[ANSWERED]Setting up a Dakota Motion detector

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Fri Jan 02, 2009 3:01 pm
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[ANSWERED]Setting up a Dakota Motion detector

I have several Dakota's running but between oldzimers and my half glass of bubbly I can't recall the correct sequence to add another.

I.e. I think I configured my existing more by luck than knowledge :)

I tried adding another and got myself twisted up.

What is the correct procedure? I.e. am I planning correctly?

1) Set the Dakota PLM into receive mode by pressing button on the side

2) After the Dakota PLM is in receive mode are all the other button pushes done via Indigo?


Sorry to be such a pain, but I thought I better ask before I screw up my setup and become an even bigger pain.

Maybe someone has some Indigo modified SimpleHomeNet instructions for the Dakota?

When running multiple Dakota Motion Detectors I'm assuming that when I end up with 2 Dakota IR-300's showing up as the same "button" it is dip switch 9 and 10 that needs changing?

TIA - Heinz

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Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:19 am
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Re: Setting up a Dakota Motion detector

Unfortunately, I'm no EZSnsRF expert (don't have one). However, here are two threads where folks discuss the procedures for linking Dakota motion sensors to Indigo:

http://www.perceptiveautomation.com/php ... php?t=3102
http://www.perceptiveautomation.com/php ... php?t=2776


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Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:37 am
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Thanks Matt.

Seems we're all "stumbling" on this one :)

I may resort to a factory reset and start over but not anxious to do that during our once-in-10-years snowfall as some sensors are outside.

Will try to document it better this time around.

On the plus side... The Dakota's work well once linked.


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hwitten wrote:
Will try to document it better this time around.

Heinz, that would be fantastic. If you do this sometime in the next month, I'd really appreciate it if you'd keep copius notes on the process (I don't have one either so I can't test). I'm working on something that's gonna make procedures like this easier to find and follow, and I'm collecting content already...

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Here goes Jay. Hope it'll help others that may be struggling and/or act as a memory jog for me next time. :)

Note the Channel change. In retrospect I think that's where I got hung up when I couldn't get past button 5 until I changed the dip switches to use another channel. Could be that each channel does 5 "buttons" making up the 20 possible. That's just a guess though, as many things are.

These are the original instructions, only #3 is modified.

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1. Press and hold the pushbutton on the side of EZSnsRF for about
4 seconds, then release it and observe the LED on its side flash
about once per second (slow rate).  The EZSnsRF is now listen-
ing for wireless senders.

2. Use any method to activate the sender to be linked (e.g. move in
front of a motion sensor or press a pushbutton on a keyfob). The
EZSnsRF LED will flash more rapidly upon “hearing” the wire-
less sender.  The EZSnsRF is now listening for INSTEON de-
vices to enroll (link with.)

3. With Indigo: (Assuming that the EZSnsRF itself has already been linked in Indigo)
Double-click the EZSnsRF device. Click the "Send PowerLinc Set Button Pressed"
3. [IGNORE when using Indigo] Press and hold the pushbutton on the INSTEON device to be
controlled until its LED blinks, or a light connected to it flashes
(about 3-4 seconds depending on the particular unit) indicating
the completed link.  The EZSnsRF LED may flash briefly but
will continue to blink about twice per second indicating readi-
ness to enroll additional INSTEON devices on this group.

4. If additional INSTEON devices need to be enrolled, repeat step
3 above.  Otherwise, if done enrolling devices on this group,
press and hold the pushbutton on the EZSnsRF for 3-4 seconds,
then release it at which point the LED on the EZSnsRF will turn
off indicating readiness to accept a timer value.

5. A timer (value from .5 to 15.5 minutes) can now be added to
delay the OFF command regardless of the duration of the in-
coming wireless signal. If no timer is needed, end the linking
process by pressing and holding the EZSnsRF pushbutton for 3-
4 seconds.  Its LED will glow steadily again.  If a timer is de-
sired, tap the pushbutton on the EZSnsRF 1-31 times (each tap
adds 1/2 minute to the timer), then press and hold the EZSnsRF
pushbutton for 3-4 seconds to end the linking session.  The
EZSnsRF LED will return to a dim condition.

Delivered, my IR-3000's are set to Channel 2 (dip 9 off, 10 on). I could not get past button 5. I changed to Channel 3 ( dip 9 on, 10 off) and it came up with a button 6.

The #4 and #5 instructions/procedures are really lame for us Indigo users and I basically tried to enter just through them, I.e. pressed the button on the EZSnsRF itself a few times. Success on that is where the bit of luck comes in :)

My EZSnsRF is called "Dakota". Once you see this in the Event Log you have lift-off:
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  Received INSTEON   "Dakota" on (button 6)
  Trigger Action     Sensor Button 6 (Dakota)
  Received INSTEON   "Dakota" off (button 6)

I only use the "on" trigger, in conjunction with the Timer script. Off is ignored.

