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  • mnsandler
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    Glad you got it working. thanks for reporting back.

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  • allenc3
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    Originally posted by mnsandler View Post
    Just create your own device from the hs device management page
    I read the responses I got to my question, and studied up on Virtual Devices. I just finished building a Virtual Device for Christmas Lights and edited my Events to use it, and it works exactly as I wanted and was asking about. So thanks everyone for helping me get this implemented.

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  • mnsandler
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    Just create your own device from the hs device management page

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  • MattL0
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    Originally posted by allenc3 View Post

    Ah HA! Virtual Device sounds right. Where is that?

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  • allenc3
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    Ah, the old Let Me Google That For You answer . Actually the search you provided was good, tells me everything I need. Thx.

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  • Rupp
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    A virtual device will still have to trigger an event. You can use your current trigger to trigger the event. You stated " I have several Events that trigger off Mini-Remote button presses and time triggers" a virtual device doesn't help in this scenario at all.

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  • baudi
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    Originally posted by allenc3 View Post
    Ah HA! Virtual Device sound right. Where is that?
    https://www.google.com/search?q=home...evice&gs_ivs=1

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  • allenc3
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    Originally posted by baudi View Post

    Yes. Just create a virtual device, then create an event that triggers when the virtual device changes.
    Ah HA! Virtual Device sounds right. Where is that?

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  • baudi
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    Originally posted by allenc3 View Post
    Can I create a variable name that would trigger an Event?
    Yes. Just create a virtual device, then create an event that triggers when the virtual device changes.

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  • allenc3
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    Originally posted by Rupp View Post

    And there inlies the issue. You can't use one protocols proprietary grouping commands on another protocol. This is where events shine.
    Just trying to determine if there is any functionality in HomeSeer to do what I want that I am not knowing about. Events are fine and I use them.

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  • Rupp
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    Originally posted by allenc3 View Post

    Yes, but I think you missed the point of my question. I don't want to use Events every time I need to control more than one device, I want to set up a named reference for a group of devices and control them as a single device. This is what baudi suggested and is a solution for Insteon devices, the rest of the solution is what I asked regarding a controllable named list of devices of mixed brands and protocols.
    And there inlies the issue. You can't use one protocols proprietary grouping commands on another protocol. This is where events shine.

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  • allenc3
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    Originally posted by Rupp View Post
    Why, this is core HS3 functionality.
    Yes, but I think you missed the point of my question. I don't want to use Events every time I need to control more than one device, I want to set up a named reference for a group of devices and control them as a single device. This is what baudi suggested and is a solution for Insteon devices, the rest of the solution is what I asked regarding a controllable named list of devices of mixed brands and protocols.

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  • Rupp
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    Originally posted by allenc3 View Post

    That is exactly what I do now and what I am trying to avoid.
    Why, this is core HS3 functionality.

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  • allenc3
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    Originally posted by baudi View Post

    What you are looking for is plugins> insteon> configuration> manage groups
    Yes! That is what I'm looking for, thanks. I need to create a couple Groups and see how they behave.

    But I note that Groups work only with Insteon devices, is there a way to have a similar type group reference that contains Insteon, X10, and Z-Wave devices in HomeSeer? This is the main reason I have always used HS instead of software that only controls one brand of device, I want the flexibility of controlling any brand device but I need device independent references that are controllable as though they were a device. Right now I have several Events that trigger off Mini-Remote button presses and time triggers, but there is no Event reference that can be controlled like a device that I know of. Example, say I have a list of devices in HS consisting of 5 Insteon, 3 X10, and 3 Z-Wave devices and I want to call this Holiday Lights. Then I want to issue a command like "Holiday lights ON" or "Holiday Lights 50%". Is this possible? Can I create a variable name that would trigger an Event?

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  • allenc3
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    Originally posted by Rupp View Post
    Why not set up an event to control all your devices and trigger the event with the controller button or timer.
    That is exactly what I do now and what I am trying to avoid.

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