Finally! Sweet Music & Second Base With MiCasaVerde Vera..

After the first date with Vera that left me wondering what I’d let myself into, I was determined to make it work, and I was determined to avoid resorting to alcohol to make all subsequent dates bearable 😉

So after a good nights sleep I decided to try once again to make a Sonos Living Room device appear on my Vera UI5 Dashboard. With the wiki in hand I tried again, but this time the only change I made was to add an additional file reference during the device creation and it worked, it was there on the ‘dash’ ! Now i have no idea if that was required or not, or maybe it was just a complete coincidence and had nothing to do with it – but who cares I’m back I’m the game (and Vera has not been given the elbow out of our intended marital home!).

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So onwards and hopefully upwards, with my next task to see if the device even worked and if it could actually play a track on the Sonos. To do this I needed to make a Scene, which can be found under the Automation tab, which is certainly an area (once all your devices are in place) that you can spend quite a bit of time. (Quick Side Note) One of the cost savers I saw when designing my home set up was to use my Sonos as an alarm, rather than splashing out £50 for a dedicated strobe and siren unit, now the question is to see if it works. So, with a new (blank) scene open, I followed the instruction and went to the Advanced tab to build the actions I wanted my scene to take – first I chose the device from the drop down list and then selected the ‘SetFileToPlay’ option, updating the corresponding value to show the full network location of an mp3 track I knew was also listed within the Sonos library. Next I choose the ‘Play’ command from the list and finally clicked save.

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Now the real test, from the user interface I clicked on my new Scene and wow!! It worked !!

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