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Repeaters and Range Extenders

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2017 11:18PM PDT
  
VeraSecure Repeaters & Protocols
 
Your VeraSecure Controller uses up to 5 different wireless protocols to communicate with practically all devices. These protocols are:
 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • VeraSecure
  • Z-Wave
  • ZigBee
(see below for VeraPlus and VeraEdge Controller info)

For most devices you don't need to pay any attention to which protocol a device uses, as your VeraSecure Controller automatically connects wirelessly to any of these.
 
However, there is one situation in which you'll need to know which protocol a device uses: When you need to extend the device's range. You'll know this is your problem if a device doesn't seem to work when installed in its proper location, but if you bring it near to your VeraSecure Controller you find that it works. In such a case, you'll need to add a "Repeater" or "Range Extender" to use that device at the desired distance from the Controller.
 
Repeaters and range-extenders are protocol-specific. A Z-Wave repeater will not handle ZigBee or Wi-Fi; it only handles Z-Wave. So if you need a repeater, you'll need to know which wireless protocol the device uses. Most cameras use Wi-Fi. Sensors for doors, windows, motion and flooding usually use either Z-Wave or ZigBee. After determining that a device is out of range of the VeraSecure Controller, and determining which protocol it uses (usually it's printed on the device, or you can look up the model number), add a repeater for that protocol about halfway between the Controller and the device.
 
Example: A Z-Wave garage door opener is so far from the VeraSecure Controller it is out of range.
 
Solution: Install a Z-Wave "Repeater" approximately halfway between the VeraSecure and the garage to extend range.
 
[repeater diagram illustrating the example above. Show Controller, garage door opener in a distant spot]
 
Repeaters are available for purchase as individual devices, but as explained below, sometimes you may be able to install a device that has a repeater built in, rather than using a standalone repeater.
 
 
Built-In Repeaters
Repeaters are also found built into almost all Z-Wave and ZigBee AC-powered devices, such as light dimmers, light switches, outlets and outlet strips. Installing a Z-Wave light dimmer halfway between the VeraSecure and the garage, in this example, would also solve the problem.
 
 
VeraPlus Repeaters & Protocols
 
Your VeraSecure Controller uses up to 4 different wireless protocols to communicate with practically all devices. These protocols are:
 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Z-Wave
  • ZigBee
 
 VeraEdge Repeaters & Protocols
 
Your VeraEdge Controller uses 2 different wireless protocols to communicate. These protocols are:
 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Z-Wave
 
Note that you can only use a range extender for protocols that your Vera Home Controller is capable of communicating with. (If, for example you have a VeraEdge and want to use a Bluetooth device, then you should upgrade to a VeraPlus or VeraSecure to add Bluetooth compatibility to your system.)
 
 

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