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INDIVIDUAL BLIND CONTROL – Create a comfortable room climate even in summer
May 16, 2018
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Required devices:

Installation of the gateway

Install the gateway according to the manual spplied. For the further configuration it is important that the gateway is connected After you have installed the central unit, proceed to the next point.

Inclusion of the devices

Please include all devices into your Z-Wave gateway, in this case the POPP Hub 2, before we can start with the configuration and automation of the blind control in your Smart Home.

Philio Sensor – Temperature and Humidity

To include the Philio sensor set your gateway to inclusion mode. Then activate your sensor by inserting the batteries. The sensor will connect with the gateway. If the inclusion was not successful please repeat the inclusion and trigger it via the manipulation switch at the sensor.

FIBARO Multi Sensor Gen5

Open the battery cover and remove the contact protection. Set your gateway into inclusion mode. Press the button at the backside of the sensor 3 times within 1.5 seconds.

POPP Wall Controller 2

Remove the rocker switch of the Wall Controller as well as the contact protection of the battery. Set your gateway into inclusion mode. Press the button 1 (top left) for 1 second. The LED flashes green-red and the Wall Controller is recognized by your gateway.

Qubino Flush Shutter

ATTENTION! The Qubino Flush Shutter is an installation device (230V) which must be installed by a certificated electrican. After the installation of the Flush Shutter, set the gateway into inclusion mode and switch on the power supply of the Flush Shutter.

Light and Temperature

Light values in rooms at sunny days

The FIBARO Multi Sensor measures the light value in the room. For this purpose please mount the sensor at a position on a wall where the light shines directly into the room during the day. Various measurements in a room with direct sunlight at a sunny day provide different values:

  • Sensor in direct sunlight: 15,000 – 35,000 Lux
  • Sensor in the shade of a furniture object or the door frame: 300 – 1,500 Lux
  • Sensor in the shadow of a conventional interior blind, which is operated manually: 3,000 – 45,00 Lux

Parallel to this, the light intensity in a room was carried out from the side facing away from the sun. There the measurements resulted in the following values:

  • In the room with opened blind: 200 – 900 Lux
  • In the room with half-closed blind: 40 – 100 Lux

These measured values are only guide values and resulted from the measurement with two FIBARO Multi Sensors. It is recommended to adjust the values according to the positions and the interior design.

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Linking temperature and light

Since the FIBARO Multi Sensor is installed in the room in such a way that the sun shines directly on the sensor during the day, a second temperature sensor should be used. The Philio Sensor – Temperaure and Humidity offers also the possibility to monitor the humidity of the room. The sensor is installed at a neutral and shady place in the room. The temperature value serves a reference to the temperature of the room.

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Position of the sun

In addition to the temperature and the light, the position of the sun must be also considered. For that please use the “Astronomy” App from the App Store. Here you enter the elevation and longitude of the position of your flat or house.

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Then two new elements are generated in the POPP Hub 2. Solar Altitude describes the angle of the sun from the earth’s surface. Solar Azimuth describes the horizontal angle of the sun from the meridian. To image these two angles, please have a look at the website: http://www.renewable-energy-concepts.com/solarenergy/solar-basics/orientation-azimuth-angle.html. Here you can enter your address to find out the exact position of the meridian.

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Switching the blind depending on sun position, light and room temperature

At first, we create a simple link between the light value of the FIBARO Multi Sensor and the temperature values of the Philio Sensor – Temperature and Humidity. We use the application “Logical Rule” from the App Store of our POPP Hub 2 to control the blinds according to the sun position, the temperature and the light intensity. For the conditions of the Logical Rule use firstly the Boolean operator “And”.

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Then set the temperature, the light as well as the Solar Altitude and Solar Azimuth as conditions to adjust the blinds. For the temperature, it is the best to choose a value which is approx. 2 °C above the feel-good temperature. Depending on the position and the orientation of the FIBARO Multi sensor the light value should get a value from the room facing the sun.

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Solar Altitude and Solar Azimuth must be selected depending on the cardinal direction of the respective blinds. In this example, the room is facing to east which means that the sun shines strongly on the windows between 6:00 am and 11:30 am. Solar Altitude and Solar Azimuth make this more precise. To protect the room for immense sunlight in the morning please use the values 80° and 180°. At 180° the sun is at its southernmost position at noon and the solar radiation for the room facing east will be over for that day. Then the room is on the shady side.

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After that the blind control module is selected as an action and then set the desired position value of the blind.

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Set the blind back to the starting postion at the shady side

After the sun has moved to the west side, you can open the blinds normally. To do this automatically, you can use another Logical Rule. Set these as follows.

