Parameters are "special" settings you can configure on your devices. For most people it may seem a little advanced, but in this guide we will go through everything you need to know about parameters to better optimize your devices to your home.
A parameter has a number, a length and a value.
The parameter is the parameter, or setting, you wish to change. The length is a way of telling the system how many bytes the setting contains. The value is the setting you want to change your parameter to. All parameters, lengths and values, as well as an explanation for these, can be found in the user manual for all devices. It is also available online by searching for example "Fibaro Dimmer 2 user manual".
Change a parameter
To change a parameter, go to "settings → devices → your device → Z-wave parameter".
When you have typed in the correct number, length and value, press "Set parameter".
If your device is connected to power, the parameter will update instantly. If your device is running on battery, it will update the next time your device "wakes up". Depending on the device this may take up to a few hours. If you wish to update your battery device immediately, you can manually wake it up by pressing the function button.
Parameter configuration examples
Fibaro Dimmer 2
You have just installed new dimmable LED-bulbs and wish to calibrate your Fibaro Dimmer. Calibrating your dimmer ensures optimal settings for your bulbs.
According to the user manual the available settings for the parameter 13 are:
By changing parameter number 13 to value 1 or 2 (depending on having Fibaro Bypass 2), your device will start the calibration cycle.
If you were to calibrate Fibaro Dimmer 2 without Fibaro Bypass 2, the settings you enter should be: parameter = 13, length = 1, value = 1. In the app, it should look like this:
Aeotec Multisensor 6
You have chosen to power your Aeotec Multisensor 6 with a USB-power supply instead of with batteries. It is therefore possible to make the sensor send status to your smarthub more frequently, instead of once per 60 minutes which is standard to save power.
Let's say you want the sensor to report every 5 minutes = 300 seconds. This is possible by setting parameter number 111 to value 300 with length 4.
Fibaro Motion Sensor
Fibaro Motion Sensor is a very small and discrete device, but when it detects motion it flashes its light. If you wish to disable this function, you can do so by setting parameter 80 to value 0 and length 1.
Remember that devices that runs on battery power are normally "asleep", and will therefore not be updated until the next time they are awake. Parameters that are sendt to sleeping devices will be queued in the Futurehome system, and will be sendt as soon as the device wakes up. If you wish to update the parameter on the device immediately you can manually wake up the device by pressing the function button.
Comments and notes
Configuring parameters can expand a devices functionality and make it even smarter. In this guide we only looked at few of the available parameters. Most devices has over 10 different settings, and some have over 100. All of them can be found in the user manual, which is included in the product packaging. It is also available online by searching for example "Fibaro Dimmer 2 user manual".
Beware that changing parameters can have a negative impact on the functionality of a device and can affect its stability, battery lifetime, and more. We therefore advice to tread carefully when changing parameters, and only change parameters when you are certain that it is correct.
Have you found a parameter combination that you are especially happy with? Futurehome and all of our users are happy to hear from you if you have tips that could contribute to a smarter home!