The Dashboard gives you visual information regarding all the controllable devices that you will bring into your system, and it's through the Dashboard that you confirm that they've been included, as well as set rules of behavior (such as notifying you with texts, etc.) for them, individually or in groups.
Click on the tab marked Devices.
You'll now see a set of menus that intelligently group your controllable devices. When you include new devices into your system, Vera automatically recognizes what type of device you've included and assigns it to a handy category. This makes it easy for you to combine devices into "scenes" that work together, which we will describe in a later section.
Let's include a new device into your system. Click on Devices in the main Dashboard menu, and then click the Add Devices sub-menu below it. You will see a the screen below; select the type of device you want to add. When you click Add, you'll see a brief reminder of the inclusion process, which is also described below:
Now it's time to include your first device into Vera. For the sake of this example, we'll use a Z-Wave controllable thermostat. If the thermostat was already installed in the wall, we could bring Vera to it in battery mode. But for this example, it's a new 'smart' thermostat that you've decided to add to your system. Since thermostats (and all other electronic things!) need power, load the smart thermostat with its supplied batteries. When you're ready, bring it within 3 feet of your Vera.
1) Put VeraLite into learn mode by pushing the Plus button on the top panel. The Ready light will blink slowly.
2) Follow the thermostat's instructions for putting it into include mode. In the case of most thermostats, it will be an obvious button marked "include," "pair," "bind," or the like. The thermostat instructions will tell you how to push or hold the button to make the inclusion.
3) The Ready light on your VeraLite will flutter rapidly to show that it has recognized (included) the device, and then return to blinking slowly. If you want to include more devices, you can by repeating the process for each device you want to include -- blinking slowly means the Vera is in include mode. To exit include mode, simply push the Plus button on the top panel again.
Now let's look at the Dashboard. As you can see, the thermostat now shows up as a Climate device.
That's really all there is to it as far as including new devices into your system that you want to control. You pair them to your network, they show up in your Dashboard and now you can monitor and control their activity -- from anywhere.
As you bring new devices into your Vera system, you'll see each of them show up in their appropriate categories (lights, cameras, sensors, etc.) From there they can be configured individually, and elsewhere in the Dashboard, you can make them work together with other devices as part of a Room or a Scene.
For our next step, let's learn how to make adjustments to an individual smart device through your Dashboard.
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Note: While it's possible to include new devices without being in front of the actual Dashboard, it's more convenient to have the immediate feedback that you get from your computer screen with the Dashboard up.
Note: If you have to include devices when you're not in front of your computer screen, such as taking Vera out in battery mode to built-in controllable locks or light switches, you can access Vera through a laptop, tablet or smart phone. Just log into your Vera system from any of these devices.