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Virtual Devices

Thanks for sharing. Number 2 sounds useful and I will try it. But for number 1 , why not simply create a device under broadlink itself? For example I create a separate sensibo device to control my 3 rooms air con. Why must you go through VD ?

@MrTomTom: I’ve given up on a fix, which is also why I turned off adding new multi-modes. Your message is indeed because of that but don’t worry, I won’t remove it from the app.

I don’t think I can import devices from Broadlink into the Homey system, so if I want to use a device in a flow, it’s handy to use the VD option. I can also just send commands directly using the Broadlink app linked to Homey but honestly, I just like seeing all my devices together, ha.

@Arie_Laxed : Thx for the detailed Information! I understand. Sad though.
I started really liking the Multi modes. So no Chance to add another mode – at the moment?

Then I have to live with the modes I already have.

Still big thx for this great app!!!

Hello everyone! Has anyone been able of changing a virtual motion sensor value with a Flow? (My idea is to show a virtual motion sensor in HomeKit and use IFTTT to change the state of the sensor each time I get into bed)

See this post: Heimdall - Let Homey watch over your home

It’s the old UI but it still works the same. You will have to set the alarm_motion capability to either true or false

Instead of using the message, test by setting the string value of true to it and try again.
If that works, send the ‘message received from topic’ to your phone/mail to see the exact massege.

You might need to ‘convert’ the text to true or false…

Thank you, my error was to recall the sensor as tag instead of just writing “alarm_motion”!


I have created different virtual buttons to enable/disable flows, i’m using this now true HomeyDash and that works great, but is there a way that I can visually (in HomeyDash) see if a flow is enabled, disabled, for instance with a different icon or a value from a variable that I can write with Better logic or something.


Hi Danny,
same problem - other topic :laughing:

For some other solutions (showing a sensor state longer time with possibility to clear this state)I created a VD with 2 possible settings (sensor state and on/off like a switch):

  • insert device
  • choose name/icon
  • I took “home alarm”
  • I selected both “on/off” and “window opened”

This case you can set the sensor state in a flow and in addition you can set the of/of state like a switch.
The sensor state should appear in Homeydash as orange background. The switch state should be visible as active/inactive button.
This should be possible with other sensor types. But only alarm_motion, alarm_contact, alarm_vibration and alarm_generic are recognized in Homeydash I think). But beside these alarms you need to add the on/off property for the switch state.

I hope I could help

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Is it possible to get sensor parameters “moisture” and “nutrition” (like Mi flora sensors)?

I would like to set these parameters via MQTT, values from a ESP module for irrigation control.