The CHAOS Home Notifier Android app and Vera Home Control plugin, when combined, can trigger events when users arrive or leave home.
The Android app, available from the Google Play Store, can detect when you arrive home by monitoring the connected WiFi networks. The Vera Home Control plugin has a virtual switch for each home inhabitant, to keep track of who's home at any given time. It can remember the home-state of any number of users. Hence, scenes can be triggered and devices can be switched on and off when any individual's arrival or departure is detected by the Android app.
|Phone At Home||Phone Away From Home|
|CHAOS Plugin When At Home||CHAOS Plugin When Away From Home|
When you first install the phone app you will see the following screen:
Initially it indicates that you are "Not at Home" because it does not yet know which network is your home network. The list in the centre of the screen contains all the WiFi networks that the phone has ever connected to. You can tick one or more networks to tell it which networks your phone connects to when at home. If we select the appropriate home networks, it immediately recognises that we are "At Home" when connected to that network.
For example, to tell the app that we are at home when connected to the network "UPC1374001" we would click this network in the list and the app would update to show:
That's all it takes. Now the Android app is monitoring WiFi connectivity to deduce your home presence at all times.
If you click the "Status History" button you will be brought to this screen:
This screen summarises the amount of time you've spent at home and away from home for the past week.
The steps involved in installing and setting up the CHAOS plugin are:
If this did not fully work, reload the Micasaverde dashboard page a few more times until it works.
Now the phone app can be connected to control the state of the plugin for a given username when the phone arrives or leaves home.
When you have the phone app successfully detecting your home network(s) and have the Vera plugin configured with the names of the users who will be using the system, you can connect the two together. The steps to get the phone app to send updates to the CHAOS Vera plugin are:
If setup was successful, when you arrive home the CHAOS plugin which the phone is configured to control will switch to the 'On' state and when you leave home it will switch to the 'Off' state. Now you can start playing with which devices to actuate or what scenes to trigger when these events occur.