MiCasa – Vera Lite (Day 2)

So the learning curve continues.

First tip…don’t use the “Utility/Reboot” command lightly, it appeared to default the device when I tried it (simply to move the device to its static IP address) and all my programming up to that point was lost.

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it allowed me a fresh start with my new found experience, and the setup was less than an hour.

Vera Lite device main page

As I mentioned, the fact that the VeraLite could make use of my already installed WeMo switches was ENTIRELY unexpected, and I had already ordered a new wall switch to experiment with (ZWave).

The Evolve Wall Switch is paired with the Vera by physically taking the Vera to the install location and pairing them (the Vera is equipped with AA batteries for this specific purpose). I installed the Evolve switch in my garage to control the lights, paired the device without an issue and then returned the Vera to its typical location.

No good. The device is out of range.

It’s important to note that the ZWave devices create their own network, and act as repeaters for each other. The more devices you have the further you can extend the network.

I’ll be comparing the range of the WeMo switches (which are Wifi based) to the Zwave switches, and we’ll see which fares better (they are both the same price…so it’s a wash on that front).

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