Vacation Scheduler

Create a vacation schedule (Vacation mode) to emulate normal daily routines when the homeowner is away. Vacation mode creates the illusion that the homeowner is present and discourage intrusions.

Turn Vacation mode on and off with Quick Actions on the home screen of the Crestron Home user interface.

Create a Vacation Mode

To create a Vacation mode, follow these steps:

  1. Create Sequence Quick Actions (Vacation Quick Actions) that emulate normal daily activities. For details, refer to Quick Actions.

    For example, create a Sequence Quick Action that lowers the lights and shades and turns on the television at night.

    Use the following programming features to create the Sequence Quick Action:

    • Delay: Use a delay step to add time between actions. For example, to turn the lights on and then off 4 hours later, add an action to the sequence to turn the lights on, then add a delay action of 14,400 seconds (4 hours), and then add an action to turn the lights off.
    • Randomized Delay: Use a randomized delay to start events at random times. This prevents an action from occurring at the same time every day. For example, to turn the television on and then off 1-1/2 to 2 hours later, add an action to route a source to the television, then add a delay action with Minimum Delay set to 5,400 seconds (1-1/2 hours) and Maximum Delay set to 7,200 seconds (2 hours), and then add an action to turn the television off.
    • Quick Actions: Use Quick Actions that already exist in the system or create Quick Actions that are specific to Vacation mode.
    • Hide Quick Actions: To prevent the Vacation Quick Actions from showing in the Crestron Home user interface, hide the Vacation Quick Actions. For details, refer to Quick Actions.
  2. Create Scheduled Events that recall the Sequence Quick Actions that were created in the previous step. Set the day or week and the time that the Vacation Quick Actions should occur.
  3. Create a Sequence Quick Action that enables the Scheduled Event. This will turn on Vacation mode and Crestron Home will recall the Vacation Quick Actions (created in step 1 above) according to the scheduled event (created in step 2 above).
  4. Create a Sequence Quick Action that disables the Scheduled Events. If the Sequence Quick Action is currently running, the Quick Action stops and steps that occur after it is disabled are not performed.

    NOTE: If the Scheduled Event is disabled while a step in the Sequence Quick Action is in progress:

    • Quick Action: The Quick Action stops. Fade times associated with the Quick Action will continue until the fade time is complete.
    • Delay: The delay or randomized delay is immediately stopped.

Vacation Mode Example

The following example shows how to create Vacation mode that emulates activities for weekdays and weekends. The weekday activities emulate a typical work day where activities occur earlier in the day and the weekend activities replicate a relaxed schedule where events occur later in the day.

  1. Create a Sequence Quick Action to emulate weekday activities. The sequence below recalls the following actions:

    • The lights turn on and off early in the morning to emulate getting ready for work.
    • A randomized delay step is added to emulate being away for the day. The delay is 8 to 10 hours.
    • The lights and television turn on and off at night.
    • A randomized delay step is added to emulate watching television for a period of time. The delay is 1 hour to 1 hour and 6 minutes.
    • The room turns off.

  2. Create a Sequence Quick Action to emulate weekend activities. The sequence below recalls the following actions:

    • The lights and television turn on in the evening.
    • A randomized delay step is added to emulate watching television for a period of time. The delay is 1 to 2 hours.
    • The room turns off.

  3. Create a scheduled event that recalls the Weekday Quick Action.

    • Do not select the Enabled check box to enable the schedule.
    • Since the Weekday Quick Action created earlier runs on weekdays, select the Mon through Fri check boxes and deselect the Sat and Sun check boxes.
    • Since the Weekday Quick Action created earlier starts early in the morning, the time is set to 7:00 AM.

  4. Create a scheduled event that activates the Weekend Quick Action.

    • Make sure that the Enabled check box is cleared.
    • Since the Weekend Quick Action created earlier runs on weekend days, select the Sat and Sun check boxes and deselect the Mon through Fri check boxes.
    • Since the Weekend Quick Action starts later in the day, the time is set to 6:00 PM.

  5. Create a Sequence Quick Action to enable the Weekday Quick Action and Weekend Quick Action scheduled events.

  6. Create a Sequence Quick Action to disable the Weekday Quick Action and Weekend Quick Action scheduled events.