How to set up a home automation remote control?

Creating a remote control makes our everyday life easier. The trouble is that their configuration is not an easy task. Universal remote control settings can be done in different ways. Depending on the brand and/or model of your accessory, you have the following three solutions to synchronize it. You can set it up by self-learning, set it up automatically, or program it using code.


Set up your remote control by self-learning

This is an old feature by touching the professor’s new remote control key. To do this, the new device must be in a learning or carbon-free mode, then pick up the model combiner and place the two devices face to face. On each device, press the same key at the same time. The long range radio transmitter and receiver LED flashes indicating that the operation was successful. Now release the key. Repeat this for all the keys you want to record. Once all operations have been completed, check that the records are valid. To do this, point the remote control at your device. Then press ON/OFF. If the device is turned on, check the command you just registered. If all the work is done as it is, your remote control is ready. If not, repeat the previous operation.

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Automatically configure your remote

Automatically configure the best signal for determining the device to control. Therefore, conducting a series of tests on the signal is a problem. To do this, turn on the receiving device and point the remote at it. Then press the button that activates the auto-discovery program. After the process is completed, the machine will automatically shut down. Press the On/Off button on the remote control to turn it on again. Feel free to test other buttons. If they work, your combiner is ready; otherwise it will restart the program again.

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Programming with brand code

If the remote control switch does not have an auto-configuration feature, you need to use the latter method. They are grouped by product line and brand. If you don’t have this list, try searching the internet. To do this, enter the model of your device in the search field. Insert other keywords and you will definitely find your accessory code. Once you have them, find the device you want to control. Turn on the power. On the remote control, press the appropriate source button and insert the code that corresponds to your device. After completing this operation, you must test whether the synchronization is valid. Just point the remote at the registered device. Then, press ON/OFF, if the machine is on, test other buttons. If not, repeat these operations; the compound code may not be correct.

Use fireworks safely

Before the end of the year holidays, the fireworks will make their return in the stores. Like many consumers, you may acquire and benefit from them. Attention danger: a device is not a toy, it is an explosive! So there’s no question of buying anything from anyone and using it in any way!

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Make sure you get:

  1. Fireworks for private individuals, called “artifices of joy” in Belgium;

A firework of joy necessarily bearing one of the following markings, a guarantee of quality and safety:

-“CE category 1 or F1” (for consumers over 12 years old);

-“CE category 2 or F2” (for consumers over 16);

-“EC category T1″ of the following generic types (for consumers over 18 years of age);

bengal lights with non-electric ignition;

non-electric ignition smoke generators;

-” Fireworks BE/OTU XXX/D” (for consumers over 16 years of age, unless expressly stated on the packaging);

  1. Fireworks sold only in specialized stores, with a federal sales authorization issued by the communal or provincial college.

Also be aware that the fireworks seller has the obligation to check the age of the buyer before giving him the fireworks purchased at the store or ordered remotely.

Great vigilance for the purchase by Internet!

Ensure that the seller complies with the legal criteria for sale to private individuals;

Some items offered on the internet can be illegal, very dangerous, even for professional use.


Never buy fireworks in itinerant shops: the sale or purchase of fireworks in fairs, markets, flea markets is forbidden.

Never send devices by post or parcel service. This type of shipment is prohibited.

You can never possess more than 1kg of pyrotechnic material, or 4 to 5 kg gross of fireworks.


Store the devices in a closed, dry place;

Out reach of children.

Before the shot

Read the operating instructions carefully;

Put the animals in a safe place;

Bring water and fire extinguisher with you;

No alcohol for the shooter before (nor during) the shooting;

Wear safety glasses;

Be careful with flammable clothing.

When shooting

No alcohol for the shooter;

Use a lighter strand supplied by the supplier or, failing that, a cigar, a cigarette, or a remote control fireworks igniter;

Always stay far enough away from the fireworks and light the wicks with your arms outstretched;

Move away as quickly as possible and keep a safe distance as soon as a wick is lit.

After the shot

Never try to re-light strands that have not worked;

Turn off incandescent residue at ground level at the end of shooting.

What not to do

Do not use matches/lighters: too much risk of lighting the wick in the wrong place;

Do not lean over the tube to light a ground device (battery, fountain, candle, etc.);

Never point a lit product at a person;

Never return to a device after lighting the wick: in case of non-functioning, a minimum waiting time of 30 minutes is recommended;

Never re-light a wick that has not worked.

Why choose sliding shutters?

