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(Aeon Labs) Controlling Door/Window Sensor From The Dashboard

Last Updated: May 04, 2013 09:58AM PDT
Once your door/window sensor has been paired with your Vera Smart Controller and installed in its chosen location, you can control its actions from your Vera Dashboard.

From your Dashboard, select "Devices" and all your smart devices will appear, including your door/window sensor. If you like, you can narrow the number of device you see by clicking on the sub-menu for "Sensors' 

As you can see, the basic function of the door/window sensor is to Arm it (i.e., it's in active operation) or to Bypass it, so that opening or closing the door that has the mounted sensor doesn't send any signals to your system.

You might choose to Arm the sensor only when you go away from the house, or when you leave for a trip.  Or, you might choose to Bypass the sensor when you're home, because the door where you've mounted it is opened and closed all the time and doesn't need to send any alerts or commands.  Arming or Bypassing is as simple as clicking the button on your Dashboard.

To see additional settings and controls for your door/window sensor, hover your mouse over the top right of the sensor's window.  You'll see the familiar Vera "wrench" icon to access the settings.  Click the wrench.

When the settings options appear, you can make a strategic changes that will help you get the most out of your door/window sensor. Click on the "Advanced" menu and you can give a name to the door/window sensor, such as "back door," "garage door," etc.  This is useful when you have more than one door/window sensor in your home and want to control them individually.

At the top of this "Advanced" menu, you'll see a drop-down selection for "Controlled via."  This lets you select which other smart devices in your home are arming or dis-arming the door/window sensor.  

Once you've paired the door/window sensor to your Vera Smart Controller, it is controlled via "Z-Wave" by default, meaning that the Smart Controller issues the commands to your sensor.  In a sense, the Smart Controller is always issuing commands one way or another, but you can also have the door/window sensor react more specifically, to different devices and scenes in your smart home system.  

Click on the drop-down menu and you'll see a list of the different devices in your system can arm or bypass your door/window sensor.  

Why would you want to use such a function?  Because you can have more control that way.  Let's say you wanted to secure a back room or lower level of the house.  Such a room would likely have a door or window, so your sensor is well-placed here.  But the room would probably also have lights, and might even also have a motion sensor.  

This is a great security setup, but not every movement in this room is one that you need or want to know about.  For example, your cat might walk in or out of the room -- which in theory, would trip the motion sensor, turn on the light and arm the door/window sensor.  You probably don't need this security for your cat (!), and you so with this menu, you can tell the door/window sensor to take commands from something specific.

For example, if you were away from home, and wanted to arm, the door/window sensor, you could have it arm automatically by triggering a light on or off, or only when a motion sensor goes off.

Whenever you make any changes in this (or any other!) settings screen, be sure to save your work by clicking the "Save" button on the top right of your Dashboard.
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