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Rules & Scenes

Automate Your Home

Set up different automations to monitor and automate your home. You tell your home security system to perform an action (such as sending an email or text alert or turning on a light) whenever something else happens under specific circumstances. You can create two types of automations – known as scenes and rules.

Scenes

Scenes let you control multiple pieces of equipment with a single tap of your finger. For example:

  • Create a Leaving scene to set your security system to Arm Away, turn down the thermostat, turn all lights off and lock all door locks when you tap Leaving.
  • Set up a Morning scene to turn up your thermostat, turn on all lights and set the security system to Arm Stay by tapping Good Morning.
  1. Log in to your Midco SmartHOME app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap Automations. You will see a list of any existing rules and scenes you’ve created.
    • To add a scene: Tap the plus icon. On the Scenes tab, choose one of the pre-made scenes or select Create Custom. Follow the on-screen prompts, and tap Save.
    • To modify a scene: Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner of the scene you want to edit. Tap on the step you want to edit, make the changes you want, and then select Save.
    • To delete a scene: Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner of the scene you want to delete. Then scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Delete from My Scenes.

Rules

Rules automate a single specific action that occurs when something else happens. Some examples of Midco SmartHOME rules you can create include:

  • Lock or unlock your doors based on events and schedules, such as locking your door at a specific time of night.
  • Arm or disarm your system at specific times of day.
  • Take a picture that’s texted to you whenever your front door is unlocked with a keypad code or whenever a camera senses motion.
  • Send an email or text whenever an expected action doesn’t occur in a security zone – such as if the front door doesn’t open between 3:30 pm and 5 pm on school days, when kids are expected home.

There are three types of rules you can create:

Schedule – Action occurs at specified times, dates and date ranges without regard to an additional event.

Event – Action occurs when a specified event occurs in a security zone (such as a door, window, motion detector).

Non-event – Action occurs when an expected event does not occur in a security zone.

To view, add and edit rules
  1. Log in to your Midco SmartHOME app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap Automations. You will see a list of any existing rules and scenes you’ve created.
    • To add a rule: Tap the plus icon in the upper-right corner, and then select the Rules tab. Follow the on-screen prompts to create your rule, and tap Save.
    • To modify a rule: Select the rule you want to edit and make the changes you want. Follow the on-screen prompts and review the automation steps. When you’re done, tap Save.
    • To delete a rule: Select the rule you want to edit. Scroll to the bottom of the screen, and select Delete.

Note: Rules for locking and unlocking the door have the following limitations:

  • You cannot create a rule to lock a door based on the mode changing to Disarm.
  • You cannot create a rule that changes the mode to Disarm whenever the door becomes locked.
  • You cannot create a rule to unlock a door based on the mode changing to Night, Away or Vacation.
  • You cannot create a rule that changes the mode to Night, Away or Vacation when the door becomes unlocked.

As of October 15, 2018, the online subscriber portal is no longer supported. We recommend you download the Midco SmartHOME app on your mobile device instead.

There are three types of rules you can create:

Schedule – Action occurs at specified times, dates and date ranges without regard to an additional event.

Event – Action occurs when a specified event occurs in a security zone (door, window, motion detector, etc.)

Non-event – Action occurs when an expected event does not occur in a security zone.

To view and edit rules
  1. Log in to the Subscriber Portal.
  2. Click Rules. The screen will display any current rules and contacts for those rules.
    • To modify an existing rule, click the pen icon next to the rule you want to modify.
    • To delete a rule, click the trash icon next to the rule you want to delete.
    • To turn off a rule without deleting it (or turn it back on), click the toggle.
To add a new rule
  1. Log in to the Subscriber Portal and click Rules.
  2. Select Add Rule.
  3. Choose what kind of rule you want to create (schedule, event or non-event).
  4. Provide the remaining rule details.
    • These will depend on the kind of rule you created, but can include time and day of the week, applicable security zones, and the action your system should take – such as unlocking a door or sending a text message or email.
  5. Enter a rule description (which will show up in your list of rules) and then select Save.

Note: Rules for locking and unlocking the door have the following limitations:

  • You cannot create an Event rule to lock a door based on the mode changing to Home.
  • You cannot create an Event rule that changes the mode to Home whenever the door becomes locked.
  • You cannot create an Event rule to unlock a door based on the mode changing to Night, Away or Vacation.
  • You cannot create an Event that changes the mode to Night, Away or Vacation when the door becomes unlocked.

As of October 15, 2018, the online subscriber portal is no longer supported. We recommend you download the Midco SmartHOME app on your mobile device instead.

Add or modify people in the subscriber portal you want to receive system alerts as a result of your rules and automations.

  1. Log in to the Subscriber Portal.
  2. Click Rules and then Rules again.
  3. Identify the rule you want to modify, and select the pencil icon.
  4. In the rule’s contact area, complete one of these actions:
    • To change contact information (such as a phone number or email address), click the pencil icon to next to any existing contact that needs editing. Enter updated contact details, and click Save.
    • To remove a contact’s information, click the pencil icon to next to any existing contact. Click the trash icon next to the contact details (such as a phone number) that need to be removed, and click Save.
    • To add a new person to your list, click Add Contact. Enter the person’s contact details, and click Save.
  5. Click Save.

When you create a rule, you can select to have the system send you an email or a text message to alert you about a certain action that did or didn't happen.

You can receive a maximum of 20 text messages per day for your Midco SmartHOME system. Once that limit is reached, your system will no longer send text alerts. (This does not apply to alarm notifications.)

To avoid reaching your quota, you probably don't want to set up to receive text alerts every time the motion sensor in your hallway senses motion, or every time your front door opens and closes. Here are some good examples of rules to set with text alerts: 

  • When your system is armed or disarmed
  • When a low-traffic zone – like a window in your basement – is opened
  • When a device has a low battery or encounters trouble

The Midco SmartHOME app and Subscriber Portal are not accessible from all countries outside of the United States. Midco SmartHOME requires Midco Internet 50 service or higher. Customer is liable for damaged or stolen equipment, and for false alarms. False alarm ordinances may apply. Contact your local municipality for more information. Cellular signal strength may affect system performance. Service is provided under Terms and Conditions at Midco.com/Legal.

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