My IR-3000 settings are set for a 15 second reset so that the timer resets promptly. I use 3-4 minutes in my timer to act as "room occupied" time.

Lights are turned off based on the Timer script. Works very well. Too bad the new Insteon MD's don't work like this :)


Please take the above with a grain of salt, I.e. it seems that linking/setting up the IR-3000 with the Dakota Alert is not an exact science, at least not for me :)
To add another IR-3000 I had to change channels again before I could get a "button 7". I have some unused buttons it seems but it could be that I used those up in my initial setup before Indigo had the Button. I may have to resort to a factory reset yet, but not until I run out of codes/buttons altogether.

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Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:47 am
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Been 'playing' some more to get my water sensing into place and while doing that found a notation to make dip switches 1-8 unique for every Dakota transmitter when used with the EZSnsRF. Unless you need to broaden coverage by running several transmitters (sensors) in same area. I.e. I have 2 Dakota motion sensors in the garage that are set to transmit same "button". I got that by accident as no mention was made in the Dakota PIR instructions. Of course I could've just missed them too :)

A reminder/observation re using Dakota for water sensing. By the nature of the beast, I.e. running on batteries, the Dakota transmits an ON when the sensor hits water. No off when dry, just the timed off.

What this translates to is that the Dakota makes a good "alarm" but is not suitable for checking water levels, etc. A normal EZIO module is better suited for that as status can be checked and state is changed when the sensor goes dry.

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Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:20 pm
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Re: Setting up a Dakota Motion detector

The following procedure can be used to setup the EZSnsRF/5010E
with the Dakota IR-3000. In this configuration, three IR-3000
units will be used. The dip switches in the three IR-3000 units
are set as follows:

ID Switches
-- ---------------------------------
1 All off, except for switch number one,
which is on.

2 All off, except for switch number two,
which is on.

3 All off, except for switches one and two,
which are on.

This sets each IR-3000 to a unique code so that they can be
distinguished by the 5010E.

The balance of the IR-3000 settings (the jumpers) should be
set based on the specific application. I would recommend that
the jumper which controls the LED be in the "on" position
(LED active) during the procedure, since triggering the motion
detector is a critical step in this procedure, and the LED
will tell us when this occurs.

Note that the code that is set in the IR-3000 is not directly
related to the coding of the alerts that are generated in Indigo.
The 5010E will assign an alert code of 1 to the first IR-3000
linked, a code of 2 to the second IR-3000 linked, etc. Hence, at
the conclusion of this procedure, IR-3000 alerts will appear as
"button press" events on the 5010E for buttons 1,2 and 3.

Procedure - 5010E Installation

(1) Reset the 5010E to factory defaults as follows :

(a) Disconnect power from the 5010E for at least
10 seconds.

(b) Depress and hold the 5010E push button.

(c) Apply power to the 5010E while holding the

(d) Continue to hold the button for another 10

The 5010E will issue a long beep to indicate the reset has
started and a short beep when it is complete.

(2) Configure the 5010E in Indigo.

(a) Activate the device window.

(b) Click new, set the device name, then click
define and sync. Enter the 5010E address and
click start.

(b) At the completion of the define and sync
procedure, close the "Define Insteon Device"

(c) Close the "Create New Device" dialog box.

(d) Use the "edit" button to reopen the 5010E
properties box, as you will need the "PowerLinc
Button Press" function subsequently in this

(e) Press the button on the 5010E for approximately
four seconds. The LED will go dark. Release
the button and press it again for approximately
four seconds. The LED will come on solid.

This completes the procedure for configuring the 5010E in Indigo.

Procedure - IR-3000 Linking

We will now link the IR-3000 units to the 5010E, and then
to Indigo. These steps will be repeated for each IR-3000
to be configured.

(3) Depress the 5010E button and hold it for 4 seconds. The
LED on the 5010E will start to blink slowly. The 5010E is
now listening for a new wireless device.

(4) Trigger the IR-3000 by moving in the front of the detector.
The 5010E will beep when it hears the IR-3000 and the LED
will flash more quickly.

(5) Link the IR-3000 to Indigo by using the "Powerlinc Button Press"
control under the 5010E "edit device" screen in Indigo. The 5010E
will again beep indicating that it has heard the "PowerLinc
Button Press" from Indigo.

(6) Press and hold the 5010E button for about 4 seconds. The
5010E LED will now turn off, indicating that the 5010E is ready
to accept timer parameters for this link.

(7) Perform timer programmer here if desired. In my configuration,
I do not use timers in the 5010E. See the 5010E instruction sheet
for further information.

(8) Press and hold the 5010E button for about 4 seconds. The
5010E LED will now come on steady.

This completes the procedure to link one IR-3000 to Indigo. To
link additional IR-3000 units, return to step 3 above.

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