You should know that sliding shutters are one of the 4 types of shutters on the market. These colleagues being the swing shutters, the roller shutters and the folding shutters. Today, sliding shutters are a great success with both professionals and individuals. The reason is simple, they offer both aesthetics, discretion and a touch of modernity to homes without distorting them.

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The different types of sliding shutters

There are two types of sliding shutters on the market: roller shutters and folding shutters.

As far as folding sliding shutters are concerned, these are the first generations of this type of shutter. Their operation is simple. They come in the form of rectangular panels connected together. Folding over each other, these panels are guided by a rail located at the left or right end depending on use.

As for the sliding shutters, they are made of panels, sliding into the walls of the facade of the houses. They can be completely made of wood or come in the form of a sliding bay window. The system used by these roller shutters allows a shutter to be opened completely and discreetly. Of course, these 2 types of sliding shutters can be improved and modernized by using a long range wireless switch. The latter adapts perfectly to this type of shutter.

The materials of manufacture of the sliding shutters

With the number of materials currently available, sliding shutters can be made of wood, aluminum, wrought iron or PVC, Plexiglas and others. These can also be equipped with double or triple glazing depending on needs and uses. While sliding shutters were originally used to close a window or door bay, they now exist in the form of full doors and windows. The Japanese have used this sliding shutter system for hundreds of years.

In addition to the aesthetics and ergonomics they offer, sliding shutters improve home security. Thanks to their inside-only sliding system, they are difficult to open from the outside if the internal latch has been engaged. The many customizations that can be made on them offer even more an additional layer of safety: triple glazing, motorization… Existing in different sizes, sliding shutters have much to offer a house than their occupants.

How to test the solenoid valve in a washing machine?

Like many spare parts, the solenoid valve is essential in your washing machine. This room manages the water supply in your appliance. The operation of this part can, thus, be compared to that of the water tap. Are you experiencing water supply problems? It is, then, possible that your solenoid valve is defective. You can test your solenoid valve to confirm the failure. But how do we do that?
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The operation of the solenoid valve

The operation of this part is quite simple. a coil is supplied with 230V from the control board. This coil under voltage creates a magnetic field that moves the needle and thus allows water to pass through the valve cavity. The water is then sent to the soap dish and is finally directed with the detergent products into the drum of the machine.

This room is very sensitive to low temperatures. Is your washing machine installed in a poorly insulated place? It is, then, important to turn off your water tap and detach the supply hose. This will prevent the water in your remote control water valve from freezing and splitting.

A feeding problem?

Does your device display a fault code that indicates a water supply problem? Have you noticed that your washing machine does not fill properly? If your washing machine is not supplied with water, it is possible that the problem comes, as well, from a room outside the appliance, as from a room coming from inside. First check that the failure is not caused by the water inlet valve or the supply hose. Take a bucket, detach the hose, open the tap and let the water run in the bucket. Does the pressure seem normal? The failure then comes from inside the machine and is most likely caused by the solenoid valve.

Fortunately, this part is easy to replace. However, we advise you to test the solenoid valve to be sure that it is the cause of the failure.

Test the solenoid valve on my washing machine! How to proceed?

Testing the solenoid valve is not that complicated. You’ll just need a multimeter. Before starting the test, do not forget to unplug the plug from your washing machine. Proceed as follows for the test:

  1. Use a screwdriver to remove the top and control panel from your washing machine;
  2. The solenoid valve is located at the rear of the unit;
  3. Remove the hoses from the solenoid valve;
  4. Measure the winding;
  5. Place the two multimeter terminals (red and black) on the metal ends of the solenoid valve;
  6. A solenoid valve in good working order must be between 2000 and 5000 ohm.

If your multimeter indicates infinity or “0”, your solenoid valve is defective and must be replaced.

Choosing the right fan

Heating can be stressful, even dangerous, and not just for infants or the elderly. Also, as summer approaches, it is advisable to equip yourself accordingly so that good weather no longer represents a danger to anyone.

rf remote control Or simply to be able to enjoy a refreshing breeze in the comfort of your own home! But in front of the profusion of offers, how to choose your fan well? It all depends on your needs. Follow the guide…

The air conditioner-cooler: the ultimate luxury!

Mobile and ergonomic, the air conditioner-cooler is ideal for cooling a room whose dimensions can go up to 30 square meters. And, if it’s really too hot, you don’t even have to get up anymore! The temperature can be adjusted with an rf remote control… This model also has an air cooler when the atmosphere is too dry. What about winter? No need to store it, some are reversible in heating mode. When they told you it was the ultimate luxury!

