The purpose of this post is to document what was done and ask the forum if there is a better way to have solved this problem.
Assuming a vacation home is in Away Mode, the home should control certain smart devices according to a set of routine and time-based rules when the property is occupied (Mode =/ Away) with occupancy/Mode being determined programmatically based on the time of day a Home/Away button is pressed. And, subsequently, the home should synchronize any/all applicable devices into the appropriate routine settings for the time of day when the home exits away mode via button press.
- Created a RM rule with the 'Scenes per Mode' action to "wakeup & sync" relevant devices upon button press (which is my proxy for occupancy/arrival)
- The 'Scenes per Mode' action required that I create scenes for each of my 4 modes with the appropriate device settings having been captured
- I used the Mode Manager App feature called 'Set Mode with Buttons' to set Mode to Away
- After reading certain related posts, it seemed to me that the Mode Manager App feature called 'Use time settings for Return from Away Mode' may not be entirely reliable so I did something different. I created a global variable to shadow/track what mode would be applicable if the Mode was not set to Away and I use that variable to set the Mode variable when the Arrive button is pressed
So, I'm wondering if this makes sense and if there is maybe a better way to have done this. Because, I see a maintenance headache when changes are made and the basis for the underlying logic goes out of sync.
My reading material may be dated so I would be interested to hear experiences with the Mode Manager App feature called 'Use time settings for Return from Away Mode.'
Thanks in advance!