Z-Wave - v 7.0.3
Z-Wave is a mesh based wireless system which is supported by many different manufacturers. There are Z-Wave devices for lighting, appliances, thermostats, actuators and a whole range of different sensors. These devices are attractively priced and you may have customers that already have some Z-Wave devices in their home.
We have partnered with Mi Casa Verde and their Vera Z-Wave to Ethernet gateway to provide this Control4 integration. Now it is possible to include the world of Z-Wave devices as part of a Control4 installation. The driver works with the Vera 2, Vera 3 and Vera Lite products.
This is much more than just a lighting driver. Through the Vera gateway you can incorporate all types of Z-Wave sensors and actuators. It's also ideal if you have a customer who already has some Z-Wave devices in their home and they now want to expand into a full Control4 system.
There are also optional add-on 4Store apps that can show the current levels of Humidity and Temperature. These also provide minimum/maximum Levels as well as the ability to set high and low warning points. See Apps for more details.
We acknowledge the help and support provided by Mi Casa Verde, the manufacturer of Vera, in the production of this driver. For more details on the Vera please visit their website>>>
The Extra Vegetables Control4 drivers for the Z-Wave system via Mi Casa Verde Vera implements the following features:
The following Z-Wave devices can be controlled/monitored
- Dimmable Lighting
Can set to a level and switch on or off. Feedback from Z-Wave network.
- Switched Lighting
Can be turned On and Off
- Switched Devices
Connect to any Control4 'relay' device in Composer to provide control of an motorized device.
- Blinds and Drapes
Specific driver for changeover relay.
- Security Sensors
PIRs, door and window sensors, pressure mats etc. Allows 'arming' input too.
- Temperature Sensors
Monitor temperature in room, current temperature available in Control4 variable. Alerts on high and low levels. Optional 4Store app to display information with Min/Max levels and High/Low warning setting.
- Humidity Sensors
Monitor humidity in room, current humidity available in Control4 variable. Alerts on high and low levels. Optional 4Store app to display information with Min/Max levels and High/Low warning setting.
With scheduling from Control4 too
'Cloud' based driver - simple to deploy, transparent to customer.
A 'cloud' based driver attaches devices such as lighting circuits to a 'cloud' that represents the Z-Wave network. Each device is then simply named to match the corresponding item in Vera. None of this is evident to the customer. A light is a light regardless of whether it is on the Z-Wave network or a Control4 outlet module.
Recall and monitor scenes defined in Vera.
Vera allows you to define scenes for lighting and other actions. You can define all your lighting scenes in Vera to offload this functionality from Control4. You can trigger Vera scenes within Control4 programming. Vera also informs Control4 when a scene is active.
Compatible with Control4 OS 2.0 and 2.1.
This driver is designed to be used with the latest releases of Control4 only.
There are currently the following limitations with the driver:
- Dimmable lights
There is no concept of a ramp time in Z-Wave, lights adjust their levels based on their internal settings. There are no raise or lower commands .
- Scene Setting Controllers
Some scene setting devices may not be compatible - contact us for updates.
All Z-Wave 'associations' should be made in Vera. The driver does not connect directly to the Z-Wave network.
The following are required for successful deployment of the driver.
- Control4 2.0 (or higher) + HC800 Controller for larger systems
- The introduction of any two-way driver into a project adds to the processor load. In line with Control4's recommendations we suggest that an HC800 is used for systems of more than three rooms.
This driver is an independent commercial release by Extra Vegetables Ltd. It is not supported either by Control4 or Mi Casa Verde or the Z-Wave alliance. It is authorized by Mi Casa Verde. Extra Vegetables fully support the driver through its authorized dealer network.