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How To Set Up Your Z-Box Hub From a Computer Browser
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We recommend setting up your Z-Box Hub from the computer browser. The WEB UI is the command center for your hub - this is where you'll add, edit, and remove devices, as well as program automations and create scenes. There are two ways to configure the hub from your computer: through your local Wi-Fi network connection or through direct LAN connection to your router if you have an Ethernet cable adapter and an Ethernet cable available (sold separately). We include both sets of instructions below.

How to set up your Z-Box Hub from a computer browser using your local Wi-Fi network

Here's what you'll need to set up your hub using this method:

1. Physical access to your Z-Box hub to access the serial number and other important information on the back label
2. Working Internet router with a local Wi-Fi network set-up
3. Computer or a smartphone connected to your local W-Fi network
4. Password to your Wi-Fi network

 

First, plug your hub into a standard 120 V receptacle using the supplied USB cable and power supply.

Note: If you’re using your own USB, make sure it isn’t longer than 10 feet for best results.

 

Wait for the hub to power up. The LED indicator on your hub will turn solid white and it will then start pulsing blue. Once the LED turns solid red the hub is ready to be configured.

 

Next, follow these steps to set up your hub:

1. Connect your computer to the local Wi-Fi network created by your Z-Box Hub (the name will start with ZB-XXXX).
Note: You can find the Wi-Fi SSID and password on the label on the bottom of your hub.
2. Open your Internet browser and type in 10.42.0.1 in the URL address bar. Review and accept the Terms of Service. Then click Start to begin the configuration process.
3. Select Wi-Fi as your network option and click Next.
Select your Wi-Fi network from the list, click Next, and type in your network password.

Click Next.

Note: WEP-encrypted or 5 GHz networks will not be displayed as they are not supported by the hub.

Wait for the hub to connect to your network, it may take a few minutes (don’t leave the screen). Once your hub connects, the LED indicator will turn solid green and you will be redirected to Choose Your Location screen.

4. Type in the hub’s location information for the most accurate local parameters like weather information, and click Next.

5. Review and adjust the hub’s settings (time zone, temperature unit, etc.), and click Next to set your local and remote access credentials.

6. Type in your new login, password, and email information for local access, then click Next.
Note: These credentials can be used for local access only. We recommend you also set up remote access to monitor and control your devices outside your home network and integrate the hub with your smart speaker for the best experience (see the next step).

7. Click Connect to create your Hub ID account for remote access. If you’d like to restrict access to your local network only, simply click Skip. You’ll have the opportunity to enable remote access anytime in the future. 

Note: If you skip the remote access setup, the hub will require a reboot to save the configuration. Select OK.
8. To enable remote access, click on Register your ID account and provide the credentials you want to use for remote access. Accept all Terms of Service and agreements and click on Sign Up.
Important: Before you can log in, you need to verify your email address by clicking the link in the Welcome to ID verification message sent to the email address you used to sign up.
9. Once your account is verified, enter your newly created credentials. You will be prompted to add your hub to the remote account. The serial number and MAC address for your hub should be autopopulated, if not please refer to the S/N and MAC WiFi information on the bottom label on the hub.

10. After the hub is successfully added to your account, click OK.

Then click Open next to the selected hub and enter your remote access login and password.
Newly added hubs require a reboot to save the configuration. Click OK to start the reboot and wait for the hub to return back online.

Note: The LED indicator on your hub will turn solid white and then it will start pulsing blue. Once the LED turns solid green, the hub is back online.

11. You are now ready to add devices and automate your smart home.
For future access navigate to http://zb-XXXX.local/ (where the “zb-XXXX” stands for your hub’s serial number printed on the label on the bottom of the hub) to access your system locally or https://remote-zbox.myhubid.com/ for remote access outside of your home network.

 

 NOTE: If you already set up and registered your hub from the WEB UI, when you first open the mobile app, simply click the LOG IN button and use the same credentials to sign in. Do NOT choose ADD HUB if you've already configured your hub in the WEB UI. 