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Control the blind with the Wall Controller

To be able to control the blind manually with the Wall Controller at any time, use a scene called “IfàThen”. At first set the triggers of the Wall Controller according to the manual in the “If->-Then” scene.

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Now you have automated your blinds and enjoy the sunny days in a room with pleasant climate. In addition to the solar radiation other factors can be used to switch the blinds later. For example, you can protect your blinds outside for damages resulted by storm. Therefor you use the weather module and create additional rules.

 

Include the Z-Weather into the Fibaro Home Center
June 9, 2016
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Everybody, who wants to protect automatically his blinds and roller shutters in the case of wind, can bet on the multi sensor Z-Weather. This is thanks to the newest firmware version 4.081 beta of FIBARO’s Home Center 2 and Home Center Lite. Read more

Using Z-Weather in Devolo Home Control
June 9, 2016
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The Z-Weather wind and multi sensor is the ideal complement to the Home Control smart home system by Devolo – and this is the way how to include it. Read more

Include Popp KFOB/Wall-C into the Fibaro Homecenter
November 11, 2015
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(1) Include the KFOb to your Homecenter. Start the incluison mode of your Homecenter.KFOB-HC2-1

(2) When the Homecenter started the inclusione mode press the button of the KFOb for 1 second. The LED will blink red/green. The inclusion window of the Homecenter will recognise a new device.

(3) Please do not close the inclusion window! Wait until the window closes automatically. After tht the device is included.

(4) 2 new devices will be shown in the UI.

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(5) Choose the device with the remote icon. Set the parameters in the remote as you can see in the chart. Press the save icon in the Homecenter. You can hide the other modul in the settings of the device.

ParameterWert
10
20
114
124
134
144

 

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(6) Wake up the KFOB. Press all 4 buttons simultanously for 1 second to get into management mode. Now press button 2 and the parameters will be set in the KFOB

(7) Within the next step you ope the associationgroups of the KFOB. Then set the associationgroups 1-5 and mark the Homecenter in each group. Now save the settings of the associations. Now you can wake up the KFOB again. Please press all 4 button for 1 second and the press button 2.

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(8) You can use the KFOB as scenecontroller now. You can use the LUA scene to control the KFOB.

LUA – Scene

–[[

%% properties

XXX sceneActivation

%% globals

–]]

— Taste 1

if ( tonumber(fibaro:getValue(XXX, “sceneActivation”)) == 11)

then

fibaro:startScene(YYY);

end

— Taste 2

if ( tonumber(fibaro:getValue(XXX, “sceneActivation”)) == 31)

then

fibaro:startScene(QQQ);

end

— Taste 3

if ( tonumber(fibaro:getValue(XXX, “sceneActivation”)) == 21)

then

fibaro:startScene(WWW);

end

— Taste 4

if ( tonumber(fibaro:getValue(XXX, “sceneActivation”)) == 41)

then

fibaro:startScene(EEE);

end

Where :

XXX – ID des KFOB

YYY,QQQ,WWW,EEE – ID der Szene

Block Scene

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Problem fixing with Philio Multisensor
October 5, 2015
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In some cases the Philio multisensor (door-, light- and motionsensor) does not work correctly although being included successfully. Here is a tutorial how to solve the issue. Read more

Fixing Z-Wave Problems with Z-Way
August 14, 2015
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The Z-Way Smart Home User Interface gives some step-by-step guidance how to include a new Z-Wave device and get is up and running. However there are a few reasons why the usage of a Z-Wave device with Z-Way may fail.

Inclusion fails

As first step the new Z-Wave device must be included into the Z-Wave network. For this the controller must be turned into the so-called inclusion mode and some action on the device must happen to confirm the inclusion process. The inclusion process will stop when a new deice was included successfully. The following problems can happen here.

  1. > 90 % of all inclusion problems are cause by devices that were already included. In this case they must be reset or excluded first. The step-by-step dialog fort he inclusion in Z-Way reminds you of this fact and offers an inclusion. In case of doubt, better exclude. You cant do wrong by this.
  2. All contemporary devices support a so-called network wide inclusion. This means that the new device must be in wireless contact with at least one mains powered device. Older models require direct wireless proximity tot he gateway as such. If the inclusion fails please move the device closer to the gateway.
  3. Most devices require a manual action on the device to include it. Some devices support the so-called auto-inclusion and will include themselves into the first network that appears. So its not unreasonable that you device is already included. One other problem may be that there is no unified inclusion button for all Z-Wave devices but each manufacturer chooses its own method of the manual action needed. A single click or a triple click on a button (check, which one !) are the most common actions but some devices may require special action the Inclusion Dialog of Z-Way gives you advise what do to but its may make sense to refer to the original device manual for further information.

