A macro is a series of actions that occur after a trigger or group of triggers is activated. I see you're starting to nod off there because of that rather complicated explanation. It sounds complicated, but it really isn't. But a quick macro is easier because it only handles one common type of macro, so there is much less to explain. So I'll defer the full explanation of macros until you're ready to look at the advanced macro. Don't worry about the word "Advanced". An advanced macro really isn't that hard, in fact, "Normal" might be a better word for it than "Advanced". But compared to the Quick macro, it is advanced because there is a huge amount of things you can do with it. If you don't want to pussyfoot around with a Quick Macro, would like to be able to do everything, and are not afraid to get knee deep in details, then you can click on the "Switch To Advanced Macro" button to skip right to the good stuff. Everything you can do with a Quick Macro you can also do with the "Advanced Macro", so you really don't even need to bother with the Quick Macro if you don't want to. But it's much faster to use the Quick Macro to add the particular type of macro that it handles, so you probably should look at both.
Are you still with me? Well, if you're not all that adventurous, just take a deep breath and relax. Don't worry, this is going to be fun.
Lets say you have an X10 motion sensor and you want that to control a light via an X10 switch. OK, you don't even need a computer for this because you just set them up on the same house and unit code. But let's say you only want this to happen at night. OK, still not that tough because you can set up the X10 motion sensors to only work at night. But lets say you want to know when people are walking around any time during the day or night, and yet you still want the light to only come on at night? Or maybe you want a different switch to be triggered during the day than at night. In order to do this, the motion sensor and the switch will need to be on separate codes, and linked together with a macro.
With a Quick Macro, linking the motion sensor and the switch is very easy. Let's assume that you already added the sensor and switch in the "Sensors and Switches" window. Then you selected the sensor and switch in each list and then clicked the macro button. Then the Quick Macro screen should already have the Switch and Sensor boxes filled in for you. If you didn't select them in the list boxes before hitting the Quick Macro button, no problem, just click the little downward triangle in the combo box, and you can select them. If you didn't even add them yet, just click the "Add" button beside the Sensor or Switch combo box, and you can add them without ever closing this window.
If the "Turn On" check box is clicked, then as soon as the signal from motion sensor is received, it will send an X10 code to turn on the switch. Keep in mind that sending X10 codes through the wire isn't all that fast of a process, so so there will be a short delay (around a half second) from the time the motion sensor sends it's signal until the light turns on. If the "Turn On" check box is not checked, then it will not turn on the switch. In that case, the "Turn Off" box must be checked, or this macro won't do anything.
When the "Turn Off" check box is checked, then there is a duration you can enter. When the sensor has not been triggered for that amount of time, it will turn the switch off.
If you only want any of this to happen at night, then you would set the Day/Night combo box to "Trigger Only At Night". If you only want it to happen during the day, you would set it to "Trigger Only During the Day". If you want it to happen anytime, you would leave it as "Trigger Day or Night".
When you're done, click OK and your Quick Macro will be saved. If you click cancel, it won't add it. If you're editing an existing Quick Macro, this same window will appear. If you make a change that you decide you don't want to keep, then hit cancel and everything will remain as it was before it was changed.
If you decide you need to do more with the macro than the Quick Macro provides, you can hit the "Switch To Advanced Macro" button at any time. When the advanced macro window appears, it will be set up so it will behave exactly as the Quick Macro would, so you have a good place to start. If you don't make any changes that can't be handled by the Quick Macro window, then the next time you edit the macro, the Quick Macro window will appear. If the Quick Macro window can no longer handle the macro settings, then it will automatically display the normal macro window instead.
Click here to see tips for X10 installation. There is some info there that can help you set up your system so you can have the most fun with macros.
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