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New wifi router, now media tiles not working

MattS 6 days ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 days ago 3

I run actiontiles on 3 fire tablets throughout the house.

I just changed my home wifi.

I updated the wifi info on the tablets and everything works except 3 of the 4 media tiles.

I went to my PC to update the media tiles, but they work just fine on the computer.

What's wrong with the tiles on the tablets?

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weather station tile using a local sensor

der faust 3 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 weeks ago 1

hello :).... is there a way to display a local sensor like the aeotec multisensor 6 in the format of a smart weather station tile?...  it would be cool to be able to have multiple things on one tile.  


Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Jon Stolz 1 month ago 150

This national weather radar is so far my most useful Media Tile. I configured it for 3x2 tile size. Someday I intend to have a front door camera Media Tile.

  • If the image in a Post has been placed with a full URL link to the original; just right-click and choose "Copy image address."
  • There might be enough clues in the address to find the source website so you can find variations, such as local weather.
  • When posting, if you used the "<>" (HTML edit feature) to surround the URL of the image source with <pre> and </pre>, then the URL will be show in text instead of the image ... or try the "Code" Formatting option (under the paragraph symbol ¶).


UK Weather tile link

Does anyone have any links for UK north Wales weather, I can't find any image or gif for UK? Thanks.

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Weather Tile widget generation from

JB Bentz 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Paul Williams 3 months ago 27

I found a new resource that could come in handy for AT.  It's a weather widget that can generate an image, rather than just html.  Its fully customization, and may work for other tile sizes.  I just started screwing around with it. check it out:

The source can be found here -

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Live Traffic travel time Tile! Image from query text using

Rob Cummings 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Max R 7 months ago 94

I thought I'd post this to help others. I figured out a way to display the travel time for my wife's commute to work. See the pink tile in the screenshot below...

I used a Google Maps Distance Matrix API call and displayed the result in a Shields.IO badge. (Check out Then I added the whole darn deal to the My Media section in Action Tiles.

Here's the link I used, broken into pieces...

Base URL:

Badge Options (no label, pink color, time query, badge style): ?label= &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square

Google Maps API call: &[origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]

You'll have to generate and use a Google API key and the URI has to be encoded with all those silly % escape codes. The Dynamic Generator at the bottom of the page will help you out with the pieces. It was a bit of trial and error. Here's what it looks like all put together in the My Media image URL field... &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square&[your origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]

As everything seems to be, it's a little bit of a hack (text not centered), and the image and text proportion is stretched/crunched from the original (just like weather maps, camera images, etc.) but it seems to be working pretty well. One of the cool things is that it's actually an SVG, so no quality is lost if you make the tile bigger or look at it in a full-screen view. 

Hope this helps!


XML, GRIB, JavaScript, PHP

Norrbag 8 months ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic 0

Hi there!

My weather service provider has open data in XML, GRIB, JavaScript, PHP formats.

Not sure how to integrate any of these, any pointers would be fantastic!

Open data sources:

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Weather Forecast Tile for Canada?

John Abraham 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by El Lobo 8 months ago 11

I’m trying to find a good way to get the weather forecast for my location in Canada.  There doesn’t seem to be a SmartThings device that exposes the high/low forecast for the day without custom code.  (The Accuweather tiles don’t seem to work at all).  Would it be best to pursue a media item from a URL?  

Or am I just missing something obvious?

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Help me to add a "valid url" in order to see Google Traffic as an Refresh still image?

Joshua 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Hala A 10 months ago 15

So this is the URL i want to add so that it posts STILLS of the traffic nearby every X amount of seconds.,-79.8821124,5140m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e1?hl=es

Mike Liu 3 years ago

Well, this is a bit hacky, but gets the job done for now in the way I need.

I use a local batch file to generate a screenshot of the desired google maps page using phantomjs

phantomjs traffic.js

Here is an example of a traffic.js file used by phantomjs:

var page = require('webpage').create();
//viewportSize being the actual size of the headless browser
page.viewportSize = { width: 1024, height: 1024 };
//the clipRect is the portion of the page you are taking a screenshot of
page.clipRect = { top: 200, left: 200, width: 800, height: 800 };
//the rest of the code is the same as the previous example',-96.8176253,11.31z/data=!5m1!1e1', function() {

Using ImageMagick tools, my batch file creates a watermark for the current time to apply to the traffic image, so I know when the map data was captured:

convert -size 300x50 xc:grey30 -font Arial -pointsize 20 -gravity center -draw "fill grey70  text 0,0  '%time%'" stamp_fgnd.png
convert -size 300x50 xc:black -font Arial -pointsize 20 -gravity center -draw "fill white  text  1,1  '%time%'  text  0,0  '%time%' fill black  text -1,-1 '%time%'" +matte stamp_mask.png
composite -compose CopyOpacity  stamp_mask.png  stamp_fgnd.png  stamp.png
mogrify -trim +repage stamp.png
composite -gravity north -geometry +0+10 stamp.png  traffic_raw.png traffic.png

Then I have this file uploaded to a website (I just grabbed a free site at using curl.

curl -T c:\data\traffic.png

I'll have the batch file run the above every 30 min.

and tell the tile to refresh every 15 min since the timing of the AT sync might not match with the timing of the batch file.

