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This guide shows how to add devices to your Home Automation network using the VERA Z-Wave Controller.
In Z-Wave terminology, when you add a device to the network, this is called 'Including'. This term is the
same as 'Add' and 'Pair'.
VERA has three ways to add devices, you can choose the one best for your situation.
This method is best for adding Z-Wave devices that are permanently wired to the mains - in this case it is much easier to take VERA to the device.
Take a look at the Video at the end of this guide to see how this method works.
This Inclusion process is best for adding portable or battery-powered Z-Wave devices that can easily be taken to VERA.
Adding devices using VERA's Low-Power mode
The first two methods are called low-power inclusion as the wireless signals are sent at a very low power. However, occasionally it is useful to use VERA's 'Full-Power Inclusion' method. This method uses full strength wireless signals and enables you to include the device without moving the device or VERA.
Note: The device being included must be in direct range of VERA - its signal cannot be routed via other Z-Wave devices on the network.
Adding devices using VERA's Full-Power mode
Sometimes it is useful to Exclude or Reset a device. This is especially useful if you are having problems getting the device to be added to VERA.
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.
You can follow the methods shown in the 'Adding Devices' section (above) or you can:
Excluding/Resetting device's in VERA
These tips may help you to more easily add 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 adding devices to a Z-Wave network so it is worth doing as standard practise.
When you add devices to VERA, it then needs to configure the whole network so that it understand where each device is in relation to other devices. It needs to know which devices are its neighbours so that it can correctly route signals directly to the device and via other Z-Wave devices.
In VERA this process is known as a Network Heal:
Performing a 'Heal' is especially important when you've added battery or portable devices using 'Standard' Inclusion and then moved them to their final location.
The normal way to add devices to VERA is to use a low-power inclusion process. For these to work, VERA and the device being included MUST be within 1m of each other. This is because the wireless signals are intentionally sent at a very low power so that only devices that are very close to VERA get included. This prevents devices on other networks being included by accident.
VERA's 'Full-Power' inclusion method transmits the wireless signals at full strength. This means that you do not have to have the VERA and the device within 1m of each other.
However, the devices do need to be in direct range of VERA, the inclusion signal cannot be routed via other Z-Wave devices.
Take a look at the video to see how easy it is to add devices by taking VERA to the device.