Yes yes yes, why is this not a thing? So I learned the hard way that there are two ways a command could work with home automation. Like most people would do, I simply trusted that that the Samsung magical sorcery made it all go, and, had no idea about any of these clouds or local words being used. I’m just a simple southern boy, ya see?
So here’s what I did, where I live in Southern Maryland, the fine folks at Comcast like to switch off the broadcast from time to time. So when it goes down, I’m going to be faced with one of two scenarios (neither acceptable).
I’m outside the house, usually out of town for the day, and because of this nonsense, I have no ability to monitor, adjust, or the most significant, look at my dog Savannah on the couch. Or…
I’m forced to either stand up and walk over (without a Segue!) do I can recycle the modem and router.
9 out 10 times we’re good to go after that, but I really feel I’m entitled to not have to get up and walk, stuff… Plus, who am I kidding, what a cool opportunity to rock the automation skills!!! So I created a plan.
I purchased a smart power strip from Meros, which was a little fickle when pairing to the hub, but we eventually got there. And that was it for hardware. And enter now, the most powerful app in the Android domain Tasker. So here’s the load out:
- After pairing, I plugged the power for the Cable Modem, Wireless Router, and Samsung Smartthings Hub v3 into their own plug, each which is controllable independent of the others.
- I created a Tasker Context which had me scratching my head for a few. I wanted the trigger to be the loud of Wifi network connectivity and all the obvious variables didn’t see that. They saw that they were connected to the appropriate network.
- I won’t bore you with each step, but once that context was triggered, Tasker went through an couple of cycles of turning the power off of each component, pausing 30 seconds, and then powering them all back up. At that point it raffia a while, and checks the connectivity again. If yes, task terminated, if not, recycle one more time.
Take a guess how far I got!! Yeah, so lesson learned, new Zooz Powerstrip is being teleported from Amazon as we speak.
During this entire time, I kept noting about how handy a UPS would be. Of yeah, we lose power a lot too. So why? Because when the power takes a poo, guns cable internet still works, if you have. power for the equipment. If I’m out, i can tho no of a lot of reasons I’d want the ability to monitor conditions inside the house during a blackout. Hell, Savannah the dog!!
So I second it and I’m pretty sure that awesome story wasn’t as germane to my mind point as I thought it would be. Hope ya liked it!!