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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.

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