In Part five I will cover the Vera setup and calibration of the Fibaro Blind Control module and remote control options.
Once I had connected the Fibaro Blind Control insert module into the mains electric adding the device to the Z-wave network with Vera was very easy. I simply put my VeraLite in to battery mode and carried it next to where the Fibaro module had been installed. I then pressed the + button on the VeraLite and then triple clicked the B button on the Fibaro module, the two detected each other and the Fibaro module was added to Vera as a new device, as simple as that!
B Button on the module
I renamed the device and assigned it to my living room
If you click the Spanner icon on the device it the opens up like this
Device Options Tab
In here I added two parameters.
Parameter 10 = 1
Parameter 14 = 0
Parameter Number 10: Roller Shutter Operating Mode
Parameter Number 14: Switch Type
The user manual for the Fibaro Blind Control module can be seen here.
“It may be necessary to calibrate the module, when it's not working properly. The Calibration is a process during which a Roller Shutter learns the position of the limit switches and a motor characteristic. The procedure consists of an automatic, full movement between the limit switches (up, down, and up again). There are different procedures of calibrating a Fibaro Roller Shutter.”
According to the user manual there are various ways to calibrate the blind control module, through Z-wave network, through switch keys, through the B button on the module.
I used this method:
Calibration through the Z-Wave network
- Make sure the module is connected to the power supply.
- Include the module into the Z-Wave network according to the inclusion procedure.
- Set the parameter 29 value to 1.
- Roller Shutter performs the calibration process, completing full cycle - up, down and up again.
- The parameter 29 value will be automatically set to 0.
- Using an interface test whether the positioning works correctly.
Until I had done the calibration routine the percentage slider in Vera was not working correctly. After calibration I was able to select say 50% and the curtain rail would move correctly to that position.
You may see a user configuration error in Vera whilst saving after entering the parameter 29, but don’t worry about that, as long as the curtain motor / rail moves and does the calibration routine. See here for more details.
Here you can see when the curtain motor is in operation its using 56 Watts.
100% = Open
0% = Closed
Controlling the curtains from other devices
Logitech Harmony Remote Control
Using this method I previously described here, I have also programmed my Logitech Harmony universal remote control with two new buttons, Open Curtains and Close Curtains.
This functionality is integrated in to Kodi (XBMC) OpenElec, so when I am using my HTPC, I can now also use the remote control that is in my hand to control the curtains, now that is cool!
Android Tablet / Phone – Authomation HD app for Vera
Authomation HD is pretty much the best app for controlling your Vera Home Automation gateway and the Z-wave devices around your home.
Below are a couple of screen shots from our Samsung Galaxy Tablet showing the new curtain device.
If your an Apple fanboy or girl, I’d recommend the VeraMate app for iOS devices.
Aeotec Minimote Z-wave remote control
I have several Minimote’s around the house, and I programmed button 4 on the one in the living room to run a curtain open / close toggle scene in Vera. By using a toggle I could use only one button on the Minimote to either open or close the curtains.
Integration with Kodi Media Center (Formally XBMC)
Using the XBMCState add-on which I previously wrote about here, I’ve created scenes in Vera so that if it is dark outside? And if the curtains are still open? When I start to play a movie (any video) in Kodi the curtains are automatically closed and my room lamps automatically dim down to 25%.
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