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    @DOWNSOUTH407 I’m right there with you. When I first saw this I was excited to possibly have a smart lock that didn’t come with a brick sized attachment on the inside of the house. But just like you I passed on it because of it’s lack of integration with SmartThings. I ended up buying the Schlage Zwave Plus deadbolt. So I now have a huge brick in my house, but the functionality and flexibility I gain thru SmartThings and WebCore make it worth it.
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    Thought i'd add a couple of pictures of the completed install of the sensors. Works very will to keep the lights in the bathroom from coming on when I enter the bathroom when its light enough in the room to see without needing the bathroom lights turned on. And when the humidity is to high in the room it turns the exhaust fan on and when it is back to normal it turns it off. Using the USB port of the echo flex to provide power to it.
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    This is actually very easy and something that Amazon now has a help file on, however these instructions are really easy to follow!
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    @Brian W I just found out that Action Blocks is supported by the Google Disabilities Group and they started looking into my findings. They seem very responsive
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    @FrankE I will try to find some time to try them out. My guess is Google does not have this app perfected yet, and bugs like this will pop up. I will let you know what I find.
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    @FrankE I have been using an action block when I leave work everyday to text my wife a message that says “I am on my way home”. It has worked with no issues or need for clarification as of yet. One difference may be I pointed the action towards a phone number and not a contact in my phone (even though that number isn’t a contact in my phone). Maybe that is the hiccup.
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    What he said 🙂
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    This is the smart lock I have been waiting for that I will not buy. I would buy it if it would work with SmartThings. Android and Google Assistant integration would be a nice substitute. https://level.co/products/level-lock
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    I've seen several people complaining (not here) that Google Home Routines have no "delay" command. Here's a simple routine I use to turn on a Samsung TV through a Smartthings hub V3 and change to the channel I want in order to watch a specific program. Google Home is controlling the TV via a Smartthings hub. ******* Turn on Samsung TV Set volume 1 (effectively mutes Google Home on my phone) Count to 3 (takes about 3 seconds to allow ST hub to recognize that TV is "on") Change Samsung TV to channel 4 Set volume 6 (returns phone to original volume) ******* If you don't mind listening to Assistant count out loud then leave the "set volume" commands out. You may have to lengthen, or shorten, the count depending on the speed of your network.
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    I think you should give up your day job and start manufacturing the coaster and all of your other devices that you have made recently! Very impressive!
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    I have all of my echo devices in that category and that's it. And that's funny just noticed my echo buds are in there 😀 I have the echo speak smart app installed that's why they are in there.
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    Sorry @FrankE but i do not have the samsung TV to try this out on. So can't check out what you are trying to do in webcore. It's very hard (as in impossible) to try something like that when you don't have the device in question. That being said i know that when you add the device into webcore it has to be added as the device type you are wanting it to act as. In other words if you can't add it as a notification device type then it's not going to be able to support that function.
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    Just migrated and gone to the new Google Nest subscription I did put it off for as long as possible but I've invested in Nest doorbell and cameras + smoke detectors for a while now and want to add more, got email today offering a free Nest Hub, so not all bad, I still prefer Alexa but will use this to cover my doorbell
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    Hi all. If you haven't already seen it, Brian and team posted a video titled "Smart Home Project Ideas With Automaters!" which I'd highly recommend. My contribution was how to automate dehumidifiers in my basement using the following: SmartThings v3.0 hub HomeSeer HS-FS100-L - Z-Wave Indicator Light Sensor Kasa (TP-Link) - HS-110 - Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring SwitchBot Meter (Thermometer and Hygrometer) Switchbot Mini (to connect to WIFI) Webcore installed and configured Now, bear in mind this is how I accomplished this. By all means, feel free to substitute or otherwise customize as you see fit. I liked the smart plugs because they integrated into SmartThings and also have energy monitoring. However, the HomeSeer sensor was the only thing I could find to fill that purpose. There is no one "right way" this is only "my way". With the included light sensor, which you plug into the side, it will (not surprisingly!) monitor light. On my particular dehumidifier, it will blink when full (or when the bucket is removed). The overview of the automation has two parts, Part 1 handles the on/off based on humidity, Part 2 notifies when the dehumidifier is full. You may be asking "Why not just use the dehumidifier's built in humidity sensor?" I've