Alea Air | Quick Start Guide
Watch the Alea Air Getting Started Video*:
*Note: Gateway installation video uses Ethernet Connection. For WIFI setup, use Alea mobile app and WIFI instructions found in this document.
What’s in the box:
Ⓐ Alea Air Grille (Register) Alea Getting Started Guide
Ⓑ Alea Getting Started Guide
Ⓒ Alea Air Vent number
Ⓓ 2x #8 Mounting screws
Ⓔ * Sensor Module with 4X AA Alkaline Batteries
Ⓕ ** Alea Gateway with Ⓖ Ethernet cord and Ⓗ Power supply.
*Sold separately or included based on Alea Air package
** 1 Alea Gateway and components included with all Alea Air packages
Requirements for installation:
• Supported Alea Vent sizes (3"x10", 4"x10", 6"x10", 4"x12", 6"x12", 4"x14" or 6"x14")
• Central forced-air central heating and/or cooling HVAC system.
• Internet connection (ethernet port available on router)
• iOS 10.0 or later and Android 8.0 or later. Mobile app is required to control setup, monitor, and control Alea.
• Duct boot depth of at least 2 3/4"
Tools you’ll need to install:
• Phillips screwdriver
Let’s Get Started
Step 1 - Set up the Alea Gateway
To set up your Ⓕ Alea Gateway, first you would need to connect the Gateway to the internet by ethernet (via the provided Ⓖ Ethernet cable) or by 802.11n WIFI.
Setting up the Alea Gateway:
Open the Ⓕ Alea Gateway box which includes the Ⓖ Ethernet cord and Ⓗ Power cable:
Setup Gateway Ethernet (skip this step if using WIFI connection):
① Insert the Ethernet cable into one of the numbered Ethernet ports on the rear panel of your Internet router.
② Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the port on the backside of the Alea Gateway.
Power up Gateway:
③ Insert the Alea Gateway's power cable into the USB socket on the side of the device.
④ Plug the power end of the cable into the outlet, and the hub will power on.
⑤ Once successfully powered, the Ⓘ LED will show different Gateway statuses (this can take a minute for the gateway to fully boot up). Please refer to the table 1 below for Gateway LED indication.
Gateway is connected to configured WIFI network.
Red = Gateway is ON but has not yet logged in to Alea user account.
Bluetooth is enabled on Gateway
Bluetooth is enabled and currently connected/paired to a phone.
Bluetooth is disabled on Gateway
Blinking Blue, green, orange
Gateway internal error (please contact Alea Labs’ support)
Table 1. Gateway LED indication/status
Your Alea Gateway is now ready to connect with your Alea app when instructed in the Alea app onboarding process. Now you’re ready to download your Alea Air app, which gives you easy-to-follow steps for setting up your Alea Air.
Step 2 - Download and launch the Alea app
To download the Alea App:
• On your mobile device, go to the App Store or Google Play Store.
• Do a search for “Alea Air”
• Download and install the Alea app on your mobile device.
• Launch the Alea app.
Step 3 - Register as a new Alea user in the Alea app.
To set up your Alea Air account:
• Open the Alea App
• Follow the in-app instructions to create a new account.
Step 4 - Property Set Up
• Name your property.
• Select your temperature unit preference (Celsius or Fahrenheit)
• Enter your postal/zip code. Alea uses your zip code to access local weather data specific to your property.
Step 5 - Detect & Connect App to Gateway
Once your property details have been added in the Alea app, you will connect your app to the Alea Gateway via Bluetooth. Click the ‘Find Gateway’ button. Then tap the ‘Connect’ button.
If the success page is not shown, press the white button on the Gateway, and repeat this process.
If finding the Gateway using the Bluetooth does not work, it is possible to add a Gateway by typing in the Gateway’s serial number by clicking the “MANUAL” button. The serial number should be on the bottom of the Gateway. An example of a valid serial number should look like: ‘f5aa12’.
Step 6 - Setup WIFI
At this step, you can either select “yes” to configure the Gateway WIFI, or “skip” to use the Ethernet cable option.
If using Ethernet, press “No, I am using Ethernet” and skip to step 7.
If using WIFI Press “Yes”.
Caution: Please keep in mind that this step will require a working Bluetooth connection to the Alea Gateway. If your phone is not able to detect the Gateway (using Bluetooth), this step should be skipped and use the Ethernet option instead.
Confirm that the correct WIFI network is selected. If not, press “Change WIFI” and configure your phone’s WIFI.
Enter the WIFI password and press “Complete”. If the success page is not shown, repeat the previous steps.
Step 7 – Detect and Activate Your First Alea Sensor Module
① Insert the 4X AA Batteries into the Sensor Module making sure to pay close attention to the battery polarity and secure the battery cap of the Module (the cap’s latch should be on the opposite side of the electronic board visible next to the batteries).
② Open your Alea app to the ‘Vents’ screen.
③ Name the vent with the corresponding location (ex. Master Bedroom) and tap the ‘Connect’ button.
Once the first vent is successfully detected, the app will present a ‘Success’ screen and you will see the ‘connected’ checkmark next to the vent name. ①
If you encounter a “No Vents Detected” error message, please make sure the Bluetooth is enabled on your device then retry adding the vent and be sure your phone is in close proximity of the vent.
An alternative method of adding a vent is to manually type the vent serial number by clicking the “MANUAL” button in the Alea app. Note that you can find the vent serial number from the vent module after it’s removed from the vent frame. An example of a valid serial number is: f8abc5.
Once activated, you can move to the next step, but it is recommended to first activate all your modules before installing them to the vents. To do this, just click on “Add Vent” and repeat the above activation process (please make sure to keep note of each module’s “Room Name” to later place the module inside the appropriate room vent).
Step 8 - Install Your First Alea Vent
① Remove the existing register from the duct opening (for wall and ceiling vents you will need to remove the 2 screws securing the vents).
② Replace the existing register with the appropriately sized Alea vent. For floor placement, screws are not required, simply insert the vent into the duct opening.
For ceiling or wall mounts, secure the vent with the provided screws inserted into the mounting holes on the two ends of the vent.
If you deem necessary for more secure attachment, you can use 2 additional screws inserted into the optional mounting holes in the center of the long sides of the vent. Install the Alea vent so that the louvers send air towards the living space (see the direction of airflow in the image below).
③ Once the Alea Vent is securely in place, insert the activated Alea Sensor Module previously activated for this room (make sure the snaps are engaged (otherwise the module might not function properly or even fall off if vent is mounted in ceiling) and attach the Alea Grille Cover (the guiding pins and magnets will help you easily secure the cover in place).
When the Sensor Module is correctly connected to the Alea vent, the Alea vent louvers will adjust to close and open to confirm activation - this calibration may take up to 1 minute to occur.
To complete your Alea Air setup, tap ‘Add new vent’ and repeat steps 6 and 7 as necessary.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AFTER THE INITIAL INSTALLATION, COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE SENSOR MODULES AND THE APP ARE SOLELY THROUGH THE CLOUD. CONSEQUENTLY, APP COMMANDS MIGHT TAKE ABOUT 10 MINUTES BEFORE REACHING THE VENT.
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