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In this guide we’ll go through the initial steps to get you started using a VERA Home Automation Z-Wave controller running UI7.
The first step to get your system up and running is to power On your VERA Controller:
If for some reason you are unable to access your VERA either remotely or locally, the following guides may help you:
The VERA Dashboard is a web-based interface that provides the control center for things you want to control and monitor with your VERA system. It can be accessed locally or via the Internet from any web browser or Internet-enabled phone.
Once logged in this is what the Vera Dashboard will look like:
VERA’s default Network settings can be changed at “Settings – Net Wi-fi”.
By default VERA expects a DHCP Server to assign it an IP Address, in most cases this should be left as the preferred option.
This gives you granular Controller over how VERA will access your network. You should usually leave advanced settings at their defaults unless you have a specific reason for changing them and know what the impact of changing them is.
Available settings are:
Choose this option if you would rather have VERA connected to your network using WiFi. This can be very useful if you need to move VERA to include devices for example.
VERA will scan the surroundings for available networks and let you pick the one you want to connect to.
NOTE: This option may not be available on all VERA.
It’s important that you set the correct location because VERA will use it in a day to day basis to:
To set the location of your VERA Controller go to “Settings – Location” and follow instructions in APNT-118 - Setting Time and Location in Vera UI7.
To adjust locale settings such as Temperature Format and Currency go to “Users & Account Info – Unit Settings”
If you're new to Z-Wave and Home Automation we suggest reading our Technology Guides.
Get yourself familiar with Z-Wave, how it works and what’s needed for a stable Z-Wave network - planning is key to a stable Z-Wave Network.
It's important to Include a Z-Wave device in its final resting position because during the Inclusion process VERA will scan the surrounding area to understand where each device is in relation to other devices and create what is known as a “routing table”.
This is needed so that it can correctly route signals through its neighbours. If you move a device after inclusion this “routing path” will then be incorrect and VERA won’t know how to reach the devices leading to all sorts of misbehaviour.
Some devices support NWI (Network Wide Inclusion) which means that VERA will be able to Include them even if they aren't in direct range. If you experience issues during Inclusion, the device may not support NWI and may be out of range of VERA so we advise to temporarily move VERA closer to the device.
For your first Inclusion we suggest adding a simple device such as the TKB Wall Plug but you can of course add any device you wish.
Z-Wave devices often have a number of configuration parameters that control various functions of the device. These include switch type (momentary/toggle), dim rate, device associations, sensor reporting, wake-up periods, and the list goes on...
Full information about these parameters can be found in the user manual for the device or in the Pepper1 Z-Wave Library.
It’s important to note that a Parameter only needs to be set if you want to change its default value.
To set Device Parameters:
For example, by default the TKB plug is set to "Night-Light" mode - this means that the LED is On when the plug itself is Off.
You can easily reverse this:
A Scene enables you to control various devices in your Home Automation network with one single command.
You define what will happen when a specific Trigger event occurs. The trigger condition can be another Device event or a simple Schedule.
It’s good to start with a simple scene to get yourself familiar with the process.
Lets say we want to control the TKB Wall Plug at particular times of the day - such as Sunset and Sunrise (Dusk/Dawn).
Event Triggered Scenes are incredibly powerful and will go a long way to making your house a Smart Home. But they can be complicated so we would recommend starting with a simple "Motion Activated Lighting" Scene by following our guide at APNT-120 - Motion Activated Light with Light Level sensor.
Before going any further it’s important to understand that installing a module involves working with 240V mains wiring - if you are not comfortable doing this you should consult a qualified electrician.
How each module is installed depends on which one you have and how you plan to use it.
Each device manual usually includes wiring diagrams showing how they should be wired. We also do our best to keep our Application Notes Library up to date with multiple wiring diagrams for different scenarios.
One of the most common reasons that we’ve seen for a damaged module is due to Incorrect Wiring / Poor Installation. For that reason take your time to read through all the instructions and identify all existing wiring – don’t rush the installation until you are completely certain you’ve understand the diagrams!
When in doubt contact us or call an electrician!
It’s important that the device is installed into an appropriately deep wall box (pattress), making sure there’s room for the device to dissipate heat and the existing cables not to be squashed or strained.
If needed replace the existing pattress by following instructions in APNT-127 - Physically installing a module .
When the module is correctly installed you can add it to your VERA network:
The following should also be of help: