Configuring groups

Smart devices and services (also simply called modules) can be organized into control groups.

From the settingsConfigure menu select the dashboardGroups option to add and manage groups. Click the addAdd Group button located in the bottom bar to add a new group.

To edit a group select it from the list. The group configuration page will be opened. From this page we can add/sort modules in the group, change the wallpaper, rename or delete it.

Configuration menu Groups editor Group modules editor

Configuring widgets

We call widget, that part of the user interface through which a module is presented and through which we can interact with it.

Depending on the type, a specific widget will be used to display a module (eg. all modules of type "Light" will be presented using the same kind of widget). Most widgets will also have a settings (settings) button in the upper right corner that can be used to configure the module. Pressing this button a popup dialog will be opened.

Let's now see how to configure each of them.

Weather forecast

HomeGenie can integrate also external services and make the data available to the system so that it can be displayed and/or used for automating tasks.

A good example is the Weather widget that is based on OpenWeatherMap service.

To enable this widget the user is required to enter a service API key (APPID) that can be obtained by registering on the OpenWeatherMap website.

After entering the location name and a valid API key, press the autorenewRestart button. The widget will then retrieve updated forecast and other useful data.

This data can then be used to automate various tasks. For example to open or close motorized window shades on behalf of the sun position and the weather conditions (cloudy or not), or turning off the garden irrigation system if it's raining outside.

Security alarm system

If your setup includes smart devices such as motion/smoke/co2/etc.. detectors, door/window sensors, then you can use them with the Security Alarm System widget.

The following video explain how to use this feature.

Lights and switches

Also lights and switches have configurable options. Some options are related to the integration with other services/widgets (as already seen in the case of the alarm system), some other are used to configure the behavior of the device itself.

Let's explore some of these options.

Smart lights

When this options is enabled, the device will react to any of the following events:

Energy saving mode

Enable this option to limit the level of a dimmerable device to a maximum predefined value (20% by default).

Level memory

Enable this option to restore last level when the dimmerable device is turned on. This is useful when the device itself does not provide this feature as it happens for some old X10 dimmer modules.

Thermostats

HomeGenie should recognize with most Z-Wave smart thermostats. Drivers for other kind of thermostats are available through the Package Repository.

The standard installation also includes a Basic Thermostat application that can be configured to add up to ten virtual thermostats.

Each of them can be configured to use an arbitrary temperature sensor and any switchable device that is presumably connected to a real heating system. So, when the temperature sensor is below the configured Set Point, it will activate the switch and so the heating system and keep it active until the Set Point temperature is reached.

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