The table fan: the little plus deco

A design object in its own right, the table fan can be installed wherever you wish, according to your current decorative desires. Available in multiple colors (blue, red, green, yellow, black or grey), on foot or on base, there is necessarily one that matches your interior. Oscillating, programmable or variable speed, this type of device is particularly quiet not to spoil your meals. There is also a type of model without blades (thus without danger for the children) with dimmer, i.e. which diffuses an air flow according to your needs.

The column fan: the all-purpose model!

Space-saving, elegant, design, functional, the merits of the column fan are endless! Its slender finish and sober color make it slip discreetly into any room of the house. Particularly quiet, it is suitable both in the room to cool your nights and in the offices to work in optimal conditions. In addition, the power and direction of the flow can be controlled by remote control. Some models also have an integrated sprayer. That’s what summer’s all about!

So, air conditioner-cooler, table fan, column… And you, which fan are you?

Smart locks: a revolution for your entrance doors

You left your keys somewhere again? Do not hesitate to see here a locksmith Lyon, Paris, Lille or elsewhere to help you out. But also discover intelligent locks that will definitively solve your forgotten and lost keys. The smart lock will have no trouble finding a place of first choice in our daily lives because we often forget our keys when we almost never separate from our smartphone. What is a smart lock? Focus.

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What is a smart lock?

The modern home is becoming more and more intelligent thanks to home automation and this concept undeniably includes the intelligent lock. Also known as the connected lock, the smart lock is the lock of choice for new technology enthusiasts. It is connected to the web and smartphones.

Several advantages are highlighted by the manufacturers of connected locks:

No need for keys

Hands-free door opening

Remote locking and unlocking

Control of the comings and goings of the occupants

Alarm function thanks to integrated camera and WiFi

In practice, the intelligent lock makes life easier for those who lose their keys all the time. This system also allows people with shopping arms for example, to go home without having to look for the keys at the bottom of their bag. On the other hand, wireless remote control locking is very practical to ensure that the doors are properly closed without having to check it on site. No need to come back when you go out or get up when you’re already in bed, just to check the door.

Is it really secure?

In addition to the practical side, the intelligent lock has obviously been invented for better security at home. Users therefore first question whether or not it is really reliable.

The most serious manufacturers have implemented an advanced security protocol in intelligent locks similar to that of online banks. The data is encrypted by sophisticated algorithms before the order is executed. The level of encryption announced is the same as that of American government agencies.

The most skeptical wonder whether it would then be enough to hire a hacker to blow up an intelligent lock. A hacker who could thwart the security settings of online banks would do just that. It remains to be seen whether a hacker of this level has time to waste to return to private homes. Wouldn’t online banks give them better loot?

Many future users also question the reliability of the Bluetooth system in terms of user identification. Those who are still hesitating to switch to intelligent locksmithing can rest assured, these equipments are equipped with the latest addition to the system, namely Bluetooth SMART. This system guarantees an optimal security which automatically excludes all known attacks on the previous version. In any case, to ensure the quality of the connected lock, it will be necessary to choose a model that complies perfectly with standards and comes from a reliable manufacturer.

The intelligent lock marks a step forward towards ever more advanced home intelligence. Obviously, a lock remains a lock, even if it is called intelligent. Everything is controlled by man and such a device is still delivered with keys. So you can go there if you want to try this new system without cutting bridges with your locksmith in Lyon, Paris, Toulouse or elsewhere. Here is a comparison of locks connected to help you decide.

Buying guide: how to choose your fan?

At the slightest heat stroke, the fan becomes your best ally! On the stand, on base, in column… Learn how to choose the right model for your use. Spotlight on a product in the air of time.

Why choose a fan instead of air conditioning? The fan is a good alternative for cooling a room in your home at a lower cost. However, unlike the latter, the fan does not distill cold air but will create an artificial wind: it is the displacement of air caused by the fan that will create a pleasant sensation of freshness.

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Fan: on base, ideal for one person

Among the fans with propellers, one distinguishes the models on base, those on foot and finally, the model’s columns, all equipped with at least three speeds to be able to adapt their power at any time. Depending on the size of the room and the number of people to cool, you can choose: in a 20 m2 room or cool just one person, a floor-mounted fan, also known as a ‘table fan’, can be sufficient. It can be placed on a desk or a piece of furniture at least one meter high and comes in different diameters. Instead of the most common 40 cm diameter, use a more compact 25 cm diameter fan if it is to be placed on a bedside table.

