Got my HE last week, and did the basics - so my switches and controls are all in place and working - very easy to set up.
But now - I want to get more creative to replicate my old Home Brew set-up. Happy to code or tweak as required, but I have some questions - I hope people can point me to some discussions, documents, URLS that set me on the right path.
I appreciate any help anyone can give on the following....
I want some of my rules to deal with public holidays (here in the UK we have a published list of dates). Is this doable in HE? What is the best way of doing this. I was thinking maybe something like a variable which is set when its a select day of the year - but does this mean a separate trigger for each day thats a public holiday in the future?
Away. I am not sure I get the 'away' mode thing - how its set, which parts are ignored, which parts are included. Any pointers?
Email integration - this is the big one for me.
My home alarm system is pretty much black box - but I can get it to email out set status (armed and unarmed) which I can capture. Has anybody ever done an email PICKUP integration - so I can change the mode to Away or back to normal? Options I am thinking of...
a) Direct pickup of email from home server, or a web server etc
b) I can do email pickup on my home server, and then set flags that maybe HE can pick up - such as a status on a intranet page, or a file somewhere, or a SQL database, or anything else
c) Can I interface into HE to change the mode - i,e, if I have a Windows service picking up my emails and I detect a "set" email - can I call a local HE interface of any type to change the mode - OAUTH, or URL call (portaladdress/changemode=Away) type thing?
What is the best method of adding Randomness to light controls - say I want to give the house a 'looked in' effect when we are away. I see there is a randomness delay you can add - is that the best way? Is there any guides on this?