 


 

How to set up your Z-Box Hub from a computer browser using a direct LAN connection to your router

Here's what you'll need to set up your hub using this method:

1. Physical access to your Z-Box hub to access the serial number and other important information on the back label
2. Working Internet router with a local network set-up
3. Computer connected to your local network
4. Z-Box Ethernet Adapter (not included) to set up a LAN connection

5. Ethernet cable (not included)

 

First, plug your hub into a standard 120 V receptacle using the supplied USB cable and power supply. Then connect one end of your Ethernet cable (not included, sold separately) into your router and then the other end into the ethernet port on your Z-Box adapter.

 

Wait for the hub to power up. The LED indicator on your hub will turn solid white and it will then start pulsing blue. Once the LED turns solid red the hub is ready to be configured.

If you connect the hub using Z-Box ethernet adapter, the LED will turn green after a while to indicate the connection.

Note: If you’re using your own USB, make sure it isn’t longer than 10 feet for best results.

 

Next, follow these steps to set up your hub:

1. Connect your computer to the local Wi-Fi network created by your Z-Box Hub (the name will start with ZB-XXXX).
Note: You can find the Wi-Fi SSID and password on the label on the bottom of your hub.
2. Open your Internet browser and type in 10.42.0.1 in the URL address bar. Review and accept the Terms of Service. Then click Start to begin the configuration process.
3. Select the LAN connection option and click Next.

Wait for the hub to connect to your network, it may take a few minutes (don’t leave the screen). Once your hub connects, the LED indicator will turn solid green and you will be redirected to Choose Your Location screen.

Your default settings for LAN connection will be automatically detected; however you can alter them manually if you prefer to use a different configuration. Once ready press Next to proceed to location information.

4. Type in the hub’s location information for the most accurate local parameters like weather information, and click Next.

5. Review and adjust the hub’s settings (time zone, temperature unit, etc.), and click Next to set your local and remote access credentials.

6. Type in your new login, password, and email information for local access, then click Next.
Note: These credentials can be used for local access only. We recommend you also set up remote access to monitor and control your devices outside your home network and integrate the hub with your smart speaker for the best experience (see the next step).

7. Click Connect to create your Hub ID account for remote access. If you’d like to restrict access to your local network only, simply click Skip. You’ll have the opportunity to enable remote access anytime in the future. 

Note: If you skip the remote access setup, the hub will require a reboot to save the configuration. Select OK.
8. To enable remote access, click on Register your ID account and provide the credentials you want to use for remote access. Accept all Terms of Service and agreements and click on Sign Up.
Important: Before you can log in, you need to verify your email address by clicking the link in the Welcome to ID verification message sent to the email address you used to sign up.
9. Once your account is verified, enter your newly created credentials. You will be prompted to add your hub to the remote account. The serial number and MAC address for your hub should be autopopulated, if not please refer to the S/N and MAC WiFi information on the bottom label on the hub.

10. After the hub is successfully added to your account, click OK.

Then click Open next to the selected hub and enter your remote access login and password.
Newly added hubs require a reboot to save the configuration. Click OK to start the reboot and wait for the hub to return back online.

Note: The LED indicator on your hub will turn solid white and then it will start pulsing blue. Once the LED turns solid green, the hub is back online.

11. You are now ready to add devices and automate your smart home.
For future access navigate to http://zb-XXXX.local/ (where the “zb-XXXX” stands for your hub’s serial number printed on the label on the bottom of the hub) to access your system locally or https://remote-zbox.myhubid.com/ for remote access outside of your home network.

 

 NOTE: If you already set up and registered your hub from the WEB UI, when you first open the mobile app, simply click the LOG IN button and use the same credentials to sign in. Do NOT choose ADD HUB if you've already configured your hub in the WEB UI. 

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