March 29, 2015
We have solved hundreds of smart home mysteries in our long and complicated history of home automation tech support. But there are a few cases which keep coming back due to poor documentation and lack of resources online. So here you go Google, we’ve put together a series of short articles to help you troubleshoot our most popular Z-Wave products.
Let’s start from the basics - the gateway home controller. You got your Vera (either the classic VeraLite or the new VeraEdge) and you’re ready to start building your smart home emporium. Only, when you try registering the hub, you keep getting the following error message: "Unit not available for assign".
Right before the message popped out, you had probably seen this screen:
If the set-up client asks you to enter the serial number and mac address manually, it means something has already gone wrong. The unit is to be detected by your network automatically and you should never come across that screen.
The most common mistake is not updating the firmware when the set-up client asks you to. If you’ve missed that step you can always go back and perform the firmware update or use this link: firmware.getvera.com
Another reason for the screen to pop up might be that your Vera is not properly connected to the router. Make sure all indicators on the hub are lit up in green.
Now, there is an urban legend out there that if you get the said error message, your Vera had already been assigned to a different account and therefore used by someone else before you. It’s very unlikely that an authorized dealer would sell a used unit as a new one. Even if you bought a refurbished Vera, it must have already gone through complete reset.
But when in doubt, you may always contact Vera Control - they have access to all account information ever associated with a given unit by its unique serial number.
If you’re not sure about the source of your product, it’s easy to check the list of unauthorized dealers compiled on the manufacturer’s website.
Are you having other issues with Vera? Ask us in the comments below, we'll try to help!
August 27, 2015
In this case, we recommend contacting Vera Support directly and they will be able to assist you with resetting your account information: http://getvera.com/support/
Let us know if you have any other questions!
August 16, 2015
My electrician set up this vera edge with his name and password for my house. now that i lost that information i need to reset it so i can use my use name and password. serial number is 45000869 and mac id is d42122c02419
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.
April 09, 2017
It’s easy to be wary of claims of long-lasting battery life, as so many products out there promise reliable and worry-free battery power and then fail to deliver. So when the Sensative Strips Door/Window Sensor arrived to the market – a sensor thinner than two credit cards stacked together, and featuring a brand-new kind of battery that lasts for 10 years – some of us were skeptical.
Sensative recently turned to Sony to put their product’s power consumption to the test with the help of Otii – a new energy-optimization tool that measures and analyzes the power consumption behaviors of battery-powered devices. Of its many useful features, it allows the user to pinpoint the cause of a draining battery by syncing the software’s debug output with its power readings. Otii’s findings confirmed that the battery in Strips can last much longer than 10 years with optimal configuration and network conditions.
March 14, 2017
We get a lot of inquiries from Wink users trying to connect Z-Wave devices which should "technically" work with their hub but are not listed on the device list in the Wink hub.
You can include most on/off Z-Wave products to Wink and Wink 2, including light switches, plug-in modules, dimmers, and even multi-channel devices such as our popular Zooz Power Strip which allows you to control 5 outlets individually.
Since Wink's support is not very obvious on how to include these "generic" Z-Wave devices to your network, we created this step-by-step guide with easy-to-follow instructions and screenshots to make everything super clear.
We hope it helps you enjoy your Z-Wave system even more!