As I transition from the old Classic app to the new SmartThings app, I’m moving as many devices and automations as possible from custom DTH and smartapps to native and built-in ones. I’ve found that the improved speed and reliability (especially during internet outages) is remarkable.
I’ve used the RBoy enhanced lock DTH and LUM smart app with my Schlage Connect smart locks for the last few years. I’ve really liked all their features and things I could do with this combination, but after using the native handler and Smart Lock Guest Access smartapp, I can’t go back to the delays that I experienced with cloud-based handler and automations, at least not for door locks, lights, and security.
However, one thing that I really miss from the RBoy DTH and app is the ability to create an automation for when one of the smart locks is locked/unlocked manually, rather than with the keypad. The new Smart Things app only has the “locked” and “unlocked” actions/states as a triggers for built-in Automations. I would like Samsung to expand that to include manual vs keypad vs automation locking actions. Both the SmartThings app and the Smart Lock Guest Access app recognize the difference, because it says “manually locked” in the recents/history tab, and it also says it in the events tab in IDE site. So, the groundwork is there, they just need to enable it.
By the way, the reason I want this is because I have a Smart Lighting automation to turn on the back patio light as soon as the back door is opened. It saves me the step of turning on the light switch. I do not have it set to turn off the light when the door is closed, because I may still be working outside and need the light on. I would like to create an automation to turn off the light only when the back door is locked manually (or by keypad), but not if it’s locked by an automation. You see, for security purposes an automation to lock the door if it’s left unlocked for 2 minutes, in case the kids forget to lock it. If I lock it manually or with the keypad, then it means I’m done working outside or no longer need the light. I do not want ST to turn off the back patio light when the door is locked by automation and I’m still outside in the dark.