Home Center Lite
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FIBARO Home Center Lite is the home automation controller, used to manage the FIBARO system.
- It is a compact version of Home Center 2.
- Can communicate with up to 230 actors and sensors by wireless protocol called Z-Wave.
- Works with graphic and user-friendly interface which allows to control all of the devices and create scenes.
- Uses wireless Z-Wave technology to manage multiple connected devices simultaneously.
- Connect up to 230 devices.
- Interface available through web browser or phone app.
- Simple set up and configuration.
- Compatible with range of Z-Wave sensors, actors, remotes, and various IP cameras.
- Low energy consumption.
|Processor||ARM Cortex-A8 (720MHz)|
|Operating memory||128 MB RAM|
|Hard drive||128 MB SLC HDD|
|Power supply:||9-12 VDC (Power Supply included)|
|Network interface:||10/100/1000 Base-T (Gigabit) Ethernet via RJ45 connector|
|Operating temperature:||10 – 40°C|
|EU standards compliance:||R&TTE 1999/5/EC
|Radio frequency:||868.4, 868.42 or 869.8 MHz EU;
908.4, 908.42 or 916.0 MHz US;
921.4, 921.42 or 919.8 MHz ANZ;
869.0 or 869.02 MHz RU;
|Range:||up to 50m (164 ft) outdoors
up to 30m (98 ft) indoors
(Depending on terrain and building structure)
|Dimensions:||90 x 90 x 33 mm|
FIBARO Home Center Lite is much the same as FIBARO Home Center 2. In terms of performance connecting to Z-Wave devices and the number of devices you can connect in your home, there is no difference.
From a technical perspective, there is a list of features that are omitted from Home Center Lite but are available in Home Center 2:
- No Lili – voice control assistance
- No LUA Programming – LUA is a programming (scripting) language commonly used in home automation controllers to enable users to create more complex control scenes than supported by the controller’s Scene editor
- No LUA based virtual devices
- No VOIP Communications
- No SATEL alarm system integration
- Limited number of plugins (max. 5)
Furthermore, Home Center Lite can work as a stand-alone Home Center (perfect for house or unit) or as a Slave (via linked gateways). HC Lite cannot work as a Master Home Center like Home Center 2 which is designed for this purpose.
Whilst the Home Center Lite may lack some of the features of its older brother, it is still packed with a lot of power and features in the box. Home Center Lite can also be mounted out of sight due to its compact nature.
- Start from connecting the antenna, by turning the mounting screw clockwise.
- Using the included ethernet cable, connect Home Center Lite’s LAN port to a router in order to connect the gateway to internet.
- Connect the included power adapter to Home Center Lite and plug it to the mains socket.
- Press the POWER button briefly. Your Home Center Lite will be ready to work in few seconds.
- Download and install FIBARO Finder designed for your operating system.
- Start the FIBARO Finder and click “Refresh”, choose the one you wish to connect and click “Connect“.
- After successful connection you will access HCL Login Panel.
1. After successful connection you will access HCL Login Panel.
2. Choose your language version, enter login and password. (default credentials are admin/admin)
3. Click Log in – now you can operate your home automation system.
The main screen (Your House) of FIBARO Home Center contains 8 panels:
- Top bar – shows current status of devices
- Command window – displays a list of actions performed by the main controller
- Menu – the main navigation bar
- Search tool –find the device
- Filters – sidebar menu to see only a specified type of components
- The House – sidebar menu to select the specified room or section
- Main section – list of devices grouped into sections and rooms
- Right sidebar – easy access to core functions of the system
The Rooms section is designed to manage your house divided into sections and rooms.
You can easily add, rename, change the order of the rooms, assign them to each of section or add new sections.
- Room window.
- Room name.
- Humidity level.
- Door/Window opening status.
- Motion detection status.
- Room icon.
- Turn on/off the lights button.
- Open/Close the blinds button.
- Arm/Disarm the alarm button.
- Electric power consumption.
- Energy consumption.
Adding new device to your system is a fast and simple process.
1) Press the “Add or remove device” button in the “Devices” section.
2) Press the “Add” button to put the main controller into learning mode. The duration of the learning mode can be adjusted here by changing the value (30 seconds by default).
3) Home Center is waiting for adding the device.
4) Put your Z-Wave device into the adding mode according to its manual.
5) Home Center will start the inclusion process and device configuration.
If process have not started even after few tries, try deleting the device according to “Deleting a Z-Wave device” article.
6) Successful inclusion and configuration will be confirmed by “Device configuration finished” message.
There are two ways of integrating cameras with Fibaro:
- installing the relevant plugin
- adding all the details manually
Adding a camera using a Plugin
The Home Center has over 130 available plugins for different cameras. For this example we will be using an Axis IP Dome camera.
