Maybe its just my own special brand of OCD, but when I link a device via Hub Mesh the DEVICE NAME_(on Hub_Name) drives me nuts! I went through and took the last part off. Recently however, I see the value of somehow identifying those devices which are actually linked from another hub. My question, Would it cause any problems to say use a symbol instead? For example DeviceID* or #DeviceID. So my questions are
Is it ok to use punctuation or symbols in a device label?
If so , does it matter where (beginning or end), is one more desirable than the other?
Are there any symbols that need to be avoided so they don't cause conflicts with any underlying code?
No - just place it where you want. It will impact sorting.
None that I am aware of, but someone will likely pipe in if they are aware of some. I have used spaces (before a name for sorting purpose), _, # and emoticons without issues.
The only guidence I see in HE land is for variables, and that is to avoid characters: ' " \ ~ [ ] < >
Ahhh and I was about to Use <>, I think ill just use +#, but it also sound like @Sebastien has has success (or more specifically lack of failure) with emoticons. may try that too.
You can use emojis. I put a lock emoji at end of device label on device linked from another hub. It doesn't seem to affect label name in Alexa or Google Home integrations.
I hadn't even thought of that yet. We had to shut Alexa off a few months ago. Her "hunches" for some odd reason thought we wanted our bedroom lights on full brightness at 3:00 a.m. We never have ANY lights on full brightness, no idea where that hunch came from. Needless to say a couple days of that cost me big WAF points. That being said I am about to turn it back on, but in a very limited manner. It was pretty much just being used for voice control. I just need to make sure I can have multiple accounts on Alexa. Before the devices were in my wife's Alexa account which always made it a pain in the rear to do anything, because I would have to get her to log into it on her tablet, and that usually takes at least a couple days.
I want to be able to have the devices on my Alexa account, and everything else (mainly Amazon Music) can be on hers,.