Getting Started with STEWARD

STEWARD: Your Sterling Ranch home automation system

The STEWARD system is an all-in-one home automation, home security, and utilities monitoring system that is available only to Sterling Ranch residents at this time. Each home at Sterling Ranch has the STEWARD system installed during the construction process.

Your STEWARD system comes standard with the following features:

  • Real time, hourly & monthly reporting of your natural gas, electric & water usage
  • A Rachio smart irrigation controller configured to water your lawn efficiently
  • A DSC home security system that is connected to the STEWARD system
  • Automated lighting and HVAC controls
  • Connection to the Sterling Ranch Community to keep you informed about what’s happening around the neighborhood!

How does STEWARD work?

The STEWARD application runs on a touch screen in your home or on your mobile device and works with the Home Analytics Automation Management Server (Home Server) that is installed inside the STEWARD panel in your utility room. The Home Server runs a home automation software and is the central point in the system that directs all communication within the STEWARD system to the right place. The STEWARD application communicates to the Home Server using the internet and therefore requires a working internet connection.

How is my STEWARD system secured?

All internet communications to and from the Home Server are HTTPS encrypted and require the correct Home Server ID & Home Server Password to view or control anything connected to your system. Anyone attempting to access your Home Server through the internet without your Home Server ID & Password will be rejected.

How do I get the STEWARD Mobile App?

The STEWARD app is compatible with both IOS and Android devices. You can find it on the app store by searching for “STEWARD Home Automation” or by following these links:

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/steward-application/id1249435881?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=steward.siemens

How do I connect to STEWARD?

When you first connect to your STEWARD system on a new device you will have to log in as a STEWARD application user and then set up the connection to your Home Server. Each member of the family can create their own STEWARD user account so that they can each have their own preferences such as favorite devices or the background image. The home server connection settings are specific to your house and would be the same for every family member. After the first login on a new device the STEWARD application will remember your Home Server settings and you will only have put in your STEWARD User Email & User Password to connect to the system.

Step 1: Log in as a STEWARD User

When you open the STEWARD application you will be prompted to log in with your STEWARD User Email & Password. You can create a new STEWARD application user with the register button or log in with the credentials that are already set up for you. Please refer to the “STEWARD system Login Information” documentation you received when you moved in if you don’t know these credentials.

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If you have already set up the connection to your Home Server from this device you will be automatically connected to your home and the STEWARD application will take you to the home screen.

Step 2: Set your Home Server Connection Settings

If you are using this device for the first time or if your home connection settings have been deleted the STEWARD application will alert you that no home connection was detected:

Click on the “Add Home Connection” button and to set your home connection settings:

You are now connected to your Home Server and can start using STEWARD! The STEWARD application will now take you to the home screen.

What Else Can STEWARD Do?

There are plenty of upgrade options that can be added to your STEWARD system! Here is a list of some of the most popular upgrades:

  • Voice control of the devices connected to STEWARD through the Amazon Echo
  • Smart thermostats like Nest and Ecobee
  • Indoor and outdoor security cameras
  • Lighting control for every room of your home
  • Distributed audio and video systems customized for your home
  • Automated door locks and garage door controllers
  • Customizable scenes that can be run with the click of a button

Ex – All Lights: Turn on or off all the lights in your house with the click of one button

Ex – Bedtime Scene: Lock the doors, close the garage, set the thermostat & turn off all the lights

Ex – Vacation Mode: Shut off the indoor water supply to prevent flooding, lock all doors, arm your security system & turn certain lights on and off on a schedule.

 

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