Show Off Your Dashboards!


#306

Ryan basically described the process although it's not as bad as you may think.

First, I had it easy, I didn't have to draw the floorplan. I had some PDF files from the architect who worked on our renovation projects over the years. I wasted a lot of time cleaning them up to get them down to just the basic - really all you need are the exterior walls and partition walls. I say I wasted because I later found another PDF they had provided that had layers. Acrobat Pro recognizes the layers and provided buttons to allow me to turn layers off. That allowed me to generate a cleaned up version in just a few seconds.

If you aren't so lucky, I think you could put together what you need with most any sketching package. Since AutoCAD effectively eliminated my favorite CAD package, Generic CAD, I have used something called TinyCAD. I would suggest that you don't need anything close to a perfect scale drawing - you just need it close enough that the rooms look like the rooms. It is kind of cool to have it scale - that's a lot of work.

The other place I wasted a lot of time was scaling the grid. I think I rescaled it four or five times trying to get the granularity I wanted. Once you get used to doing it, you can do it pretty fast.

I disagree that the sliders on the small icons are useless. They are actually quite useful. When you click on the round button, a dialog box pops up with the percentage and you can easily adjust it even though you don't have a slider to move. Surprisingly you can't get pretty specific with your percentage values even with the tiny bit of travel of the slider.

Clearly this doesn't work on a small form factor like a phone but that was not the intention. This was done as an experiment and I have since thought of several other things I want to try. I am also going to write up a separate thread of suggestions based on what I have learned so far from this experiment.


#307

What round button? You mean the slider itself? You are able to accurately hit that using your finger on your phone or tablet?


#308

This isn't for a phone, no way you could use it on something that small.


#309

But on a tablet you are able to use that? Or do you only use this from a PC with a mouse?


#310

I haven't tried it on a tablet yet.


#311

I'm guessing the image of your floor plan was then used as the background image on your dashboard options? What do you use to host your images?


#312

Yes, exactly. I used a personal web site I have had for years.


#313

Before HE I was considering Home Assistant. They have been doing some cool things with floorplan dashboards.


#314

CrisD - Many thanks for that link. I will need a while to digest that - it looks like a huge thread. Just in a quick scan I see some really interesting ideas there!


#315


#316

I am very happy with how the dashboard are turning out. Still a work in progress.


#317

I really liked this idea but it doesn't work well for use accross platforms or even viewing methods per platform :frowning:
This is from a browser on an iPad and where I set it up:


And this is in the link generated for local/cloud access on the same machine:

I really wanted this to work as it gave me all the controls for the main floor and information that I wanted as well but it would only work as long as you had one tablet mounted or only one way of interacting with it. I wish Hubitat had more control over the images so it could scale things to keep proportions when things viewing methods change slightly. I know my Android tablet has a wider view display so it would scale differently still.


#318

@justin Very clean built in tablet set up! I like Charles set up as well. Justin what tablet and mount are you using?


#319

@mkig45 - Bob Strenger from the Facebook Hubitat Users Group made it for me. Its a Fire 10" & its a perfect fit & the custom 90deg flat usb ribbon cable that he sent hides nicely.


#320

Put up 2 tablets just recently. So far so good. Just switched over from ST last week.


#321

Doesn't All Disarmed mean you won't get alerted for water leaks, is that what you want?


#322

I only use HSM for home security - intrusion. I don’t have any water leak detectors at this time.


#323

Since the floorplan is a bit large, complex, and problematic to render on a small form factor, the graphic below show what I am using on my phone (I hardly ever need it but dashboards are fun). I have a "main" dashboard (on the left) that has "buttons" that link to the three dashboards or interest - exterior lighting, upstairs lighting and downstairs lighting. I maintained the notional orientation around the floor plan and with a somewhat rectangular house, this makes it fairly intuitive to find a room and a light without having to read the labels.

As with the others, it's an experiment and a work-in-progress.


#324

UGGGG OCD ALERT !! Fix those screw heads to same direction !!


#325

Another reason to like Lutron Claro wall plates. I don't have to worry about lining up the screws!