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What is Platinum™ Technology?
Platinum Technology is the name given to the patented wireless communication system from Hunter Douglas used to operate PowerRise®, PowerGlide®, and PowerTilt™ systems. Platinum Technology uses a combination of two different types of wireless signals to control window coverings: radio waves and an infrared signal.
By combining these two signal methods, Hunter Douglas gives consumers the best features and control in the industry. Whether opening a single window covering or partially closing a roomful of coverings at the same time, Platinum Technology provides the ultimate in control.
How Platinum™ Technology is used with Hunter Douglas products
You need two parts to a control system: the part sending the signal and the part receiving the signal.
For Hunter Douglas products, the part sending the signal is the Platinum™ remote or wireless wall switch. The part receiving the signal is the window covering sensor eye.
And the best part is that Hunter Douglas gives you two different ways to send a signal to the window covering. One needs a clear line-of-sight from the remote to the shade (infrared). The other just needs the window covering to be within “hearing distance” of the remote (radio frequency).
What is infrared?
An infrared (IR) signal uses an invisible beam of light to send commands from a limited distance (usually less than 30 feet) to an electronic device. Similar to a flashlight, a clear line of sight between the device sending the signal and the device receiving the signal is necessary. Likewise, an infrared beam reflects off solid surfaces, bouncing a room, which could activate a window covering unintentionally.
Products that use an infrared signal as a means of communication are so common, people seldom think about it. The most common device that uses an infrared signal sent from a remote in today’s world is the television. By pointing the TV remote at the television and pressing a button, the television responds by changing channels, changing the volume level, or powering off.
Operational Distance of Infrared Signals
The maximum operational distance an infrared signal can travel is 30 feet or less in a straight line. There cannot be any physical obstructions (like a drapery, top-treatment, or cornice) between the remove and the receiver eye. Also, an infrared signal can be compromised by direct sunlight or bright interior light. Keep all satellite eyes or infrared receivers out of direct sunlight for better operation.
What is radio frequency?
Radio frequency (RF) in today’s world simply refers to the use of radio waves of a given frequency to wirelessly send data from a transmitter to a receiver. Platinum Technology uses radio waves in the 2.4 GHz (pronounced “gigahertz”) frequency range to send commands from the Platinum remote or Platinum wireless wall switch to the receiver at the window covering.
Radio waves, due to their nature, pass through solid objects and radiate in every direction. That means a remote sending an RF signal does not need to be pointed at a window covering in order to control it, the remote does not have to be in the same room as the window covering it operates nor does the satellite eye need to be visible.
People use products that send radio frequency signals every day, from cell phones and keyless car FOBs, to baby monitors and even garage door openers. Each device sends out RF signals (radio waves) to a receiver on the other end. If the receiver on the other end doesn’t “hear” the signal being sent, nothing happens.
Operational Distance of Radio Waves
Range of operation may vary due to common household construction, layout and other wireless devices in the home. Much like reception with a cellphone, there may be better locations within a home to use radio frequency than others.