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MultiSensor guide

Congratulations on your purchase of an Aeotec Multisensor. Before you make your new sensor a part of your Z-Wave network, you should ensure that your Multisensor’s firmware is updated to at least V1.18 and above.

To update your Multisensor’s firmware.

NOTE: Currently, all Aeotec firmware can only be updated via Windows OS.

If your Multisensor is not using version 1.18 of the Multisensor firmware version V1.18:

  1. Download and install USB to UART drivers if you have not done so. The driver is produced by Silicon Labs and you download it here.

    This is needed so that the Multisensor can establish a COM port connection from a USB connection.

  2. Download the latest Multisensor firmware.
  3. Plug the Multisensor via USB into your PC.
  4. Open up the Firmware application, if it is a .ex_ file, change the extension to be .exe
  5. Run the application, and wait for the application to display Update Complete.

Battery or USB power.

During normal use the Multisensor may be powered either by batteries or by USB connection. However, because the power source that is being used to power the Multisensor at the moment of its first inclusion into the Z-Wave network has a bearing on the settings that are established during the inclusion process, it should be decided in advance whether USB power or battery power will be the intended power source during normal operation. That intended power source should then be used to power the Multisensor when it is added to your Z-Wave network. In other words if you intend to power the Multisensor by USB over the long-term, then you should power the Multisensor by USB when you include the Multisensor into the network. Likewise, if batteries will be your long-term power source, then use batteries to power the Multisensor at the time of inclusion.

Battery Powered Multisensor.

On battery power, the Multisensor can be installed with ease in a multitude of locations. That means that the Multisensor will put some of its features into a dormant mode in order to conserve battery life. While the Multisensor is asleep, the device cannot be actively queried by your network, but it will pro-actively send its own reports to your Z-Wave network depending on your settings. Using battery powered mode with your Multisensor will require you to take the extra steps of configuring the sensor’s parameter settings.

USB powered Multisensor.

USB power gives you the greatest control over the Multisensor; the sensor will never go to sleep and you can configure the sensor from your Z-Wave network whenever you want. This advantage contrasts with the ease of installation presented by the Multisensor’s battery-powered functionality.

Setting up the Multisensor.

Before including the Multisensor into your Z-Wave network, you should put the Multisensor into the area where it is intended to operate long-term. This will ensure that the nearest neighbours in the Z-Wave mesh network is populated properly at the time of inclusion. You will want to move your primary controller (whether it’s the Z-Stick, a Gateway or so on) within 2 to 3ft of the Multisensor to include it. You can then follow the inclusion instructions in the Multisensor user guide. Once the Multisensor has been added to your network it is recommended that you leave your primary controller and Multisensor to configure themselves for 1 to 2 minutes. After this period, you can move your primary controller back to its original location.

First Time Installation on Vera if Auto Configuration is Enabled  (Continuation of setup)

The Vera can auto configure the Multisensor to have all the necessary parameter settings, but in some case will fail to get the automatic settings sometimes. Below are the steps to ensure that all the settings in the Multisensor are automatically configured.

8) Wake up the Multisensor (if it is not awake [red LED not on]) by tapping the black button 3 times in a row, the red LED will turn on to indicate that it is awake and should remain on for 10 minutes.

9) Poll the Multisensor (Motion Node) [Allow for Auto configuration]

10) Put the Multisensor back to sleep by tapping the black button 3 more times, the red LED will turn of to indicate that it is asleep.

Recommended Parameter Settings

NOTE: If your Multisensor is battery powered, make sure that you wake up the Multisensor before you poll or send any new configurations to this device or you will get an error message from your software. Follow the steps under the Battery Power section below before sending in the configurations.

USB Powered Multisensor

Parameter 3: 240 (Timeout period of no-motion after motion sensor trigger)

Parameter 4: 1 (Enable PIR Motion Sensor)

Parameter 101: 224 (Sets sensors [Light, Humidity, and Temperature] to be reported in group 1)

Parameter 111: 240 (Sets the interval of reports for group 1)

Battery Power Multisensor

Wake up the Multisensor before sending in configurations

1) Tap the Multisensor button located inside the back panel 3 times repeatedly (Make sure that the red LED remains on)

2) Go to your Z-Wave software and enter the configurations below:

Parameter 3: 240 (Timeout period of no-motion after motion sensor trigger [timeout every 240 seconds after triggering motion])

Parameter 4: 1 (Enable PIR Motion Sensor)

Parameter 101: 225 (Sets sensors [Light, Humidity, Temperature, and Battery] to be reported in group 1)

Parameter 111: 600 (Sets the interval of reports for group 1 [report parameter 101 every 10 minutes or 600 seconds])

3) Put the Multisensor to sleep to conserve battery power, tap the button on the Multisensor 3 times repeatedly. The red LED should turn off to indicate that it is asleep.

