First off, I apologize in advance for the length of this post. Secondly, this isn’t about any problem that I am having…more just putting my thoughts out there to see if anyone see any issues with it or perhaps a better way to accomplish what I’m trying to do. Thirdly, not sure if I posted in the appropriate category. If not, let me know where I should move it to. Here goes…
Currently, I am running a Schlage Connect deadbolt and a SmartThings Hub (I have a few z-wave toggle switches as well but they are irrelevant to this post). I wanted to have the door lock after someone left and unlock when someone arrived. I also wanted to change the system mode to “Home” when anyone was present and “Away” when everyone was gone. It is only my wife and I and we are using our phones as presence sensors. However, without having door sensors (yet), I have to set up the routines based solely on our presence sensors. So I have individual “Hello” routines for each of us that unlock the door and change the mode to “Home” when either of us enters the geofence. I also have individual “Goodbye” routines for each of us that lock the door when either of us leaves the geofence. Due to the typical scenario where one of us leaves and the other remains home, I do not have the individual “Goodbye” routines change the mode to “Away”. In order to work around that, I set up a separate “Goodbye” routine that changes the mode to “Away” after we have both left the geofence.
I set up the routines to notify me when they are triggered and after a few weeks of testing, everything seems to be working fine as intended.
Do any of you see any issues with this configuration, particularly when my wife and I leave or enter the geofence simultaneously triggering several routines all at once? I’m also open to suggestions for how to accomplish this more efficiently.
I do plan to purchase door sensors which I can then use to trigger the door locking. However, not sure how best to tackle the Home/Away mode shift. I don’t currently have anything that is triggered by the home shift but I hope/plan to soon (thermostat, lights, etc.).
Again, I apologize for the length of the post. Thanks in advance for any input. I look forward to hearing from you!