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Offline oTi@

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@brokensyst3m,

Welcome!

Are the LEDs on the VRCS2 working properly?

(The VRCS2 really is a 2-button scene controller that also has 2 built-in switches. The switches can, but don't have to be, controlled by the scene controller's buttons.)
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Yep it works great.

No problems as of yet.

Here's proof: http://youtu.be/S5djKXU3M0A

In the video:
I broke the drywall and patched it - needed to put in a bigger box and that's what happened
but I may be expanding to a 3-gang box because no one makes a 3-way 2 button controller yet which is what i need for the other switches.
oh well

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Thanks. Very well. And this is with no scenes defined on Vera (involving the VRCS2), correct?
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No scenes as of yet with this switch - well that's not true.

I set one up for tonight just before I go to work. Yes I work graves.

I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.

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I setup a scene with a schedule - it works

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Thanks for testing and documenting this. Seems like everything is working the way you wanted it to?

From previous discussions it was never clear if this alternate way of including/using the device actually worked / could be made to work. I might try a spare VRCS2 and see if it is reproducible (as that was the other issue).
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Yeah if you have a spare switch then please see if you can duplicate my work - that would be awesome.

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@brokensyst3m - Can you provide us with your version numbers? Are you able to reproduce your results?

Using the following:
Vera Lite Version 1.5.622
Leviton VRCS2-MRZ  Version 7,2,67,0,1

My inclusion attempts result in three devices all are labeled _2 button scene controller
Loads do not work, LEDs do not work. Your posted technique does not appear to work at all.

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I'm also using the same versions

Vera Lite Version 1.5.622
Leviton VRCS2-MRZ  Version 7,2,67,0,1

It took me many hours to get this working so I'm a bit reluctant try and duplicate.

The only time I got three _2 button scene controller's was when I was trying to include from the control panel but then again I cant get any devices paired using the control panel - seems very flaky to me.

This could have been a glitch in my favor - It may have been since you weren't able to duplicate.

All I can say is try different button combinations and keep me posted.

If I do try and duplicate I'll be sure to record it but that wont be today.

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Tried including with Vera 3 (not Lite), with Vera in inclusion mode first. Pressing/holding the buttons will then results in Vera 'seeing something', but in the end does not yield the proper result.

Including it as intended works fine. (I did a low-power include through the GUI with Vera 3 feet from the device.) Same version of the device.
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...Now lets tie the switches to the scene controller for local load activation.  You'll need to create 4 scenes.  Turning on button 1, turning off button 1, turning on button 2, turning off button 2.

Hi @biggsworld,

thank you so much for the instructions.  I am still a little confused between how the instructions work for folks that want to use the local load versus people who just want to use the controller as a scene selector.  I have wired my controller without any load (switch-legs) just power and a neutral.

I have my VRCS2-MR included and have three devices; scene controller, scene controller (switch), scene controller (switch).  When clicking the off/on button's of the switch devices I hear the controller click.

The other thing I notice is when I press either button 1 or 2 the LED turn green momentarily while depressing the button but goes away, it does not stay lit up for on and off for off.  I have two test scenes, one for light off and a second for light off.  I have assigned scene "light off" to the controller device, scene tab, active this scene when button is turned on.  And likewise I have assigned scene "light on" to the controller device, scene tab, activate this scene when button is turned off.

What happens:  if all lights are on and I press button one, the light goes off (but LED does not stay lit) when I single or double press button one a second time the "light on" scene never activates.  I go back to UI5 and run "light on" and the light turns on.

I have been fighting with this for weeks, I have read almost every thread I can find for "VRCS2-MR site:forum.micasaverde.com" and I'm just not getting it.

Thanks,

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I have few of these - adding them to Vera3 was very straightforward. Just wait long enough to see 3 devices - one controller and two switches/loads.

Configuring them either through Automation->Scene->Triggers or through Device->Scenes tab also _mostly_ works.

But it's somewhat not very reliable - sometimes it activates the scene, but does not light up the corresponding button LED. And if the LED is not lit, pressing the button again will try to _activate_ the scene again, instead of _deactivating_ it. The workaround is to quickly press the button twice, which will send deactivation message.

Also, if you try to control a dimmer, turning it on to 100% won't work for some reason (other percentage seems to work though). Turning it off to 0% works fine. So, I ended up having 2 scenes for a dimmer - 50% ON (could be 99% ON if you need it all the way up) for scene activation and 0% OFF for deactivation. Works fine, unless it loses the LED status, as I mentioned above...

BTW, the option to automatically update indicator light is enabled.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2013, 11:08:09 pm by denix »
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@brokensyst3m, I agree with you - I wanted to use this 2-button controller in a 3-way setup before realizing it can't do it :) There are already too many wires - it would require extra 2 wires to make each load 3-way capable (besides all the added complexity inside) and it will make the wiring impossible for regular users...
Veras (1, 2, 3, Lite, Plus), lots of different Z-Wave modules, Luup plugins and theater/security integration.