Review

At the end of 2012, Fibaro launched theirr new little diamond: a detector for opening doors and windows. Lean and elegant design, it has seven different colors, for easy aesthetic integration.

Although the are a lot of detectors in the market, the Polish brand added its personal stamp in two extras: provides a binary input for any external switch or sensor and a digital input that allows us to connect a DS18B20 thermometer.

The opening detector can be used as:

  • A set of thermometer and remote button for timbre of our property.
  • A simple remote control to recall scenes or other Z-Wave devices.
  • An interface between conventional detectors (smoke, gas, CO,…) and our Z-Wave network.
  • A monitoring device heating (heating temperature and on/off).

Back view of the detector and the magnet that activates

Within the Fibaro standard box you will find, besides the detector, the magnet that activates it and double-sided adhesive pads and screws and plugs needed for assembly. Removing the cover of the detector, we first note the tiny and a little particular stack of 3.6 V. This battery has half the length than a conventional AA and can be found for less than 2 euros on the Internet. Beside the stack you will find one of the two tamper buttons, which is held down while the lid is on. Next we see the blue LED, which will give us some indication in the processes of inclusion, exclusion and reset, and also when the detector is activated in normal operation.

At the end of the plate, there is a strip with four connections: TP, TD, GND and IN. The thermometer will be connected in the first three and in the last two pushbutton or external sensor. At the rear, there is another tamper switch, which in this case is pressed while the detector is mounted on the door frame or window. We see that the sensor can raise an alarm if someone tries to manipulate both removing the cover, as if you try to start it from its mounting position.

Interior view of the detector opening

Installation and testing

The commissioning of the detector is not too difficult if you follow the steps detailed below. We start by removing the cover and mounting the thermometer DS18B20 in appropriate terminals as indicated in the instructions.

Mounting detail DS18B20

Then we started the procedure for inclusion on the primary controller of our Z-Wave network. With Vera Lite, we can do it directly via the buttons on the device, but this time we decided to do it from the UI5 control application. To do this, choose the “Add” option in the main menu “Devices”. After this, we offer two possibilities either hold the device to bring Vera in its final location, for which we should disconnect the Veranetwork and feed it with batteries. We chose the first option, after this, Vera waits for new devices.

UI5 screen where Vera is waiting for new device to include

Then remove the battery guard detector, assemble the lid and Vera approached. Then do three beats very fast using the tamper from the back of the detector. Then Vera should indicate by means of fast “Ready” light detector that is including in the Z-Wave network. If we do not succeed at first, we will try even with a longer series of quick beats.

To put the device in the network use the back tamper

Once achieved, we note that the UI5 ​​indicates that it has detected a new device, after that, click next and Vera try to configure the detector.

Screen UI5 where Vera has detected the new device

As it is a battery powered device, it may have entered stand-by and that Vera does not get set immediately and you have to wait until it wakes up. In this case, we bring the magnet to the brand of detector and then refresh the UI5. After perhaps several attempts, we will see that we have generated three new devices in the UI5: aparent device, type of motion sensor battery powered devices and two children, one that indicates the state of opening/closing (or binary input if we have connected) and a generic type that corresponds to the Digital temperature input. The latter is not automatically configured by Vera, so we must go to the advanced options of child device and write D_TemperatureSensor1.xml in the field of “device file”.

By including the switch with the DS18B20 generates three new devices

After making this change, the temperature displays correctly. Finally, we can modify the device names with more pertinent to their role. We select, to be shown in the main panel, the temperature sensor and the parent device, as well as showing the state of open/close, also indicates the battery level. We can also visualize the detector in our free smartphone app using the Home Buddy.

Viewing on the main panel of Vera UI5

Display at Home Buddy app for Android

We are now ready to install the detector in its final location. Some additional tips:

If at first installation we have not connected the thermometer DS18B20 and then we ride, we need to exclude the device before. To do this, put the exclusion mode primary controller and make three quick beats with tamper button near Vera.

In the case that we modified parameters and want to make sure the device back to its original configuration, just reset it. To do this, open the lid and remove the battery, magnet approach to the detector, insert the battery, removed the magnet, remove the battery and re-insert the battery. The detector confirmed with a dual LED flash has been reset.

We can check the status of the battery on the advanced tab of the device in the field “BatteryLevel” father. The time at which reading is performed is shown in UNIX format BatteryDate field, we can use to interpret as any http://www.onlineconversion.com/unix_time.htm.

The wakeup interval, ie the time that the detector remains dormant before sending a message to the primary controller, is set by default to 1800 seconds, ie 30 minutes. This value allows long battery life, but slows over the device configuration process. To this end, during the installation and configuration, user can change this time to 60 seconds, and then retrieve the initial configuration.

Detector and magnet should have their marks aligned and not more than 5 mm distant

We can conclude that the new Fibaro opening detector is a reliable and versatile device with good design. Only misses more detailed documentation and easier interaction with the software in the installation phase. Once launched, the operation is perfect.

Similar products: Fibaro Universal Sensor

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About the Author

José Díaz Trapiella
Industrial Engineer. Passionate about innovation, beyond a department or a budget, has to be an attitude in our everyday work. Finding new solutions to the problems of life, adapting existing solutions to new challenges facing us, transferring knowledge between seemingly distant fields...