Rules UI - Almond+ 2014

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As of firmware R069bk BETA, Rules for home automation was included. The following section will help explain how to use the Rules UI and it includes examples of a couple of simple rules.

Getting started

Once you've updated to the new firmware, you might have to do a hard refresh to get the rules tab to load properly. What you should see is in the below screenshot.

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To create your first rule, simply click on the magic wand (Click to add a new rule). You should now see the screen below.

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The IF part of the rule starts automatically and it's known as a Trigger. The Trigger is the condition that has to be met before a rule would start.


The first thing you want to do is to pick one or more triggers. In this first example, we're going to pick a door/window sensors and when it's opened, something should happen.

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Simply click on Open, followed by the tick mark in the top right hand side corner to save the trigger part of the rule.

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You should now see the following screen, which means that you've successfully set up the trigger part of the rule.

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The second part to a rule is THEN, i.e. what will happen once the IF condition(s) is/are meet. This will cause something to happen at the end.


The Rules UI has an option to put in a delay before something should be triggered. The Wait time can be set to seconds or minutes and the maximum delay is 5 minutes.

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In this case we've put in a Wait of 5 seconds.

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Now it's time to pick an "action" i.e. what's going to happen once the trigger is triggered. In this cease, we're turning on a binary switch. Simply click on "ON" icon for the binary switch and the action will be saved.

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Once the action has been saved, you should see it appear under THEN. You can add multiple actions to the same "THEN" statement.

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Saving a rule

Now it's time to save the rule. Simply type in the name you want for the rule in the "Enter Rule Name" field provided at the top and bottom of the rules UI. We'd suggest using a descriptive rule name, so you know what the rule actually does. Now click on Save Rule.

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Verifying a rule

If the rule was successfully created, you should now see it as a rule in the Rules tab in the main NutsOS UI.

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You can click on the small spanner symbol to see the triggers and actions performed by the rule. Note that currently this is only displaying true/false rather than say open/closed or on/off, but this will be addressed in a future firmware update.

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Deleting a rule

Clicking on the small cross above the spanner will delete the rule.

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Time based triggers

This is where things becomes a little bit more complex. First if all you have to into OpenWRT and set the time of your Almond+ correctly. If this isn't done, then your time based triggers won't be triggered when you expect them to. We're working on getting the time related issues fixed in a future firmware, but we're also preparing the Almond+ for the weather and time apps, so they'll tie in to the time fixes we're working on and as such this will take a little bit of time until it's done. For now, simply go into OpenWRT via the Advanced settings in NutsOS, select System, System from the menu, select the correct time zone and then click on "Sync with browser" to sync the time. Note: If you run the diagnostics app, the time will end up wrong again, this will also be fixed in a future firmware update.