The Fabricator tool is software to program EASE and PowerView shades. It allows for identity and end-limit settings.
The software runs on both a windows 10 64 bit computer and a Ubuntu 18.04 linux 64 bit computer.
The fabricator tool can program PowerView generation 1, Ease and Bliss device Depending on system the following hardware is required.
To install the Fabtool you need to install the Fabtool manager. Go here for installation instructions.
After the fabtool is configured the fabricator tool can be installed.
Installation using internet connection¶
- Open a terminal, dos prompt or Powershell and enter:
Opening a shell
To open a shell on windows:
- click windows bottom left icon.
- start typing
- A shell should open.
To open a shell on linux:
<ALT><F2>and a small text window will open. Start typing
- A shell should now open
fab install download # this will download, decrypt and install the fabricator tool fab bootstrap # this will bootstrap the application. It will also copy shortcuts to the desktop.
Installation with local binary¶
For larger deployments or when an internet connection is not available a binary can be downloaded first and installed manually:
Download the binary
Linux : download
From your console/terminal:
fab install from-file <binary location>
The fabtool runs on a personal computer with Windows10 or Linux 18.04 installed. Optionally a touch screen can be used as the tool supports controlling by touch.
The Fabricator is able to program motors from a variety of platforms (like EASE, PowerView and Bliss) Each system requires a different extra devices, like hardware required to communicate with a motor. Per system the requirements are described below.
|Bluetooth||x||Either by external dongle or integrated in the computer|
Be aware that any of the above pieces of hardware are USB devices. Make sure your computer has enough USB ports available.
Only follow these instructions when you will be using the EASE system.
Follow these instructions to setup a pc for programming EASE products.
EASE Barcode scanner¶
All barcode scanners should act as a device connected to a serial port. Currently supported scanners:
- Honeywell Xenon 1900/1910 series (USB)
- ZEBRA DS2208 (USB)
For the right settings scan the following barcode with the scanner.
Honeywell Xenon 1900/1910 series
EASE dongle driver¶
Required for communicating with the EASE blinds.
More info here
Download the dongle windows driver from here
- Extract the zip to your local machine.
- In your setup go to
- Select the hmip-dongle in the
Update Driverand choose the location where you extracted the downloaded driver.
Go here for instructions.
Only follow these instructions when you will be using the PowerView system.
The Generation 1 powerview system requires a USB dongle to communicate with powerview blinds. On both our supported systems (windows 10 and Linux) no additional driver is required.
If you are using a computer which has the old
powerview programmer installed follow the following
procedure below to disable the old program (This is only relevant for LINUX installations):
Open a terminal session
sudo systemctl stop nordic sudo systemctl disable nordic sudo rm /lib/systemd/system/nordic.service sudo systemctl daemon-reload
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