installation

When you first open and run the software you have downloaded, you will see the opening screen on the left, in the picture below.

The program will detect that you are a first time user and switch to the 'Add Device' connection screen, shown on the right in the picture below (the 'device' is the environmental sensor).

Depending on the type of WiFi router you have, you may be able to simply enter your WiFi ID/password credentials and it will connect automatically. If that works and you get a "successful connection" message, you can go to the next section.

If you cannot get it to connect with SmartConfig™, please see this page and use the alternative AP mode method.

After the Sensor is Successfully Connected to your WiFi Network

The sensor will also show up on the 'Device List' in the app as a green icon with a picture of the sensor as shown in the middle picture below. It will be named 'e-Sensor', but you can select it and change the name to whatever you want, as we have below. Here are the 3 main screens you will be dealing with, once the hub is connected:

system screen samples after WiFi is connected

The first thing to do is to check for a device firmware update. If you look at the third screen above, you'll see the eRomote device that you have added to the system. Press it once to get a sub-menu, and you'll see a Tools icon (the gear symbol at top right of screen).

Press the gear symbol and you'll see a pop-down list of options, one of them being "Device Info". Select that option, and you'll see the "Firmware Update" selection. Please check that and update your firmware if it is not current.

Please Note: Wait if you see that it is stormy outside as you do not want to interrupt that process; do it only when you have a rock-solid internet connection, otherwise you could "brick" the device and render it inoperable.

The next step will be to review the environmental sensor IFTTT event handling, as covered in the next article.

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Articles in this series:

Part 1-Temperature sensitive skylights: Introduction

Part 2-Smart sensor WiFi router connection: Activate Sensor

Part 3-Environmental sensor program installation: download and install software (you are here)

Part 4-Environmental sensor skylight event handling

Also, see the follow-on series about our other devices: