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Smart home systems and devices are nowadays more amazing and all-encompassing than ever before.
Using a smart system is no longer just about asking Alexa to tell you the weather or asking Google Assistant to play your favorite song.
Nowadays, smart home systems can turn the lights on or off when you are coming home or leaving, control your thermostat, unlock or lock doors, send notifications when your beloved ones come or leave home and much more.
Today, we review one Vera smart system – one of the best and most reliable smart home systems available on the market. Here is what we are going to cover today:
- What is Vera Edge?
- Quick Info
- Tech Specs
- What is Vera Edge capable of?
- How to Install Vera Smart Home App and Add Smart Devices?
- What makes Vera UI7 app so great?
What is Vera Edge?
Before we move onto our detailed review of the Vera Edge controller, here are some quick info about this amazing device:
- The most versatile controller in its price range
- One-touch control of your entire Z-Wave system
- Allows you to control over 200 devices at the same time
- User-friendly app for both Apple IOS and Google Android (available on iOS app store and Google play store
- Thanks to its advanced geo fencing your house or office know that you’re coming or leaving
- No monthly fees
- Frequent firmware updates and great technical support
- One of the most resourceful smart home communities online
- 1-year warranty
The Vera Edge Hub is the brain of your smart home. This hub allows you to control smart devices in your home such as locks, thermostats, cameras, curtains and all sorts of smart sensors from one app.
The Vera Edge smart home controller lets you add and control thousands of smart devices from world famous brands that you already use and trust.
This state-of-the-art smart home controller gives you the best of both worlds. You get powerful home control and powerful Wi-Fi performance in a single device. All with no monthly fees.
With Vera Edge, you can do anything today’s most advanced smart home can do.
Probably one of the coolest features this model has to offer is geo fencing which notifies the system that you are coming or leaving home.
We will cover all of its features shortly but first let us present you with the technical specifications of the Vera Edge:
- CPU: 600MHz MIPS SoC
- Flash Memory: NAND 128 MB
- Memory: DDR2 128 MB
- USB Port: 1
- WAN Port: 1
- Wireless: Z-Wave Plus™ and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Z-Wave Frequency: 908.42MHz
- Input: AC 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz
- Dimensions: 4.55in x 3.13in x 1.2in (HxWxD)
- Certifications: FCC, CE, RoHS
- Output: DC 12V/1A
All these specs make the Vera Edge one of the most capable smart home controllers in its price range. So, how capable it is? What can it do for you? Stay with us to find out.
What is Vera Edge capable of?
Your Vera Edge smart home system can do many cool things, depending on the accessories you add to it. We will mention some of them:
Stay safe and secure
The Vera Edge lets you build a security system around your home by adding smart door locks, door/window sensors, motion sensors, wireless video cameras and many other security gadgets.
Smart wireless cameras can turn your home into your own fortress, warning you of intruders when you are home or away. You can also use them to monitor your kids when you are not home.
The Vera Edge also allows you setting up a home safety monitoring system with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and flood detectors.
Save money on your bills
With the Vera Edge you can create an energy saving system with smart thermostats, light dimmers, energy meter monitors or smart switches for AC units.
Thanks to the smart switches you can remotely control and schedule your heating and AC to fit your lifestyle. This feature can help you save some money by keeping your house at the right temperature at the right time.
Check who is home
As we’ve already mentioned, the Vera Edge comes with geo fencing feature which lets your home know that you are coming or leaving.
Thanks to this cool feature, you will know whether your kid has left for school on time or whether your wife/husband has come from work.
Control your lighting
Control your energy, your security and your moods!
The Vera Edge lets you replace your existing ‘dumb’ wall switches and dimmers with smart ones which you can control from anywhere.
Your kids will always feel safe coming home when the lights are on.
Next, we discuss how to install Vera app and add smart devices to your Vera controller.
How to Install Vera Smart Home App and Add Smart Devices?
The hub is relatively easy to install and doesn’t require any special technological prowess. Here is how you can install it and have it ready to use in a matter of minutes:
Plug the Vera Edge hub in and connect it to the Internet with the Ethernet cable that comes in the box.
Go to VeraControl’s official website and follow their step-by-step guide on how to set up your account and register your hub.
Please make sure you follow the guide carefully.
If you follow all the steps carefully, you should have your hub set up and ready to use in a matter of minutes.
Once your hub is ready to use, you can start adding your smart devices. Adding devices is super easy as the hub comes with preconfigured settings for most Z-Wave products.
Next, we discuss what makes Vera UI7 app so great.
What makes Vera UI7 app so great?
Vera UI7 app puts the convenience, freedom, and peace of mind that a smart home provides, right in the palm of your hand. You can view and control your home from any smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Customizable dashboard lets users pin their favorite devices for quick monitoring, instant access and control. Preconfigured device settings make installation of new devices incredibly easy.
The app can also create reports of household energy consumption (daily, monthly and annual reporting).