I have a need for some automations to behave differently than usual when/if there are guests staying overnight.
Per the thread: Guest mode options for setting this up include via Mode Manager and via a Virtual Switch. I'm trying to assess the pros and cons of using one or the other, and am posting to get insight from those far more experienced than me.
- I don't use mode manager now as I just don't see any need for it.
- I have no grouping of automations that happens at the same time. Using either set times or sunrise/sunset with various +/- offsets in rule machine and room lighting serves my household needs well.
- I have one "Night" trigger that occurs at a different time every day, and is triggered by turning a particular switch off. This is the only thing that has more than one automation associated with it, but again, it works fine with the trigger turning off that switch. Making turning off that switch trigger Night mode, and then Night mode triggering various automations seems to add one more variable that seems to me is more complex...
= This leads me to believe I could use Mode Manager and set modes of Guest and No Guests. What I am unclear on is whether the modes in Mode Manager are tied into the HSM modes. I may want to use HSM in the future and don't want to do something now that would create extra work then.
I don't yet have a dedicated physical display for dashboard interaction. So I'm reliant on my computer or my phone to log onto a HE dashboard and press a button, or programming a switch I already have as a 2x or 3x press to trigger the "virtual switch." Am I properly understanding how virtual switches work?
Is it possible to set up an Inovelli switch to glow a different color, as a visual confirmation, at a 3x press to turn on the Guest virtual switch?
Is there a pro/con to using one or the other in terms of dashboards and/or writing automations?
- I am strongly opposed to adding battery operated devices.
- The only effective sensor I can fathom for this is an mmwave sensor in each room that would detect the presence of sleeping people. The only switch in each guest sleeping room is a single switch for a dumb ceiling fan/light combo, so I don't think an appropriate switch is even in the works yet. It would be possible to ceiling mount a sensor and power it from the attic, but I cannot find any availability yet for one that would not show the usb cable coming out of the side, and would require the hole in ceiling only be large enough for the USB cable. Thus at present I think setting Guest Mode or Guest Status will involve some sort of manual operation.