This guide shows how to add LightwaveRF devices to a VERA controller that has a RFXtrx433 USB module installed.
Extending VERA's capabilities to be able to control devices based on 433MHz frequency bands makes great sense. Simply adding the RFXtrx433 USB transceiver you can use VERA's advanced features, scenes and scripting capabilities to control LightwaveRF devices.
The RFXtrx433 will automatically add LightwaveRF devices to VERA as they are activated by a LightwaveRF remote controller.
Check that 'AutoCreate' is active (set to ON) - RFXtrx Controller > Plugin Settings tab
Pair your LightwaveRF remote controller with the LightwaveRF device (Dimmer or On/Off Socket)
Activate the LightwaveRF device using the LightwaveRF remote - turn the device On
The device will appear in the VERA DEVICES screen (see figure 1 left image)
Rename the device and click 'SAVE' in VERA
The device will now appear as an On/Off switch (see figure 1 right image)
Note - this works well for adding On/Off devices, using the Manual process is sometimes easier when adding dimmers.
Figure 1: LightwaveRF devices in VERA after being Added Automatically.
Adding LightwaveRF Devices Manually
If you don't have a LightwaveRF remote control you can manually added devices to VERA, this process is also useful if you don't wish for devices to be automatically added to VERA.
To manually add devices to VERA, follow a two step process:
Create a new LightwaveRF device using the RFX Controller
Pair this device with the actual LightwaveRF device
Create a New Device
In VERA, click on the RFX Controller's 'Wrench' icon
Go to the 'New Device' tab
Select 'LightwaveRF - Siemens' from the Category drop-down
Select the correct type of device from the Device Type drop-down - Switch Light (On/Off), Dimmer, Motion Sensor, Door Sensor, Window Covering
Give the new device a name
You need to choose an 'ID' and 'Unit Code' for the LightwaveRF device being added
You can choose these values yourself - just make sure you only use the combination (ID + Unit Code) once - this ensures each device is unique
Enter the 'ID' - any value from 1 to 16777215
Select the 'Unit Code' from the drop-down
Click the 'Create' button
Figure 2: Creating a LightwaveRF Device using the RFX Controller.
Close the window (click X in the top right corner)
You will now see a new device in VERA's 'DEVICE' window (probably in the 'No Room' Section)
This device will have the name you entered - for example Lounge Dimmer
Figure 3: New LightwaveRF device in VERA after being Added Manually.
Pair the New Device with the LightwaveRF Device
You now need to Pair the new LightwaveRF device (in VERA) with the actual (physical) LightwaveRF device
Put the physical LightwaveRF device into Pairing mode - see the LightwaveRF device's user manual
In VERA turn the device 'ON' using its icon
You will see the actual LightwaveRF device's LED flash to confirm it has been paired correctly
Click the blue 'RELOAD' button to ensure VERA has fully configured the device and saved all settings
You now have control of your LightwaveRF devices from within VERA, you can use VERA's scenes, schedules and even Z-Wave devices, such as sensors, to activate the LightwaveRF devices.