In this sample video we show you how we install our Outdoor Z-Wave Motion Wall Lighting.
If you would like more information on this and other outdoor Z-Wave Motion Lighting including our line of security flood lights please click on the link below.
If you would like the docs form of this video, click here.
Ever wanted to automatically close your garage door or lock your doors or turn off your water or make sure all your lights are turned off when you leave your home?
How about automatically turning on your driveway lights or disarming your alarm or turning up the heater when you arrive, again all automatically and you don't even have to pick up your mobile phone.
Well this can all easily be done and very inexpensively I might add. In fact, if you already have a Vera controller and your devices already installed, it is totally free.
The technology is called Geofencing and we tell you how to trigger scenes with your Vera using this technology.
You will need the "House Modes Plug-in" as described in this video.
If you are not sure how to set up a Geofence, don't worry. We have a complete step by step video here.
We tested Vera's new Geofence feature only to find out that it works.
In this video we show you how it works when you travel in and out of your geofence.
Like any other building, your home or business keeps you safe and warm to work and live. You worry about the things that cause harm or damage to your family or your home. This is why you get alarm systems or insurance.
Shouldn't water control be a concern too?
Water Control is the ability to control the water both on and off, coming into our property. It Is something most of us never think about. Unfortunately because of the costs of the damage that may occur when a water line breaks, we all should, not only think about it but prepare for it. This is especially true if you own a vacation home or business that you only use occasionally.
You might be thinking "But I turn off the water when I am not there". That is great, but what will happen if you forget to turn off the water prior to leaving, of if you are up for the weekend and you are out on the boat for the day? A leak can happen at any time. When it does, if you are not there to turn off the water immediately, there can be some major water damage.
Some interesting facts about water damage.
Now lets talk about you and your home or business and what to look for and finally how to fix it.
Your Home or Business
The first thing to keep in mind is that all of your water pipes are pressurized and filled with water. Any of these pipes can leak or burst at any time, but the places you are more likely to see a water leak are places like,
These are the places you should think of placing the first line of defense in your water shut off strategy. The Water sensor.
These three components comprise a Water Control system.
You may have a controller already and can easily add the sensors and a valve motor to your existing system to complete your own water control system.
Now that you have your home and water control systems installed you can do some really interesting things with it.
If this is a second / Vacation home and if you do not have a stop waste valve controlling your system, you can program your system to automatically turn off your water when you leave your home and on when you arrive. This will make those weekends at the lake house, easier because you will not have to do it yourself and take the pain out of forgetting to turn it off.
I like to do this with electric locks that are paired to the home controller system.
If you would like to learn more about water control and each of the parts described above, please click on the links
If you are building a home and are interested in installing a Water Control System in it, I would think about routing your main water supply pipe through a garage wall or some other accessible and dry area and putting a main water shutoff valve in that area maybe in the wall with an accessible cover it for easy access. You will also need a 110V outlet for the power to this motor in this area.
I recommend an accessible area because at one point you might need to replace the valve or motor. It is much easier to do this in an accessible area than it is laying on your back in the dirt under you home.
If you live in a colder climate, you might want to think about installing two of these valves to make a stop and drain (stop and waste) system to automatically drain the water in your pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting the pipes. One valve to turn off the water and another valve to drain the water from the closed system.
The benefits of having this system are, the ease of using it manually and if you have it set up as a emergency automatic shutoff system, you will never have to think about it.
With these three devices installed and properly programmed, you will have an extra safety net covering your homes water system and you can rest assured you will probably never have to experience any extensive water damage to your home or business.
I hope this article informed you on the the benefits of having a water control system in your home or office. If you have any questions, please contact us or ask here.
Learn how to make your Vera UI7 change modes automatically.
Well Vera has come out with a new controller and added a few new bells and whistles to it.
The new Vera Plus is still using their flagship user interface UI7, but the biggest news here is the addition of a ZigBee and Bluetooth antenna.
Now in addition to controlling all of your favorite Z-Wave products the new Plus the ability to control a whole new assortment of ZigBee and Bluetooth products.
Vera has also increased the processor to 880MHz from 600 with the Edge and added additional memory to 256MB of DDR3 from 128DDR2 with the Edge.
This should make the UI seem snappier and cut down on control lag.
And all of this from only a slightly bigger physical appearance.
The Plus is now shipping and has a the same retail price of of the previous top of the line home controller at 149.95$ The older Edge has now dropped down to 99.95$
So if you are just starting with home automation, the new Plus is a no brainer, but if you are happy with your current controller and have no need to add any Zigbee or Bluetooth products than there is no need to upgrade.
