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Using motion sensor dusk.dawn sensor and low bat programming question


chrishick

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I've gone and gotten myself all confused now, but I know everybody here will have the answers in an instant.

 

First, I have a program for low battery notification of the motion sensors.

 
If
        Status  'Motion Sensor / Pool Motion-Low Bat' is On
 
Then
        Repeat Every  24 hours 
           Send Notification to 'Text' content 'Pool Motion Battery Low'
 
Else
   - No Actions - (To add one, press 'Action')
 
Now I realize that I've I think I've created and endless loop every 24 hours, even if the if condition evaluates false. Is this correct? How would you write this? I want a reminder every 24 hours until I change the battery so I don't forget.
 
Also, I changed the battery on Sunday, but I just checked the status in the ISY console and it still reports as low bat On. Is there something I have to do to reset this at the motion sensor?
 
 
Second, I want to be able to use the dusk.dawn sensor on the MS to detect ambient light levels and adjust lighting accordingly. I turned on the dusk.dawn setting on the MS, but then I don't receive text alerts on motion during the daytime. So I had to turn dusk.dawn back off to re-enable my motion alerts. Is there any way to use the dusk.dawn feature while the MS will still send on commands 24/7?
 
Thanks in advance for any help!!
 
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No - program is good.  Once the node clears the program will eval false and stop.  Query the low batt node to clear the On condition.

 

There is a another setting in the MS for Night only mode that need to be disabled.

 

-Xathros

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No - program is good.  Once the node clears the program will eval false and stop.  Query the low batt node to clear the On condition.

 

There is a another setting in the MS for Night only mode that need to be disabled.

 

-Xathros

Yep, that cleared the low bat node. Is there any way to do this automatically or do I just remember to log into the ISY and do it manually each time?

 

I set the night only mode and stopped receiving On commands from the MS during the day. That disables my text notifications. When I disable night only mode it looks like the dusk.dawn node then always reports off, even when it is dark? I'm not home right now, so I can't check, but the garage is pretty dark during the day yet dusk.dawn still reports back as off. Is this the correct behavior?

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Yep, that cleared the low bat node. Is there any way to do this automatically or do I just remember to log into the ISY and do it manually each time?

 

I set the night only mode and stopped receiving On commands from the MS during the day. That disables my text notifications. When I disable night only mode it looks like the dusk.dawn node then always reports off, even when it is dark? I'm not home right now, so I can't check, but the garage is pretty dark during the day yet dusk.dawn still reports back as off. Is this the correct behavior?

You can query the low batt node via program.  Just need to make sure that the program knows you replaced the batt.  The MS only notifies on low batt once so it won't continue to remind you after clearing if you haven't replaced the batt.

 

Night only needs to be disabled.  Try setting the sensitivity to 128.  You will need to play with that value to get it where you need it.  The MS needs to cross the light/dark threshold defined by that value for 3.5 minutes before it will change state for the dusk/dawn node.

 

Hope this helps.

 

-Xathros

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The programming console only gives you the option to write updates to device, no query option that I can find. I wonder if this will do the same thing?

 

I checked my garage MS and sensitivity was set to 1. I changed it to 128 but I'll have to wait until I get home to test it out. I haven't been able to successfully write device updates to the MS and still have to take the back off to put it into programming mode.

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The programming console only gives you the option to write updates to device, no query option that I can find. I wonder if this will do the same thing?

 

I checked my garage MS and sensitivity was set to 1. I changed it to 128 but I'll have to wait until I get home to test it out. I haven't been able to successfully write device updates to the MS and still have to take the back off to put it into programming mode.

Sorry, My bad!  I just assumed that the sensor node could be queried under program control.  It would appear not.

 

I also have not been able to write updates via program despite various delays as described in another thread.  In my case, all of my sensors are 5+ years old and I suspect some things have changed with newer sensors that might make this possible.

 

-Xathros

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I also have not been able to write updates via program despite various delays as described in another thread.  In my case, all of my sensors are 5+ years old and I suspect some things have changed with newer sensors that might make this possible.

 

-Xathros

I was able to get it to work once or twice with one of the MS, but not consistently, so I gave up and went back to removing the rear cover.

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Sorry, My bad!  I just assumed that the sensor node could be queried under program control.  It would appear not.

 

I also have not been able to write updates via program despite various delays as described in another thread.  In my case, all of my sensors are 5+ years old and I suspect some things have changed with newer sensors that might make this possible.

 

-Xathros

 

As a data point I have several MS that are the same age and both of them auto update via HL2 with out issue. Using the ISY it does not so there is an obvious disconnect in how UDI has deployed their method etc.

 

I have brand new MS which arrived during the XMAS sale and three of them will not auto update using the ISY. So clearly this feature needs more work because its not reliable in how it operates.

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