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Program "All Lights" on Alexa side or ISY side?


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This is one thing that's always confused me about how to integrate Alexa and ISY: Where do you put the "macros", "scenes" or whatever they are called?  For instance, I want to turn off all lights.  Do I set up an "All lights" scene on ISY than map to that?  Or do I set the "All lights" scene on the Alexa side?

The benefit to setting this up on the ISY is that there might be lights you don't show on Alexa.  Also, I still have some lights to add to the network (just need the time).  Since my wife controls the Alexa side, it's easier for me to add to the ISY side.

So, where do you put an "All Lights" scene, the Alexa side or the ISY side?

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32 minutes ago, ctviggen1 said:

This is one thing that's always confused me about how to integrate Alexa and ISY: Where do you put the "macros", "scenes" or whatever they are called?  For instance, I want to turn off all lights.  Do I set up an "All lights" scene on ISY than map to that?  Or do I set the "All lights" scene on the Alexa side?

The benefit to setting this up on the ISY is that there might be lights you don't show on Alexa.  Also, I still have some lights to add to the network (just need the time).  Since my wife controls the Alexa side, it's easier for me to add to the ISY side.

So, where do you put an "All Lights" scene, the Alexa side or the ISY side?

Whenever possible, put these on the ISY side.

If you do this on the Alexa side, one drawback is that to turn off let's say 30 lights, there well be 30 requests sent and queued for execution, so your lights won't turn on simultaneously. The second drawback is that if for some reason you have to unlink and restart clean, you will lose your Alexa configuration.

The only time I would do that on the Alexa side is if you have devices coming from different skills that you want to control together as a group.

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