This guide will help you become familiar with key SEQUEmatic concepts, and get started setting up your first sequence.
Sequences, steps and variables
The main building blocks in SEQUEmatic are sequences and steps. Steps perform actions, and sequences string together a series of steps. There are also variables which hold information and allow you to build conditions or logic into your sequences.
Let's go through each of these in more detail.
A sequence is the first thing you'll need to create when getting started with SEQUEmatic. You can have any number of sequences, and these can all hold any number of steps.
A sequence groups related steps together into a flow or process. Here's a visual representation of what a sequence might look like:
Steps are really what make things happen. Without them you'd just have an empty sequence.
Steps fall into three categories:
- Triggers - These are the first step of a sequence, and cause the sequence to run. Some examples could be time of day or when you arrive at a certain location. In the example above the trigger is coloured green.
- Actions - These steps perform actions like turning on a light, adjusting the temperature on your thermostat or sending an email. Actions are shown in yellow in the example above.
- Conditions - Conditions allow you to add decisions into a sequence. For example, there may be something in your sequence which should only run if it's night time (shown in purple above) or when there are people at home.
Variables are used to store information. You might want to keep track of how many people are at home, or whether or not a device is on.
Variables can hold numbers or text, and you can make changes to them like increasing or decreasing their value or setting them to a completely new value.
They are very important when adding conditions in a sequence, because a condition will normally make a decision based on the value of a variable.
To help get you started, there are some tutorials which cover common sequences and use cases:
- Use location to trigger a sequence
- Keep track of how many people are at home
- Using IFTTT to trigger a sequence
- Turn on a light
You might also find some useful sequences in the shared sequences page.