Interview fails

Z-Wave Devices are able to declare their functions wirelessly. This means that the gateway needs to interview the new device right after inclusion in order to detect their function. Depending on the functions of the device this can be a very complex process, that needs to be executed sequentially. In case only one question is not answered no new question is issued. Particularly in large networks with a lot of other traffic or in case of bad wireless connection between the device and the controller this process may stop. An incomplete interview may result in missing some functions of the device. After 10 seconds the controller will issue a warning if the interview was not completed.

The controller will continue to finish the interview but there are ways to speed up this process:

Refer to the Z-Wave expert UI /expert/configuration and pick the ID of the device just included. You find this in braces behind the warning message of the Inclusion dialog.

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Now you will see the status if the interview and you can review the different steps of the interview by clicking the button “Show Interview Results”. This dialog lists all functions and shows what part of the interview was finished or not. It is possible to force the unfinished parts to speed up the process. Please note that battery operated devices must be woken up in order to accept more interview commands.

Remark: The interview of the Version Command Class is usually the biggest hurdle because its interviewed first and the interview itself involved a lot of questions.

There are various reasons why the controller can’t finish the interview:

  1. There were too much traffic to handle during the inclusion and the battery-operated device already went into deep-sleep. Just wake up the device to continue. The Inclusion dialog gives advise how to do this.
  2. The device has a malfunction that prevents from finishing interview. Every Z-Wave device is tested during certification to pass the interview but occasionally devices with preliminary firmware’s are sent out by vendors for test and evaluation. Consult the usual online forums and resource for more information.

Problems during operation

Once the device was interviewed successfully and has passed the interview only few reasons exists why a device will not function anymore.

  1. The battery of a battery-operated device is empty. Just change the battery
  2. The device was moved to another place or some other wireless obstacle appeared (furniture, …). Modern Z-Wave networks have various ways to redetect a device and heal network problems automatically without any user-interaction. Nevertheless it is possible that some wireless problems block further communication. The expert UI gives some valuable information on /expert/#/network/timing about the current health status. A manual network reorganization on /expert/#/network/reorganization may help.
  3. The device is broken.
How to create Scenes in different Z-Wave Gateways
August 3, 2015
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For the Razberry:

To create a scene in the Razberry Smarthome UI you have to select the menu point ‘Apps’. You can filter all apps to see only scenes by selecting “Scenes” in the footer. In this example a light scene is created. First you have to name the scene and you can also add a description.

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The next step is to select all the devices you want to control with the scene. Here you can control switches and dimmers to turn light on or off and dim them. It’s possible to activate other scenes, too.

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For the Fibaro Home Center:

Scenes in the Home Center can be created by going to the ‘Scenes’ tab. Here you can click ‘Add Scene’ and select one of three scene creation methods. Every method has it’s own complexity. Since ‘Magic Scenes’ are easy to use and provide a good level of control they will be used in this tutorial. If you have advanced knowledge of programming or want more possibilities you can use LUA scenes and block scenes. The first step is to select the device that you want to serve as trigger. Simply drag and drop the device into the ‘if’ field and click ‘Next’. Now you can select what state of the device should trigger the scene.

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In the next step you have to select which device you want to control with the scene. In the advanced scenes you can control multiple devices with one scene. As before just drag and drop the device into the ‘then’ field and select which action should be performed. At the end you can name the scene and finish the setup. Now your Home Center will activate the scene whenever the condition is met.

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For the Hauppauge/Zippato:

On the right side of the screen you will find all the elements you need to create scenes. Start by dragging the condition of your choice mid of the UI.

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Depending on what type of device you want to use as trigger you have to add either a sensor or a meter to the top of the condition. Add an action inside the condition to declare which action should be performed on the specified device when the condition is met. Pull the device into the action and select what command should be send.

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Here a motion sensor is set to toggle a power switch whenever it detects a motion. You can add functionality to the scenes as you please

For the Vera:

Go to the ‘Scenes’ tab on the left and add a new scene. In the first step you are asked to select a trigger for the scene. Select any device you have and the value or state at which the scene will be triggered.

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After selecting the trigger you need to add actions to the scene that are performed when the scene is triggered. You can add as many actions as you want and even delay them.

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In the last step you just have to name the scene and specify under what circumstances the scene will be active.

Backup and Restore in Razberry and Z-Way
June 9, 2015
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The backup problem

Z-Wave is a quite robust wireless communication protocol but it relies on a central device to manage the network, the so called primary controller. Z-Wave allows to freely hand over this role in a network to other controller devices (like remote controls) but there must always be exactly be one primary controller in the network only. Read more