If you would like to know more about this product or see all of the specs, please visit our product page here.
How to Automate your Chamberlain or LiftMaster MyQ Garage Door Opener with Home Automation Controller like the Vera
We have had several people in the past few months that have purchased our Garage Door Sub Controller write us and see why it does not work their MyQ system.
We now have a solution.
In this How To, I will discuss how to install your Relay Control Kit to your Chamberlain or LiftMaster garage door opener MyQ wall button.
The photos were supplied by customers that have done this. Thank you.
You will need to connect the RM10's output wires from the RM10 to the wall button directly instead of the GDO.
You will need to remove the wall button from the wall, open it and solder 2 wires to a surface mount circuit board button then re-assemble the button, re-install the wall button, secure the wires and RM10 and then test.
For the install example we will be using pictures from a LiftMaster MyQ wall button model #882LM
Your MyQ wall button and circuit board may be different but similar as they have different wall buttons for their different MyQ systems.
We are assuming you are mounting the RM10 on or near your GDO. If you are not, please make the necessary changes for your particular installation.
Let's get started.
For this install template, let's go with a test run first and then secure everything after we know it will work.
I hope this How To helps you connect your MyQ controller GDO to your Home Control, Automation and Monitoring System (CAMS).
We have more How To's here.
I would like to thank Mark Carey for his photos and his contribution to this post.
In this How To, I will show you how to set notifications in your Vera controller to send you an email or text notification when a door or gate is opened.
In this example we will be using a garage door and the plug in called "Garage Door" but this example will work with most other devices in your device list.
Let's get to this.
Open your Vera UI (User Interface). You will need your user name and password for it.
You can log into it here.
Determine what UI you are looking at.
If you are viewing UI6 or UI7, click on the "Advanced Settings" link on the bottom of any page to take you to the UI5 looking UI.
Now that we all should looking at the same thing, click on the "Account / Other (MY UI6/7) Users" tab located top left.
Now we are looking at a list of all of the people entered in your Vera controller. You can only send notification to people listed here. If all of the people you want to send notifications are here, you can go on to the next step.
If not, add new users.
You should see at least one name and Access Level here. If someone installed the unit for you, you might have to add yourself.
Now that you have added all of the additional users to get notifications. Lets check to make sure the notifications settings are correct.
Click on the "My Contact Info" section under the "Account" tab.
The "Contact Information" window is where you can set up different types of notifications and their limits and test them to see if they work.
If you want notifications only on your smartphone, I recommend only sending email notifications to an email address you get on your phone.
If you select email, text and phone notifications you will get 3 different notifications for one event. There is no reason to have multiple notifications pop up on your phone when just an Email will do.
I also recommend setting up a filter in your email account to put all of the notification emails automatically into a folder so they do not clutter up your in box. This folder will act as a time stamp for all of your homes notifications.
If you do not have a smart phone or do not get email on your phone, you will have to set up your mobile phone in the "Phone settings" area.
Click on the "Devices" tab located top left. Then make sure "All" is selected just below and to the left.
Go to the device that if opened or triggered, will send you the notification.
In this case we will be using the Garage Door plug in module that we set up to control our garage door.
Hover your mouse over that module.
When hovering your mouse over the module, a push pin and wrench will appear in the top right of the bar of that module.
Click on the wrench. This will open the settings for that module.
Click on the Notifications tab.
Click the drop down after "Add Notification for"
Select "A door is locked or unlocked"
Give the notification a name so you can see later what this is you are creating. Something like "Garage Door Email"
In the drop down after "Which Mode" select "Device is opened" This will send a notification only when the door is opened.
NOTE: If you select "Device is closed", it will only send a notification when the door is closed.
Click the "ADD" button.
If you want a notification for both opened and closed, you will have to add 2 of them. One with open selected and one with closed selected.
After it is added, you will see your notification rule appear below the line.
Then put a check in the box of the people you want to notify.
If you want to notify other people not listed here, you have to add more users in the Account / Users section. There are two people here. I blocked out their names.
Click the "X" in the top right corner of your module.
Click the red "SAVE" button in the top right button of the UI.
When the Vera controller is done rebooting (about 1 minute) you should see no errors in this area. If this area is empty, you are good.
Now you should go back into the module you just set up and see if all of the changes you made are there. If you do not make any additional changes anywhere you will not have to save again.
If everything looks good, you are done.
You can test it by opening your door or triggering the device you set up the notification on. It should send you a text and or email depending on how you set up your users in the Account / Users section and "Contact Information" settings.
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We also sell a complete kit you can install yourself that has everything you need to control, automate and monitor your garage door here.
We carry this item separately here.
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