There was a solar option mentioned in the documentation over a year ago but I haven't been able to find out anything about it. I'd like the solar option too because my blinds aren't near an outlet and they are on the south side of the house.
Yes, you need to pair each blind with the remote.
Yes it will. I have a 70x70 and it works great.
I was told back in January 2020 that they planned to have them available for purchase later in 2020.
The instructions advise you to download the app on your cell phone. Then, you open the app and follow the promps for setting up a new shade.
The Cellular Shade Motorization Kit is compatible with only certain select shades from their Home Decorators Collection Cellular Shades. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to see a list of compatible shades. However, In all cases, you can tell if it's compatible if it is stated in the description/overview of the shade. Since the particular "Top Down/Bottom Up" shade that you're looking at does not state it is compatible with the motorization kit, the kit will not with that particular shade. Hope that helps.
It’s not the length or width of the shade. It’s the type of shade. It must be the type of shade that accommodates the motor. The motor fits in the top housing of the blinds and the rotor fits into the gear that moves the shade up and down. These are an example of the type of shades you must use for the motor https://www.homedepot.com/b/Window-Treatments-Shades-Cellular-Shades/Home-Decorators-Collection/N-5yc1vZ4vrZbt0s
Hmm, I don't mind the app at all. Once scheduled, it just does it's thing daily. Needed to adjust it as sunrise and sunset changes but it's Bluetooth, not Smartthings. I don't think there's a remote available.