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  1. The concept is what if you have a stroke or heart attack or whatever. Something to think about for folks that live on their own. There is a motion sensor in my hallway that I pass underneath between the bedroom, office and kitchen/living room. So I'd like an alert of some sort sent out if there hasn't been any motion detected for, say, 12 hours. I haven't setup anything so far because I don't have a good means of sending alerts via the SmartThings hub in Canada. We'll see what works in Hubitat when it arrives.
  2. I did chat with the local small city fire chief via email and have given them their own 8 digit code to unlock my condo door. It's the last 8 digits of Pi.
  3. Not that you likely need a solution but there might be a stop in the internal workings of the hot/cold valve in the shower. At least there was in the shower my brother put in. It's hidden by the handle and basically doesn't let your handle go too far. Now whether this needs adjusting if the hot water heater temperature is changed or the thank replaced and thus the new temp might be too high I don't know. Likely not but something to consider. Also you might want to lower the hot water tank temp if you can. But 140 F is the minimun tmp as otherwise some bacteria might start to grow in the tank.
  4. Poking about on eBay I came across the Sonoff line of sensors for $10 to $15. That's pretty much disposable money. There's enough chatter and poking about that they appear to be supported in the Hubitat Elevation which I have on order. It will be interesting to test with how fast they are with the Hubitat. Basically as soon as I walk into my office I want my desk light to come on in a very short time. Even during a cloudy day with lots of light leaking through closed metal blinds I have trouble seeing my office layout with my current visual impairment.
  5. Rant: I'm rather annoyed that Samsung SmarThings appears to be abandoning the hardware market. They had good prices and it was easy to find in Canada. I am looking for several multi purpose and motion sensors and couldn't find any in stock at The Source. Amazon was ridiculous and I couldn't find any other source. So after watching Brian's video on the topic I let out a few choice four letter words in the direction of SmartThings. I'm waiting delivery of my Hubitat so I won't even be using their hub any more. Not that they care. So does anyone have any suggestions for motion sensors and open/close sensors that are cheaper than $50 here in Canada?
  6. And for $15 they are shipping to Canada. https://hubitat.com/products Now I just hope this doesn't mean that once they run out of stock they come out with a new and improved C-8 version. Oh well.
  7. So I'm paranoid. I've been a programmer/software developer for 40+ years. <smile> I decided to see if my smart lock would lock itself after five minutes as per the SmartApp settings if the hub is powered off, And it didn't. But there is an internal setting which I will have to manually put into the lock which will autolock after various time periods. For my particular lock up to three minutes. Your software and your lock may work differently.
  8. Weelll, the owners of the TVs haven't yet taken control of them from a home automation perspective. Hmm, but you're right, it's like Bluetooth which only announces itself when you have the Bluetooth settings open. The TVs should be similar. On the third hand if you don't have a QR code or similar from the physical TV is that really a problem?
  9. The problem I have with ending the ST Classic app is there are at least one thing that the Classic app supports that the new one does not. Which utterly baffles me how Samsung can create a new app without all the functionality of the old app. Specifically the 15 or so various sounds, such as doorbell chimes, of the Dome Siren. The old app allows you to test each one. The new app just has some on or off features.
  10. Now I'm thinking in terms of putting a Dome Siren or equivalent above my condo door in the hallway. Then triggering that once the 30 second delay has passed on the Zwave smoke alarm. I'm also thjinknig of contacting my local fire department. I'm assuming they have address specific information such as hazardous goods or whatever. So I will give them their own 8 digit deadbolt unlock code. Using that code, or just opening the condo door, would halt the hallway siren from making any noise. Actually as I type this up this is helping my think about things. Just opening the condo door should be enough to silence that hallway alarm. There are three retirees living on my floor so at least one of them would likely hear my hallway siren/buzzer going off during the working day.
  11. I was thinking the ZWave smoke alarm has to send a notification when the Test button is pressed shutting off the smoke alarm for a few minutes. That should stop any such notifications.
  12. Brian/etc 1) I want to create a support request but I got a message about how my account couldn't create any. 2) I run my own email and web server with spam filtering turned on. The notification emails I received from you folks had a DKIM error of some sort. Fortunately no SPF or DMARC errors otherwise my rules would've rejected them entirely. If you'd like me to forward the emails with the headers please send an email to tony at tonytoews dot com and I will reply with such.
  13. The Rboy App - Chimes and Notifications for Doorbells and Sensors - http://smartthings.rboyapps.com/ states the following: "Want to know when ... and even speak it for you (e.g. Alexa or Sonos)." (I'm snickering at the concept of purchasing an Alexa Echo Dot device just to use as a loudspeaker from SmartThings but hey the price is right.) Somewhere, maybe even a very recent video by Brian, mentioned that Alexa was just given more capability in this area including playing some built in sound file including a barking dog. Just for grins I might pickup an Alexa device to muck with. Now how all this works inside the Rboys code I have no idea. I'm just mentioning this in case it might help.
  14. So I'm in my early 60s and live by myself. I'm slightly concerned about having a medical event, ie heart attack or stroke, while cooking. This in turn starts a fire, etc, etc, which could lead to extensive damage to the building. I've also given my neighbours their own unique smart lock key pad code on my Zwave deadbolt so they can enter my condo. There was also a very interesting review of the Z-wave First Alert smoke detector on Amazon where the smoke alarm went off while everyone was out or at work. The reviewer called 911 and had the fire department break into her house. They removed the smoldering object with a minimum of smoke damage and no water damage. Note that smoke and water damage is frequently the biggest expense and trouble. (These aren't legal in Canada because the vendor hasn't yet sought Canadian approval but otherwise they meet all American standards so that's good enough for me should I decide to import such.) So I'm thinking about the ideal setup for such a smoke alarm and to notify my neighbour. (Ideal might not be practical today or currently available cheaply today but lets brain storm a bit.) There has to be a delay of some sort so I can hit the fire alarm mute button for kitchen cooking mistakes which happen. And some sort of audio countdown such as "30 seconds to phone the neightbours, 27, 26, 25, Hit the mute button, 22, 21, are you burning something on the stove again Tony you moron?, 17, 16, ..." Then I'd like it to phone me, in case I'm not home, and my neighbours. This would wake them up if need be or if they are out and about. I don't know of any way for SmartThings to initiate a phone call using the Google Home Mini or Alexa. This could lead to robocalls. <sigh> And this is why alarm companies charge a monthly free. <wry smile> Now the RBoys Notifications app can supposedly send text messages but those aren't necessarily going to wake anyone up in the middle of the night. I have yet got that working yet but then I havent' done any troubleshooting there yet. I also can't read my phone, due to my retina disease, when I'm outside or in a vehicle even during a cloudy day. So I ignore text messages until I'm indoors somewhere. Any more brainstorming or ideas?
  15. I want the key fob to unlock my smart Deadbolt once I'm in Zigbee range of my condo using my SmartThings V3 hub. Trivial I know given that I can just use the deadbolt keypad but still .... It's a geek toy and I want it to work. <smile> Now I could also arm and disarm the SmartThings home security mode but I don't care about that one too much as I don't get out that much as I'm medically retired.
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