Is it possible to have ST know my phone is not in my home and change modes to arm the house? Similar to how it works in Blue Iris?
This is a standard feature of SmartThings. You establish a “geofence” surrounding your home (don’t make it too small), then trigger the mode change either via a Routne or Smartapp. The thing is, mode changes haven’t been very reliable lately.
If you want to give it a try, tap the overflow (3 vertical dots) icon in the mobile app, then My Locations, tap the gear icon, and establish the geofence circle.
I did that but nothing changes. That was why I was posing the question. I thought the mode would update when I am outside of the geofence area. Nothing happens though.
BI works fine so I know my location setting are correct.
Are your Routines (typically “Goodbye!” and “I’m Back!”) configured to change Mode?
Yes sir. FWIW I was a Vera user so trying to adjust to ST terminology.
Well then, I believe it’s one of three things, or perhaps a combination.
- Ensure your geofence isn’t too tight. There can be slight inaccuracies, especially with iPhones.
- Verify that your ‘Action delay time’ and ‘Minimum away time’ values are not set too high. I believe the default is 10 minutes, 2 to 3 minutes is fine for most uses.
- You might be experiencing the same issue I am, for which I have a pending support ticket. You can partially work around it by using a smartapp to trigger actions and mode changes, but TMK there is no way currently of changing Smart Home Monitor arm/disarm status via this method.
Regarding #3, above: You can verify whether this is your issue by checking logs in the IDE (either in Live Logging, or My Locations > Events). If this is the cause of your failure, be sure to open a Support ticket, and reference mine (#154180). The more people that complain about this, and the more data points they have, the sooner it will get fixed (I hope). Also. FYI: the Rule Machine app has been evolving rapidly, and SHM actions are on the developer’s short list I believe. Keep an eye on this thread:
Thanks. That is all very helpful
Since I made that previous post, it is now possible to change SHM state (or do something based on SHM state) using the Rule Machine smartapp. GL!