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  • Uncle Michael
    started a topic Variable message

    Variable message

    Is there a way to display a variable (or device string, etc.) as part of the message that is displayed by the Ecobee thermostat? If not, could the capability be added?

    Is there a way to control the length of time the message is displayed or to dismiss a message using the thermostat UI?

  • Uncle Michael
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    Originally posted by spud View Post
    Also I just read here that the SendMessage function has been deprecated and may not work in newest firmwares. So it may not worth to spend too much time on this...
    I agree. It's not worth additional effort. I was mostly just trying to understand the extent and limits of the capability rather than seek additional functionality.

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  • spud
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    Originally posted by Uncle Michael View Post
    I still need to live with it a while to see how it behaves in non-testing mode, but I think that has more to do the with characteristics of the message screen than the variable implementation. It would be very helpful if there was a way for HS to clear the message. I assume that is determined by what the thermostat will allow.
    I think I could add an action to clear all alerts (or alerts containing specific words), however that would include alerts being generated by the thermostat itself.

    Also I just read here that the SendMessage function has been deprecated and may not work in newest firmwares. So it may not worth to spend too much time on this...

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  • Uncle Michael
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    Limited testing looks good. The implementation of replacement variables appears to be totally seamless. Thanks.

    I still need to live with it a while to see how it behaves in non-testing mode, but I think that has more to do the with characteristics of the message screen than the variable implementation. It would be very helpful if there was a way for HS to clear the message. I assume that is determined by what the thermostat will allow.

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  • Uncle Michael
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    That was fast! I'll give it a try. Thank you.

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  • spud
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    in version 3.0.0.13 available here I have just added support for HS Replacement Variables, so that you can use a device string, a global variable, a counter, etc... within the message of a "Send Message" action.

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    I don't think there is a way to control the length of time the message is displayed, it is displayed as long as someone touch ok on the thermostat.

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