So, I’ve deployed Ask Alexa (which is freaking awesome) and I want to be able to issue one command and all my lights turn off as well as arm the security system, lock the doors, etc. Normally this would be easy except that I use INSTEON for all my light switches. (Why? I love Insteon’s switches, the reliability, the feel, the look, the ability to easily change color of LEDs and paddles, etc). So, I had purchased an ISY 944i, which speaks both INSTEON and Z-Wave. It has all my INSTEON and Z-Wave devices in it including the SmartThings hub itself as a device.
So, I have on the INSTEON side a “Alexa, turn off the house” command which I use at night to turn off all the lights in my house. That is just a group inside of the Alexa app for all the switches. Using Ask Alexa, I can say “Alexa, tell smartthings good night” and she’ll arm the security system and lock all the doors, etc. What I would like is for one of these commands to somehow trigger the other.
If the ISY was capable of knowing the ‘good night’ routine was running then it could turn off all the INSTEON lights, but I can’t seem to find a way for the ISY to know that as I don’t think the smartthings hub broadcasts that in any way. So, is there a way either via Ask Alexa or any other way for a Core Piston to see the Alexa command of ‘turn off the house’ or similar so that SmartThings can run it’s side of things?
Just curious if anyone has attempted something like this before.