Using the Fibaro Flood Sensor with VERA
Adding the Fibaro Flood Sensor to VERA
- Make sure the Sensor is within 1m of VERA and put VERA into Inclusion mode
- Press the Sensor's Tamper button 3 times
- Allow VERA to save its new settings and follow any instructions on screen
- In VERA's DEVICES tab you will see the Fibaro Flood Sensor as a single icon with a message "Waiting for wakeup to configure device"
Figure 1: Fibaro Flood Sensor waiting for configuration.
- Press the Tamper switch 3 times to wake the Sensor
- VERA will finish configuring the sensor - after a few seconds three icons will appear in VERA
- Motion Sensor (with battery icon) - this is the actual Flood sensor and 'parent' device
- Motion Sensor (no battery icon) - this is a child device of the main sensor (it has no real use so can be ignored, but not deleted)
- Generic I/O - this shows as an On/Off switch (it can be configured to work as a temperature sensor - see later)
- For further information on adding devices to VERA, take a look at APNT-48: Adding Devices to VERA
Figure 2: Fibaro Flood Sensor's three device icons in VERA.
Changing the Generic I/O to a Temperature Sensor
The Generic I/O device created while adding the Flood Sensor to VERA can easily be changed to work as a temperature sensor.
- Click on the Generic I/O's 'Wrench' icon
- Go to its Advanced tab
- Scroll down until you see the device_file row
- Change this row to D_TemperatureSensor1.xml (you can copy/paste)
- Close the window and click the red 'SAVE' button
- Allow VERA to save its new settings
- You may need to wake the Flood Sensor to enable it to accept its new configuration settings
- Note: You only need to do this as the Flood Sensor's configuration is not fully supported by default in VERA 1.5.622
Figure 3: Changing the Generic I/O device to work as a temperature sensor.
Configuring the Flood Sensor
When configuring the Flood Sensor, you should bare in mind the following points:
Only make configuration changes on the main Sensor device
The main sensor acts as the parent device - all configuration changes are made in the parent device and not in the temperature sensor or child devices. The only exception is the configuration step to change the Generic I/O device to a temperature (shown above).
Wake-up the Door/Window Sensor
Remember that the Sensor is a battery-powered device - it will spend most of its time asleep. Like all battery-powered devices it must be awake to accept new configuration settings. The best process to update the configuration settings is:
- Make the changes in VERA and click 'SAVE'
- In the Flood sensor's Settings tab click 'Configure node right now'
- Then quickly press the Sensor's Tamper switch 3 times to wake the Sensor
Using the Flood Sensor in VERA
The Flood sensor will send an alert when it detects water or tilt motion and will regularly report temperature.
- Water Detection 1 - VERA icon will change to red - this state change can be used in scenes
- Water Detection 2 - The sensor sends a BASIC SET or ALARM frame to Association Group 1 - this can be used to directly activate associated devices
- Tilt or Tamper - The sensor sends an ALARM GENERIC frame to Association Group 2 when the tmpaer switch or Tilt sensor is triggered
- Temperature - The Sensor's temperature icon displays the temperature - this can be used in scenes
Figure 4: The Flood Sensor fully configured.
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