Using status of garage door for modes/actions?


(Rob W.) #1

I feel kinda stupid here, but I cannot figure out how to set up an action based on the status of my garage door. Say I want to turn on the lights when I come home and turn down the A/C; the garage door both opens and closes when I leave the house or come home… so how do I tell ST whether I’m coming or going??


(Chris) #2

I’d have said that was what the presence sensors are for really. I don’t see how a garage door sensor could possibly know if you were arriving or leaving.


#3

Use the SmartThing Smart Sense Presence sensor for that. Leave it in your car glove or attach it to your keys and you are good to go.


(Rob W.) #4

I really appreciate the feedback/suggestions, but have you READ the reviews on both versions of the presence sensor?? There’s no way I want my garage door randomly opening and closing, or my doors unlocking because the battery is dead or the unit gets flaky as everyone is reporting.


(Chris) #5

From the logs of mine, I haven’t had this problem. Also, using your phone as a presence sensor seems more reliable.


(Rob W.) #6

Your phone and IFTTT??


(Chris) #7

No, you can add your phone as a presence sensor to ST


(Rob W.) #8

Thx! So I got my iPhone set up as a ST presence sensor (similar to what I did with IFTTT before using geo-fencing). But when I want it to open my garage door when I come home, I can’t set up that action because it does not give My Zwave Garage Door as an option. Is there a way to make it recognize it as a garage door?