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vyeng 5 23 November 12, 2014 at 03:45 PM in Home & Home Improvement (5) More Amazon Deals
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Promoted 11-12-2014 by Corwin at 06:21 PM View Original Post
Amazon has Mi Casa Verde VeraLite Z-Wave Home Controller (White and Green) for $99 with free shipping. Thanks vyeng

Price Comparison: Our research indicates that the Mi Casa Verde VeraLite Z-Wave Home Controller (White and Green) is $36 lower (27% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $135. - Corwin

Deal Editor's Note: This is a substantial price drop from the previous Frontpage deal, which was priced at $139.95. This home controller allows you to access and control devices from any browser enabled device. Find out more about the VeraLite controller here. - Corwin
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Edited November 12, 2014 at 04:26 PM by DeividdoSama
Amazon.com is selling the Mi Casa Verde VeraLite Home Controller [amazon.com]for $99 with free shipping! This is the cheapest price I've seen!
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Amazon.com is selling the Mi Casa Verde VeraLite Home Controller ["http]for $99 with free shipping! This is the cheapest price I've seen!
why are these getting this cheap. how far away they can be from the switches that are connecting to them or they work like routers once set up.

also will the lutron dimmer work with it ?
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Nice price. Now for some deals on ZWave switches and dimmers please.
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why are these getting this cheap. how far away they can be from the switches that are connecting to them or they work like routers once set up.

also will the lutron dimmer work with it ?
@VikramD, only Z-Wave compatible devices are supported with the VeraLite controller. Z-Wave devices can communicate up to 100 meters or 300 feet. See Z-Wave FAQ [z-wave.com]page.
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@VikramD, only Z-Wave devices are supported with the VeraLite controller. Z-Wave devices can communicate up to 100 meters or 300 feet. See Z-Wave FAQ [z-wave.com]page.
Most (if not all) devices form a mesh network of relays so the range is expanded.
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why are these getting this cheap. how far away they can be from the switches that are connecting to them or they work like routers once set up.

also will the lutron dimmer work with it ?
new model is being released soon -- possibly named Vera Edge.
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why are these getting this cheap.
Probably because there's a ton of other hubs out there that are better, offer more radios and comparable customization. Mi Casa Verde was ahead of its time 3 years ago, but tech moves fast, and they haven't. It seems like the SmartThings hub is more capable than this. It works with cheap $15 GE Link dimmable bulbs, for example.
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supposed to be release this week. Posted in micasaverde forums on November 8, 2014

Q: Looking at the pictures, it seems to be the "new" Vera that has been speculated about on the forum, the one with the ZWAVE+ chipset. Can you confirm this?

A: Great question Benjamin. Yes, I can confirm the new VeraEdge is a Z-Wave Plus? controller, but it is not (as some have speculated) the HAB that Orange has deployed for Homelive.
We'll announce full details on the VeraEdge next week. Stay tuned.
Cheers,
Colin Burke McClure ▾ Sr. Director of Product Development
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wow..this is a smart device. I like it. Thanks op.
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Crud...Was gonna jump and finally have a zwave hub but you guys just talked me out of it!
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such temptation. MCV support hasn't been able to resolve my issue with my current vera lite Frown
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Probably because there's a ton of other hubs out there that are better, offer more radios and comparable customization. Mi Casa Verde was ahead of its time 3 years ago, but tech moves fast, and they haven't. It seems like the SmartThings hub is more capable than this. It works with cheap $15 GE Link dimmable bulbs, for example.
Any specific alternative Z-Wave Controller you would recommend instead? What features are we missing with this version? Thanks
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The current crop of most known Zwave controllers

SmartThings - No Monthly Fee Recently bought up by Samsung Has potential but what is Samsung planning with it? Active community.
Revolv - Recently picked up by Google (Nest) and current production has ceased.
Wink - Cloud only. You lose Internet, you lose your HA. Has it share of issues.
Iris - Free basic use but monthly fee for anything more.
Nexia/Schlage - Monthly fee
Staples Connect - Monthly fee I believe
Vera - No monthly fee, can run in fully local models . New models coming soon but current models are z-wave only. Active community.

I've been running Vera for about 3 years with 40+ devices and a bag of scenes. Pretty stable for me and bout 95% reliable. I've been keeping an eye on the other offerings in case I needed a plan B but haven't found anything offering me the configurability that Vera offers. Which is a double edged sword as to get full potential out of it, a steep learning curve has to be mastered.

As far as the price goes I scored a Vera 3 a month or so back for less than $10 more from Amazon. It will be my test/QA box for teh new UI7 as I rather not kill my live HA environment.

As far as other protocols, Insteon is nice bu Zigbee has a lot of varieties which are not compatible with each other.
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Any specific alternative Z-Wave Controller you would recommend instead? What features are we missing with this version? Thanks
If you don't have a ZWave controller and you want to get into it, IMO - this is a great opportunity. Yes, there will be a next gen up soon, but it'll be priced at double what this one is going for, and for most users the difference in functionality won't be noticeable just yet (you're paying for future proofing on a newer unit).

Given the learning curve and cost associated with home automation, if you don't have any devices yet I'd strongly suggest the Vera. IMO, the only thing that Smarthings has over this is the IFTTT programming, which IMO isn't as capable (but more user friendly) than custom development or scene-based automation in Vera.
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