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(V3) Connect Vera 3 To Your Home Network

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2014 12:23AM PST

Vera 3 can either act as your home's main Wi-Fi router, or if you already have a working Wi-Fi setup, you can simply add your Vera 3 to your existing Wi-Fi router.  In either case, Vera 3's control and monitoring capabilities remain the same. 


Choose one of the steps below:
 

If You Want To Use Vera 3 As Your Main Wi-Fi Router:

First, use the supplied Ethernet cable to connect the Ethernet (WAN) port on the far left of your Vera 3's rear panel to an available Ethernet port in the broadband modem/gateway that your ISP service (cable, satellite, fiber optic, etc.) has provided for you as shown.  Connect the Vera 3 power adapter (the one marked "Sunny') into the Vera 3 12V power receptacle, and then plug "Sunny" into an AC electrical outlet.

 


Vera 3 Rear Panel


In about 60 seconds, 3 lighted LED indicators for Power, WAN and Wi-Fi will be it up solidly, and not blinking. Your Vera 3 is now connected to act as your main Wi-Fi router.

 


Vera 3 Front Panel

 

On your PC screen, you will find a secure, encrypted Wi-Fi network with the name "vera" followed by your unit's serial number, which is also printed on the bottom of your unit.  To "join" this network, you'll need to enter the secure password that's printed on the bottom of your Vera 3's case.
 


If You Want To Simply Add Vera 3 To A Wi-Fi Router You Already Own:

If you already have a working Wi-Fi router, use this connection to simply add Vera 3's control capabilities to your existing Wi-Fi system.  Use the supplied Ethernet cable to connect Vera 3 to one of your existing Wi-Fi router's connection ports.  Connect the Vera 3 power adapter (the one marked "Sunny') into the Vera 3 12V power receptacle, and then plug "Sunny" into an AC electrical outlet.

 


Vera 3 Rear Panel

In about 60 seconds, lighted LED indicators for Power and Z-Wave will be lit and not blinking. Your Vera 3 is now properly connected to your Wi-Fi router and ready for next configuration steps.

 


Vera 3 Front Panel

 

If you cannot get these indicators to light up solid or need to change advanced settings, like setting a static IP, see the troubleshooting guide at the following link.

Now that you've successfully connected your Vera 3 to your home network, you're ready to set up an account that gives you secure access to your Vera 3 system.  But first, we'd like to show you an installation option that you may want to know about before you continue:
 



NEXT: Create Your Account

 

AN OPTIONAL BUT USEFUL SETUP STEP:

Your Vera 3 unit wirelessly talks to other controllable devices throughout your home.  In order to do this, it has to first recognize these other devices in an initial process called "pairing." This is an easy step -- you bring the device you want to pair within 3 feet of the Vera 3, push a button on the Vera 3 and the pairing of the new device is complete.

Sometimes however, there may be controllable devices in your home that are not easily moved within pairing distance of your Vera 3, for example, a light switch that is already installed in a wall in another room, or a door lock.
 
To allow pairing for these situations, Vera 3 includes a battery pack that lets you bring Vera 3 next to these devices instead of the other way around.  Depending on your needs, this step is optional, but if you do have pre-installed or otherwise non-movable controllable devices that you want to pair and control with Vera 3, here's how to do it via battery:

 

 

The battery pack comes with its own supplied AC adapter -- you'll recognize it by its red and green LED lights.  Plug this adapter into the battery's DC port and then into an electrical outlet.  Then turn on the battery. Full charging for this optional battery operation will take approximately eight hours.
 
The battery also comes with a cable to connect to the Vera 3 for when you need to physically move Vera 3 to the non-movable devices you want to pair with. Simply disconnect the Vera 3's AC power cable (the one that goes into the wall) and connect the battery to that port instead.  You're now ready to walk Vera 3 anywhere around your home to pair controllable devices.

 

NEXT: Create Your Account

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