Vera


The Vera hub is a controller mainly for connecting to Z-Wave devices.

There is currently support for the following device types within Home Assistant:

  • Binary Sensor
  • Cover
  • Light
  • Lock
  • Scene
  • Sensor
  • Switch
  • Climate

and will be automatically added when HA connects to your Vera controller.

Configuration

It is recommended to assign a static IP address to your Vera Controller. This ensures that it won’t change IP addresses, so you won’t have to change the vera_controller_url if it reboots and comes up with a different IP address. See your router’s manual for details on how to set this up. If you need the MAC address of your Vera, check the label on the bottom.

  1. From the Home Assistant front-end, navigate to ‘Configuration’ then ‘Integrations’. Under ‘Set up a new integration’ locate ‘Vera’ and click ‘Configure’.
  2. Enter the URL for the controller and click ‘Submit’.

Options

Once the Vera integration is configured, you can set additional options in the integration, click the gear icon.

  • Vera switch device - By default your switches will be added to Home Assistant as switches, however, if some of them are light switches, you can tell Home Assistant this by providing a list of light ids.
  • Vera device ids to exclude - Vera imports detailed Z-Wave devices into Home Assistant. This can include system devices and other devices that you don’t use; you can tell Home Assistant not to load these devices by providing a list of device ids.

You can find the Vera device id either via the advanced properties of the device in the Vera UI or by checking the Vera Device Id attribute on each device imported into Home Assistant (under the developer tools).

Using Z-Wave devices in automation

If you want to use a Z-Wave device from the Vera controller in Home Assistant automation, you’ll need the entity id. In the Home Assistant UI you’ll find all entities listed under Developer Tools -> States. Look for entities that contain ‘Vera Device Id’ in their attributes, and you’ll find the entity id on the left.

Sensor

The vera platform allows you to get data from your Vera sensors from within Home Assistant.

Please note that some Vera sensors (such as motion and flood sensors) are armable which means that Vera will send alerts (email messages to txts) when they are armed and change state.

Home Assistant will display the state of these sensors regardless of the armed state.

To allow you to change the armed state - Home Assistant will create a switch as well as a sensor for each Armable sensor.