HSBuddy

A mobile client for HomeSeer

Dashboards

Dashboards allow you to build customized views of your HomeSeer devices, events, cameras and more. You can add, configure, drag and resize widgets of different kinds to create an experience that is unique to your home configuration.

Additional information is available in the Dashboards page of this site.

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Devices

HSBuddy lets you view and control devices using different pre-determined views:

If you tap on a device, you will be taken to a section that shows more details about the device, such as related devices, history of changes, controls, etc. If you long-tap a device, you will get a pop-up window with quick controls.

Additional information is available in the Devices page on this site.

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Events

HSBuddy lets you view and run events that you have created on your HomeSeer server. You can create a single list of Favorites for quick access to events that you use often.

If you tap on the green run button, HSBuddy will trigger the event on your HomeSeer service. If you tap anywhere else on an event item, you will be taken to a section that shows more details about the event, including when it was last run.

Additional information is available in the Events page on this site.

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Cameras

This feature requires installing the HSBuddy plugin on your HomeSeer server

HSBuddy lets you view images from cameras that you have configured on your HomeSeer server. You can view cameras that have been added to HomeSeer using its built-in camera support. You can also view cameras that have been configured using other plugins such as UltraNetCam3 and UltraSighthoundVideo3

If you tap on the image from one of the cameras you will be taken to a full-screen view that supports auto-refreshing every 1, 3 or 5 seconds.

Additional information is available in the Cameras page on this site.

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Shortcuts

HSBuddy lets you create shortcuts on your phone’s home screen to quickly access any section of the app with a single tap. There is also support for creating Siri shortcuts (if you have an iPhone or iPad). Finally, you also have the option to set what section of the app to open by default.

Additional information is available in the Shortcuts page on this site.

Smart Tags

Smart tags, are low-cost, usually small, flat labels or stickers that have an embedded NFC (near field communication) device. Smart tags can be read and/or written by tapping them with a compatible phone. Almost any recent phone is capable of communicating via NFC. Empty tags can be bought online and can be written and erased many times.

HSBuddy allows you to use smart tags to quickly open the app in a specific section or to control a device or event without having to open the app first. Since smart tags are generally inexpensive, you can get several and place them in areas around the house so you can, for example, use your phone to:

Additional information is available in the Smart Tags page on this site.

Push Notifications

HSBuddy lets you send notifications to your mobile devices as part of your HS3 automation events. You can send notifications to a specific mobile device or to all mobile devices registered with your HS3 server.

This feature requires installing the HSBuddy plugin on your HomeSeer server, as detailed in the Installing HSBuddy section.

For more information, see: Push Notifications

Geofencing

HSBuddy lets you use HomeSeer to track the geolocation of one or more mobile devices and run events when these devices enter or leave a predetermined area.

This feature requires installing the HSBuddy plugin on your HomeSeer server, as detailed in the Installing HSBuddy section.

For more information see: Geofencing

Application lock

HSBuddy lets you require entering a PIN in order to access certain areas of the app, or control certain devices and events. You can decide what functionality of the app remains available without a PIN. This is useful for devices that are always unlocked, such as a wall-mounted tablet.

For more information see: Application lock

Screen dimmer

HSBuddy can dim the screen after a period of inactivity. You can set a schedule for when this feature is active. This can be useful for devices that are always unlocked, such as a wall-mounted tablet. For example, if you want to reduce the amount of light introduced into the room by the tablet at night.

For more information see: Screen dimmer

Feedback

HSBuddy lets you submit bug reports in case you run into any issues while using HSBuddy. When entering a new bug report, please provide a detailed description of what you were doing at the time that the error occurred. This will be very helpful when investigating the root cause of the issue.

Additional information is available in the Feedback page on this site.

Multi-server

HSBuddy lets you connect to more than one HomeSeer server. You can easily switch between servers.

Additional information is available in the Server page on this site.