March 14, 2015 16 Comments

The new Vera firmware upgrade is here with 4 new features, 20 improvements and too many resolved bugs to count. But are they really all gone? We were especially excited to see the Aeotec recessed door window sensor (ZW089-A) on the checklist as seemingly issue-free. It would be a sign of Vera finally embracing the Gen5 and Z-Wave Plus features. So we got right to testing the Aeotec ZW089-A on both our VeraEdge and VeraLite under the UI7.0.5. The sensor didn’t work immediately but with this quick fix, you’ll be able to fully control the Aeon Labs ZW089-A with your Vera. 

Pair the recessed door window sensor with your hub and follow these steps:

  1. Locate the sensor on your dashboard (it will initially show as a generic Z-Wave device) and click on the settings arrow next to it.
  2. When in Settings, click on Advanced
  3. Click on the Params tab
  4. Change the Device type to urn:schemas-micasaverde-com:device:DoorSensor:1
  5. Change the Device file to D_DoorSensor1.xml
  6. Change the Device JSON to D_DoorSensor1.json
  7. Change category_num to 4
  8. Change subcategory_num to 1
  9. Go back to Settings and click on Device Options
  10. Fill in the boxes as follows - Variable: 121, Data Size: 4 byte dec, and Desired Value: 16.
  11. Click on Save Changes
  12. Go to Advance Settings again and click on the Commands tab
  13. Click on the “Configure node right now” button (you may need to push the inclusion button on the Aeotec sensor to wake it up)
  14. Go back to Devices and you’ll see the changing configuration status under the sensor icon. Once the messages disappear you’re all done. If you get a failure notification (in red), you will need to resend the “Configure node right now” command. You might have to repeat the process a few times.


mobile app view:

At this point, you’ll see the sensor under an appropriate icon on your dashboard but you still won’t be able to monitor the open/close status of the device in your browser. However, you’ll see the status just fine on your mobile app and the sensor will work in scenes with no problems.

We want to hear about other Vera 7.0.5 hacks so please share in the comments below!

16 Responses

Jan (The Smartest House)
Jan (The Smartest House)

November 14, 2017

Hi Steve,

It looks like you’re experiencing a communication issue here. We recommend updating neighbor nodes for the sensor and waking it up manually (click the action button) to finalize configuration. It’s hard to say at this point if the problem originates at the device or controller. The best way to find out would be to get in touch with both Vera and Aeotec support and try a few troubleshooting solutions. As far as we know, the sensor should be fully supported by Vera now and the instructions from the blog shouldn’t be necessary to get it to work.


November 13, 2017

Here we are 2 years later, and still, this is a kludge.. I had 3 of these working at one point, but now, after a software upgrade or two, and having to replace the batteries in the sensors, I cant get them to work. They bind, but I’m forever looking at “ERROR: Unable to get any information on node…” after following the instructions above. I cant believe this has to be so hard for a simple door sensor. Is this Aeon’s fault, or Vera’s?


October 09, 2016

As off UI7 (v1.7.2138), the sensors configure automatically as a Generic Z-Wave Device, but I had to add the variable in order to get the battery display.


December 07, 2015

Thanks for this instruction guide. Works great, however they do not appear in the Modes section so they cannot be armed when you put the device into Away, Vacation, etc.. mode? Any ideas? Thanks!

Ricardo Garcia
Ricardo Garcia

November 26, 2015

Hi Jan! The sensor ir now working except it won’t show on Mode dashboards to let me arm/disarm on mode changes… it this expected?

Jan (The Smartest House)
Jan (The Smartest House)

November 22, 2015

If you upgrade your Vera to the latest version of UI7, the sensors should integrate without issues automatically. Don’t forget to exclude the sensors first.


November 17, 2015

Thanks so much! I have two more recessed sensors, I used the same numbers and the others will not work like the first one. What should I change on the other recessed sensors.


October 20, 2015

It appears that this device is not setup in Vera yet to program on its own. But these steps are better then it not working

Jan (The Smartest House)
Jan (The Smartest House)

October 17, 2015

Hi Ricardo and Kelly,
Thank you for the feedback. The sensor should now be fully supported once you upgrade the Vera’s firmware to the latest version. So please try updating both the controller and the app and the sensor should include and configure properly without issues.

Let me know how it goes!


October 11, 2015

I was able to get the sensors working, but they are showing as I/O device in the IOS APP. They are showing correctly in the WEB app

Ricardo Garcia
Ricardo Garcia

October 04, 2015

Hi! I did as described, but the sensor is now gone from my device list… any ideas?

Jan (The Smartest House)
Jan (The Smartest House)

September 08, 2015

Thank you for the question Roly. As long as your have your Vera running on the latest UI7, it should work without a problem. If you’re still with the good old UI5, I’m afraid it will not offer enough of support for any Z-Wave Plus / Gen5 product. Sorry!


August 18, 2015

Does the ZW089-A “Recessed door Sensor Gen5” work on Vera3?

Jan (The Smartest House)
Jan (The Smartest House)

June 04, 2015

Thanks for the questions Mike and sorry for our late reply!

These parameters are specific to the device and come from the manufacturer’s engineering team. These values are usually automatically set up in Vera’s system for a given device but with newer technology some manual tweaks are necessary for full integration.

If you have any configuration issues with other Z-Wave sensors, shoot us an email and we’ll be glad to help!

As for the tamper protection, we have not tested it yet but we put it on our priority list and will get back to you with findings shortly.

The Smartest House


May 29, 2015

First, thank you for this guide! It worked for me and I really appreciate the info.

I have a couple of questions…
Can theses setting be used for any door/window sensor? I mean, are the settings ‘standard’ for a door/window sensor or are they specific to this brand/sensor type?

How did you arrive at these settings- especially the variables?

Did you investigate setting the tamper alarm function?

Again, thanks for the help.


May 28, 2015

Works as described if you follow the steps. Thanks a lot, I thought I wouldn’t be able to use this sensor with my VeraLite. Now works like a charm. Thank you!

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