Floor fan: cooling an entire room

For a more collective use and a wider diffusion of the air, you will be able to opt for a fan on foot which, thanks to its important air flow, is adapted to the large rooms. It can be installed wherever you want (in the living room) and thanks to its height adjustable foot, you can influence the direction of the air. For greater efficiency, opt for a powerful (with a 60 Watt motor) and oscillating model. By oscillating, the air is better shared in the room, so you don’t get sick, for example. But be careful that the angle of oscillation is wide enough. The wider it is (55 to 60 degrees is a minimum), the better the air will circulate in the room. Another criterion for choosing a propeller fan is safety: check that the bars on the fan grille are tight so that a child cannot slip his hands in…

Good to know: the larger the diameter of the fan blades, the larger the airflow, even if you are far away. Convenient: Some fan grilles open for easy cleaning.

Column fan: aesthetics in the first line

If you lack space, it is advisable to bet on a column fan. High up, it diffuses a vertical air flow that sweeps the room and refreshes you pleasantly. This type of fan has a lower air flow, so it’s more of a comfort product, perfect for a pleasant breeze. Handy, the column fan is also more design with a great finesse of lines and often sophisticated (with the presence of LCD screens for example or other comfort options). To judge its real power, take a look at the air outlet, the wider it is (around 60 cm for 1.20 m for example), the more powerful the fan will be. Also check its stability in store (especially if it oscillates).

Fan: Silence, it’s turning!

If you decide to place it in the bedroom, pay attention to its volume. The standard does not impose a maximum noise level, but the manufacturer must indicate this on the instructions. The market average is around 50 dB but some brands have developed much quieter products, such as Rowenta’s new range: “The Turbo Silence Extreme range reaches a sound volume of 35 dB(A), softer than a flowing stream. Almost inaudible, it is ideal in a bedroom.

Fan: why such variable prices?

For a table fan, count from 15 euros private label to 40 euros for a more qualitative fan with a solid grid (more metal), good air flow and excellent stability. Prices for floor fans start around 29 euros but a higher end product will easily oscillate between 50 and 100 euros. Finally, for 50 euros, you can buy an entry-level column fan, when you will have to pay 90 to 150 euros for a programmable product, equipped with a remote control system and additional functions.

Often made of plastic when others can be made of stainless steel and aluminum, entry-level products will prove to be less resistant (brands do numerous resistance tests to guarantee a certain lifespan to their products and some like Rowenta guarantee the repairability of products for 10 years). Moreover, these models are generally basic and without options. However, apart from resistance, it is the options that make the price difference. Thus, the fans with timer offer you a real comfort: the one to program the flow and the stop of the fan. Some can also be equipped with a ‘Descrescendo Mode’ which gradually reduces the ventilation speed to fall asleep without being bothered by noise. And if they come with an rf remote, you can even control them remotely. Other interesting options are Rowenta’s mosquito repellent function (you can insert mosquito repellent tablets in the space provided for this purpose), the breeze mode (the fan randomly varies the ventilation speed, which simulates a light, very pleasant wind) or finally, the 360° total rotation function (some column fans rotate on themselves without stopping for a total sweeping of the room).

The function of using an automatic portal

The electric portal is an option often presented in home automation. Instead of the manual gate, you will then have electrical and electronic installations that will allow automatic opening and closing. This solution will save you energy, because you will be able to manage your gate without having to deploy efforts, and this, thanks to the gate drive. On the other hand, the salesperson who introduces you to the automatic portal will also highlight the time saving. In this dossier, we will give a brief overview of automatic portals.

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The opening and closing management system

For this electric gate, elements will be installed on the gate, but for this automation, there is also an element that will allow you to manage the opening and closing remotely. You no longer have to get out of your car and push your gate to open it. You can even open and close your guest in front of the gate without having to move from your chair to the living room. Depending on the actuator you have, your gate can be opened and closed with a remote control switch. As with any remote control, you will have a button to manage the opening, closing and other features on your portal. It is also possible that the operator of your gate is accompanied by a code device. For this one, your portal will open typing a code.

A summary of the benefits

You still hesitate to invest an automatic portal, we will bring you in this part a brief overview of the advantages that this installation will bring you. Note that when the salesperson emphasizes that he will save you time and energy, these are not just arguments, but reality. You will no longer have to get out of your vehicle to open and close it and this will be done in a few seconds if you have a powerful motorization adapted to your gate. You should also know that this automatic gate is also more secure. It is more resistant to attempted break-ins. This gate is also equipped with a motion detection device and when it encounters an obstacle when closing or opening, it will not crush it.

