Aeotec by Aeon Labs Panic Button
The following instructions have been designed to help you install and get the best performance out of the Aeotec by Aeon Labs Z-Wave Panic Button.
- Panic Button
- Button pin
Insert your batteries
Your Aeotec by Aeon Labs Panic Button uses wireless technology to talk to your Z-Wave network. To prepare it for both setup and use, it’s necessary to insert its batteries.
For an existing Z-Wave network
Your Panic Button can be set up as a secondary remote control for your Z-Wave network. This is perfect for including it as a remote control in an existing Z-Wave network. You’ll need to be near your existing primary ZWave controller and have the Panic Button with you.
Your Panic Button will now work as a remote control within your Z-Wave network, allowing it to both control associated devices and act as a tool for adding/removing devices to/from your Z-Wave network.
For a New Z-Wave Network
Your Panic Button can be set up as the primary controller of a Z-Wave network. This is ideal for a situation where you don’t already have a Z-Wave network set up, and you’re either starting out or intending to set up only a small one.
In this case you need to associate your Z-Wave devices with the Panic Button – this will, by default, set up a new Z-Wave network for you. To do this, refer to ‘Adding devices to your Z-Wave network’ in the Advanced Functions part of this manual, and follow the instructions.
What happens in the case of an emergency
With your Panic Button now working within your Z-Wave network, it’s time to tell it what to do in the case of an emergency. Your Panic Button can activate/turn on any device within the network.
During the following steps you’ll associate Z-Wave devices with your Panic Button and also determine precisely how it will affect the device. For instance, your Panic Button may turn open a motorised blind to 50% of its height. As such, you need to ensure that each Z-Wave device is not at the same setting as the desired outcome. In this example, before beginning, your motorised blind should be fully closed.
Adding devices to your Z-Wave network
When setup within your network, the Panic Button is able to add Z-Wave devices to the same network.
Removing devices from your emergency scenario
In the Quick Start part of this manual you set up what would happen in the event of an emergency by associating particular Z-Wave devices with your Panic Button. There may come a time when you no longer wish for this to be the case. To remove a device from your Panic Button’s control:
Resetting your Panic Button
If you ever want to completely reset your Panic Button’s settings, you can.
Using the remote for non-emergencies
While it’s been designed for emergency situations, you may choose to use the convenience of the button’s onebutton remote control functionality for other scenarios. In this case, where the primary button would be used to turn communicate with all sorts of Z-Wave devices, from lighting to garage doors, there is an additional functionality that you may choose to use – dimming.
When held down, the Main Action Button will send up and down instructions to any compatible Z-Wave devices associated with it. With a dimmable light, holding down the Main Action Button would see it brighten or dim depending on its current level of brightness.
Informing a gateway of an emergency
While your Panic Button is capable of directly controlling Z-Wave devices, your particular Z-Wave network may use one of the many Z-Wave gateways as its central controller. If you do, you can tell them to perform specific actions in the event of an emergency. This includes using your Panic Button to inform your gateway that an emergency is occurring. How you define an emergency and its outcome is up to you. For instance, you may setup a gateway to send a text message when your Panic Button is activated.
Each gateway is different, and you’ll need to refer to its manual or help files in order to create an emergency scenario. A scenario might be as follows:
When pressed, your Panic Button should activate a siren. It will send a signal to your gateway to activate an emergency scene/scenario.
Your gateway will receive the command from your Panic Button.
Your siren will turn on.
Z-Wave gateways can provide functionality such as recording video and sending emails, all of which can be relevant to an emergency situation.