Hey everyone, I received my HE C7 hub last week and have more or less finished connecting a bunch of Lifx Bulbs. a Hue hub with some bulbs (which I received a day after the HE arrived), a Kasa cloud plug, a couple of Hue smart buttons, a Hue dimmer and an Osram 4 way swith. I'm starting to play around with buttons, scenes and logic now and need some help doing this right. Here are my questions, broken down into sections:
I am typically away on the weekends which means that I cannot work on the hub on the days that I have the most amount of time. I've currently set up Teamviewer but that requires me to leave my PC running the whole time, which I don't really want to do (I haven't been able to figure out wake on LAN, I am a complete networking noob). Are there any better / more convenient / easier solutions I can use to work on setting the hub up when I'm away?
Setting up buttons and controllers
So far, I have assigned two lights to one of the hue buttons, but that's it. The process was mostly straightforward, but I can that once I start programming all my buttons, I'm going to have a lot of clutter. I am currently using the built-in buttons app. Is there something that's more efficient / organised that I could/should use? I have a Remotec RC90 on the way and would like to assign scenes to each of the buttons. I'm assuming this isn't a different process, right?
So far, I've only had my Lifx bulbs and have set up three simple scenes in the Lifx app. I managed to copy one of the Lifx scenes into the HE Groups and Scenes app, but I haven't done the rest as yet because I wanted to find out if there's something else I should be using. I want to add hue bulbs to the mix now (figured out how to do it, pretty trivial) and instead of using the Lifx app, I want all scene control to be in one place i.e. on the HE (since I can't mix other bulbs in otherwise).
These scenes change the lighting colour and intensity at sunset + 30, sunset + 60 and sunset + 90 minutes; each scene fades in over 15 minutes. Scenes should only trigger if either my SO or I are home (if neither of us are home, then I want everything to be shut off).
Where can I set this up? Mode lighting? Motion Lighting? Rule Machine? Something else? I tried using the simple rules app, but I couldn't figure out how to make an "and" rule (if time is sunset+x and phone 1 or phone 2 are connected then activate scene 1 over 15 minutes).
Google Home integration
Having voice control for some things can be convenient sometimes. I already have my Lifx app and my Kasa app connected to my Google home app. I haven't connected hue or hubitat as yet. If I connect Hubitat, should I disconnect everything else from Google (since hubitat has all my devices in it?) What's the appropriate way to set this up?
Home screen shortcuts
Using the hubitat dashboard on my phone is a terrible experience. The thing isn't responsive and doesn't scale to my display's size. I have no idea if it's possiblet to make a responsive dashboard and how I could go about it (I know some CSS and HTML basics but I'm far from a web dev). I might just make a mobile-sized one, but that's also a bit annoying since the SO and I have differently sized phones (so I'm effectively going to have to make 3 or more copies of every dashboard).
In any case, I prefer having shortcuts / widgets directly on my homescreen for quick access to stuff I use regularly (specific scenes, the coffee machine, specific lights, etc.). At the moment, I'm using Action Blocks to make these shortcuts but I find the entire implementaion quite dumb. I have the coffee machine implemented as a toggle button via IFTTT, but I don't have pro, meaning I'll be limited to 3 widgets so that's not a solution either, unfortunately. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can achieve this?
(I already downloaded this app called "Hubitat Dashboard" which I can use to set up an always-on "control panel" on an old android tab I have lying around.)