June 14, 2019, 1:40am
Soooo, first time poster and lurker. Need help. I have central ac, and I have a wall unit that I use in my bedroom. My wall unit is on a smart socket and my bedroom door has a an open close sensor. I would like to program a routine that says:
Turn on the outlet
For the ac
Only if the door sensor is closed.
No, luck with the last condition, any help
Which version of the SmartThings app are you using? They do have somewhat different rules engines. (The FAQ title is a clickable link.)
In 2018, there were two available versions of the mobile app. The classic was discontinued in December 2020, even though it still has some features that the newer app does not have.
It’s easy to tell the difference: they had different logos.
If you were directed to this FAQ so that you could figure out which version of the mobile app a forum post was referring to this is as far as you need to read.
The remainder is more for experienced members of the forum and covers how we as a community are dealing with the ever-changing terminology the platform has presented. But feel free to skip it if you’re not interested in that kind of thing.
Jargon and History
Note that the name of the 2018 app changed multiple times since it was first released. As of July 2019 …
I’m on the classic app
In that case, it can be done, but not with the official features. You’ll need some custom code. See the following FAQ (the topic title is a clickable link)
(This is a wiki post: feel free to edit it or add to it as needed. Also, I can’t take any screenshots since I can’t use the app at this time due to its incompatibility with voiceover, so feel free to add screenshots where they would be helpful.)
At one point, one of the biggest advantages of using the SmartThings platform was the wide variety of devices that it supported. However, by the end of 2017 several competing platforms had caught up in that regard.
Where SmartThings still holds a significant advantage over some of the other low-cost home automation solutions is in the ability to really build really complex rules in a fairly simple manner. You won’t have to be a programmer, but you may need the help of other community members to get the logic constructed just right.
So how can…