Hi all, very new user trying to do a basic task which I’m really struggling to get right in the app. I was t to set a ST socket to run in two modes:
After sunset when either myself or my wife is no longer in presence range, turn on the switch
2 after sunset, when both myself and my wife ARE in presence range, activate the switch using ST motion sensor only.
This seems simple yet I can’t figure out how to make it work…any advice appreciated. I have home and away modes configured but away is set only when both of us are no longer in presence range. And home is set when at least one of us is home.
After you have set up an automation for the first time, if you want to go back to it and make any changes, open the mobile app, tap on “automations” at the bottom of the screen, then choose “SmartApps” at the top of the next screen , and you will see it there.
But doesn’t this only turn the light on when BOTH presence sensors are out of the home. I’d like it to work when EITHER of the presence sensors are out of the house. One if I go out, but my wife is still in, I would like the switch to come on. If we are both out I’d also like it to come on. From what I can tell it only has the option for when we both leave?
Smart Lighting is great for simple automations. If you’re looking for more advanced control over your conditions, check out CoRE…it’s a really robust rules engine that gives you significantly more flexibility, albeit with a bit if a learning curve. It’ll do what you’re looking for.
Yes, definitely you can do it, but here’s where you need to make a choice.
There is a very sophisticated community created rules engine, core, that can do all of this and much more. It allows for stacked conditionals like “if a and B but not C while D”. The only thing is it is really complicated to set up and you may need community assistance to figure out individual rules. But if it’s something that you’re interested in, you can absolutely do the most with SmartThings by using core.
A simpler approach is to use an alternative presence detection method for this particular situation. If you have either an iOS or an android phone, I would recommend just using IFTTT. It has its own presence channel. And of course smartthings has a channel.
So you just set up two IFTTT recipes. One detects when you have left, and uses the SmartThings channel to turn on the light.
The other detects when your wife has left, and does the same thing.
( you will each need your own free IFTTT account, but they can both link to the same SmartThings channel)
It’s simple to set up and should work fine for this use case.
Really helpful information, Thanks destructure00 and JDRoberts, I’m happy to invest a little time and effort into CoRE. I’m technically minded, so happy to read threads if its going to give me the flexibility i’m looking for…little astounded that this isn’t an option in the basic set of rules though. I’ll have a flick through the CoRE material you provided and see if I can figure it out, if not, i’ll try using IFTTT. I’ve no doubt you will see me popping up on the CoRE Forums.
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