Gate automation alternatives

To have an automatic gate at your residence, two options are available to you. You can find on the market a gate that has an integrated motorization. However, if you want the gate you have, you can automate it perfectly by purchasing a garage remote control. For this second alternative, it will be necessary to take the motorization most adapted to the gate that you already have. For this choice, you must take into account the type of gate opening, its weight, but also the electric power of the motor.

The operator for a swing gate

For your two-leaf gate, you can choose an arm operator that allows an opening similar to that of the human arm movements thanks to the devices to be installed on each leaf. Cylinder automatism is more suitable for swing gates made of heavier materials. A professional can also advise you the gate drive with wheels which adapts to any type of ground. If you want to give priority to the aesthetic side of your gate, it is recommended to use an underground motorization.

The operator for the sliding gate

The sliding gate has the particularity of opening on one side. For this type of gate, only the ground rail operator and the self-supporting operator are suitable. For the ground rail motorization, a tracking device with a base for the motor will be installed. The difference with the self-supporting operator is that the gate will no longer touch the ground and will open and close in suspension. This drive is more suitable for gates made of lighter materials.


It is undeniably inconvenient to open a roller shutter manually. And if there are several in the house, you have to go around the house at sunrise and sunset to open and close them one by one. That’s why more and more people are deciding to automate it now. Have you just purchased a roller shutter motor? You wish to know how to proceed with its installation? Draw your tools and follow this guide.

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First of all, you have to open the roller shutter box. You can use a vacuum cleaner to remove debris and dust accumulated inside, if any. Then unroll the roller shutter. Continue until the final blade attachment tabs are visible and the locking screws are accessible. You can then remove the crank by unscrewing the bracket securing it to the trunk. Pull the crank very gently. Once this is done, you must then proceed to remove the attachment tabs from the first blade. If your roller shutter is new, these may be blind rivets. To remove them, simply use a metal drill. Then unhook the winding tube in a very gentle way to hold the brackets. When the operation proves delicate, you must check again if there is still a screw, a clip or a stirrup. After disassembling the console, you then proceed to fix the bracket. The new axis will fit on this one. Use a metal drill bit to drill new holes in the console. Then mount and fix the tube with the hexagon bolts. Once this is done, fit the console onto the fixing plate of the shutter box. You can then fix the two or three telescopic elements composing the winding tube. Do not hesitate to resize it if its length exceeds the width of the shutter. You must also provide for the passage of electrical wires. To do this, you can use a drill to make a small hole through the trunk. Then insert both sides of the tube, starting with the caliper side and then the motor side. Make the wire connection. Use straps to connect the end blade and the winding tube. The last operation consists in adjusting the limit switches and programming the remote control.


When you are considering a roller shutter motor, you must choose between the wired or wireless model. The difference lies in the control system. For the wired roller shutter motor, it is controlled by means of a switch. As for the motorization of the roller shutter remote control, the control of its opening and closing is done by means of a remote control. This one is more advantageous especially in terms of comfort, especially since it is possible for you to centralize at a control point the management of all your electric roller shutters. In addition, you should also consider some important parameters before purchasing a roller shutter motor, such as its power, the weight it can lift, its diameter, etc.

The different formats of shutters

You wish to change the exterior of your house, or more simply replace damaged or outdated shutters. There are several models, but also several formats: roller shutter, swing shutter, or sliding shutter. Which model to choose to not change all your habits, or on the contrary to facilitate your life?

There are several types of shutters, which you can open in different ways, that will change the facade of your house or apartment.

How to choose the format which suits you best, while knowing that in the buildings certain models are imposed by the syndic of co-ownership?

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The roller shutter

Roller shutters, with or without motor, allow total darkness when you lower them. This model goes up and fits into its sleeve when you open it, and goes down thanks to a crank or a remote control switch. Some models are equipped with rf universal remote control, to allow you to lower or raise your roller shutters from all rooms of your home.

Your roller shutter can be available in PVC or aluminium.

The automatic roller shutter model will be more expensive, due to the installation of the motor. Repairs will also be higher, especially if they involve a mechanical problem.


The swing shutter

The swinging shutter remote control model is the most widespread model, whether it is full or with shutter. These shutters rotate around their hinge, and open on either side of your windows. This model is the most widespread because of its previous invention, but also because of its use which is very simple.

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There are models of shutters with shutters, on the contrary of full shutters, which let the air pass thanks to their lamellae. This model is also more fragile because of the lamellae, which leave the possibility to hook the window.


You can have wooden, PVC or aluminium swing shutter models.

The swing shutters are the least expensive of the different models presented.