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  2. Well, I finally got it worked out. This is so I can deploy a SmartThings hub in another state for a person who can't set it up or manage it. The interesting thing about this is that I was able to configure the second hub here and just give it a different location name. Then I could easily manage both locations with my one SmartThings account in both the IDE and mobile app. Even Alexa understood there were two locations and asked which one I wanted when importing the devices on the other user's Alexa account. The only complexity I ran into was that webCoRE required (as far as I can tell) a separate browser to manage pistons for that other hub. The good news is that I could "restore a piston using backup code" to get existing pistons across locations
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  4. I'd say 30-40 feet is about right for the Tile too 👍 Yeah they have a map of the last location it was seen of its not currently within range of either me or another Tile User, if it is within range of another Tile user it'll show me it as a live location (it doesn't display on the other Tile users app though for security reasons). So it's basically a bluetooth enabled location as opposed to having an inherent GPS signal per se
  5. What I'd do is change your WiFi password and then reconnect all your devices and see if it comes back. Just a test actually to see if you own the thing and it's just being named incorrectly! In terms of losing connections, I'd bet it's more based on interference. I'd actually try and see if you can change the channel and if that helps any!
  6. Hey @Gaztyke - What's the range you're finding on that? I'd say I'm getting about 30-40 feet on a wallet from Ekster right now. Also, do they have a GPS map you can look on if it's out of range? I haven't actually ever used my tile tracker, lol!
  7. Uhhh...did anyone notice the new Amazon Alexa skill for Automate Your Life!?!?!?!? Rolling out today!
  8. Yep! That's what I've found too. I was just speaking with someone about this option yesterday. The really tricky thing about this is dealing with the radios. It's not easy, so you really have to plan location wise how you do this and how you connect your devices. You can't change the radio channels on SmartThings, so it may actually make sense in some cases to do dual hubs with a separate vendor (hubitat, etc.).
  9. Totally hear you @TonyT! I always push vendors for the Google and Amazon integrations. I think it's so important not just for the company, but you're right...for people such as yourself. When I write reports for companies, this is something I always hammer on them for if they don't have that game together. As for the routines...there's a LOT coming there with Google. Like...ALOT.
  10. I think I'm also adding a couple of the SwitchBot Curtains to my list now...I've been able to play a bit and it's a very interesting device.
  11. Got the echo buds and so far I like them a lot. Nice having Alexa built into them. Audio sounds clean and clear and I like the way they fit, very comfortable. Considering the cost of other truly wireless ear buds I'd say they are reasonably priced for what you get.
  12. Its my understanding that SmartThings does not allow multiple hubs on an account at a single location, but supports multiple hubs on an account IF they are separate locations, e.g. a vacation home Is it possible to add a second hub at first location, before deploying it to the second location? edit... In my testing of this, I'll able to configure the 2nd hub and add all the devices at the first location. It seems to work find in the SmartThings IDE and SmartThings mobile app allowing me to select which hub I want to work on. But, it looks like I need a separate webCoRE account for each location (hub)… is that correct?
  13. Found a site that helps understand when sunrise and sunset occurs throughout the year: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/canada/edmonton You could use this to coordinate automation triggers if you don't have it already built into the hub or app you are using. Kind Regards, AYL_Alan
  14. Not new, not really, ok kinda, after 81 long days Amazon has finally gotten around to fixing the broken link between Fire TV Edition TVs (Insignia and Toshiba). So if you have an Echo you can now be so lazy that you never need to touch the remote.
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  16. Hi Larry Thanks for the solution. I may run I may run into a single person household needing this "couch potato" solution Frank
  17. I will certainly help with the webcore piston. I created a lockout timer expression that allows for what you would need as far as the motion sensor timers go. But didn't know there was more then one person in the household. That complicates maters a great deal as the motion sensors can't tell the difference between one person and the next. Not sure there would be a way around that problem with just motion sensors. And if the 2 (or more) people crossed into different zones at the same time then you would lose the ability to tracking each person separately. Here is the lockout timer expression used in a webcore piston This is set to 30 seconds, but can be changed to minutes or even hours if needed. With this you could put all the motion sensors you wanted to use in a global variable and if motion stops set the lockout variable to what time in the future you want. Then if another motion sensor in a different zone is tripped set the variable to the future again. You would need to create global variables for each zone and put the sensors for each zone in the right global variables. But for a 1 person household it should work fine.