Here's the full screen version of the traffic tile (my AT is 3x3 and is a decent thumbnail of the full image):



I created a Sunrise/Sunset Tile!

Kris L 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by MattG 11 months ago 4

I'm sharing this for others to use!

Use this Media Still Image URL:

Use the base URL for sunset and for sunrise

Required parameters: 

lat (latitude)

long (longitude)

bgcolor (background color  - hex color without #)

fgcolor (foreground color - hex color without #)

Optional parameter:

timeformat=24 (For 24 hour time)

Please set the refresh time to at least every 12 hours (43200 seconds) to be nice to my server.

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Severe weather alert tile

dbnewell 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Eric Wright 12 months ago 10

Is there a way to build a severe weather tile that uses the smart weather station data from my ST hub?


Fetch Weather and Crop Images: Script & Instructions

Thyamine 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago 0

For anyone else who is interested, I also wanted to have weather displayed on my screen. Thanks to others on this site, I found that the local news station did have static URLs for the daily/local weather, so I could just add those to a media tile, and it worked fine.

However, the images had a lot of unused space, and on the tablet was hard to see. I also then found I didn't want a lot of the extra data, and decided to poke around. I ended up writing a script that copies the images down locally, then crops the images, and for one of them combines two images into a single image.

It's more complex than some people may want, but for those of you who like to tinker and hack at what we can do, you will probably appreciate it.

The general explanation is here:

and if you want the script straight out, you can get it here:


Answered: Discussion Open

Grabbing TrafficCam links or just focusing in on browser?

Peepew 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago 1

I'm having a really hard time finding the streaming link to some of the traffic cams from my city's website:

I've tried inspect element, url sniffers...etc. 

Is there a way to create a tile that will focus in on a specific area of a website? Or is it just through a url only.

Thanks in advance.

Android Fire Windows

DAKboard alternatives? Weather Underground API discontinued for Personal Weather Stations

bzncrew 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago 0

WU has ended PWS APIs.   So Dakboard can't pull my weather station data.   That was a NICE feature.   Is there a workaround or another screensaver like Dakboard?

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Weather Underground API

gsgentry 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Bruce Young 2 years ago 26

I have a PWS (personal weather station) that feeds with the weather underground. I have my own station ID and API Key... is there any way I can get AT to show some of the information from the PWS?

Thank you!



Create a stock Smart Weather Tile device in the ST IDE, then open your mobile app and specify your station ID in the preferences. Then, this device will display the reading from your station.


SmartWeather Station Tile location issues - just started recently

KevinA 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 years ago 1

I've been using the SmartWeather Station Tile for almost a year without issue. In the last few days, it has started showing me weather for a city in France. Upon investigation, I find that this town in France has the same postal code as my city in the U.S. The tile seems to go back and forth between the two. Where does this tile get its location information?

The zip code in the Tile Settings in ActionTiles is correct, and my SmartThings hub location is correct.


Hi Kevin,

Please remove the postal code entirely. SmartThings has recently changed the Weather API. The SmartWeather Station Tile should be taking coordinates from your hub's location.

Answered: Discussion Open

Weather forcast tile?

Steve Laminack 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 years ago 2

I want to add a weather forecast tile but I am new to AT and really don't know where to start. What is the best place to look and find details on how to do this?

Android Fire Windows

Here is a super helpful video:

It covers:

  1. Finding a weather forecast / radar image for using in a Media Tile
  2. and MTG (jggdev) Media Tile Generator (Media Tile Generator (MTG jggdev): Weather, Calendar, News)


Integrate General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS)

tbarber4 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic 0

Fringe case but used in many metro areas. Google Transit Feed Spec has a standard for transit times. 

Not sure how the interface would look or the calls for specific stops would be handled (by actiontiles or a call)

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Help getting Media Tile URL from NOAA satellite?

Willis 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 years ago 4

I found this link:

Which has a really cool looking weather .GIF loop.  However, the way the site is setup, I cannot turn it into a Media tile.  Anyone have any ideas on how show the loop in a tile?


Traffic conditions

Markmm 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by anonymous 2 years ago 1

I'm trying to find a way to add on a tile (Fire tablet) for traffic conditions in Honolulu using this link but I can't get it to work.  Please let me know if this is possible or not.  Also if there is a way to zoom in that would help too.  Thank you