Miscellaneous Information

Directly Associate the Multisensor to a Light Switch (Example using a Minimote as a primary controller)

If you are using a Minimote as a primary controller, you can still use the Multisensor to control lights as a PIR motion sensor, but you cannot see any of the other sensors working. Heres how to control a light:

1)      Press the Associate button under the Minimote panel (Button on the bottom left)

2)      Press the button on the Z-Wave Switch that you want the Multisensor to turn on or off with

3)      Press the switch on the Multisensor

4)      Stop association mode on the Minimote (Press any button), and test if the setup is working.

Z-Stick Drivers and Tools (Gen5, S2/2E, Lite)

The following is a list of UART to USB Silabs drivers downloadable for Aeotec by Aeon Labs’ Z-Stick Lite, and Z-Stick 2E. These drivers are necessary for any Z-Wave software to interface with the Z-Stick Lite, and Z-Stick 2E.

The Z-Stick Gen5 now uses UZB drivers instead of Silabs UART to USB. There is no need to install the UZB drivers in OSX and Linux as these OS already have drivers that will allow the use of the Z-Stick Gen5 without the UZB drivers. For further support materials, please refer to our support section.

Please be sure to only download and install the correct driver relevant to your operating system.

For support enquiries or further assistance, please contact our support team.

Z-Stick Gen5 Drivers and Tools

Z-Stick S2/2E or Lite Drivers

Windows Drivers

Linux Drivers

OSX/MAC Drivers

Micro Dimmer Wiring Schematics

This guide will help you with the wiring of Aeon Labs’ in-wall micro dimmer. In a lot of the countries where Aeon Labs’ products can be bought, this wiring should only be performed by a licensed electrician. Please stay safe and abide by your local legal requirements.

No Live Wires on the External Switch: For the Micro dimmer, you cannot have any live wires connected to the external switch or you will burn the micro out.

External Switch Choices for the Micro Dimmer: Below are some explanations on some of the external switch choices that you may use for the micro dimmer.

1) Momentary Push Button: This is the recommended external switch for the Micro Dimmer, you can hold down the momentary push button to dim up or dim down the load. Or you may tap the momentary switch to turn it on/off.

2) 2-Way: This is the general choice to use as a external switch, it will practically just turn your micro dimmer on or off.

3) 3-Way/4-Way (WARNING): This will not work on the older generation micro dimmer. These switch configurations are only applicable to the Micro Dimmer G2, or Micro Smart Dimmer G2.

Input Wires: 14AWG copper wires should be used on the output of the 3-way/4-way external switch.

Output Wires: 18AWG copper wires should be used on the output of the 3-way/4-way external switch.

4) Dimmer Switch: We recommend that you do not use a dimmer switch, it will not dim the micro dimmer. You will be left with having to twist or pull the switch all the way across to make it turn the lights on or off.

No External Switch Wiring Diagram: For those using their micro’s without an external switch. You can control your lamp without an external switch with any Z-Wave controller, software, and/or the small push button on the back of the micro.

The 2 wiring diagrams below will be basis for every wiring diagram you see for any Micro Switch or Micro Dimmer. You can decide to attach a external switch if you decide to add it in later, refer to the schematics below for reference.

For those wiring the micro without an external switch

For those wiring the micro without an external switch

For those wiring the micro without an external switch

For those wiring the micro without an external switch

2-Way or Momentary Switch Wiring Schematic Without Live WiringAttaching a 2-way switch or a momentary switch is very simple. Just connect 2 wires to the 2-way or momentary switch then connect the 2 wires (doesn’t matter which way) to the 2 terminals next to the 3V terminal.

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch and dimmers

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch and dimmers

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

3-Way Wiring Diagram Without Live Wiring: Connecting the 3-way/4-way external switch can be very complicated and may require you to pull more wires in between the 2 gang boxes. We suggest that you speak to a professional electrician before trying these schematics below.

WARNING: This wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Dimmer G2, or Micro Smart Dimmer G2.

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

WARNING: This wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Dimmer G2, or Micro Smart Dimmer G2.

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

4-Way Wiring Diagram

WARNING: This wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Dimmer G2, or Micro Smart Dimmer G2.

