My new VeraLite unit arrived today and I am just having a look at what works and doesnt with mControl
. I currently have an Aeon Labs Z-Stick 2 in my PC with mControl Home Automation software. I would like to keep mControl as it integrates in to Windows Media Center. However I have bought a VeraLite so I don't need my PC running 24/7 to do things like set timers for lights coming on and off.
As a test I have deleted one of my lamp modules from the Aeon Labs Z-Stick and I have added this lamp module in to Vera. I am now able to control this lamp module from the Vera web UI.
It is possible in mControl to use a Vera LUUP driver to control devices that are devices in Vera, from the mControl user interfaces. It does this I think by sending HTTP requests from mControl to Vera to change / control the device etc. So I have set this up and it works but there are problems with the status feedback. I have already tried lowering the polling in Vera for this lamp module from 60secs to 21secs but this makes no difference.
Here's the problem:
If I turn the lamp module on or off from the Vera web UI, eventually in mControl the new status of the lamp is picked up, i.e. its on or off status is displayed in the mControl user interfaces.
However if I turn the lamp on via a mControl user interface neither mControl or Vera seem to change their status to show the lamp is on when it is actually turned on.
In this type of setup using the Vera Luup driver in mControl I could make redundant the Z-stick and not use it. As the devices in mControl are no longer Z-wave devices, you change them to be Vera devices and you just have to tell mControl what the device # number is in Vera and then mControl can control that device via Vera.
However if the problems with the status feedback I have described, cannot be resolved I may be better keeping the Z-stick as a secondary to VeraLite primary ? My thinking is that if I make the Z-stick secondary and keep it connected to the PC running mControl then my devices in mControl would remain as Z-wave devices, in this type of setup I would not use the mControl Vera Luup driver. I am hoping that in this setup the status feedback issue might not even exist?
Only problem is I don't know how to make VeraLite primary and Z-Stick secondary. I will have to dig around on the forums see if I can find out how to do it.
Does anyone have any experience of this type of integration of Vera with other 3rd party Home Automation systems?
I've upgraded from mControl V2.1 to mControl V3 and these Vera Luup Driver issues have now been resolved. I've written a how to blog post here