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Offline smarttechnology

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2017, 04:03:36 pm »
Hi Jon, any update to this please. I too am looking to make better use of the Bluetooth technology built into Vera but the compatible range at present is somewhat limited.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2017, 06:44:09 am »
Hi all,

At this point it looks like Bluetooth is not supported at all anymore.  Maybe I'm missing something. But Bluetooth is completely erased in the compatibility list http://getvera.com/compatibility/

Request for detecting devices for proximity tracking and identification by bluetooth would be appreciated.

@vera some update on what to expect would be a minimum what you can do. Even if it's bad news that you've decided to not support at all anymore.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2017, 06:55:56 am »
This is what I've got from support some time ago:

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The missing ?Bluetooth Settings? and ?Other Bluetooth devices? is related to the latest update, they got removed in the latest build as we are working on a different type of integration that is BLE enabled and we had to remove those, we do not have an ETA for when the new wizards and settings would be released.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2018, 08:49:41 am »
This is what I've got from support some time ago:

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The missing ?Bluetooth Settings? and ?Other Bluetooth devices? is related to the latest update, they got removed in the latest build as we are working on a different type of integration that is BLE enabled and we had to remove those, we do not have an ETA for when the new wizards and settings would be released.

Is there any news? I cannot see any bluetooth menu in Vera Plus

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2018, 09:43:58 am »
This is what I've got from support some time ago:

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The missing ?Bluetooth Settings? and ?Other Bluetooth devices? is related to the latest update, they got removed in the latest build as we are working on a different type of integration that is BLE enabled and we had to remove those, we do not have an ETA for when the new wizards and settings would be released.

Is there any news? I cannot see any bluetooth menu in Vera Plus

At this time Bluetooth is no longer supported/available in any form.  There have been no updates or information provided by support on ETA for availability.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2018, 06:26:57 pm »
Someone at Vera should now explain me what Vera Plus is for....

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2018, 08:03:39 pm »
Someone at Vera should now explain me what Vera Plus is for....

It is a very good z-wave controller.  Kinda expensive just for that.  But it's still good at that.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2018, 04:09:20 am »
It is a very good z-wave controller.  Kinda expensive just for that.

Actually non working bluetooth and partially working Zigbee is a perfect solution to decrease it's market price.
You see that this doesn't work, that doesn't work and you don't want to pray full price. Not that it's not worth the money, but you expect some compensation for not working features.
As a result, I've recently bought Plus for an outlet pice less than 50EUR, full warranty included.
Maybe there it is some kind of a strategy behind?
« Last Edit: April 22, 2018, 04:36:52 am by kwieto »

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2018, 09:53:34 am »
It is a very good z-wave controller.  Kinda expensive just for that.

Actually non working bluetooth and partially working Zigbee is a perfect solution to decrease it's market price.
You see that this doesn't work, that doesn't work and you don't want to pray full price. Not that it's not worth the money, but you expect some compensation for not working features.
As a result, I've recently bought Plus for an outlet pice less than 50EUR, full warranty included.
Maybe there it is some kind of a strategy behind?

As for compensation, I doubt I'll get any but I would like an "official" response besides the support people that keep telling me "not supported" and "in a future release".  I still have the box that says Zigbee and Bluetooth on the box. 

Zigbee is barely real with very limited device support.

Bluetooth is non-functional.  That is false advertisement. 

Too bad I had to learn the hard way.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2018, 10:17:38 am »
I agree with the posts. If zigbee has been around for such a long time, I'm confused as to what the impediment to get it working reliably actually is.

As for Bluetooh, I read an article how it was poised to take over home automation some months or year back. I don't see that happening in any platform, maybe it was just marketing.

About the only bluetooth home automation I have seen worth buying is the My Smart Blinds product. It is kind of sad to buy a device with 2 out of 3 advertised functions either partially working or non-working.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2018, 10:59:32 am »
I agree with the posts. If zigbee has been around for such a long time, I'm confused as to what the impediment to get it working reliably actually is.

As for Bluetooh, I read an article how it was poised to take over home automation some months or year back. I don't see that happening in any platform, maybe it was just marketing.

About the only bluetooth home automation I have seen worth buying is the My Smart Blinds product. It is kind of sad to buy a device with 2 out of 3 advertised functions either partially working or non-working.

Lack of intent/interest from the vendor.  SmartThings has Zigbee implemented well.  Simply because they have all their Device Handlers in the cloud making it fast/easy to deploy new devices.  Hue and Osram and others doing ZLL have control of the types of devices so they do it well.  Same with Control4 they are all Zigbee but they control the types of devices.  Zigbee can be done well but the supporting vendor, in this case Vera has to put real intent behind supporting it which also for a local system means pushing updates more regularly.  Which comes to another question.  I prefer the all local, but why not split system updates and device updates?  Allow new device support to be added outside of system upgrades.  Then new devices can be made available very quickly and without killing the overall system.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2018, 11:10:12 am »
I agree with the posts. If zigbee has been around for such a long time, I'm confused as to what the impediment to get it working reliably actually is.

As for Bluetooh, I read an article how it was poised to take over home automation some months or year back. I don't see that happening in any platform, maybe it was just marketing.

