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Adding Devices to VERA

This guide shows how to add devices to your Home Automation network using the VERA Z-Wave Controller.

In Z-Wave terminology, when you add a device to the network, this is called 'Including'. This term is the
same as 'Add' and 'Pair'.

Adding Devices

VERA has three ways to add devices, you can choose the one best for your situation.

Portable Inclusion (Low-Power)

This method is best for adding Z-Wave devices that are permanently wired to the mains - in this case it is much easier to take VERA to the device.Using VERA in Portable Include Mode

  • Ensure VERA has batteries or its external battery pack installed
  • Disconnect VERA from its power supply and Ethernet cable
  • Take VERA to within 1m of the device to be included
  • Press VERA's 'Battery' button to power VERA from its batteries
  • After about 1 minute the Orange 'Ready' light will start blinking slowly (once per second)
  • Put the Z-Wave device into Inclusion mode - usually press its Include button (See device's User Manual)
  • VERA's Orange 'Ready' light will go Off and then start blinking rapidly
  • Wait while VERA completes the Inclusion process
  • The Orange 'Ready' light will start flashing slowly again when complete
  • Reconnect VERA to its power and Ethernet cables

Take a look at the Video at the end of this guide to see how this method works.

Standard Inclusion (Low-Power)

This Inclusion process is best for adding portable or battery-powered Z-Wave devices that can easily be taken to VERA.

  • Log-in to VERA by typing it's IP address into your browser or going to http://getvera.com/setup/
  • Go to DEVICES > Add Devices
  • Choose the first option 'Add ZWave devices, like light switches...' and click the blue 'Add' button
  • On the next page scroll down and click the blue 'Option 1' button (right hand side)
  • VERA will now be in Inclusion mode - Orange 'Ready' light flashing slowly
  • Put the Z-Wave device into Inclusion mode - usually press its Include button (See device's User Manual)
  • Wait while VERA finds the device and displays the new device ID number
    If VERA does not find the device, click 'I'm activating the device, but it's not adding to the list' and follow the instructions

Adding devices using VERA's Low-Power modeAdding devices using VERA's Low-Power mode

  • Click 'Next' and wait for VERA to complete the Inclusion process
  • On the final screen give the device a name and allocate it to a room
  • Click the 'Close' button
  • The new device will now display in the 'DEVICES' tab

Full-Power Inclusion

The first two methods are called low-power inclusion as the wireless signals are sent at a very low power. However, occasionally it is useful to use VERA's 'Full-Power Inclusion' method. This method uses full strength wireless signals and enables you to include the device without moving the device or VERA.

Note: The device being included must be in direct range of VERA - its signal cannot be routed via other Z-Wave devices on the network.

  • Go to DEVICES > Add Devices
  • Choose the last option 'Advanced Z-Wave devices' and click the blue 'Add' button
  • In the lower 'Z-Wave' section of the next page select 'full power' from the drop down menu
  • Click the blue 'GO' button
  • Put the Z-Wave device into Inclusion mode - usually press its Include button (See device's User Manual)
  • Wait while VERA finds the device and displays the new device ID number
    If VERA does not find the device, change the 'Include' to 'Exclude' and repeat the process
  • Follow the instructions on the screen

Adding devices using VERA's Full-Power modeAdding devices using VERA's Full-Power mode

Exclude / Reset Devices

Sometimes it is useful to Exclude or Reset a device. This is especially useful if you are having problems getting the device to be added to VERA.

By excluding the device, you reset the device's memory ensuring that it is not included in any Z-Wave network. This is a good practise to adopt when adding any Z-Wave device.

You can follow the methods shown in the 'Adding Devices' section (above) or you can:

  • Go to DEVICES > Add Devices
  • Choose the last option 'Advanced Z-Wave devices' and click the blue 'Add' button
  • In the lower 'Z-Wave' section of the next page select 'Exclude' from the drop down menu
  • Click the blue 'GO' button
  • Put the Z-Wave device into Inclusion/Exclusion mode - usually press its Include button (See device's User Manual)
  • Wait while VERA finds the device and excludes it

Excluding device's in VERAExcluding/Resetting device's in VERA

Tips on Adding Devices

These tips may help you to more easily add devices to VERA and Z-Wave networks:

Exclude the Device First

Excluding the device first ensures that its memory is reset. This usually fixes any issues you may have in adding devices to a Z-Wave network so it is worth doing as standard practise.

Heal Network after adding devices

When you add devices to VERA, it then needs to configure the whole network so that it understand where each device is in relation to other devices. It needs to know which devices are its neighbours so that it can correctly route signals directly to the device and via other Z-Wave devices.

In VERA this process is known as a Network Heal:

  • Go to SETUP > Z-Wave Settings
  • Go to the 'Repair' section
  • Click the blue 'GO' button
  • The heal process will take a few minutes or a few hours depending on how large your network is
  • During the heal process, make sure all battery devices wake-up

Performing a 'Heal' is especially important when you've added battery or portable devices using 'Standard' Inclusion and then moved them to their final location.

Low-Power or Full-Power Inclusion

Low-Power

The normal way to add devices to VERA is to use a low-power inclusion process. For these to work, VERA and the device being included MUST be within 1m of each other. This is because the wireless signals are intentionally sent at a very low power so that only devices that are very close to VERA get included. This prevents devices on other networks being included by accident.

Full-Power

VERA's 'Full-Power' inclusion method transmits the wireless signals at full strength. This means that you do not have to have the VERA and the device within 1m of each other.
However, the devices do need to be in direct range of VERA, the inclusion signal cannot be routed via other Z-Wave devices.

Video

Take a look at the video to see how easy it is to add devices by taking VERA to the device.

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Updated: 11/11/13

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