Category rated Ethernet cabling is inexpensive, widely available, and easy to terminate with an RJ45 connector, making the trim-out and installation much easier and faster for the installer and thus cheaper for the consumer.
PoE shades require less than 5 watts of power, making them compatible with any PoE switch, and the roller mechanism can accommodate shades up to 10 x 10 feet (and possibly larger, depending on the weight of the fabric selected). The company offers a wide variety of fabric styles, including roller, pleated, honeycomb, horizontal blinds, and more. And since the shades are on the network, they can be controlled by a variety of automation systems, including Amazon Alexa, RTI, Google Home, SmartThings, Crestron, ELAN, Control4, and URC.
For those who can’t get an Ethernet cable to the shade location(s), Powershades also offers a battery-powered option that supports recharging via an optional solar charger.
PoE shades are available now at prices that vary based on fabric selection and size but Powershades expects prices to be in line with or below typical industry standards.