Home Automation using a Vera and ZWave

Learn how to make your house Smart! Then teach it to do the stuff that you shouldn't have to.
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  • Contents Video: 6 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

Advancements to Home automation have made it affordable and easy enough that everyone can do it!

In this course you will learn how to make your house smart. When someone thinks of a smart home they usually just think of being able to control it via their mobile device. While you will learn that, this course takes home automation to the next level. This course will show you how to actually make your house smart. Your house will learn how to use inputs such as temperature, movement, weather, scheduling, geo-fencing, and so much more to control Lights, HVAC, Blinds, TVs, almost anything.

This course provides step-by-step instructions from basic setup to advanced examples. It includes theoretical information and step-by-step videos for setting up and using devices. There are also step-by-step videos for using automation, triggers, and program logic to perform actions. Code examples are provided and explained anywhere code is used. No coding experience necessary.

You will learn how to:

  • Setup a Vera Lite of Vera3
  • How to add and use devices
  • How to use Scenes
  • How to use Triggers
  • How to use LUUP code
  • How to use Mobile Applications
  • How to Troubleshoot issues.

You will also learn how to add and use:

  • Z-Wave Devices
  • IR Devices
  • IP Devices
  • Light/Dimmer Switches
  • On/Off Swithces
  • Motion Sensors
  • Heat Sensors
  • Light Sensors
  • Humidity Sensors
  • Thermostats
  • IR Devices (TV, Stereo, Portable Air Conditioner, etc)
  • Motorized Blinds

What are the requirements?

  • No Prerequisite knowledge required
  • A home automation controller (Vera) is required if you intend to follow along with the step by step videos
  • Z-wave devices of your choice

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will know how to make your house smart
  • You will learn which devices are best for you
  • You will learn how to setup many types of devices
  • You will learn how to use devices automatically
  • You will learn how to get devices to talk to each other

What is the target audience?

  • Someone who is looking to learn how to automate their house themselves
  • No Prior Experience Necessary
  • Beginners: You will learn all the basics needed to get started and leverage that to learn more advanced automation and concepts.
  • Experts: You will learn about features that you didn't know existed and have real world examples of new ways you can automate your house.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
1.1 - Introduction
Preview
03:59
Section 2: Getting Started
2.1 - Introduction
00:57
2.2 - What is Z-Wave
07:27
2.3 - Hardware used (and why)
Preview
10:23
2.4 - Home Construction Considerations
05:19
Section 3: Setting up your Vera
3.1 - Introduction
00:54
3.2 - Vera 3 Overview
02:15
3.3 - Vera Lite Overview
02:56
3.4 - First Time Setup
08:01
3.5 - Setting up Localizations
02:39
3.6 - Setting up Notifications
02:42
3.7 - Adding Additional Users
02:09
3.8 - Overview of the Simple Interface
06:49
3.9 - Overview of the Advanced Interface
15:34
Section 4: Adding/Setup of Devices
4.1 - Introduction
01:40
4.2 - Vera 3 Inclusion/Exclusion Mode
02:36
4.3 - Vera Lite Inclusion/Exclusion Mode
05:02
4.4 - Excluding a Device
02:50
4.5 - Adding a Light Switch/Dimmer
05:38
4.6 - Adding a Plugin On/Off Module
Preview
04:00
4.7 - Adding a Motion/Combi Sensor
09:55
4.8 - Adding a Thermostat
05:12
4.9 - IR Distribution Setup
16:04
4.10 - IR Distribution Adding a Device - File Overview (Part 1)
08:35
4.11 - IR Distribution Adding a Device - Service File (Part 2)
04:02
4.12 - IR Distribution Adding a Device - Implementation File (Part 3)
13:47
4.13 - IR Distribution Adding a Device - Device File (Part 4)
06:01
4.14 - IR Distribution Adding a Device - Adding to the Vera (Part 5)
10:28
4.15 - Setting up the Somfy Blinds Bridge
10:43
Section 5: Creating Scenes
5.1 - Introduction
01:01
5.2 - General Scene Overview
11:32
5.3 - LUUP Introduction
07:18
Section 6: Making your House Smart
6.1 - Introduction
02:42
6.2 - Linking Lights Together
Preview
11:46
6.3 - Turn on a light when motion is detected (Direct Control)
04:38
6.4 - Turn on a light when motion is detected (Trigger)
05:27
6.5 - Motion Detection Notification
04:32
6.6 - Advanced Scheduled Scenes
07:12
6.7 - Using Virtual Switches
14:30
6.8 - Scene Delays
05:53
6.9 - Perform action only between a certain time
06:31
6.10 - Trigger actions only when the light level is low
05:06
6.11 - Trigger actions only when it gets too hot
03:59
6.12 - Notify me when my device's batteries are low
01:52
6.13 - Using a Geo-Fence
16:36
Section 7: Mobile Applications
7.1 - Introduction
01:19
7.2 - iPhone Application
10:02
7.3 - Android Application
04:00
7.4 - iPad Application
05:47
Section 8: Troubleshooting
8.1 - Introduction
01:35
8.2 - Re-Configure Devices
03:05
8.3 - Getting your Root Password
08:22
8.4 - Looking at the Luup log
07:26
8.5 - Writing Variables to the Log
08:12
8.6 - Z-Wave Network Repair
05:52

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Instructor Biography

Devin Berci, President and COO at Aethr Inc.

Devin has extensive background in corporate business system design and a passion for home automation. He has self taught himself home automation and completely automated his whole house. His professional background in technical system design and business analysis has allowed him to work with both technical and non-technical people. This unique ability to interact between both worlds makes him the perfect instructor to teach to both worlds. His courses contain goodies that techies will drool over, but at the same time are explained in a way that anyone can understand. He has a passion for sharing knowledge with others and loves the fact that places like Udemy exist!

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