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iPad has become the favorite device for automation control, and for good reason: iPad Apps provide a feature-rich, customized and intuitive interface for the user. But even an iPad app can sometimes be cumbersome to operate an automation system because of the need to “wake up” the iPad, navigate to the desired control App and find the control.
Hard buttons, on the other hand, provide immediate access to key controls. Hard buttons typically exist on the wall and in most cases are not at your fingertips. Our goal was simple: to create programmable, hard buttons that function independent of iPad. We believe this provides the best of both worlds: immediate access to key controls along with the richness of Apps; any app you want, at any time.
Say hello to LaunchPort with Buttons, the world’s first programmable, independently functioning buttons on an iPad case. With Buttons, LaunchPort becomes a vital necessity in an automation control system.
By utilizing the power of Lutron’s® Industry proven Clear Connect® wireless technology, LaunchPort Sleeve Buttons communicate independently to any Lutron RadioRA® 2, HomeWorks® QS or Caséta™ router, repeater or bridge. Once paired with the Lutron® network device, Sleeve Buttons can control a variety of Lutron® systems. They can even control whole home automation systems like Savant, Crestron, Control 4, RTI and even Do-It-Yourself systems like Roomie and Nest. The power is in your hands.
The LaunchPort with Buttons system consists of 3 parts (as seen in image): a Station, a Sleeve and Sleeve Buttons. Sleeve Buttons replace the standard top that ships with a Sleeve, adding buttons to the Sleeve. Sleeve Buttons models exist to match LaunchPort Sleeve models and colors.
Sleeve Buttons communicate via Lutron's Clear Connect one way 434MHz (or 868MHz if in UK / EU) protocol to a variety of Lutron network bridges and repeaters. The Lutron network bridge converts clear connect button-press commands onto an IP network. Using Lutron drivers, Sleeve Buttons can be monitored by the control processor of the control system of your choice. In most cases, the Lutron Caséta Smart Bridge Pro is the only network bridge required to allow Sleeve Buttons to communicate with your control system.
Sleeve Buttons are set up as a "phantom keypad" in the control system, button presses are monitored and programmed to enact macros or commands in the control system. The extent of LaunchPort Sleeve Buttons functionality is dependent on the capabilities of the control system you are using.
Note: Some control systems may not provide functionality outside of lighting and shade control, depending on how the Lutron Driver is written.
*Image available shown with LaunchPort BaseStation, LaunchPort Sleeve, and LaunchPort Sleeve Buttons; each sold separately, iPad not included.
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