Your Constellation Connect smart hub is the brains of your home automation and security system. Using Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, the cloud, and more the smart hub connects to your smart devices so you can control and manage them in a simple, centralized way. There are three main benefits of Constellation Connect:
Constellation Connect is an advanced smart home system, but setting it up is as easy as it is quick. Your system can be up and running within 30 to 40 minutes. This guide walks you through each step. And check out this overview video as a complement to the detailed instructions below.
Setting up the Constellation Connect hub is an easy do-it-yourself process, even if you aren’t a technology expert.
First access Wi-Fi on your phone or tablet. Then follow these four steps:
Where you place your hub and router affects signal strength and reach. We recommend placing your hub next to your router. Consider these tips when thinking about the best place to position your Constellation Connect.
Pro Tip: You can watch a short video tutorial on where to set up your hub.
Your Constellation Connect comes with an Ethernet cable. Plug one end into the hub and the other into the router’s Ethernet port.
Plug the power cable into the hub and then into a power source. It takes about two minutes for the device to fully power up. You’ll see indicator lights for:
After your device has powered up and connected, you’ll need to create an account to start customizing controls.
Your Constellation Connect account is how you manage your device and services. You’ll need to set one up in order to use your hub, but you can do that quickly and easily in just a few steps.
Go to the settings of whatever mobile device you’ve downloaded the Constellation Connect app onto and make sure the Wi-Fi is enabled to complete the setup.
When you first open the app, select “New to Constellation?” to create an account. Once done, you’ll be able to access all the Constellation Connect features.
The app screen instructions walk you through locating and activating your hub and pairing it to your account. When finished, the app will show the Constellation Connect dashboard.
If you don’t see your hub listed, select “Scan Barcode” and use the camera on your device to scan the back of your hub. If that doesn’t work, there’s an option to enter the numbers manually. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to finish creating your account.
Constellation Connect offers monitoring plans from basic entryway self-monitoring to comprehensive, 24/7 live monitoring for security, fire and flood that work with Constellation to protect your home.
Once powered up, connected and paired, your hub is ready for you to use. Now you can connect and customize devices to control areas of your home.
Constellation Connect allows you to control rooms or areas of your home. Within specific rooms, you can connect to devices that control light, temperature and appliances.
The app makes it easy to discover compatible devices. It guides you through the process of pairing with each one — and shows you how to program and control it. This is how you can personalize your smart home. For more information on setting up rooms and devices, see the user guide.
Modes and scenes are the specific ways you’ll use Constellation Connect to set up, automate and use a wide variety of custom settings.
Your modes are pre-configured settings that can arm and disarm security sensors with one button. You can also customize them to include setting adjustments to other devices that you want to have change at the same time.
For example, when you activate your Away mode, you could have your lights turn off and adjust the thermostat to reduce energy consumption.
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Scenes automate actions around four different types of triggers:
For more information and instructions for a scene example, see the user guide.
You can set up additional people to use your Constellation Connect system, creating specific modes and scenes for each, depending on their personal settings and permissions.
Users: Account administrators, advanced users, basic users and notification-only recipients.
Set up users to receive text and email notifications about certain events, such as motion detected in a hallway.
Users: Account administrators, advanced users and basic users.
Give specific users permission to change and operate the hub modes and devices.
Users: Account administrators and advanced users.
Designate which users can create and change scenes and notification settings, configure modes and set up devices.
Users: Account administrators.
Give permission to create new user accounts and change permissions, including which aspects of system operation they can access.
Once you have set up Constellation Connect, you can start using the home security functions. Customize and use it with the mobile app, web portal, key fob or keypad. Define specific areas using geofencing and set up the arming system for Away, Stay and Vacation.
Congratulations! In less than an hour, you have set up and customized Constellation Connect for convenient and energy-saving home automation, with security that fits your needs. If you need additional help, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Explore what you can do with Constellation Connect to learn more about its benefits. And learn more about how to link to hundreds of different smart devices to save energy by downloading the Constellation Connect product guide and user guide.
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