Hey all -
I'm looking for a simple way to change my HE hub mode between Home mode and Away mode to automatically arm/disarm HSM and I'm not having much luck. Hoping you guys can shed some light on things.
Ideally, I'd like a simple solution based on either a) presence via geolocation, b) voice command, c) keypad, or d) phone app shortcut.
Here's what I've tried so far...
Presence via Geolocation:
Geolocation on Hubitat app on my Pixel 3 phone: this just isn't reliable for some reason. I have made sure the Hubitat app is not restricted by the Android battery optimization but it still doesn't seem to tell the hub when I've entered or left the geolocation area. Anecdotally, the Arlo app does seem to work pretty well reporting to my Arlo hub when I've left the area, but it sometimes doesn't report when I've re-entered the area. What am I missing? Why is phone geolocation so unreliable? I've seen mentions of Life365... does that solve the problem?
I've set up IFTTT with Hubitat and Google Assistant to issue a voice command like "OK Google, set mode to Away", but when I say that to my phone it doesn't recognize the IFTTT phrase. Not sure if this is a temporary problem with IFTTT/Google Assistant integration or not. IFTTT can see all my HE hub modes but the recipes never get triggered from Google Assistant.
I've also tried setting up the Google Home assistant integration, and gave the HE app permission to access my modes, but after opening up the Google Home app on my phone, I'm not sure what to say to trigger switching modes. Is there a specific phrasing you need to invoke HE hub mode changes?
I'd also consider putting a wireless security keypad on my porch to arm/disarm HSM, but it looks like they are hard to come by. Of the 4 keypads officially supported (Iris and Centralite models), are there any available new and not some used eBay garbage? Any more officially supported keypads coming down the pike?
Lastly, if none of the above options are workable, it would suffice to at least have a quick shortcut to change modes built into the Hubitat official app. On Android, a long press on the app could list the available modes and that would be a good alternative to launching the app, navigating to a dashboard and clicking on a HSM mode tile. Maybe that's something that could be added to the Hubitat app in the future.