Routine to open garage door ONLY if in proximity?

I have my garage door controlled by a Linear Go Control and a “button” on my phone. Unfortunately this button is easy to hit and on more than one occasion the garage door has opened when we aren’t near home.

Is there any way to create a routine that can be used to open the door ONLY if one of our phones is close to home? I could do it in Stringify, but that is no longer an option, and IFTTT doesn’t offer an “if this then that but only if x”


What App/Hub are you using?

Phones can be added as presence sensors so the answer is yes. The rule engine to accomplish the task depends on what SmartThings App you are using.

I know choice is good. But to me, this represents an instance where ‘smart’ is about choices we make, rather than about capabilities of systems. The button built into my car mirror opens the garage door… and does so only when I am within sight of the garage. All remote garage systems come with remotes that do exactly this task.

So then. While I want the garage status to be reportable in Smartthings so it may trigger other actions, I do not see controlling it from ST to be desirable. Especially if I can accidentally open it from hundreds of miles away just by fidgeting with the phone in my pocket… and especially then if I have to try to come up wit a reliable presence detection scheme to prevent that accident!! Seems like a massive undertaking, given the system to accomplish that is already likely in your hands.

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What about the times you drive away from home and forget to close the garage door :wink:

Choice is good


If you use a routine to set “Home” mode when presence is detected, you could restrict the button to only work when mode=Home in the Smart Lighting app…

Let Smartthings report it to you… then go into the garage’s own app and close it from there.

The garage’s own app somehow prevents you from being able to “accidentally open it from hundreds of miles away just by fidgeting with the phone” in a way the ST app doesn’t?

Missing the point. You’d have to open the garage app to operate the garage.
So you use ST to merely report on garage open/closed status.

Then if you seek to change that status, you deliberately open the garage app and make the change you wish. Then you close the garage app.

This is known as reducing opportunities for error. OP’s issue is he accidentally opens the garage because merely fiddling with the phone somehow makes the Smartthings button for opening that garage available. The process I describe eliminates that opportunity for error. Which is what ‘smart’ is all about - especially if opening that garage leads to unfettered access to the rest of the house (which IMO is another not-so-smart idea).

Smart things 2 hub and Classic app. I use the Sharp Tools widgets to make the “button”

I already have ST report when the door is opened. That’s how I knew my wife had accidentally opened it while 1000 miles away.

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The Linear Go Control does not have its own app. It is a z-wave device controlled by smart things directly.

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Thank you. I will give that a try.

Different things work for different people. Not everyone arrives in a car: some are on bicycles; motorcycles; In wheelchairs; out walking with a stroller, a 4 year old, and a dog; jogging while wearing a smart watch but not carrying a phone; etc.

Some people have a bad shoulder and find the button in the car hard to reach.

And some just like the convenience.

Choice is good. :sunglasses:.

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I don’t think that person should be driving :grin:

Many people have restricted shoulder movement for various reasons, including sports injuries or arthritis. It doesn’t mean they can’t drive safely.

In fact, all 50 states in the US allow a person who has had an arm amputated or was born with only one arm to still get a drivers license and drive as long as it’s an automatic.

See, for example, this guy, who even has a video of how he drives. :sunglasses:

I know it’s possible, I do it myself from time to time :slight_smile:
But that good arm should also be able to press a button. :muscle:

Sure, but this is what Glen described:

Being able to reach that button while driving is not a requirement for being a safe driver.

But again, the point isn’t about making rules for other people. As long as Public Safety is maintained, choice is good. :sunglasses: