As previously mentioned, the inclusion process takes just seconds and is done with a push or two of a button on both your Vera3 and the device that you're including. But different Z-Wave device manufacturers all have their own way of making you do this same thing. One might ask you to hold in a button for 3 seconds; one might ask you to push twice in succession. The specific instructions will always come along with the Z-Wave device you're adding.
You'll know the device is successfully included to your Vera3 when you see it appear on your Vera Dashboard, which will be our next subject. But before we move there, let's go through a typical inclusion scenario so you can see how easy it is to include a new Z-Wave controllable device to Vera3.
For this example, we will use a typical Z-Wave motion sensor and bring it to the Vera3, which is connected to your computer. This is an easy example because the sensor works on batteries and you can simply bring it close to the Vera3.
Note: All Z-Wave devices must be powered on before they can be included. Some plug into the wall, some work on batteries.
First, put the Vera3 into include mode by pressing the Z-Wave button on the front panel once.
The Z-Wave light should be blinking slowly and the Vera3 now is in "learn" mode.
Now let's look at our sensor and -- having looked at the product's instructions -- found that it requires you to push the button on the side of the product to put it into include mode. Push this button and you'll see the Z-Wave light flutter quickly and to show you that the communication between the two devices has been made -- the sensor is now included.
After this quick flutter of lights to show the inclusion,the Vera3's light should return to blinking slowly. At this stage it is still in inclusion mode and you can add more devices to your system in the same way. If you're done including devices, just push the Z-Wave button again and you'll exit the inclusion mode. You're ready to go!
Of course, you'll be able to check all this directly -- and more -- through the Vera Dashboard which we will visit next. But for now, understand that this is essentially the process of inclusion -- bring Vera3 and the new device close together, push the buttons and make the inclusion.
Some devices, even though they are not fixed in a permanent installation, need to be plugged into the wall in order to be included with Vera3. A common example is a plug-in lamp module -- it must be plugged into the wall to get power, and if you disconnect the power, the inclusion can be lost.
For these situation and others where it's not practical or possible to bring the devices to Vera3 for including, use the battery option and bring Vera3 to the devices.
To exclude a Z-Wave device you do pretty much the same thing as the include process. First, you put Vera in exclude mode by keeping the Z-Wave button pressed for about 3 seconds. When you release it, the Z-Wave light should start blinking fast and you would push the device's button just as if you were including. Vera3 will then remove -- exclude -- that device from your network.
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