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Topic # 242477 30-Oct-2018 10:06
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I have two of these surplus to requirements. An excellent cheap way to get Z-Wave devices into Home Assistant as HA have a native connection to Vera here. This is how I had mine originally connected.

 

Looking for $30 each + postage. Pick-up is Beach Haven, Auckland.

 

Running UI5 and heavily customisable with great community support, these will easily run 20 or so devices.

 

http://www.myzwave.net/index.php/reviews/vera2-z-wave-controller-z-wave-module-review/

 

 


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  Reply # 2116668 30-Oct-2018 10:17
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Do you have an idea on the frequency used ?




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  Reply # 2116672 30-Oct-2018 10:25
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NZ's Z-Wave frequency of 921.4 MHz.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2116733 30-Oct-2018 12:29
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I'm still feeling my way into Home Automation, so please excuse the potentially silly questions.

 

This would work by running HA on a Pi or other single board computer. Commands are sent to HA (from say an app or Google Home), HA talks to the Vera, Vera sends z-wave commands to z-wave devices (and z-wave devices report back the reverse)?

 

How does this connection to your HA/network? USB, wifi, ethernet, something else?




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  Reply # 2116852 30-Oct-2018 13:51
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mdf:

 

I'm still feeling my way into Home Automation, so please excuse the potentially silly questions.

 

This would work by running HA on a Pi or other single board computer. Commands are sent to HA (from say an app or Google Home), HA talks to the Vera, Vera sends z-wave commands to z-wave devices (and z-wave devices report back the reverse)?

 

How does this connection to your HA/network? USB, wifi, ethernet, something else?

 

 

No such thing as a silly question, we all had to start somewhere.

 

The Vera2 sites on your LAN (Ethernet or WiFi) with a static or reserved IP address so it won't move. It's then connected to HA via your network so no need for the two to be next to one another which is great. You add the Vera into HA once and then all devices added to Vera are visible inside HA for control and status. Works rather well. It means all your Z-Wave config is done inside Vera. In regards running HA on a single board computer, I'd steer away from anything with a MicroSD card if you can. Alright for dev but if you want to rely on it, not so good. I'm using an Intel NUC but these aren't currently supported with the latest HassOS. I'm tempted to try using an Odroid C2 as HA have an image (beta) for that along with the Tinkerboard from ASUS. Both support eMMC chips which are faster and more reliable (?).

 

If you want Google Home/Alexa integration with HA, the easiest way is to pay $5 USD/month for HA Cloud which makes adding things to both platforms very easy. I have both platforms and everything is super wife friendly.


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  Reply # 2116864 30-Oct-2018 14:33
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That's awesome, thanks. Sign me up for one (+ shipping to Wellington). PM me your bank account details and I'll make payment.




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  Reply # 2116953 30-Oct-2018 16:49
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mdf:

 

That's awesome, thanks. Sign me up for one (+ shipping to Wellington). PM me your bank account details and I'll make payment.

 

 

Sweet. Flick you a PM shortly.

 

Anyone else want the last one?


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  Reply # 2116957 30-Oct-2018 16:56
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xbmcnut:

 

mdf:

 

That's awesome, thanks. Sign me up for one (+ shipping to Wellington). PM me your bank account details and I'll make payment.

 

 

Sweet. Flick you a PM shortly.

 

Anyone else want the last one?

 

 

Yup, I'll take it.  Please PM me your bank details and I'll reply with shipping address.

 

Thanks!


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  Reply # 2117056 30-Oct-2018 19:24
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If a sale falls through I'll take one




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