New to ST and the forum. I bought the new version 3 I believe ST hub last week. I have 4 Hue lights in my house, a nest door bell, and a ST water leak sensor, and a Google Home Hub, and POE cameras inside and out, So my smart home is not very big right now, lol.
On to my first question. I played around with the new ST app and seems like a lot of people use the classic app for more in depth choices of things and if you want to use webcore. So I uninstalled new app and installed classic app. I figured out pretty simple a smart lighting scene for my porch light, dusk to dawn. Hooray for me, lol. Works out great. What I am trying to do now is my living room lamps (2), I would like to have them come on say 8.30 at night until say 2 in the morning then shut off. I tried to build a smart app with it using my phone as a presence sensor or lack of since my phone would not be at home, and if it saw my phone not home at 8.30pm then turn living room lights on, and leave them on til 2am. But I’m not doing something right, because I have video cam’s in house that I checked from work and the lights don’t come on when I’m gone. Is there something else I’m missing? An away mode I have to trigger or setup or ???
I’m trying to start out real simple here, so forgive me, I’m not dumb but between reading here and some webcore posts, and video’s, I"m a bit overwhelmed. I am excited at possibilities of simplifying some home processes but have a ton to learn before it makes sense.
Thank you for input.
Just remember that in smartthings, “presence” detection is really “arrival/leaving event“ detection. It’s not whether you are home now. It’s the ability to trigger things to happen based on the moment that you arrive or leave. That is when you cross the geozone threshold in either direction.
But you can use a Geozone threshold event to change the mode, which is what most people do, so that gives the system the ongoing awareness of whether you are home or not based on what the mode is.
Didn’t work unfortunately. I sit here at work and see lights didn’t come on. I also notice the app mode says home, guess I thought if my phone was away from my gps setting as home, it would switch to away.
If you are already away at work, then there is no “leaving” event to trigger the lights coming on. It’s physically crossing the boundary that creates the leaving event, and only in the moment of that crossing.
“When everyone leaves” Is only evaluated at the moment that the last person actually crosses that boundary.
Can you post a screen capture of the new rule that didn’t work?
Smartthings does not automatically change the mode from home to away unless you have a rule set up to specifically change the mode.
As others have said, you should be using the time as the trigger to run the automation (look at the Timer code block if you want to use WebCore). So once your time-based trigger fires, you can use an if statement (or a restriction) to check if the locationMode is “away” and then perform the desired action.