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This guide shows how to Include devices to your Z-Wave network using the VERA Z-Wave Controller running UI7 firmware.
In Z-Wave terminology, when you add a device to the network, this is called "Including". A device must be "Included" to the Z-Wave Network before it can be controlled. This process is usually achieved by pressing a sequence of buttons on the Controller and Devices.
When you Include a new device, VERA scans the whole network to understand where each device is in relation to other devices. This is needed so that it can correctly route signals through its neighbour devices.
For that reason it’s extremely important to Include every device – especially Mains Powered devices – in its final resting position. If you move a device after inclusion you must perform a full Z-Wave network heal.
VERA has two ways to Include devices, you can choose the one best for your situation.
Unlike previous versions Vera Edge doesn’t have the ability to be powered from batteries. That means you’ll need a power socket available if you need to move it. This is hardly ever required though and we advise to use the Standard Inclusion as you can watch what is happening and name the devices as you add them.
For portable inclusion:
In most cases you can leave VERA in place and use Standard Inclusion as full strength wireless signals will be used. This will allow most devices to be Included without moving them or VERA.
Keep in mind that some devices deliberately lower the Including range for about 1 meter between the Device and Controller. This is done for security purposes but most devices can be Included from much further away.
A Device Wizard provides step-by-step instructions to guide you through the Inclusion process. Steps will be different for each Device that can be Included so it’s important to choose the exact model you are installing whenever that’s possible.
VERA continuously updates the available Device Wizards to keep up with the market so chances are most your devices are supported by the Device Wizard. However if your device is not there you can still include it using the “Generic Z-Wave Device” option.
The process is very similar to the one described above although without any specific instructions.
Sometimes it is useful to Reset a device before Including. This is especial useful if you are having troubles during the Inclusion process.
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.
These tips may help you to more easily Include devices to VERA and Z-Wave networks:
Excluding the device first ensures that its memory is reset. This usually fixes any issues you may have in Including devices to a Z-Wave network so it is worth doing as standard practise.
After adding the device it will probably not be fully configured - you will have a red “Waiting for wakeup to configure device” message.
To finish configuration, you must wake-up the device
When you Include a new device the Z-Wave Controller scans the whole Z-Wave Network to understand where each device is in relation to other devices – this is needed so that it can build a “routing table” that will be later used to route communications through other devices when needed.
Performing a "Heal" is especially important when you've Included battery or portable devices using the "Standard" Inclusion and then moved them to their final location.
In VERA this process is known as a Network Heal:
Note: from version 1.7.649/1.7.1320 Vera has removed this option.
Take a look at the video to see how easy it is to Include devices to Vera.