1) Click on the Plugins tab at the top and then Available on the left hand bar.
2) Once we have located a suitable plugin, click Install which takes us into the details of the Plugin.
In this article we will install Axis IP Camera.
3) Click Free to download and install the plugin.
4) After we have selected the Plugin, downloaded and installed it, an Add button will appear underneath the description.
5) Click on the Advanced tab and fill in the IP Address, username and password.
Other fields will be filled automatically.
6) Click the blue save button on the right hand side. The camera will be added to the system.
Adding a camera manually
1) To add an IP camera manually, click on the Devices tab and then Add or remove device on the left hand side.
2) As all the general settings are also available on the Advanced tab, click Advanced now.
3) Name the camera and give it a room.
4) Using the drop down box for Camera Model we will check to see if ours is there. If it is, clicking on it will automatically fill in some paths in the fields below.
5) Enter the username and password associated with the camera (normally found using the software included with the camera).
6) Fill out the Camera Configuration: the IP address and stream feeds. All this information should be within the cameras documentation.
7) Click the blue save button on the right hand side. The camera will be added to the system.
Virtual devices are designed to control complex devices such as air conditioning units and home appliances via local remote (LAN network). The Fibaro System makes it possible to import existing or create new virtual devices to be controlled by the Home Center interface.
Importing virtual devices:
1) Open Devices section.
2) Click Add or remove device button located on the left hand side.
3) Use Import virtual device panel to import .vfib file from your hard drive.
4) Fill in the IP Address and TCP Port.
5) Use save icon to save the device configuration.
Deleting the device will remove it from the Z-Wave network and from the controller’s memory. The device will be restored to its default settings during this process.
1) Press the “Add or remove device” button in the “Devices” section.
2) Press the “Delete” button to put the main controller into learning mode. The duration of the learning mode can be adjusted here by changing the value (30 seconds by default).
3) Home Center is waiting for deleting the device.
4) Put your Z-Wave device into the exclusion mode according to its manual (triple clicking the B-button, TMP button or S1 switch in case of FIBARO System devices).
5) Home Center will start the process of exclusion and removing from controller’s memory.
6) Successful removal will be confirmed by “Removing devices finished” message.
General Settings tab lets the user administrate the device. Here you can simply control the device, merge it into groups, change its name and assign it to the right room.
You can also change the icon of the device, check the battery’s level and check version of the product.
In this section you can see the structure of the device – which endpoints (slave sub-devices) are available under the main device (master).
Home Center Lite Configuration interface allows users to modify whole range of advanced settings for every device.
In order to configure a device:
1) Click spanner’s icon to open device options.
2) Select the “Advanced” tab.
3) Advanced configuration will be shown under device information. There are multiple sections of the window.
General advanced settings with information about the Z-Wave chip, ability to hide the device in the interface or disable it, polling settings and few other:
Reconfiguration and soft reconfiguration of the device, reloading parameters and device’s template to download:
You can also set associations between devices.
Association (linking devices) – allows for direct transfer of control commands between Z-Wave network devices. Main controller does not take part in such communication. Using this mechanism, devices may communicate with each other even when the main controller is disabled or damaged e.g. in a fire.
Z-Wave advanced parameters for this device:
Advanced parameters – allows for customize device's operation to user’s needs. The settings are available in the FIBARO interface as simple options that may be chosen by selecting the appropriate box.
Scenes can integrate multiple devices included in your system. Scenes may be initiated by weather condition, a series of intuitive timers or various sensor/module state. You can also trigger a scene directly from the interface of the controller.
There are three ways to create a scene in Home Center Lite interface:
- Magic Scenes – based on one trigger, one action scheme (if trigger appears, then action occurs). The two large boxes at the top show “if” and “then”. The first box is called the trigger. If the event described in that trigger occurs, then your chosen action in the second box will occur.
- Block Scenes are more powerful than magic scenes and still easy to build. Using number of available customizable blocks (triggers) complex scenes can be visually created.There are five different trigger types: weather, variable, timers, devices and GPS -in five different colors which you can connect in many ways.
How to add a scene?
1) Click on the “Scenes” tab.
2) Select “Add scene” tab (located in the left toolbar).
3) Choose the type of scene you want to create and click Add.
Consumption section of Home Center Lite configuration interface allows for monitoring power consumption and temperature readings from every device connected to the HCL capable of doing so.
Main screen displays gauges with current energy and temperature measures. You can also check summary value of energy consumption in the span of an hour, day, week and month and average value of temperature in last hour, day, week and month. Left hand side panel allows choosing which rooms are taken into the account.
Energy panel shows complex information about current and statistical electric energy consumption.
First switch allows choosing between rooms and devices view.
