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My father is a cantankerous curmudgeon but at 89 years old he deserves to be a little crusty.
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In his infinite wisdom at the age of 79 he decided to move away from his family here in New England and purchased a home in warm sunny Florida. He was happy he no longer had to freeze in the cold of winter but I was unhappy because now he was 2, miles away and I worried something might happen to him. If someone broke in or if he fell no one would know potentially for weeks. To ease my worries I applied my technical expertise and deployed an inexpensive Z-Wave based system to keep an eye on him.
This small box needs only 6 Watts of power but contains a complete Linux computer that can serve web pages and runs the HomeSeer HS3 application. All of the Z-Wave devices just plug in with no wiring, no batteries and everything pretty much plug-and-play. In less than an hour the system went from the box to fully installed and the web interface up and running via my phone or computer. The HomeSeer system is accessible 24x7x via their portal at myhs. No complex router tunneling or anything like that — just plug the Zee S2 Ethernet cord into the router and then login to it from anywhere in the world.
The system is secure and password protected. The HS3 application serves web pages with a status of every Z-Wave device. The HS3 application runs on the Raspberry Pi so all processing is local which means temporary Internet connectivity outages are no problem.
The HS3 user interface shown here is utilitarian which is fine for this application. I placed a motion sensor next to his bed and another in the kitchen. Since he typically would get up several times each night, my 5 hour time limit rarely false-triggered. The trigger was extended longer during the day since he would be up and around the house and not in the bedroom for more than 8 hours at a time.
When I first put the system together, it seemed to work reliably. However the Zee S2 unit was installed at the far end of the house near the cable box.
With only 3 nodes in the Z-Wave network I violated one of the key rules of a mesh network — always have more than two routes to every device. I was frustrated because I left what I thought was a working system but soon turned out to be unreliable. Now I was miles away and had to suffer with this system for nearly a year before my next visit to Florida.
The solution was to add a few lamp modules and another multi-sensor so now I had 7 nodes with several routes to all nodes. Now the system was reliable and did not false trigger. I added an event that automatically turned on a lamp in the family room whenever motion was detected. My father really liked this feature as he always had light as soon as he entered and it would automatically turn off when he had left the room.
I thought things were pretty robust at this point but my next Achilles heel turned up rather quickly. Something caused the Raspberry Pi to crash. After nearly 2 months the system just suddenly started sending me the daily emails again. Apparently a power outage had in effect rebooted the HomeSeer system. On my next visit I put the entire system on a power strip that my father could reach so he could reset the system. He was unable to get up.
He was unable to call for help. My HomeSeer system sent me a text at 7: That seemed like an odd time for him to not get up so I tried to call him. After several calls with no answer and checking the HomeSeer system to see that there has been no changes since 2: I had the Sheriff stop by and check on him and it turns out he was on the floor, awake but unable to move. The EMTs were called and he was taken to the hospital. In just 5 hours he was already dehydrated and would have slowly died a painful death in a day or so if my system had not been in place.
The Z-Wave system saved my fathers life. Looking back on it now, I had noticed that his morning schedule had started to vary significantly from day to day. For years he had been getting up at a pretty predictable time of around 10am. But in the months prior to his fall, his schedule had started to vary from 8am to as late as 1pm in the afternoon. When we talked on the phone he said he was fine but clearly he was struggling.
He enjoyed being warm in Florida and he was happy and I was confident that my Z-Wave system would alert me to any major problems which it did. The Z-Wave Plus certified device is one of the first available SmartStart devices on the market and is available for purchase now on Amazon. The new features for the 2. The tab on the enclosure enables secure mounting in either a standard outlet or a decorator outlet common with GFCI circuits used in kitchens and baths.
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Leverage our knowledge of the nuances of the Z-Wave protocol to bring your Z-Wave product to market quickly. HomeSeer HS3 is my favorite smart home software. The RPi has plenty of horsepower to serve the web pages and run the events that control my home automatically and it does it all with a mere 6 Watts of power.
HomeSeer has a very active user community on their forums and if you have a question on how to mwnual something, just ask and someone will respond quickly. What homesfer the EZMultipli apart from the typical battery-powered motion sensors is that it is wall powered so you never need to change the batteries!
If your Z-Wave network is a little flakey and you have some nodes that are having trouble reporting in reliably, adding an EZMultipli or two will provide additional routes for every Z-Wave node to talk to every other node.
The sensors are just a bonus in that case! Because EZMultipli is simply plugged into an outlet, there is no mounting required. No screws, no tape, no mending of the wall when you move. Ah… that is a problem and not every device can solve every problem. EZMultipli was specifically designed with a wide-angle lens to capture motion in any direction out to about 12 feet. It is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and garages which often have unused outlets in handy locations.
You can also put it in unused outlets under a table or chair. Some locations like hallways will have to use a battery-powered motion sensor because the sensor has to be in just the right place and there are no outlets in that place. Another placement problem involve pets.
If you put the sensor down low in a typical hpmeseer outlet, virtually any pet from a cat to a small dog will trigger the motion sensor. You have to either put the sensor up on a higher outlet or in a room that pets are not allowed in when you need to detect if a burglar is in your home. In my case we always close off our home office from the pets during the day when we are manuwl home.
Only the EZMultipli in the office and the one in the garage will send us a text when the home is in Away mode.
Now that we have a sensor in an outlet that will detect motion, what hojeseer we do with that information? These two events are the homseer basic ways to control a light with motion. The light will come on when motion is detected but only if it is after sunset and before sunrise. When the sensor has not detected motion for several minutes it will change state to No Motion and the light will be turned off. Note homeseerr I also turn the light off at sunrise just to be sure its off during the daytime.
Then click on the Z-Wave tab as shown here. Click on the little yellow triangle to open the Associations menu. Next click on Update which will cause HomeSeer to double-check the associations set in the device. Then pick the device to be controlled and then Add Association. I majual then clicking on Update again just to be sure. It is also a good idea to click on Full Optimize which will improve the Z-Wave routing thru the mesh network.
Once this is done, the light in Group 2 will turn on when motion is detected and off after motion is no longer detected for 10 minutes. EZMultipli has five configuration parameters that change how the device responds to various events.
The most important parameter is the OnTime parameter.
When you walk within range of the motion sensor, HomeSeer is sent a Motion event immediately. HomeSeer or via Group 2 can then turn lights on. Then 10 minutes later, HomeSeer will be sent a No-Motion event. Why 10 minutes and not 5? Because OnTime majual to 10 minutes which starts counting down when you left the room, not when you entered. Here are some recommended values for the OnTime parameter:.
So the people have to be moving within range of the sensor otherwise the lights will turn off while they are still in the room! To change parameters, click on the root device from the Home screen and then the Z-Wave tab and then the Settings mnaual triangle to get the screen shown here.
HomeSeer knows about parameters 1, 3 and 4 but you can adjust any parameter via the Set Configuration Parameters box at the bottom of the screen.
The biggest challenge with parameters is setting values greater than