March 14, 2015
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:
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!
November 14, 2017
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!
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?
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
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
October 04, 2015
Hi! I did as described, but the sensor is now gone from my device list… any ideas?
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?
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!
November 05, 2018
Winterizing your home used to mean lots of physical labor - caulking windows, installing heavier drapes, maybe even changing out older windows and doors that were too efficient at releasing insulated air. Winter prep can still mean all of the above, but new Z-Wave technology has made certain aspects of winterization easier while adding another level of protection as those temperatures drop.
Here’s what we’re using to stay cozy and make sure our energy bills don’t make us freeze in our tracks:
This is one of our winter must-haves. It’s the first Z-Wave line voltage thermostat in North America (but be careful, it won’t work with forced air systems!). Use it to control electric baseboards and convector heaters all from your Z-Wave hub’s app interface. Reduce your energy consumption by 30% with custom heating schedules, or just switch to the thermostat’s built-in Economy mode to keep things efficient.
December 08, 2017
Choosing the ultimate smart home system for your needs and lifestyle can be daunting if you don’t know what to look for. Each hub comes with its own advantages and limitations; a certain feature might be a godsend for someone else but a deal breaker for you. That’s why we’ve listed our top 3 Z-Wave hub recommendations below, including what we love about these hubs but also some things to consider when choosing the right one for you. And good news! They all support Alexa, so you can count on a voice-activated smart home this holiday season.
June 08, 2017
You often ask us for recommendations: what are the best, most reliable Z-Wave motion sensors out there? The choice seems endless with new devices coming out every day. While we have our favorites, choosing the right sensor for YOU will depend on YOUR needs, lifestyle, and ideas on how to apply the product to your Z-Wave network and collection of devices. So we thought we should ask one of you to test and compare our best-selling smart home security sensors. We wanted feedback from someone who has tested and programmed lots of Z-Wave devices but most importantly, from someone who has used them in real-life scenarios at home. The comments detailed below and the invaluable side-by-side comparison chart are by Kevin LaFramboise, an expert SmartThings user and the creator of some of the most advanced and stable custom device handlers for the popular platform.