I’ve been using the ridiculously automated garage door automation with my linear gd00z controllers since I got my SmartThings. The functionality was what led me to getting my SmartThings hub and going into z-wave automation to start with.
With Groovy ending, how will I be able continue to use the functionality and features offered in that automation? Do I need to learn to become a coder and recreate it in edge? Has someone else already done it and I haven’t seen it? Or will the new stuff already offer the features?
Still pretty green to the whole edge thing. I just want my stuff to work like it always has. Lol
Thanks in advance for any info and assistance you can provide.
So I used that app (which had custom dth) for a few things. One, it notified me after x minutes (and every 1-2 min thereafter) if one of my two garage doors was left open. I could turn that on or off if I would be working in garage all day or not. I would also get notification of open and close status. I could set it to close automatically if it was open for x period of time and could open close via Alexa. I had planned to try and set something up to turn on a light if garage (or door) opened between x and y time of night but never followed up on that and when I finally came to try it, found that everything is changing from how I knew to do things.
I don’t code but knew enough on how to upload dths to my ide, etc. now this stuff is a foreign language. Need step by step instructions. Seems like the change is taking some of the ease of customizing away from newbs and it’ll mainly be the experienced / skilled folks that end up with all the cool stuff. Lol
I think you can do most (if not all) of what that smartapp did with routines. I would break it down logically:
Create a routine that after XX minutes of the door sensor reading open to:
A) notify members the door is open.
B) Set a “The garage door notification is active” virtual switch to ON.
Create a routine on the virtual switch that when on, send an additional notification every 2 mintues that the door is STILL open. [Note: this may not work with routines. I don’t know if you can run something repeatedly while a condition is met. It may only run on the event, not over and over.]
Create a routine on the garage door sensor being closed, to turn off the additional notification virtual switch (so no more notifications happen).
These routines can all be enabled or disabled however you’d like or only run when modes are set, etc. You can preface any with conditionals that make sense for you. (maybe while motion is active, don’t run since you’re IN the garage with the open door…)
Create a routine on the door sensor opening to notify you
Create a routine on the door sensor closing to notify you.
Create a routine on the door sensor being open for XX period of time to run a “close the door” action on the garage door device.
Garage door capabilities on a device get exported to Alexa so she should be able to control, but you may have to tweak. Lots of options there.
Create a routine on the garage door sensor that will turn on lights based on time of day or modes or any combination of logic.
Routines are created and modified on the “Routines” tab on a device’s details. They show up on any device they interact with so they can be seen, edited and controlled from more than one place.
You can do this today with your existing DTH driven devices. See if you can switch some of the features you’re getting from a Garage Door monitor smartapp to routines.
Also note that Routines are not the only place logic can run. The Rules API is another which could provide solutions as well.
ST has built in ones thru the mobile app. Menu → Labs → Virtual Switch
There are several other community virtual device drivers on here. vEdge and Virtual Hub are popular.
But sadly I just went thru the Routine sequences and I don’t think you can do anything similar to a “every xx minutes do this action if this state is true”. I too have the “Left it Open” smart app doing similar logic for garage and freezer doors, and that will go away when Groovy Smart apps are shutdown.
Ugh. That sucks. They need to update the routines ability in the app to allow for this or bring over a smart app that allows it like they’re bringing over smart lighting. It’s a feature used by a lot of users…
Well, I clicked the link in the initial post, and it took me to login to my ST. I did, and got this… I clicked enroll and nothing happens. Basically, I’m dumb. Apparently need a step by step on how to do this and set it up. Sorry.
Now that I have figured out how to setup the virtual switch, I am trying to follow this. It doesn’t let me add the virtual switch as an IF and a THEN in the same routine. Also don’t see option to auto stop / close / turn off something after x minutes in the THEN options.