About the only bluetooth home automation I have seen worth buying is the My Smart Blinds product. It is kind of sad to buy a device with 2 out of 3 advertised functions either partially working or non-working.

Lack of intent/interest from the vendor.  SmartThings has Zigbee implemented well.  Simply because they have all their Device Handlers in the cloud making it fast/easy to deploy new devices.  Hue and Osram and others doing ZLL have control of the types of devices so they do it well.  Same with Control4 they are all Zigbee but they control the types of devices.  Zigbee can be done well but the supporting vendor, in this case Vera has to put real intent behind supporting it which also for a local system means pushing updates more regularly.  Which comes to another question.  I prefer the all local, but why not split system updates and device updates?  Allow new device support to be added outside of system upgrades.  Then new devices can be made available very quickly and without killing the overall system.
It's a good idea and faster deployment. I suppose there are tradeoffs. Google's router had cloud updates that kicked people offline. I kind of like letting others see how the new firmware is before taking the plunge. In the cloud model you might get pushed an update that didn't work reliably.

I'm not sure the best method but I do like Vera but it's now been maybe 5 years with them and updates are 50/50 at best.

The interoperability is ridiculous in this day and age. Lack of device support or even wifi devices is something I would expect in early 2005. Now we can bring back ibm compatible and use Vera compatible I place of it.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2018, 11:28:21 am »
I agree with the posts. If zigbee has been around for such a long time, I'm confused as to what the impediment to get it working reliably actually is.

As for Bluetooh, I read an article how it was poised to take over home automation some months or year back. I don't see that happening in any platform, maybe it was just marketing.

About the only bluetooth home automation I have seen worth buying is the My Smart Blinds product. It is kind of sad to buy a device with 2 out of 3 advertised functions either partially working or non-working.

Lack of intent/interest from the vendor.  SmartThings has Zigbee implemented well.  Simply because they have all their Device Handlers in the cloud making it fast/easy to deploy new devices.  Hue and Osram and others doing ZLL have control of the types of devices so they do it well.  Same with Control4 they are all Zigbee but they control the types of devices.  Zigbee can be done well but the supporting vendor, in this case Vera has to put real intent behind supporting it which also for a local system means pushing updates more regularly.  Which comes to another question.  I prefer the all local, but why not split system updates and device updates?  Allow new device support to be added outside of system upgrades.  Then new devices can be made available very quickly and without killing the overall system.
It's a good idea and faster deployment. I suppose there are tradeoffs. Google's router had cloud updates that kicked people offline. I kind of like letting others see how the new firmware is before taking the plunge. In the cloud model you might get pushed an update that didn't work reliably.

I'm not sure the best method but I do like Vera but it's now been maybe 5 years with them and updates are 50/50 at best.

The interoperability is ridiculous in this day and age. Lack of device support or even wifi devices is something I would expect in early 2005. Now we can bring back ibm compatible and use Vera compatible I place of it.

Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk

Several months ago I switched from SmartThings to Vera in the hope/attempt at a local stable system.  I got half of what I was looking for.  The stability has been iffy once I started adding plugins and trying to expand the system.  I found doing more than device control and a couple say less than 5 simple plugins causes Vera to run out of resources really fast and causes all kinds of issues.  So final opinion is for device control z-wave and limited zigbee it's a good controller.  PLEG is nice and powerful but still limited to inside Vera.  Trying to add in a bunch of other plugins kills the system.  Which I think is why people move off to openLuup and become happy that way.

After several months of learning the Vera and limitations I have decided to move on.  To what I'm not decided on yet.  I do plan to keep a Vera in the mix for local device control, just no plugins and then Vera should be nice and stable.

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Re: VeraPlus - Bluetooth Devices
« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2018, 03:00:35 pm »
As for compensation, I doubt I'll get any

Not that way.
I see drop of the prices and interest on Vera over time, at least on my market.
I track internet auctions of Z-wave equipment and I can see decrease of prices over time. It is especially visible for offers starting from around 1 EUR - last year, Edge on such auctions easily were reaching 70EUR level, Plus was reaching 100EUR and more. Now it is hard for Plus to reach 70 EUR level.
And it is not justified by the progress on the market: main competitors (Homeseer, Zipato, Fibaro, etc.) still offer same products as year ago. Still more expensive even if having similar functionalities.

After several months of learning the Vera and limitations I have decided to move on.  To what I'm not decided on yet.

The problem is that there is no "golden" solution here. I'm also considering moving, more "passive" than "active" (like: I someone will offer me HS for 100EUR then why not, but not that I'm actively searching for such offer).
Recently I was talking with a guy who owns Fibaro, to whom I sold TKB TZ69 switch. It perfectly works for Vera, but on Fibaro it doesn't report power consumption. The point is that with Vera in such case you can play with the system and tweak it to get full functionality (I did such tricks with some Devolo or D-link devices), while on Fibaro it is not that easy.
For HomeSeer you have similar things - there is a lot of people moving there from here, but this migration also goes the other way around.
« Last Edit: April 22, 2018, 03:10:41 pm by kwieto »