The dongle is plugged into one of Vera's USB ports and contains the Z-Wave chip needed to talk to your Z-Wave devices. When the dongle is removed, Vera cannot communicate with any Z-Wave devices, though IP Cameras, Wi-Fi and other non-Z-Wave functions still work fine. Also, when you pair Vera to Z-Wave devices (that is, 'Add' Z-Wave devices), that pairing information is stored in the dongle. So, if we ever need to replace your dongle, you'll have to reset the Z-Wave devices and add them again. Beginning with Vera2, a dongle is no longer needed.
Articles in this section
- How to create a scene with Schedules and Delays?
- Will my Z-Wave devices still work if Vera is removed from the system?
- What is Vera's black dongle for? What happens if I lose it?
- How secure are Z-Wave devices such as door locks?
- How much money will Vera save me on my energy bill?
- Will Vera work internationally?
- Can Vera really be that easy to setup and access remotely?
- So Vera has a built in Wi-Fi access point? Those things are complicated to set up!
- What if I don't want another Wi-Fi access point? What kind of Wi-Fi does Vera use?
- But web cameras and other network devices always require some setup, right?