As previously mentioned, the inclusion process takes just seconds and is done with a push or two of a button on both your Vera Lite 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 Vera Lite 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 Vera Lite.
For this example, we will use a typical Z-Wave motion sensor and bring it to the Vera Lite, 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 Vera Lite.
Note: All Z-Wave devices must be powered on before they can be included. Some plug into the wall, some work on batteries. If you can't bring these devices to the Vera Lite in a powered state, use the Vera Lite in battery mode as described earlier.
First, put the Vera Lite into include mode by pressing the Z-Wave button on the front panel once. The orange Ready light will blink slowly, meaning the unit is now ready to include a device.
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 Vera Lite's Ready 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 Vera Lite's Ready 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, push the Plus button on the top of the Vera Lite 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 Vera Lite 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 Vera Lite. 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 the Vera Lite for including, use the battery option and bring Vera Lite to the devices.
To exclude a Z-Wave device, which is sometimes desirable or necessary, you perform a process similar to inclusion. Push the Minus button on top of the Vera Lite. The Ready light will flash rapidly, indicating that it's in exclude mode. Push the include/exlude button on the device you want to exclude. The Vera Lite's Ready button will flutter for 2 seconds to show the communication has been made, then go back to blinking slowly. Push the Plus button to save the change.
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