After reading numerous threads about garage door automation, it is still a little unclear to me if the following can currently be done:
If the garage door has been left open for X number of minutes, have it close automatically.
I understand the need for a device to determine if the door is open, and the need for a relay to make the door close (or open).
I see that there are ways to combine the functions of both into one item on the things list.
It sounds as though maybe you used to be able to do time based garage door closing, but not currently?
Yesterday I installed an ecolink door/window switch to a garage door, and so far it looks like it works well. I am expecting to get a relay to complete the automation.
I’m using the ios ST app, and a ST V2 hub
Can anyone tell me if the time based approach is currently possible?
This looks like it has a bit of a learning curve, even with some programming in my past.
I’m not certain this will do what I am looking for. I see things can be done at certain times, or within a range of time, but not if the state of a device remains unchanged for X amount of time.
I found this comment from the programmer:
“Rule Machine doesn’t have a way of handling timed events. Those have to be done in Smart Lighting or some such app. It can restrict the truth of the rule to a time period, but can’t do anything based on the passage of time, or a timer.”
Maybe I’ll look at this again when I have more time.