virtual device for temperature reading in 4.5?

  • Last Post 13 April 2018 posted this 30 March 2018

i have a software that gets outdoor readings of temperature, humidity, air pressure etc from wunderground website and updates to a virtual devices in axial via hactrl dos commands .


in version 4.5 i notice that i can only create virtual devices as dimmer or toggle.

How can i create a decimal with +/- virtual device so i can program in scenes?


i had this setup previously in v4.0 and lost it when i had to change computers.

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misyogi posted this 13 April 2018

:) thanks:)

rscott posted this 13 April 2018

It's kind of a hack, but this is how you can change it using a scene:

  • create a virtual device
  • change the type to a switch
  • add the device to your scene
  • tell the scene to turn it on
  • go back and change the device to a motion sensor

The scene will "remember" that you wanted it set to "on" and you can now activate the scene to change the value.

misyogi posted this 13 April 2018

If I add virtual switch its easy to change status by clicking icon power

asame if I change virtual device into fan or termostat  - just by clicking proper icon (or using scenes) I can change status

But I have no Idea how to change status of "Vitual Device" motion sensor there is no way to change by scene, or by clicking "tipped/open"




rscott posted this 13 April 2018

@Michal, If you could provide more details, I can get a bit more specific. But in short, yes you can change the value of a virtual device in a number of ways

1- You could use the webservice to POST a value to it

2- You could use a scene to set the value, then activate the scene

3- You could use scripts that are activated as part of a scene

4- You could build a custom controller that would change it as well


misyogi posted this 13 April 2018

Hi, is there any way to change status in "virtual" motion sensor?



Michal posted this 01 April 2018

i see. you are right.  thanks!

rscott posted this 31 March 2018

You can change the virtual device to something other than switch/dimmer after you create it. This has always existed; do you know what kind of device you used previously?