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:
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.
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.
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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