The Rako Cloud Gateway enables integration of Rako Lighting control systems with IoT (“Internet of Things”) enabled devices such as Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot, Google Home and Apple Home Kits. The Rako Cloud Gateway allows simple voice activated control of your Rako system without the use of any keypads or iDevice. Lighting scenes, control of curtains and blinds can be activated by using voice activated commands directly to one of the network connected products above.
The Cloud Gateway acts as an interface between a Rako System and smart devices on your home network and allows data to be easily transferred between products. Lights can be turned on and off, scenes activated and curtains/blinds opened and closed. It is also possible to specify percentage levels for individual channels and change the colour of RGB fittings. The Cloud Gateway can be easily installed and set up, first register an account at my.rakocontrols.com, second, enable the Rako Skill Via the Alexa App this will create a link between the IoT (“Internet of Things”) Device and the Rako Cloud Gateway.
Rako Cloud Gateway works through simple, intuitive voice commands via the IP network to one of the four Rako Bridges, RABridge, WABridge, RTCBridge or WTC-Bridge.
The Rako system must have one of the above Bridges installed and connected to the same network range as the Rako Cloud Gateway. Support for the above IoT (“Internet of Things”) services will be introduced throughout 2017.
This is a great fun product to add to any Rako Bridge and provides many options for turning on scenes or closing curtains using only your voice. “Alexa, turn of the Living Room Lights” or “Alexa, turn on the Kitchen pendants to 50%”. It’s endless what could be achieved.
Available now, the Rako Skill for Amazon Alexa supports the full home-automation feature set offered by Echo devices. Operate your lights, curtains, blinds and even water features, conveniently with a spoken command. Support will be added for Apple HomeKit and GoogleHome shortly.
An API for the Cloud Gateway is being written for use with all IFTTT products that will allow integrators full flexibility when creating feature rich smart homes.