In our last post, we outlined the power of macros and how they can make your life easier by doing some of the things you do every day (or night), all the time, and automate those same tasks. We went over how, with the press of a button, many different devices can turn on or off.
Now, let’s elaborate a bit more, with respect to non-audio video equipment. If you will take my word for it, there are a number of pages, like the one you see below, all activated by the previously discussed macro.
I don’t want to belabor the point; rather, I wanted to give you a glimpse into how many different things a single macro, or group of macros can do. For example, see below….
This string comes in the programming right after the one we showed in our previous blog. To take a look at that one, click here.
The above macro first checks to see if the garage doors are open, and if so, closes them. As an aside, guys, how many times have you been in bed and your wife asks you if the garage doors are closed? This fixes that request. BTW, the app also shows you when the doors are opened or closed. I’ve included a screen shot below to show you what this looks like.
Next, the macro tells the system to lock the Yale door lock on the basement door. This is SUPER helpful, again for the request from your bride, once you are in bed, upstairs, and asked if the basement door is locked. And, you guessed it, there is another icon on the app confirming this as well.
The system then runs the bedtime lighting scene. I’ll explained advanced lighting in another blog, but, suffice it to say, it turns off over 15 lights at this time, all at different times.
The system then waits 55 seconds (which is the rough time it takes us to get our things together to head upstairs to bed), and turns off the basement lights and ceiling fan.
After another 60 seconds of waiting, the system locks the Yale door lock in the Great Room and arms the Honeywell alarm system to Instant mode for bed.
Finally, after waiting another 46 seconds (about the time it takes us to get ready for bed), the system turns on the TV in the Owner’s Suite (my wife has to watch a show before she falls to sleep) and starts a 90 minute timer to turn the TV off in the event we fall asleep and forget.
Whew….that’s a LOT! I hope you can see from this that the limit of macros is only what you can both dream up and articulate to us. This truly shows the power of the automated or “smart” home.
Next time, we will talk about programming lighting and how we can Simplify Your Life Through Technology and the use of scenes.