So, for the past day this has been bouncing around in my head.
This is @jody.albritton giving us the update on the new scheduler (which btw seems to be working really great).
Well, this gave me an idea!!! I think I found a way to get the scheduling for our mode changes and everything else off the cloud and to the hub!
This is what I have set up with my mode changes…
I have a rule (trigger) that is set to fire at a scheduled time. The rule does only one thing. It changes the mode. I have also created a momentary button tile that can also trigger the mode change. This is the backup for when the scheduler fails.
As we all know, this scheduling occurs in the cloud. Which we all really know oh so well is about as reliable as a weather man.
So here is my idea…
In Smart Lighting ~ (runs local)
Create a rule that schedules a physical light to come on at the time you want the mode to change. For example, I have my porch lights come on at sunset, which is also the time that my mode changes to evening. (The porch lights switch runs local)
In Rule Machine ~ (not local)
Create a rule like this:
Trigger - porch lights on
Conditions - between 4pm - 8pm (sunset changes)
Rule - Between 4pm - 8pm
Actions for true - set mode to evening
So, according to the statement that @jody.albritton made above, the scheduling of the rule in Smart Lighting along with the local running device should all occur on the local hub and not interact with the cloud at all. Thus, local scheduling of a light turning on. (can we say no more failure and missed modes).
The rule in RM is not dependent upon a schedule time, it is looking for the porch lights to come on between 4pm and 8pm.
While I know this is not a very desired way of doing things, I really feel that this would work.
Has anyone else thought of this… my search skills suck and I didn’t find anything. Oh, and I wish I would have thought of this months ago instead of 2 days after the new scheduler rolls out… ugh!
What are your thoughts? Critical and non-critical? Why will this not work? What am I missing? It seems too easy! @jody.albritton did I understand your comment incorrectly?