4-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

4-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

Micro Switch Wiring Schematics

This guide will help you with the wiring of Aeon Labs’ in-wall micro switch. In a lot of the countries where Aeon Labs’ products can be bought, this wiring should only be performed by a licensed electrician. Please stay safe and abide by your local legal requirements.

[Section 1] Micro Switch Wiring Schematics without Live Wires on the External Switch

Live Wires Allowed on the Micro Switch: The Micro Switch can have live wires connected to them, please refer to the wiring diagrams in section 2 below.

External Switch Choices for the Micro Switch: Both a 2-way or a momentary switch will work just fine, they will both turn the switch on/off. I highly recommend that a dimmer switch is not used on the micro switch (its more of an annoyance).

3-Way or 4-Way Switching (WARNING): These wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Switch G2, or Micro Smart Switch G2.

Input Wires: 14AWG copper wires should be used on the output of the 3-way/4-way external switch.

Output Wires: 18AWG copper wires should be used on the output of the 3-way/4-way external switch.

No External Switch Wiring Diagram 

For those using their micro’s without an external switch. You can control your lamp without an external switch with any Z-Wave controller, software, and/or the small push button on the back of the micro.

The 2 wiring diagrams below will be basis for every wiring diagram you see for any Micro Switch or Micro Dimmer. You can decide to attach a external switch if you decide to add it in later, refer to the schematics below for reference.

For those wiring the micro without an external switch

For those wiring the micro without an external switch

For those wiring the micro without an external switch

For those wiring the micro without an external switch

2-Way or Momentary Switch Wiring Schematic Without Live WiringAttaching a 2-way switch or a momentary switch is very simple. Just connect 2 wires to the 2-way or momentary switch then connect the 2 wires (doesn’t matter which way) to the 2 terminals next to the 3V terminal.

I would connect the Micro Switch without any live wiring if you are using the micro with a momentary switch or a 2-way switch. We recommend this, so that you do not have to worry about burning out the micro in case you make the wrong connection on accident, it is much easier to connect the external switch directly to the micro especially on a 2-way.

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch and dimmers

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch and dimmers

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

3-Way Wiring Diagram Without Live Wiring: Connecting the 3-way/4-way external switch can be very complicated and may require you to pull more wires in between the 2 gang boxes. We suggest that you speak to a professional electrician before trying the 3-way/4-way schematics below.

WARNING: This wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Switch G2, or Micro Smart Switch G2.

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

WARNING: This wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Switch G2, or Micro Smart Switch G2.

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

4-Way Wiring Diagram

WARNING: This wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Switch G2, or Micro Smart Switch G2.

4-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

4-Way external switch for Micro Switch and Dimmers

[Section 2] Micro Switch Wiring Schematics with Live Wires on the External Switch

Note: If you connect a dimmer with the schematics below in this section, you will burn out the micro illuminator/dimmer and void your warranty.

2-Way/Momentary Switch Wiring Schematic with Live Wiring

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch

2-Way external switch for Micro Switch

3-Way Wiring Schematic with Live Wiring

WARNING: This wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Switch G2, or Micro Smart Switch G2.

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch

WARNING: This wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Switch G2, or Micro Smart Switch G2.

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch

3-Way external switch for Micro Switch

4-Way Wiring Schematic with Live Wiring

WARNING: This wiring schematic will only work with the Micro Switch G2, or Micro Smart Switch G2.

4-Way external switch for Micro Switch

4-Way external switch for Micro Switch

 

Micro Motor Controller Wiring

This guide will help you with the wiring of Aeon Labs’ in-wall motor controller. In a lot of the countries where Aeon Labs’ products can be bought, this wiring should only be performed by a licensed electrician. Please stay safe and abide by your local legal requirements.

Note: If you are using software, be it a gateway or on a PC, to control the Micro Motor Controller, you may choose to control not attach a external switch to the Micro Motor Controller. The diagrams that follow all show a switch attached as this is the most common installation style.

Connecting a Motor to the Micro Motor Controller.

External Switch 1: Connect the switch to S1 and COM

External Switch 2: Connect the switch to S2 and COM

ST (External Switch Stop): Connect the switch to ST and COM

COM: You will need to connect the COM line from both External switches and ST External Switch together.

AC Power/AC Neutral: Connect your AC Line and AC Neutral to the respective terminals on the Micro Motor Controller.

Load 1 Connection: Connect Load 1 Live to M1 and Load 1 Neutral to the terminal next to it on the right side.

Load 2 Connection: Connect Load 2 Live to M2 and Load 2 Neutral to the terminal next to it on the left side.

Micro Motor Controller Schematic for 2 devices

Micro Motor Controller Schematic for 2 devices

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