What is motion detection, and how does it work?
Your Wayzn Smart Pet Door is equipped with a thermal motion detector behind the lens, just above where the rod exits the device. The motion detection feature adds an important layer of safety and gives you the option to automatically let your pet out by detecting movement within an area you define just in front of your sliding door opening. It is important to configure your motion detection settings correctly in order to ensure the smooth operation of your Wayzn Smart Pet Door.
Note: You can let your pet back in manually using the app or Alexa voice commands, or automatically by using Alexa and a camera as shown here. You will soon have the option of using Wayzn Pet Tag as well.
The Wayzn motion detector sees the area in front of your door as a grid. By adjusting the settings provided, you can finely control the size of pet that will trigger activity, the size and location of the observation area, and how motion detection will be used.
Configuring the motion detection settings
To begin, in the Wayzn app on the home page select the Wayzn device you wish to configure. Once on the device page, use the ellipsis in the upper right corner to access the menu, then select Motion Detection.
Next, carefully review and adjust each of the motion detection settings:
The Dog Size setting controls how many contiguous cells in the grid must detect heat in order for Wayzn to respond. The "Small" setting requires only a single cell to detect heat before Wayzn responds. The "Medium" setting requires a cluster of two cells, and "Large" requires a cluster of four cells. By default, the Dog Size is set to "Medium". Unless your dog is very small we suggest keeping the "Medium" setting because it will work for most dogs and it reduces the number of false obstructions.
The Sensitivity setting determines how large a difference in temperature is required before a cell on the grid turns "hot". By default, the Sensitivity slider is set in the middle, and this setting should work best in most cases. If you have elected to use the "Small" Dog Size setting, you may need to reduce the Sensitivity slightly to reduce the occurrence of false motion detection. Similarly, if you elected to use the "Large" Dog Size setting you may need to increase the Sensitivity slightly to compensate. In general, you should always keep the slider between 25% and 75%, and avoid settings very near either end of the range.
The Detection Area setting controls the size and position of the field of view of the motion detector. By default, all cells in the grid are active, which is signified by the color green. When heat is detected in an active cell it turns orange. This feature allows you to step in front of the door opening and observe which cells detect heat (turn orange) in real-time.
For most households, motion detection will work well with all cells of the grid enabled. If there is a need to reduce the field of view, as in a highly trafficked area, you can deactivate the cells farthest from the door while retaining motion detection immediately in front of the door. To deactivate a cell, touch it and allow it to turn white. Deactivated cells that detect heat turn gray, but don't cause Wayzn to respond.
Detect obstructions while closing
The Detect obstructions while closing setting controls motion-based obstruction detection. When enabled, if the device detects motion while closing it will stop closing and retract, then attempt to close again. When disabled, the device must make contact with any obstructing object in order to detect it.
Important Note: Motion-based obstruction detection is one of the two types of obstruction detection used by the Wayzn Smart Pet Door. Leaving this feature enabled will reduce the risk of injury and for this reason, it is highly recommended to leave it toggled on.
Enabling and disabling the auto-open feature (aka open upon motion)
After configuring your motion detection settings, you can enable Wayzn's auto-open feature if desired.
In the Wayzn app on the home page select the Wayzn device you wish to automate. Once on the device page, use the ellipsis in the upper right corner to access the menu, then select Settings.
To automatically open the door when motion is detected while your Wayzn is in 'Home Mode', locate the Home section and toggle Open upon motion to the green (enabled) position. To enable this feature to work while your device is in 'Away Mode' use the toggle in the Away section.
Important Note: We recommend leaving this feature off for 'Away Mode' to reduce any risk of unwanted entry that may occur if your pet is lured toward the door. Instead, we suggest using a security camera to notify you of motion in the area and allow you to view the surroundings before using the Wayzn app to open and close the door.