personally found the models I have to be less than accurate. Also, this is nice for folks with older units who may not have that functionality. I'm positive you could put these into a single automation, but that's not what I did. I left them separate, not only because I considered them so, but for troubleshooting ease. Enjoy and please comment if you have any questions, or comments! Thanks for reading! Part 1 - Turning the dehumidifier on or off based on humidity level This section has two automations, and on this part we're only using the Smart Plug and the Hygrometer. All this is done within the SmartThings app itself. I recommend to have the notify setup, at least in the early stages of you implementing this, so you can confirm that it's working. Of course, adjust your percentages based on your own needs. For us, I believe we're going to bump these up a bit, because it doesn't seem to regularly get under 40% (usually stays in the 40-45% range) however my wife doesn't report any smell, so it may be possible to adjust to save power here. You should undergo a similar testing phase for yourself. If humidity equal to, or greater than 50% -> then turn on dehumidifier and notify. If humidify equal to, or less than 40% -> then turn off dehumidifier and notify. Here's what one that looks like in the (new) SmartThings app to turn off. Use it as a guide to create another automation to turn the dehumidifier on. Part 2 - Notifying when the dehumidifier is full This section involves the HomeSeer sensor. You'll need a custom device handler (https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-homeseer-flex-sensor/157045) and you are automating around whether certain buttons are pushed. It can be a little confusing at first, because we aren't talking about physical buttons, but virtual ones - this is how the sensor notifies based on light levels. I personally have my HomeSeer powered by USB, but battery power is absolutely an option and doesn't change the automation at all. I just plugged in the USB wire to the same outlet my dehumidifier is in, since I had that available. If you have (or purchase) an outlet that has separate USB A outlets in them, or a separate plug (the HomeSeer doesn't come with one, just the USB wire) just be sure they meet the power requirements of the HomeSeer to avoid damage. Within the settings of the HomeSeer device within SmartThings, these are my settings. I disabled the buzzer, since I'm using automation, and I did set the Light Detection Delay to 1 second for my dehumidifier (to detect blinking). You may have to change this, based on your dehumidifier. Maybe your light just stays on when full, so you can set that to zero seconds. Notice at the bottom of this screen shot, it speaks about the button push events (mentioned above). I was only interested in Button 1 and 2. Maybe you have something you can automate based on color change? Below is the Webcore portion. When the HomeSeer detects the bucket is full, it will push button 2 (light detected). When the bucket it empty, it will push button 1 (light not detected). I have this set to only notify every 5 minutes while button 2 is pushed, and stop once button 1 is pushed.
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    Great idea to incorporate all the devices.
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    I have been providing remote PC support to my Aunt 2500 miles away for years using Splashtop and its been working great as I can do "unattended" remote control of her Windows PC if she leaves me a message and I can't get to right away However, I've been frustrated with the lack of being able to do anything with her IOS devices other than view her screen when she tries to show me what is the current issue. The current version of Splashtop Family SOS-friends-family at $7/mo offers the ability to remote control Samsung phones and tablets if she sends me a request code! https://www.splashtop.com/sos-friends-family I sending her a Samsung tablet now to replace her iPad and Fire Tablet HD. I was able to remote control the Fire Tablet with AirDroid, until she rebooted it
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    I had been researching ways to get my Echo Show to "cast" to my TV so that I could offer a solution to senior facilities to be able to show Alexa calling on a big screen... Here it is... Just cast your phone tablet screen to the TV while in an Alexa call https://youtu.be/GNMSq-4s6uM
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    I have only seen one company that makes a no neutral wire smart dimmer switch that works with LED's reliably because to make them work without a neutral wire they need to pull a small amount of power through the light to keep the switch powered. If you do that with a LED bulb it will flicker on and off or not work correctly. Or the switch will not be able to pull enough power through the LED bulb to remain powered. Keep in mind these will only work with certain LED bulbs. https://inovelli.com/black-series-dimmer-switch-z-wave/ And when using LED bulbs when not using a neutral wire you will need one of these https://inovelli.com/aeotec-bypass/ Plus i have heard these switches have very good scene control. Multiple taps on the paddles can do different things with the lights. Plus the company has very good customer service. https://www.amazon.com/Inovelli-Repeater-Technology-Indicator-SmartStart/dp/B07RYMSH6Q/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=smart%2Bdimmer%2Bswitch%2Bno%2Bneutral%2Brequired%2Bsmartthings&qid=1592122483&sr=8-5&th=1 Hope this helps more then confuses 😁
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    > ...you will no longer be able to use group Drop In... My understanding is that disabling "Enhanced Features" will prevent you from dropping in to multiple devices simultaneously, but you should still have the ability to drop in on one device at a time.
