Setting mode based on Google Home

I just starting to think about how I might use mode. I’ve got a Nest thermostat and 2 Google displays, so that’s sensing presence accurately. So just wanted to see if this is a reasonable approach. I created a virtual switch and exposed it to Google Home. Using the Google routines, it’s set ON when status is HOME, and set OFF when status is AWAY (triggered based on any switch change). Then I created a virtual presence device and use RM to change to ARRIVED when the virtual switch goes on and DEPARTED when the virtual switch goes off. I used the virtual presence in Mode Manager to drive mode.

Looks like a solid approach to me.

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IIRC, there is also a Virtual Presence Sensor with Switch device, because this is such a common pattern.

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That’s handy. Thanks.

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