The iTach IR adaptors are perfect for controlling appliances like AV equipment (TV, Blu-Ray, Home Cinema), and any appliance that can be controlled by Infra-Red (IR) commands. Even Air Conditioning units.
This guides shows how to use the iTach adaptors with the VERA Lite and VERA3 Z-Wave Controllers running UI5.
Using iTach with VERA
To enable VERA to use the iTach devices, we need to download a VERA plugin, and then create device files for each IR appliance that the iTach will control.
This guide shows you how to:
Download and correctly configure the VERA iTach (GC100) Plugin
Create the device files for each appliance to be controlled
Add the iTach IR Control strings to the device files
Create a VERA device for the appliance
Control the appliance's functions from VERA scenes
Step 1 - Download Files
To successfully install the VERA iTach (GC100) plugin and use the iTach devices you will need a number of files. We've made this easy and added them to a single ZIP file for you to download.
So before you do anything else, download the Vesternet iTach Zip File:
The I_Bose_SoundDock.xml file uses the HEX IR Control code - in iLearn select HEX format
Paste this code between the < ir > tags
You can edit all the other actions, delete any you do not need or add new ones
It probably makes sense to add one action and IR code, and test it in VERA before completing the full I_SoundDock.xml file.
Figure 4: I_Bose_SoundDock.xml Device File with IR code highlighted
Edit the Description (D_ File)
The D_Bose_SoundDock.xml file is the 'Description' file for the IR device, it contains the all information for the IR device. You need to add the main device descriptions and links to the Implementation and Service files.
Edit the description lines to better describe the appliance this IR device will control (see figure 5): < friendlyName >, < manufacturer >, < manufacturerURL >, < modelDescription >, and < modelName >
Implementation File Line
Edit the < implementationFile > file name (line 120) to match your I_XML file - I_Bose_SoundDock.xml
Edit the last 'Service' section (line 31) to match the S_Bose_SoundDock.xml file:
Your D_SoundDock.xml file should now look like Figure 5.
Figure 5: D_Bose_SoundDock.xml Device File
Upload the files to VERA
These files now need to be uploaded into the VERA (similar to how you uploaded the GC100 plugin update in step 2).
Go to 'APPS' > ''Develop Apps'
On the left-hand side-bar click 'LUUP Files'
Click the 'Choose File' button and select the D_Bose_SoundDock.xml. I_Bose_SoundDock.xml and S_Bose_SoundDock.xml files
When the upload is complete you need to restart Luup
Go to SETUP > Net & Wi-fi and click 'Reboot'
Allow VERA to reboot
The device files will now be included in your VERA's Luup files
Step 4 - Create the IR Appliance Device
You can now create a VERA device that will use the files that you have just created. This device will be a 'virtual device' of the real appliance, you will be able to control its functions from VERA scenes.
Go to 'APPS' > 'Develop Apps'
On the left-hand side-bar click 'Create Device'
Enter the 'D_Bose_SoundDock.xml' file name into the Upnp Device Filename box
Click 'Create Device'
Figure 6: Create the IR Device in VERA
The new device will be in the DEVICES tab, but it will not have been fully configured
Click VERA's blue 'RELOAD' button (top of the page) and wait for VERA to reload
The device should now have the 'friendlyName' you chose in the 'Device Description' file
In the device's Advanced tab, it should have the correct Description file (D_Bose_SoundDock.xml) and device type (urn:schemas-micasaverde-com:device:IrDevice:1)
If it doesn't have these populated - click the 'RELOAD' button again and wait for VERA to reload