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    I was working on a solution for someone who is hard of hearing and was missing their Ring doorbell announcements. So, I thought, a piece of cake... I can flash any bulb or smart plug using webCoRE using SmartThings to see the Ring doorbell push. BUT, this was not going to be at my home and the installation should be made simple, and if possible, remotely managed ------------------------ Well I soon found out that although Alexa Routines and SmartThings Automations could detect the Ring doorbell press, they couldn't flash a light... other than the 5 second "wait" delay offered by Alexa Routines So, IFTTT to the rescue! It can detect the Ring doorbell press and also can cause a Lifx bulb to flash a fixed number of times. I think Philips Hue can also do this, but that requires a hub Surprisingly, Alexa Routines and SmartThings Automations using the same bulb doesn't show a "flash" option into their actions Anyone have any other simple solutions? I was reminded of those old bulb flasher screw-in adapters they made in the 60's https://youtu.be/xBJDceRH4rQ
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    oh really? Interesting! Are you finding it better?
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    SO! Totally have that one for ya. Search Automate Your Life on Alexa's skill library!
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    The Basics The Samsung SmartThings Smart Bulb is a ZigBee smart light that allows dimming control. It connects primarily through a Samsung SmartThings Hub (though this guide could deal with other connections in the future) and allows you to set up automations based on other equipment connected to your SmartThings Hub. Due to the nature of the bulb being ZigBee, a ZigBee hub is required and must be used for initial set up. How To Setup The SmartThings Bulb The following video is From Automate Your Life Tutorials and shows a simple setup of the SmartThings Bulb.
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    FAQ's 1. Do I Need a Hub With the SmartThings Smart Bulb? Yes, due to the fact that this is a ZigBee bulb, you will need a Smart Hub. As of yet, Automate Life members have only used Samsung SmartThings with this device. 2. Can I use IFTTT to control the SmartThings Smart Bulb? Yes, go to IFTTT.com, create an account (if you don't already have one), search for the SmartThings service and then "Connect" your SmartThings account to IFTTT. From there, you'll be able to create applets or use existing ones to manage your Smart Bulb. 3. Can I temperature control the SmartThings Smart Bulb? No. This is only a dimming smart bulb (what is the temperature of the bulb...2700k?) 4. Can I control the color of the SmartThings Smart Bulb? No. This is only a single color (white) smart bulb with dimming capability.
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    How To Use Although there are many ways to use this bulb, the setup video above shows how you can use the base automations within the new Samsung SmartThings application to turn on (and off) the bulb at scheduled times. You can also set it up to turn off after a number of seconds/minutes/hours after it's been turned off. That's shown in the above video briefly. The more often way to use the Samsung SmartThings bulb is within the standard Smart Lighting "Smart App" inside of the SmartThings application. Within that Smart App, you can configure your smart bulb to turn on and off based on things like motion sensors, contact sensors, time of day, and many other components. (a video or tutorial page would be good here if anyone has one for using the Smart Lighting Smart App). Options For Integration Samsung SmartThings directly integrates with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, and many other platforms through the Connected Services in your SmartThings application. You'll find that within the menu and the Gear Icon. If you haven't already done so, you can add an integration by hitting the plus button and then choosing to "Add Voice Assistant". This will give you the ability to control Samsung SmartThings devices, including your Smart Bulbs through your voice assistant.
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    I'll be the first to admit that I'm apprehensive about new things. Compared to many of the others here I have tried to keep things simple. My only hubs are in the Echo devices so I am limited to wifi and zigbee . Amazon and Best Buy have just reduced the smartthings products and I'm just wondering if it is worth adding to my home. I have 1 smartthings multi purpose sensor that always shows as unrsponsive on the Alexa app yet it will usually tell me the correct open/closed state and works in my routines but it will not tell me what time something was open or closed. I can ask Alexa the temperature of the device but the app will not display it. I am also unable to use the tilt feature of the sensor. I assume the limitations are a result of not having the smartthings hub? I also realize that I'm limited in my pallet of colors in my bulbs by not using the manufacturers hubs too (Hue, Sylvania, etc) And then there is the complete lack of any zwave in my setup. So as someone who has most if not all the house already connected is it worth going down this road? I'm neck deep into the Alexa ecosystem and it would basically take an act of God to get me to switch over to Google which would then require a separate zigbee hub. What really cool stuff have you guys used, done or created with smartthings that would motivate me to jump in?



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