Arbitrary device groups


#1

There have been various topics on device grouping and tagging (such as by location). This request is a generalization of those topics.

I think it would be useful to arbitrarily group a set of devices while maintaining them individually. This is different from the existing merge facility.

For example I might like to have aggregated statistics for lighting, or cooking, laundry, or heating (which might be comprised of a furnace and a few space heaters).

The same device might be in several orthogonal groups. For example, a computer in the kid’s room might be both in the electronics group and the kids group.

For the graphics people on your team, this would allow them to create interesting tree maps so that people can understand their utilization in different dimensions.


Ability to group devices by room
#2

You could also use hierarchical tagging like Gmail does with message labels but I’ve found that it is hard to create a user interface that manages hierarchies that doesn’t confuse some people. Maybe keep it as simple as possible initially.


#3

Thanks for the suggestion! ‘Groups’ are something we’ve looked at and do plan on implementing in the future.


#4

Now that we have smart plug integration (and I have a lot of them), it would be nice if we could group things by room, while still being able to see individual usage. For example, we have a bonus room that has a LOT of stuff plugged in, and I think it is mostly the source of our very high Always On (since getting the plugs, that has dropped over 300 watts!). Now that I can have plugs monitoring exactly what is going on in there, I’d love to be able to just have some kind of view that tells me total usage in just that room. Is that possible, or very difficult?


#5

That sounds like it would be very benifical to me if it is possible to have a groups - as long as individual component can still be “drilled” down to and see their specifics. For example a kitchen appliance group, an HVAC group, office group etc.