Home Automation is meant to be automatic, but knowing how to use dashboards for your guests, your family, for vacation homes or rental units can be a great time saver as well as a fun tool.
Dashboards are a way for you to allow remote control use of all the automation sequences or devices you’ve already set up. You can quickly and easily set up dashboards in Hubitat™ Elevation for all kinds of sets of actions or devices.
Every dashboard can be customized for the look and feel, the layout, and the access. You can change colors and font size or just take the default. You can even add your own background.
Dashboards are responsive for mobile phones, tablets, or desktop—whatever number of rows and columns you set up, the layout will respond to the size of screen.
You can set up each dashboard individually for different access: you may want a guest dashboard to be read only anywhere on the web for example. Or you may want a dashboard only viewable and editable on your home wifi. You can delete dashboards when you no longer want to have access, while also saving off the setup for them so you can recreate that view for someone else at another time.
Here are some examples of the types of dashboards you might want:
Your dashboard: Using Hubitat™ Dashboard App this is easy: you can take the default and have all your devices automatically added. Then you can customize how they appear, what the capability is for each, and how you want to access your dashboard: via the cloud so you can see it anywhere; or just on your home wifi; or both. Even add a tile for the weather forecast or traffic conditions.
Your family member dashboards: You may want to set up a separate dashboard for each of your family members so they can control the devices in their rooms plus a few others. You may also want your partner to have their very own dashboard—make them happy by giving them control over the devices they most want to have setup the way they love. Maybe even add a picture of your two as the background.
Guest dashboards: Especially helpful if you have a regular stream of house guests, you can give them access to locks on the front door, the lights and devices in their room, and some main functions in the common areas of your home. Just set the read only option and they can’t change anything. When they leave you can export the layout, delete that dashboard and recreate it for the next time you have guests. That way you don’t have guests from last year still being able to open your front door. Learn more in this video about how to use dashboards for guests:
Vacation home: How many times have you wondered whether you turned a light off or on or some other device in your vacation home that’s 4 hours away? Setting up a dashboard for a vacation home helps with that and other worries you might have after you’ve left.
Rental home: Two types of dashboards make sense for your rental home—one for you to have access to what makes sense without being invasive; and one for your renter so they can easily operate the devices as a remote control when they feel like it. This works well for AirBnb rentals when people are staying only a short period. Long-term rentals may call for a more collaborative approach to automation—and still benefit from their own dashboard.
Endless permutations of dashboards are possible: you can even have a dashboard of dashboards! Now that you have some insights into how to use dashboards, what are you going to create? We'd love to hear.