I’m not comfortable keeping configuration information on, or allowing remote access to my Vera box from, a third-party site, but I’d still like to create local users and send notifications.
Before I bought my Vera last week, I was led to believe, both by the MiCasaVerde homepage and by the wiki, that using the MiCasaVerde/MiOS online service was optional; and that in fact all of the device’s features, including remote access and notifications, could be enabled with one’s own infrastructure, if you were capable of punching holes through firewalls, configuring an SMTP gateway, etc. Based on this information, I assumed I’d be able to use my colo’ed GNU/Linux server to remotely access and send email notifications from my Vera box at home.
When I received my Vera, it was running UI2 or 3. I configured a couple of users and set up notifications, but then realized that I should probably be running UI4, like most other people, so I flashed the new firmware and started over with the configuration. However, as several other people on the forums have also discovered, there appears to be no way to create local users without first setting up a myMIOS account online. I also don’t see any options in UI4 to configure remote access.
Like I said above, I’m not comfortable using a third-party service to control a device hooked into my home automation system, so I’d like a way to create purely local accounts, just like I could do previously with older UI versions. I’d also like to be able to send notifications through my own SMTP server. Configuring remote access without myMIOS is a nice-to-have, but not as big a deal as sending notifications.
Is there a way to do this in UI4? I’m happy to ssh into the Vera box and do some command-line hacking and conf file editing, if that’s what it takes. If it’s not possible in UI4, can we please have that functionality restored? I feel I was misled by the product information that’s currently available, as one of the key reasons I chose the Vera over, say, Homeseer, is that all of the product’s features were available without requring an online account.