Auto-lock for Door Locks

Eric Roberts 5 years ago in Things & Capabilities / Non-"Works With SmartThings" devices updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 years ago 1

I just added a door lock to my setup.  I used the rboy : Universal Z-Wave Lock With Alarms device type and it gives me the ability to turn on and off the 60 second Auto-lock feature.  I would love to have this as a tile on my wall mounted tablet inside the door.  Auto-lock is a huge help for me as I often forgot to lock the door previously.  But I've found when running out to get the mail or bring in a load of groceries it can be a hassle. I realize I might not be typical use case but I was hoping either it would be relatively simple to add or their are more people out there that would like the same capability.


I don't mean to sound dismissive of your use case, Eric; but I seriously doubt many Customers would have the desire to manually toggle the auto-lock functionality off and on, arbitrarily. Auto-locking is something that, if you use at all, is something you don't want to accidentally forget to re-enable after disabling it; because if you generally use auto-locking then you begin to depend on it (i.e., you get out of the habit of manually locking your door).

Similarly, you're not likely to get into the habit of disabling the auto-lock (and re-enabling...) as you get your mail and groceries.

Yes - I'm underestimating how "smart" some folks may want their homes to be. But then this is a great example to consider for automation. Perhaps auto-lock should be automatically disable during the period when you usually check your mail. And the state could be linked to a pair of lights that you generally always turn on when you are unloading groceries.

This value of this request is further diminished by the small proportion of Customers who use the particular custom Lock Handler that has the auto-lock toggle option exposed.

The most expedient workaround is to ask RBoy to expose the function as a Switch; then you can add this Switch like any other, to your Panel(s). If it is exposed as some other binary Command, then you can use webCoRE or some other SmartApp to sync it with a Virtual Switch.

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