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Basics On The Roomba Virtual Wall

Last Updated May 20, 2020
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A Roomba is made to clean until you say when. The Roomba Virtual Wall has a lot of things that you can learn from it to help you with the cleaning process.

What are the basics of the Roomba Virtual Wall? The Virtual Wall creates a barrier that your Roomba has to abide by. When this wall is activated, the Roomba will not go any further than it has to. The Virtual Wall can operate in two modes:

  • Virtual Wall Mode
  • Virtual Wall Lighthouse Mode

With the basic understanding of how the Roomba Virtual Wall works, your Roomba will be ready when you are to tackle each room at a time.

How Do Virtual Walls Work?

There is a sole Virtual Wall Barrier that strictly cuts off your Roomba from other rooms only. Roomba Virtual Walls are meant to keep your Roomba in a secure location to clean that area only. For example, if you want your Roomba to only clean your living room, you can set up Virtual Wall mode to keep it in place.

On the other hand, the Virtual Wall Lighthouse acts as the gatekeeper for your Roomba, so that it can access other rooms. This Virtual Wall has both the Virtual Wall Barrier and Lighthouse feature attached to it.

Virtual Wall Mode

With the help of the Virtual Wall mode, you can stop your Roomba from running into a precious vase or something dangerous.

A Virtual Wall is set on the outside of the doorframe for the room you want to keep your Roomba away from. The maximum length that the Virtual Wall will keep in contact with is 7 ft. The Virtual Wall will also stop the Roomba from coming into contact with it, by creating a barrier around itself.

You can activate the Auto Virtual Wall, for when the Roomba vacuum comes to clean, it automatically brings up that wall. You can, however, still manually activate your Virtual Wall. You must do this at the beginning of each cleaning and the Virtual Wall will shut off after 135 minutes.

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Virtual Wall Lighthouse Mode

When the Virtual Wall is in Lighthouse Mode, this lets your Roomba know that it has access to another area while it is cleaning. Once your Roomba has gone to all of the rooms that you require it to visit, the Virtual Wall Lighthouse will help it return to its Home Base.

iRobot recommends that when your Roomba is cleaning, have no more than two Virtual Wall Lighthouses working.

Here are the following steps to change between the two different modes:

  1. There is a Mode Selector under the name of your Virtual Wall. Lighthouse Mode will be at the top and Virtual Wall will be at the bottom.
  2. Next, is your Range Selector. This lets your Virtual Wall unit know how big the doorway is or how much space you want to block off to your Roomba.

Once your Virtual Wall is set to the Lighthouse Mode, put the Virtual Wall on the inside of the doorframe. You can now use the slider to indicate how far you want the barrier to reach. With this mode, you can go up one additional foot to a total of 8 ft. to cast a wider net for your Roomba.

Take note that the longer your range is while your Virtual Wall is in Lighthouse Mode, the faster your battery will drain.

Are They Compatible With All Roomba Models?

The Virtual Wall Barrier is compatible with a majority of iRobot’s Roomba lineup (Like the 675). They are compatible with the following Roomba Robot models:

  • 500 Series
  • 600 Series
  • 700 Series
  • 800 Series
  • 900 Series
  • e Series
  • i Series
  • s Series

The Virtual Wall Lighthouse is only compatible with a few Roomba models, that include:

  • 564, 570, 571, 572
  • 577, 580, 581, 587, 599
  • 610, 611, 625
  • 780, 785, 790, 799
  • 880, 889

The Virtual Walls will need 2 C Alkaline batteries to operate and they are typically in need of replacement every 6 months.

There are different sensor light motions that can help in indicating when batteries are going low or that something is wrong with you Virtual Wall:

  • No light is showing: When there is no light showing on your Virtual Wall, this means that the device is not on or your Roomba is not connected. The light will appear once the connection is made.
  • One light stays on: This steady light shows that the Roomba is doing a round of cleaning. This light will only hold when the Roomba is powered on.
  • There are 5 flashes: Your Virtual Wall is sending data to your Roomba vacuum.
  • Slow flashes: The steady flow of flashes will indicate that the batteries are running low.
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