By default, if you add the sensor to ST without the device handler, you will not be able to trigger on motion, you can only turn the load on and off. The device handler adds the following:
If you need to trigger on the light level, install the SmartApp named "Smart Lighting". This will allow you to trigger on the device LUX value.
The following directions are how to log into your Vera Home Automation Controller.
You can access your home automation controller directly if you know the IP or you can use their relay server via their app or your web browser.
Below are directions on how to use the app (Android, IOS) or a web browser too access your controller.
From a computer with internet access, do the following.
From an Android tablet or phone, do the following,
From an Apple (IOS) tablet or phone, do the following,
The following directions are how to operate your Vera Home Automation Controller
Now that you are logged in to your automation controller, you should be on the "Dashboard" page.
To navigate between pages, select the "Menu", located on any page in the top left corner and select the page you want from the menu drop down.
Here are the pages you will see and a description on what the contain.
The Dashboard page is where you can see your controllers alerts, mode information, device shortcuts and any favorites you have created.
The devices page is where you will find all of the devices connected to your controller.
You can sort these devices by room, type and list.
Please scroll down to learn more about devices.
The camera page is where you will see any cameras attached to your controller.
Clicking on the camera image will give you the options for that camera and make the camera picture bigger.
Geofencing (Mobile Only)
The Geofencing page is where your geofencing is set up.
Your geofence is the a fence drawn around your home where leaving and entering it will cause your homes mode to change.
Please do not go into this section unless you know what you are doing.
The scenes page is where your scenes reside.
Scenes are predetermined instructions based on certain events.
A scene may consist of turning a light on at 7PM every day.
This is where your homes intelligence is and where events are controlled from.
To play a scene, tap the play button.
To edit a scene, tap the pencil and edit that scene.
To add a scene, tap the + Add a Scene button and fill out the necessary information.
Now let's learn a bit about your devices and how you can control them.
Let's go back to the "Devices" section.
Go ahead and explore. Feel free to turn on and off your devices. Please remember that your home controller communicates wirelessly to your devices. Being wireless, these devices may not react instantly. Take your time and give the controller time to react and gather its thoughts so to say. Be patient as there is a lot going on in the background.
You might have different devices on your system or different devices attached to your system. Below are some examples.
If you are an administrator on your account, please DO NOT DELETE or REMOVE any devices from your system.
If you have a light module, you can see it's current status and turn it on and off by tapping on the On/Off slider.
Electric Door Lock
If you have a electric door lock, you can see it's current status, it's battery level, lock it, unlock it and possibly set a pin for people to use.
If you have a thermostat, you can see the current temperature of the home and control your HVAC (Heater/Vent/Air Conditioner) as if you were standing right there.
Garage Door Sub Controller
You may have your garage door attached to your system. Now you can see the status of it and open it and close it.
Door Window Sensor
You may also have your doors or windows attached to your system. You can now see if they are open or closed.
You may also have motion sensor attached to your system. Now you can see if anyone is moving in your home when you are not home and get notifications if they do.
Smoke / CO Sensor
You may also have a smoke detector or carbon monoxide sensor attached to your system. You can see the status of these devices also.
Your new home controller is expandable and can control almost any aspect of your home. Here are more examples of what it can do.
There are lot's of new features on these new controllers. We have some tutorials on our Youtube site and the "How to" section in our web site.
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Of course you can always call us if you have any questions. We are here to make sure you get the most out of your new system.
Thanks again for the opportunity and we really hope you enjoy your new Home Automation Controller.
If you are finding your geofence is triggering when you are home or there is a substantial delay in your geofence triggering a scene, we suggest you increase the size of your geofence radius to compensate for this.
It seems there are some differences on how some mobile devices handle their GPS locations with other apps on that device therefore your experience with a geofence can be different depending on the device and service you use.
We suggest using a minimum radius of 150m but if you are experiencing your geofence triggering when you are inside your fence, or delays in scenes triggering when entering or leaving, we suggest you take it to 300m or more. This will give your control system time to get the signal that you have entered or left your geofence.
It is pretty easy to do this.
If you would like to see how big your fence is now become, hit the "Back" (Top Left) after saving and you can see the map and how big your fence now is in relation to the roads near your home.
If you would like to turn on of off notifications when entering and leaving your fence, check the "Notify" box.
Make sure the "This is my home" box is checked if you would like mode changes based on actions with this geofence.
Installtion, Set-up and Use of: Envisalink EVL3 / EVL4, DSC Power Series Alarm systems and Vera UI7 Home Controllers
This directional guide will instruct you on how to physically install the Envisalink EVL3 or EVL4 into an alarm system, setting it up on your network, how to use it, setting up your Vera pertaining to the EVL and optional eyez-on.com account setup.
Installing an Envisalink EVL to your home alarm system and controlling it with your home controller and or, your mobile device will give you the ability to;
Oh yea, did I mention there were NO monthly fees?
What You Will Need:
We have had some reports that the SmartThings hub is not seeing the status of the Enerwave ZWN-RSM1S. We use this relay in our Z-Wave outdoor motion lighting products.
If this is true in your case, we recommend you visit this page and see if this fix, can fix the issue.
Please use at your own risk as we have no way to test this potential problem solver.
Let us know if it helped you as we would like to know to recommend it to others.
In this video we show you what a Ecolink WST-100 wireless remote is and how to program it into your DSC alarm system.
If you would like to know more or get a WST-100 please check out our product page here.
If you would like to see the document on this installation, you can go 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.
Want to know how to automatically arm your alarm by driving down your driveway?
In this instructional video, we show what a geofence is and how to set it up on your Vera Home Automation and Control System.
After setting up your own geofence, your home will automatically do things like turn of the lights, lock the doors and arm the alarm automatically when you leave your home and do the opposite when you come home.
If you are interested in getting a Vera home control / automation system for yourself, you can find them here. These controllers start at less than 100 dollars.
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.