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In this guide we’ll go through the initial steps to get you started using a Fibaro Home Center controller running v4 firmware.
Our Starter Kit are perfect to get started using Home Automation.
The first step to get your system up and running is to power On your Fibaro Home Center Controller:
Note: Inside the Home Center 2 case there's a small USB Stick plugged in. This is used to store backups and shouldn't be removed. Booting the Home Center 2 without it may cause a system failure.
If for some reason you are unable to access your Home Center via home.fibaro.com you can use the Fibaro Finder application.
The Fibaro Dashboard is a web-based interface that provides the control center for things you want to control and monitor with your Fibaro Home Center controller. It can be accessed locally or via the Internet from any web browser or Internet-enabled phone.
Once logged in this is what the Fibaro Dashboard will look like:
Fibaro Home Center default Network settings can be changed at “Configuration – LAN Settings”.
By default the Fibaro Home Center expects a DHCP Server to assign it an IP Address, in most cases this should be left as the preferred option.
If you require your Home Center to have a specific IP Address or you don’t have a DHCP Server on your network you’ll need to change the Connection Type to Static IP.
In this mode you have total control of the Home Center network settings. Make sure that the address that you use is unique and is not being used by another device on your network.
You can also disable Remote access to restrict control over your devices only via the local network.
It’s important that you set the correct location because Fibaro Home Center will use it in a day to day basis to:
To set the Location, Date / Time Format and locale settings used by Fibaro Home Center controller go to “Configuration – Location”
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 your Fibaro Home Center 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 your Fibaro Home Center won’t know how to reach the devices leading to all sorts of misbehaviour.
Some devices support NWI (Network Wide Inclusion) which means the Fibaro Home Center 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 your Fibaro Home Center so we advise to temporarily move it 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 is Off.
You can easily revese this:
Fibaro Home Center may have a template available for some of your devices which makes this process even easier:
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-26 - Motion Activated Light using Fibaro Home Center.
Before going any further it’s important to understand that installing a module usually 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 some 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 reason 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 Fibaro network:
The following should also be of help: