A macro is a way of making something happen automatically without any human involvement.  In Home DominationTM, you easily create simple macros that do something at a certain time or when a certain sensor is triggered.  But you can also easily create very complex macros that use very complex triggering criteria, and perform a large amount of very diverse actions, one after the other or even with large delays between each.  You can even have numerous macros all active at one time and everything works without a single hiccup.

A macro is something that does a series of "actions" when it is "triggered".  Initially the macro is in a "monitoring" state.  When a macro is triggered, it is in an "active" state.  Any macro can be triggered by one or more triggers, either when all of the triggers are active, or any of them are triggered, or a combination.  When all actions have been completed, then it will go back to a "monitored" state again where it will watch to see if it needs to be triggered again.

The following sections show the type of triggers and actions that can be used with Home DominationTM.

Time Trigger - A time trigger lets you trigger a macro at a specific time, during the day or night (calculated or determined by a sensor), and it can recur hourly, daily, on certain days of the week, weekly, monthly (on a specific day, week, or on the last day of the month), or yearly.

Sensor Trigger - This will monitor sensors from any of the supported interfaces (CM11A, CM19A, CM15A, U401, U421, U421-SC3 or U451).  You can trigger on any function (on/off/all on, etc) and you can also trigger if the value of the sensor is >, >=, =, <=, < than a certain value, for instance, start a macro that sends an email if the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Activity Trigger - Trigger based on the activity or lack of activity for a group of sensors. For instance, if there is no motion from any of your indoor sensors for 30 minutes, turn all the lights in the house off (inactivity trigger), or if the indoor activity resumes after there has been inactivity, then start a welcome home macro (activity trigger).

Group Trigger - This lets you group any other type of trigger together and treat it as a single trigger.  This is helpful if you need a mix of triggers where some need to trigger if any of the triggers are active, and some need to trigger only if all of them are active.



Control Switches - When you want to turn on a switch (lamp, appliance, or whatever), this is the action for you.  This action can be used to turn on the switch and optionally turn it off again after nobody for a certain amount of time after there have been no triggers tripped.  It can repeat an on and off sequence too, so you can flash a light if you like.

Delay Before Next Action - You may want to pause between actions in a list.  Add this action between the items that you want to pause between.


Beep - This action makes your computer beep using one of the standard beep sounds.

Play Sound - You can play a wave (.wav) file using this action.  You can have a lot of fun with this one.


Send Email - A macro can send an email by using this action.  

Remote Network Client

Alert Network Client User - This action lets you pop up a message box on a network client that is connected to your computer.  You can display the message on any remote network client, or just the network client of a particular user.


Video Snapshots - Use this action when you want to take a snapshot from a particular video source.  It can take multiple shots if you like, or it can do a movie clip.


Run - This allows you to run another program or pop up a web page or do anything else that you can do when you click the Start button and then click Run.

Start / Terminate Macro - This allows you to trigger another macro or stop another macro if it is currently running.  When starting another macro, it will run concurrently with this one if there are more actions after this macro.

FTP (Copy to/from a website) - This action is used to copy video snapshots or other files to or from a website or anything else that supports FTP (File Transfer Protocol).