Update - must be a timing issue. When linking the voice announcement to a virtual switch (which is ON when alarm is fully set, no delays active etc), voice announcements don’t behave as they should (see post above).
If however, I link them to a physical smart socket instead - perfect.
Another update! Perhaps I’ve discovered the limits of the platform…?
In a nutshell, I use shm delay along with the buzzer module, virtual switches and some smartlighting rules to determine what’s going on with the alarm.
- alarm completely disabled
- alarm set, still on the way out the house, an exit delay
- exit delay completed, alarm now fully set.
- re-entering the house, entry delay active, waiting for alarm to be disarmed.
- back to the first stage again (alarm completely disabled).
Depending on which stage it’s at, the hope was to hook up an indicator panel with red, amber green, and a buzzer to clearly indicate what’s going on. I also have things such as a flashing external alarm box to show the alarm’s active, and various sirens which are triggered if there’s an alert.
The aim of all of this was to to create a kick-ass smart system whilst maintaining absolute wife-friendliness. The cherry on the cake was the addition of a rfid panel hooked up to a fibaro ubs allowing seamless and mother-in-law-compatibility, with a few voice alerts using big talker.
Clearly I was hoping to keep the majority of this running as locally as possible, with minimal reliance on cloud. It’s worth noting that had I envisioned I’d be doing as much as I am with the smart platform, I wouldn’t have chosen smartthings due to the issues with cloud reliance, but as with all things, the project started with a bit of mild curiosity and the purchase of a starter kit to control some christmas lights!
As you can imagine, the setup I have now involves a fair amount of “if this, then that, change mode, flick this switch on, flick this switch off…” etc.
Apparently herein lies the problem. Sometimes in the instance where a trigger of some sort might need to turn off 3 switches, turn on, and change the mode and alarm status… you may find that not all switches are actually flicked. An maybe the mode will change, but the shm status won’t. The troubleshooting has been a bit of a pain purely because there hasn’t actually been any errors in my logic, it’s just been partial intermittent ‘misses’.
I’m still keen to figure a way around this, but it seems the problems may be insurmountable. It’s completely doing my head in to know that, for example, shm is supposed to disarm, change the mode to home, and turn a switch off. Using one switch to trigger this works just fine, using another will do all but change shm status, breaking the logic, so to speak.
Sorry to hijack your thread - was never the intention ! Your software (along with kiosk browser) has been an integral part of this all for me, and I truly appreciate it. Maybe hubitat is going to be the next step, eh ? = )