  18. Hi Larry, Thanks for the great suggestion. I have been using that technique in a solution for tracker a senior around the home to see how much time they are spending in certain areas of the home like; bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, living room. It what I call a "Where's Waldo" approach, in that it relies on the last detected motion to be the person's location. This technique is also used by commercial companies such as Best Buy Assured Living in the US, Billycare in Australia, and MySense in the UK... just motion and contact sensors to track ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). I will give your an idea a test as the concept of couch motion sensor "loss of detection" would no longer be issue as the couch potato timer would continue to run unless reset by a motion sensor in another area. I could use your help in the piston area on this as I need a way to start that couch timer but NOT have it reset by addition motion trigger on the couch. I have had problem with a piston be retriggered on couch motion and the timer never finishing. Also, I would need a way to only start the couch timer when its the current area to be triggered, but not re-triggered. My workaround was to use variable indicating the timer state and using that as a condition to allow couch timer trigger My problem is that for a "couch potato" solution its very difficult to properly mount contact sensors or to properly position PIR sensors to only pickup motion related to a person on the couch. They tend to pick up other motion in the room would could be considered "still on the couch" even though they got up to stretch. I have found it very difficult to focus the PIR sensors as was hoping that this camera would help. I also tried some Nest cameras which offer 4 activity zones, but unless I mount them on the ceiling its hard to prevent "walk through triggers" in their field of view. I have also been testing some ultrasonic distance sensors which actually work great detecting a person getting close to an area like walking up to s stove, sink or fridge, but are unreliable for detecting a sitting person verses an empty couch I'm still working on a pressure pad solution that is dependable and comfortable. edit... I forget to mention this is a two person household, so I need to NOT detect her husband walking around as an indication that she got up from the couch Thanks, Frank
  19. Hi Tony, You certainly are right about those who are blind being able to memorize and find their way around their own home. In the case of the person I'm setting this up for she is also suffering from severe memory loss and forgets the home layout. She lives with her husband, so this is just a way to give he a bit of independence and to give him a break In regards to the Wi-Fi microwave, I haven't tried it but there is an Alexa microwave and smart oven https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07894S727/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_BMCYDb9A22009 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XSCBSN5/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_qOCYDb4B5BS0E Oh, that photo is of a very thin closure sensor for patio door that is mounted slider door Frank
  20. So I've started a discussion in the Newbie's forum as I'm severely visually impaired. So I thought I'd like to do a follow up request to all you folks. These kinds of vocie activated gadgets are a *HUGE* time saver and liberating to the visually impaired community. It's so easy to add a reminder or appointment or shopping list item to my Google Home Mini that pops up on my iPHone a second later that I'd use that feature even if I had full vision. But to be able to ask the smart speaker what are my reminders or appointments, the time, the weather, the forecast or to play the news or music, etc, etc. is so very liberating. As a non smart home automation gadget I bought a meat thermometer on eBay for $15. Now in the past if I had purchased it via a blind store it would've been $50 or $100. So these kinds of devices, including smart speakers, devices and smart phones are also financially liberating. As many of us are under or unemployed well .... So my basic point though is that I soon I will have to use audio only to do what you folks take for granted. So if a vendor offers an app on a smart phone but not integration with Google Assistant, Alexa or other please nag at them. Yes the app is nice but then I have to find the app, naviage yet another UI and so forth. Whereas if I can just ask or tell Alexa, Google, etc well that's a whole lot easier. P.S. One thing I'd like to see is the ability to have some Google Assistant rouitines respond only to my voice and not to anyone else's voice. The Google Assistant already has this when I ask four reminders or calendar entries. So why not for some routines? I can't remember the exact scenario now of course.
