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Using Nest speaker to control curtains (Diaz)

MDW
Community Member

I am trying to use a Google Nest speaker (connected to Google home) to control my Diaz curtains. This works partly by saying "Curtain up (or down)".
But when I want to use a scene (in which I can specify which position the curtain should go to) in the Diaz app, Google keeps asking me to say which device it's about.
This probably means that the name of the scene is not known in Google home. Strange, because I can see the curtain in Google home, but not the name of the corresponding Scene.

Below, 2 pictures on the left show the scene set in Diaz's app, ... and that works when I control it in the app on my iPhone.
The right photo shows Google Home. The Actions refers to the scene "Watch TV," and this does not work.
If I replace the action with "Play music," Nest effectively plays music. This means that calling the routine "TV" in Google Home does work.
What am I doing wrong?
Why is the scene not recognized?
Why is Google Nest asking what device it is for?

Thx, Marc

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Alex_S
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi MDW,

 

Thanks for visiting the Google Nest  Community.

 

The Scene feature in the Diaz app is different from the Routines in the Google Home app. Let’s specify the actions your curtains need to do when the routine has started.

 

You can try this:

 

  1. Using the Routine you created (based on the photo you attached), tap + Add action.
  2. Scroll down and choose Add your own.
  3. Type in the command for your curtain. For example, “Close curtain to 25%”.

 

Let me know how it goes.

 

Regards,
Alex

MDW
Community Member
Hi Alex,
 
Your suggestion is working.
 
I still find it surprising that Diaz's scenes cannot be used. I am also in contact with Diaz, and they claim that this really works. But in my home, ... it doesn't.
 
What amazes me about your solution is that, in the email you sent me, you use words that are well interpreted by Google. Can I find somewhere a list of these keywords to create other actions myself? 
For example: How can I make a curtain, which is in motion, stop?
 
What also works for me without setting an action in Google Home is: "Hey Google Bureau omhoog" (Hey Google Bureau up). Where "Bureau" is the name of a curtain, defined in the Diaz app. 
But "Hey Google curtains up" also works. With this, all my curtains go up, ... and "curtains" as a word is not used anywhere in my Diaz app. So how can Google Home know it needs to connect to the Diaz app?
 
I am very pleased with your help, but as you can see I still have a lot of questions. Is there somewhere on the Internet a place where I can find a clear guide to using Google Home fully?
 
Thanks,
Marc

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey MDW,

 

I'm happy to hear that those steps worked for you. Please note that we don't have complete lists of commands or actions that you can add to your routine to control your curtains or smart devices. The key for your speaker to do the actions is to make your commands specific, whether they are routine or voice commands.

 

Below are the links that may be helpful to you:

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

Cheers,

Muddi

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi there,

 

I'm just checking in to make sure that you saw our responses. Please let us know if you still need our help, as we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
 

Cheers,

Muddi

when i tell gordijnen dicht 25% google respont with open gordijnen 25%

or when i tell close the go open en when tell open the close

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi andre-v-d-weide,

 

To confirm, are you trying to control Diaz curtains as well? What happens when you ask your Google speaker to control it? Also, what are the steps that you've tried?

 

Cheers,

Muddi

MDW
Community Member

Hello Muddi, I am really happy with your support. I can now make my curtains go to a certain position (expressed in percent) in one auditory command.

I am now reading the links you sent me, which is a lot to read.

What I'm still looking for now is a way to stop an action I activated. So if a curtain is unwinding or rolling up I would want to be able to give an audible stop command (Hey Google Stop or something similar), like I can do with the remote control of the curtains.

Is there a word list in dutch that I can use to give auditory commands?
Thank you for the support

Marc

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello MDW,

 

I'm glad to hear that! To confirm, have you tried the command "Hey Google, stop [name of the curtain]"? Please note that there are only a limited number of actions that you can take to control your curtains via voice command. You can try to check it with the manufacturer, or you might want to try creating a routine that will do the action that you want. Please note that this is just a workaround.

 

Follow the steps below to know-how:

 

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap Automations > Add.
  3. Choose a type of Routine > Next > Personal Routines.
  4. Under “How to start,” tap Add starter (any short phrase that you want).
  5. Under “This Routine will,” tap Add action. Then, choose Add your own. You can put <stop - name of device>.
  6. At the bottom, tap Save.

 

Let me know if that works.

 

Cheers,

Muddi

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey there,

 

It's me again. I want to make sure you're all good — how did the steps go?
 

Cheers,

Muddi

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi MDW,

 

We haven’t heard back, so I'll be locking this thread if we won't hear from you in 24 hours. Feel free to create a new one if you have more questions or have other concerns in the future.
 

Cheers,

Muddi

MDW
Community Member

Hi Muddi,

I tried the stop action as indicated in your previous email, but it doesn't work.
Even using additional words like "now" or "immediately" were not recognised by the Google assistant

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey MDW,

 

Thanks for getting back to us. Have you tried reaching out to your curtain manufacturer to check if there are specific functions that can be controlled via voice command using Google speakers?
 

Cheers,

Muddi

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello there,

 

How's your device? Let us know if you still need help, and the Community will be happy to lend a hand.

 

Cheers,

Muddi

MDW
Community Member

The manufacturer of the curtains is closed due to holidays. So I cannot ask for anything for now.
Yes, sometimes one has to be patient.

The only problem I still have is that I cannot stop an action that has been started (e.g. lowering curtains).
However, I can make such an action happen with the original remote control.
This is especially interesting if the sun is shining in and I want to lower the curtain until the sun is just shielded.

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello MDW,

 

Understood! It is advisable to contact the manufacturer to confirm if those actions are allowed when using a different device to control the curtains. Also, it is recommended to check for updates available for both the native app and the device itself to ensure the proper functioning of your curtains.

 

Cheers,

Muddi

Muddi
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey there,

 

It's been some time since this thread was updated. Does anyone here need assistance?

 

Cheers,

Muddi

MDW
Community Member

Is there any way to give a voice command that is executed with a delay such as "curtains down in 30 minutes"?

Juni
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi MDW,

 

Thanks for reaching out. You can create a personal routine and delay the action for 30 minutes. Check out this link for more information about routines. 
 

Regards,

Juni