[ST Edge] vEdge Creator: a virtual device generator for end users

Yeah, just another one added to the list. Samsung, Google (Android phone tracking, Pixel Watch/Fitbit, and Nest app tracking). Probably more if I checked.

Hello, scanning for devices does not pull up the vEdge Creator. I initially installed v2.8 and was able to create 3 virtual presence sensors. When I went back to try to create a contact sensor, it got stuck on creating devices. I deleted everything, uninstalled the driver, and re-installed, but now I cannot get the creator to show up when scanning for devices. Any idea what could be the issue? I’m willing to provide logs but not sure how to go about doing so.

The app is now sometimes putting new devices into the room where your hub device is (instead of ‘No room assigned’). Have you checked that?

Yes, scanning for nearby devices doesn’t even find the vEdge Creator V2.8.

Have you tried rebooting your hub?

Yep–tried that. Even unenrolled and and renerolled to your channel. For some reason I cannot get the creator to pop back up.

Is there something wrong with the vEdge link? After accepting the terms of service i get sent to an internal server error page.

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I’m using the vEdge Creator to support 5 virtual dimmers and a switch. All of the virtuals are being used with the new Smart lighting to do one-way mirroring so that I can operate some groups of lights as one, primarily for use with Alexa.

There is a significant difference in how the virtual dimmer works as compared to a real dimmer or the old IDE-created virtual dimmer.

For my other dimmers if I say “Alexa, dining room ceiling 100%”, the dimmer is turned on and set to the requested brightness. With the vEdge virtual dimmer, the dim level is set but the on/off state isn’t affected. This means I have to give Alexa two commands to get the lights on and set the level.

Possibly related is the dashboard presentation. If I select “dimmer” presentation then the icon appears on any time the dimmer value is non-zero even if the switch is actually off. Again, that’s unlike how real dimmers work and unlike how the IDE-created virtual dimmer worked.

@TAustin , is there any way to get a virtual dimmer that behaves like a real dimmer?

Known problems affecting many channels. See

Unable to join channels (25 Jan 2023)

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All who were having problems getting the driver installed from the invite link: SmartThings acknowledged the issue and says it’s fixed now, so please retry.

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Well believe it or not it’s behaving the way folks requested when I first created it. But this has come up - that it would be good to have a Settings option to enable the behavior you are looking for. I’ll bump this up on the priority list and try to get it done in the coming days.

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In the past, many people have requested this specific behavior so that they can change the dim level based on time of day without actually turning the light on. That way the next time someone hits the wall switch, it comes on at the lower level. This is commonly a nighttime routine, but it’s also used to emulate circadian lighting.

Without separating the two, you get the situation where the light turns on at full brightness and then dims to the desired level, which can be a problem, for example, in a nursery. :baby:

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I can see that. If I could change the way my physical switches worked, it would be great! It’s the inconsistency that’s tripping me up.

Thanks for looking into it. Definitely not a tragedy-level problem.

I’m an early riser and have a “morning” scene that turns on a few lights at a very low level. Every morning, I get that flare of light because for each light, the scene processing turns it on, then sets the dim level.

I’ll throw in a plug for my preferred dimmer, the various Leviton models (I’ve got DZ6HDs). They have a small, secondary rocker that controls dim level. If you use the small rocker to switch on, it comes on at the lowest dim level regardless of previous use.

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Hi. I’ve noticed that some of my virtual switches periodically show as offline. Do you know what would be causing that?

FYI, I think there has been a change/regression, all of my old (edge) routines use only a dimmer setting without an “On” command, I recently modified a routine and now have to have a “On” command and a dimmer setting. You cannot access the dimmer settings now with out first setting an “On” command.

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SmartThings platform and/or app anomalies, I’m afraid. Have the devices recovered?

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Wow, you are absolutely right. I see that as well. That seems to be now enforced by the app. It looks like I’m going to have to make some changes: firstly, add a new device with a dimmer-only - no switch (this should address the issue you raised). Secondly- it may no longer make sense - or be possible - to have a switch+dimmer combo that doesn’t behave as @HalD requested. The plot thickens…

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Thank you for this nice project !
I could create some virtual switches in seconds ! That’s really awesome. Thank you so much.

I tried creating a virtual Thermostat. That works but no way to configure temp sensor + heating outlet.
It would be awesome to add the ability to set sensors + outlets as input during creation or in thermostat settings.

Agree with you. It would be nice to have sensors + contactors/outlets to start/stop heating.

Did you figure out any solution?