Sonos Setup

September 28, 2018

Time to talk Sonos. I love my Sonos Devices. I have either a Playbar or Playbase attached to each of my TVs, and some form of Sonos speaker in every room of my house. They are great sound, fill a room, and infinitely configurable. While they are a bit expense, I get a sweet discount as a Microsoft employee.

I found a clever way to hook up my work Surface Book to the Sonos Devices so that while I am on conference calls, I can have the audio play throughout the house. Read the rest of this entry »


Party Mode

August 24, 2018

One of my favorite things about home automation is simplifying repetitive tasks. Before SmartThings and WebCoRE, I had a list of things I would do prior to having a party. Things like make ice, shut off the Ring Chime, set the temperature, disable presence light sensors in the main party area, and unlock doors. Read the rest of this entry »

Ring Camera Alerts

August 2, 2018

Ring has retired their Windows Phone app, so I have used WebCore, IFTTT to simulate some of the functionality. At the same time, I am working towards less notifications and being less governed by my screens. So when the app was working (I do have it on a spare Android phone), it has a Snooze Feature which is pretty nice. Read the rest of this entry »

Roomba 980

August 1, 2018

I have a Roomba 980, named Caprica 6 which services my two bedrooms and study.

I work from home and am conference calls a lot, so I needed a way to control the Roomba so that when SmartThings knows that I have an upcoming meeting it does not trigger the Roomba to run. Read the rest of this entry »

Ring Chime

July 31, 2018

I really like my Ring Stickup Cameras (sadly no longer on the market) and Ring Floodlight Camera. They are all fairly good video quality, charged by solar panels and generally pretty good quality. They are all tied into a single Ring Chime which alerts me when there is motion.

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Keen Air Vents

July 31, 2018

I’ve purchased three Keen Smart Vents. They are very clever vents that are Zigbee controllable.

They use 4 AA batteries that are supposed to last for 2 years and even have a replaceable air filter on them. Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft Flow, WebCoRE and Office 365

July 29, 2018

I work for Microsoft, and most of my day is spent at home on conference calls. I started to think, there might be a good reason for me to connect my calendar (in Office 365) to SmartThings, so that I could say turn music down before I get into a call, or maybe stop my Roomba running. Read the rest of this entry »