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(Aeon Labs) Controlling The 4-in-1 MultiSensor From The Dashboard

Last Updated: May 28, 2013 01:18PM PDT
When you've paired your 4-in-1 multisensor to your Vera system, you will see several "devices" associated with it on your Dashboard, as shown below.  These are to give you access to each of the multisensor's 4 sensing abilities, which are motion, light level, temperature and humidity.  Find them by clicking "Devices" then "Sensors."



The first box will let you arm or bypass all the functions of the sensor -- ie, when you click "Bypass" in this box, none of the four sensing abilities will be active.



If you click "Arm" in this box, the 4-in-1 sensor is turned on -- but you can also independently arm or bypass its motion sensing abilities from the Dashboard as well.

You can set a notification for yourself too, in case something is sensed that you'd want to know about when you're not home, such as motion pickup, or an excessive humidity level.  To set a notification, please make sure you've set your notification preferences first.


If you have the VeraLite Smart Controller, click here to learn how to set your Notifications preferences.

If you have the Vera3 Smart Controller, click here to learn how to set your Notifications preferences.

Hover the mouse over the top right of the device's blue bar to bring up the wrench icon, then click the wrench.  From there, choose the "Notifications" menu.

As shown below, you will see a drop-down menu of which actions from your 4-in-1 sensor can send you a notification.  Select one to receive a Notification.

 



Now let's look at the four sensing abilities of your 4-in-1 multisensor:

TEMPERATURE:

This shows you the current temperature that the 4-in-1 multisensor is experiencing.  This is not necessarily the same temperature as your thermostat is set to -- the two devices might be in completely different parts of the house.  



You can set a notification for when the temperature from your 4-in-1 multisensor goes above or below a certain point.  Hover your mouse on top right of the blue bar and click the wrench icon, then select the "Notifications" menu.  You can set a notification for any of the situations shown below:



MOTION:

The motion sensing capabilities of your 4-in-1 multisensor can be independently armed or bypassed from the Dashboard.



In addition to receiving notifications when itpicks up motion, you can also have the motion sensing capabilities activated by another one of your smart devices.  For example, you may want to turn on the motion sensing when a light is turned on of off.  

To choose a device in your system that will control your multisensor's motion sensing, hover your mouse on the top right of the blue bar and click the wrench icon, then select the "Advanced" menu.  You'll see a drop-down menu of all your smart devices, and can choose which of them controls the activity of your 4-in-1's motion sensing, and any notifications you may have set for it.



LIGHT: 

Your 4-in-1 multisensor also senses lighting levels in its pickup area.  This is useful if you want to see how dark or light the room is around your multisensor -- you may want to turn a light on or off.  



Using the various menus accessible by clicking the wrench icon, you can also set notifications (did a light go on?), and which devices are controlling the light sensor.  In the "Controlled Via" field that you find in the "Advanced" menu of every device in your Dashboard, you can make this selection.  "Z-Wave" is the default controller, and we recommend leaving this default, unless you're an experienced user and looking for more advanced options.

HUMIDITY:

The 4-in-1 multisensor also measures room humidity.  You may find it useful to know that your basement is unduly moist (is a pipe leaking?) or that your den is very dry, so that you can remotely turn on a humidifier.



The ambient humidity can that your multisensor is monitoring can be seen by going into the device's menu (hover your mouse top right and click the wrench icon).  You'll see the humidity expressed as a percentage:



The humidity sensing can be controlled by an outside application too.  For example, there are numerous weather applications that can give you up to date outdoor humidity conditions; your multisensor will actually react to what the overall humidity is around your home, not just near the multisensor.

In the example below, the World Weather app is controlling the humidity sensor's data.  You can download new apps and plug-ins at any time by simply clicking the "Apps" menu in your Dashboard, then "Install Apps."  There are many apps and plug-ins to choose from that can work with your smart devices.



You can also set your humidity sensor to send you a notification if it gets too dry or too moist near the sensor.  Click the wrench icon and then choose the "Notifications" menu.  You'll see a drop-down menu that gives you the conditions under which you can receive a notification.

NOTE: To receive email and/or text notifications, be sure you've set your notification preferences first.
 

If you have the VeraLite Smart Controller, click here to learn how to set your Notifications preferences.

If you have the Vera3 Smart Controller, click here to learn how to set your Notifications preferences.


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