  21. Ok, let's talk about the meat and potatoes of webcore automation's. That is the If/Then statements. There are 2 parts to a If/Then statement. Lets start with the if statement. if you click on the + add a new statement link in between the execute and end execute; as you can see in the picture above, you will get a box like the one in the picture below. Click on the blue Add and if button and you will see another box like the one below Click on the blue Add a conduction button and you will see another box like the one below Let's say we want to turn on a light when we enter a room. First we will select the Nothing selected drop down box to the right of the Physical Devices field. As you can see in the picture above I have selected the Laundry Room Motion Sensor, then select that i wanted to detect motion to the right of that then under What kind of comparison field I selected a trigger for it to look for. Each statement should have a trigger statement, otherwise it will not always run when you want it to. As you can see in the picture above there are Conduction's and Trigger's. I selected a trigger because i want it to execute when it sees motion. If i wanted to add another requirement, let's say i only want it to turn the light on at night I would add another statement requirement but this time i would select the IS conduction. You only want 1 trigger for each statement. Look at the picture below. As you can see I have 2 conduction's and one trigger. You can tell which ones are triggers as they will have a orange lighting bolt icon to the left of the statement and the conduction's will not. So here It's saying if one of my family members comes home check and see if the time is between sunset and sunrise , if it is then check and see if the outside light switch is off, if it is then continue to the THEN part of the statement and preform that function, in this case turn on the outside lights. If either of the conduction's are false it will not preform the THEN part of the statement. There are a lot of different ways this can be used. It's pretty much only limited my the devices you have to control and your imagination. Play around with creating a new piston and see what can be done the best teacher is experience. If you have any questions come back here and ask. I will be glad to help. Unless anyone has a different suggestion, next time I will talk about restrictions, what they are and how you can use them in a piston.
  22. Yes, I'm familiar with the Mcirosoft Seeing AI app and have it installed. Your seeing by ear is a very interesting concept but keep in mind that folks who have limited vision navigate their homes and other familiar places by touching halls and doorways. At least that's what I do when the lights are out. The fridge is to my right, sink straight ahead, stove to my left, etc. A very common complaint is when you or another family member leaves the dishwasher door open or something in the way while you walk or furniture that's been moved. I once stepped on the tail of a cat while at a relatives farm. I simply didn't see the cat in front of me. GE has a WiFi enabled microwave which isn't yet available in Canada but it will be highly useful soon. My patio door is just a regular door with an interior latch system to pull the door tight into the door seals. (It's -13 C or 8 American so we like door seals.) So I would think any magnetic door sensor would work. The voice unlock with a PIN is somewhat silly given that anyone who is inside just has to physically unlock the door. Now granted if you were trying to do this outside and you were connected to the WiFi then yeah I can sort of see why a PIN might be necessary. The reality though for me is that it's not a big deal to use a key to lock and unlock the door. So I might never get around to that one. And yes I'm familar with audio descriptions as I see those mentioned in the visual impairment support group I belong to in Facebook. I have no idea what that photo is supposed to mean. Or is it part of a patio door?
  23. Actually I get my ideas from reading other postings and reading the online stores while I still have some useable reading vision.
  24. I don't have any other plans of automating. Door sensors yes. I can see having some small gatherings where I dno't know the people. So I'm thinking of adding door sensors to my utility room, junk room aka office and bedroom. Then putting a smart bulb in the entry way where it will flash if any of those doors are opened. Maybe along with my Google Home Mini's announcing "Intruder alert". Yes, I have watched Star Trek. Ok, ok, I want that light to flash red off and on. And, now that I think about it, my hallway light too. Hehehe Fridge door no because that's never been a problem. Incredible sound is a meh kind of thing for me. Yes, I'm not an audiophile. I can see possibly having a water sensor in case the hot water thank develops a leak but I'm not sure exactly where the best spot would be for the sensor. Next to the floor drain where it can be tripped over. Or next to the hot water tanik but if a leak develops and drains beside the water sensor then it's useless.
  25. I later realized that I will never be using the touch screen after the deadbolt is setup. I will either have the key in my pocket or a key fob unlocking the door. Even if I'm just going for the mail I will always have the physical key and my phone in my pocket.
  26. I am looking to pick up a couple of Google Nest minis for my 85 year-old mother-in-law. She's seen her friends using it and is showing some interest. She lives independently and this could help her with some simple automations.
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