The settings for the devices that will be controlled by your Vera system are enacted through the Dashboard. Naturally, there are some smart devices that you'll also physically control in day to day living, like a thermostat or a light. The Dashboard will always know what the 'status' of these devices are, even when you've physically changed them.
But to make most adjustments for automation, notifications and other things you want your smart objects to do, you'll be using the Dashboard, and you'll be doing two things:
1) You're setting adjustments, conditions and expectations for a specific device.
2) You're grouping several devices together as part of a room, or a scene, or an action.
Let's begin with #1. As an example of a simple adjustment to a specific device, you might want to set a one-touch dimming level for the lights.
The dimmable lights in your system are seen by clicking Devices, then Lights from the Dashboard. Move the slider back and forth on the individual lights to set a dimming level, which will be displayed to you as a percentage (of 100% full on). You can also turn lights on and off manually from here.
Note: Other devices besides lights that you'll add to your system are similarly controlled You can manually turn devices on or off, and make incremental adjustments (where applicable) to any device from the Dashboard.
Now that you've made adjustments to individual devices, let's look at grouping devices together. You can do this for powerful control actions that do many things with the touch of one button. Or you might group your devices for simple organizational purposes, such as assigning them into a Room. This is an easy way to know where your devices are, and comes in handy as you add more devices to your system.
To create a room, click Setup on the your Dashboard, then click the Rooms submenu:
You'll see an option to add a new Room. Type in the name of a room in your home and then click Add. You can add as many rooms to your system as you like.
A Room is not the same as a Scene, which we'll learn about in the next section. A scene is a series of actions that happen from one command, and associating these with specific rooms is entirely up to you. However, the room feature can be useful for helping you imagine and organize your scenes.
For example, you might want to create a scene where your downstairs lights turn themselves off when your bedroom lights are switched on before bedtime. For ease of remembering which commands do what, it would be convenient to associate that scene with the bedroom. As another example, you might want to have the thermostat automatically adjust itself to changing weather conditions, but you might have more than one thermostat in the house. Rooms can be a useful way to keep track of where devices in your Dashboard actually reside in your house.
Now that you've seen how to apply settings to individual devices, and understand that those devices can be grouped together to create automatic or one-touch actions called scenes, let's look at how that's done.
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