Vera Controls

Whole House Controls Using Vera


Before Mi Casa Verde came on the scene in 2008 with their Vera System, you basically had two paths to install a true smart home system, either home automation software running on your home desktop PC, or a proprietary system such as Control4 or Life/Ware. The Vera system with Z-Wave devices represents a complete home automation solution. The Vera hub, which acts as the central “server” to the system, controls a Z-Wave mesh network of devices installed in your home. These can range from lighting devices like the Leviton Vizia RF+ family, a Wayne-Dalton Z-Wave thermostat, wireless IP cameras, a Z-Wave motion sensor, and a Schlage Z-Wave door lock. Add all these devices together and you have a very complete smart home system.

Vera System

Shown at right, the Vera hub functions like a wireless router, a wired (4-port) router or switch and a Web server for all of the automation functions. Setting up Vera as the Primary Controller of your Z-Wave devices is straightforward. Vera arrives fully configured to send emails or SMS alerts for any action or alert that happens in the home; which is as simple as typing in your address and checking off a box to receive a message for that event. You can program everything from simple light commands to very complicated lighting scenes into Vera, or similarly setup a schedule to control your thermostat settings. Vera also supports legacy X10 devices and Insteon wireless lighting devices.

ZWAVE Plugin Module

The ZWAVE Plug-in Lamp Module at left from Leviton provides an RF repeater which allows your lamp to be controlled by Vera's built-in software through the Z-Wave USB dongle that comes with Vera. This device allows on/off and dimming control of your incandescent lamp and participates in a ZWAVE mesh network by retransmitting the wireless signal for reception by other nearby ZWAVE devices. Installation couldn't be easier, just plug the module into a wall outlet and plug the lamp into the bottom of the module.

Vizio RF+ Dimmer

The Vizia RF Z-Wave 600W In-Wall Dimmer, shown at right, controls any incandescent light remotely by replacing your standard wall switch. Since this scene-capable dimmer is Z-Wave compatible, you'll be able to control it directly at the switch as well as remotely via the Vera hub. Z-Wave also means no new wires need to be run, and powerline transmission issues are not a factor.

Note: For 3-way dimming applications the Leviton ViziaRF ZWAVE Dimmer and Vizia Coordinating Dimmer Remote are recommended.

ZWAVE Thermostat

The 2GIG-ZSTAT CT30E - Z-Wave Thermostat for HVAC Heating & Cooling control gives the user even greater energy management capabilities within their Z-Wave enabled home.

The 2GIG-ZSTAT CT30E Thermostat is 100% compatible with all popular residential HVAC systems; 24VAC single, two stage conventional heating systems (gas/oil/electric), heat pumps, single stage or with auxilliary heat (electric or fossil), zoned forced air and zoned hot water (2 or 3 wire), millivolt systems (with 24VAC adapter), one or two stage cooling, and hybrid systems.

Schlage Dead Bolt

At right is the Schlage LiNK Wireless Keypad Deadbolt, which can also be added to the Z-wave network within your home and remotely controlled with Vera. The installation is straightforward when the instructions provided on the Mi Casa Verde website are followed. Web-based access with Vera means greater peace of mind, no matter where you travel. Remotely control and confirm the status of your Wireless Keypad Deadbolt from anywhere with any internet-enabled computer and most internet-enabled cell phones.

Want to go green with your ZWAVE lighting controls and turn lights on/off based on room occupancy? Check out the new HSM100 ZWAVE Multi-sensor.

Click here for a comparison chart of Control4 (Zigbee), ZWAVE, and Insteon home control systems.

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Vera Z-Wave Web-Enabled Automation Controller, $309.95
* Works with: Z-Wave, Insteon and X10 devices
* Also wireless security cameras and A/V components
* Create scenes, timers and events and receive notifications
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Z-Wave Deadbolt Lock - Bright Brass , $209.95
* Add to a Z-wave network within your home
* Uses 128 bit AES encryption for security
* Remotely unlock the door
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HSM100 - Z-Wave Multi-Sensor , $89.95
* a new Z-Wave® device featuring three-sensors-in-one
* can also function as a temperature sensor and light sensor
* controls Z-Wave devices directly or triggers automation events .. more info
Vizia RF Z-Wave 300 Watt Lamp Module, $79.95
* 300-watt plug-in module provides instant dimming features to incandescent lamps
* Module is compatible with all Z-Wave products and can be controlled remotely using the Vera controller
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Vizia RF Z-Wave 600W Dimmer - Incandescent, $89.95
* 600 Watt Dimmer instantly adds dimming control to your incandescent lights
* Module is compatible with all Z-Wave products and can be controlled remotely using the Vera controller
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Vizia Dimmer Coordinating Remote, No LEDs, $24.95
* Use with Vizia RF dimmers for n-way control
* Includes white, almond, and ivory face plates for superior versatility
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Vizia RF Z-Wave 15 Amp Switch, $99.95
* 15-amp on/off switch controls fluorescent, magnetic/electronic low voltage, or motor loads
* Includes white, almond, and ivory face plates for superior versatility
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