Second switch allows choosing between summary and comparison view.
Third switch allows choosing between displaying consumption in kWh or as cost of energy.
Depending on the chosen criteria you can show summary and comparison view of average consumption in the chosen span of time.
In the “Settings” tab you can set currency and cost of one kWh of energy in this currency to allow proper energy cost display.
Temperature panel shows complex information about current and statistical temperature.
Two slide switches allow to set the form of displayed measurements:
First switch (from left) allows choosing between rooms and devices view.
Second switch allows choosing between summary and comparison view.
Depending on the chosen criteria you can show view of average temperature in the chosen span of time.
Plugins allow user to easily integrate other devices, which are not equipped with Z-Wave communication, eg. Smart TV, weather station, alarm or video entry system. This way you can control them using your smartphone or tablet, also using the remote access feature. Plugins are divided into five categories:
- Cameras: over 130 devices made by different manufacturers
- Climate: Carrier Furnace, Netatmo, WS Davis Vantage ,Weather plugins
- Multimedia: Denon AVR, Heos Denon, LG Blu-ray, LG Smart TV, Logitech Harmony, NC+ Mediabox, NuVo, Onkyo AVR, Philips Blu-ray, Pioneer AVR, Russound, Samsung Smart TV, Sonos Speaker, Sony Blu-ray, Sony TV, XBMC Remote Control
- Security: DSC Alarm, EnvisaLink Alarm, Helios Basic, Helios Gold, IP Bell, Mobotix, Modular Alarm
- Other: Philips Hue, Planika Fireplace, Wake on LAN
In Home Center Lite you can use at most 5 plugins at the same time.
SMS Panel lets you manage your house via text messages when you have no internet access.
Functionality is available only in Poland.
Alarm Panel gives the opportunity to create an alarm with the Z-Wave sensors we already have installed in our home.
Heating Panel allows you to schedule heating programs at predetermined times. After the zones have been created and rooms are added to it, all linked devices responsible for maintaining the desired temperature will work in accordance with schedule.
AC Panel allows you to schedule cooling programs at predetermined times. After the zones have been created and rooms are added to it, all linked devices responsible for maintaining the desired temperature will work in accordance with schedule.
Humidity Panel allows you to schedule humifying programs at predetermined times. After the zones have been created and rooms are added to it, all linked devices responsible for maintaining the desired humidity will work in accordance with schedule.
Sprinklers Panel is designed to control sprinkler Relay Switches modules. It allows you to create sprinkling schedule or control sprinklers manually.
Events Panel is a register of all of the activities taking place in a FIBARO System. The panel lets the user monitor changes in status of all devices and filter them depending on the device type, location or the time of occuring.
Variables Panel allows you to add, change and check status of global variables that can be used in your scenes. You can use variables that can contain numerical values or predefined variables that can have few states of any kind.
Notifications Panel gives the ability to create messages to be used for informing the user of certain events taking place in the house.
Localization Panel uses user defined GPS points to activate GPS scenes. There are two ways of defining GPS points choosing on a map, or entering certain GPS coordinates.
Linked Devices combine several devices into one device. Using this function results in controlling the group of related devices as if they were one single device. The group will be presented in the HCL interface as a single device.
VoIP Panel is available only in Home Center 2.
General Information window of Configuration section of Home Center Lite provides basic information about your HC gateway, lets you choose main sensors, restart and change language of the interface.
Basic information about the Home Center Lite include: serial number, MAC address, current software version, time and date last system backup file was created and server status.
The Access Control window allows you to manage the accounts of the users of your Home Center Lite. It allows you to grant/block access to the devices, scenes and system settings. From the Access Control it is also possible to grant/block access using the hotel mode for a given mobile application or set a period for reporting GPS locations from a certain mobile device. Also, the Access Controll gives an option to define mobile devices which will receive Push Notications.
In the Backup window of the Backup section the backup files are created and list of them is displayed. Backup file is a copy of a file containing the information’s about all devices added to the system and all of their settings, users individual settings and the HCL operating system.
Diagnostic panel allows to monitor Home Center Lite resources usage, like CPU, RAM memory and storage memory. Z-Wave tab of Diagnostic panel displays if all your Z-Wave devices are configured properly.
Remote Gateways allow to create large network of home automation. However we do not recommend more than 600 devices in one system and there is no possibility to add more than 230 devices per controller (Home Center Lite).
LAN Settings window allows for configuring local network settings HCL is connected into.
Location window includes time, date and format settings. Additionally, it is possible to enter the longitude and latitude or city used for monitoring weather conditions (also used in scenes).
Z-Wave network – in this window the Z-Wave network settings and parameters are displayed. It is recommended to change this settings only by advanced users.