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How to set-up Geofencing automations and share HomeKit control of your Voxior Smart Home

September 19, 2018

With Apple Homekit and the VoxiorBox/VoxiorLink you can invite others (members of the family, roommates or guests) to control your home accessories from the Home App installed on their iPhone or iPad. You can also create all kinds of automations in your Smart Home. They can be based on an action, location or time. In this article we’re going to look how to share access with others and how to set-up geofencing with Siri/Homepod and Voxior.

 

 

How to create Geofencing automations with the Home App

 

  • Please note: To use automations you need a  HomePod, an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation) or an iPad with the latest iOS/tvOS.

  • A device must be set-up as a Home hub. This device must remain in your home, connected to your Wifi and power.  To learn how to set-up a Home hub please follow these instructions: Set up your HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad as a home hub.

  • A VoxiorBox/VoxiorLink should be connected as an accessory. Click here to find out how to setup VoxiorBox with HomeKit

 


Video and step-by-step instructions for geofencing

 
With geofencing you can automate specific scenes or devices to turn off or on, when you enter (or leave) an area.

 

Please make sure that the following Settings are turned on for the primary iOS device which controls your Smart Home:

  • Share my Location: Go to Settings > Privacy > Share My Location. Make sure the option is enabled and that “this device” is selected

  • Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Please check that on your iOS device the Home App has permissions to use your Location

  • Please check that under Privacy > Location Services > System Services Homekit is turned on

 


Open the Home App and follow these steps:

  1. Select “Automation” and click the plus sign (+) to add a new automation

  2. Choose when do you want the automation to occur: When people arrive, when people leave. You can also specify an alternative Location or another time.

  3. In the next step you will be able to select which scenes and which accessories to automate. Tap next.

  4. You can also adjust an accessory by pressing and holding on it.

  5. Tap Done to create the automation. Here you can also test it and specify when to turn it off.
     

 

Congratulations, you have just created a geofencing automation!

Now it's time to look at how you can share the access to your HomeKit Accessories to with members of the household.


 

 

How to share control of your HomeKit devices with members of the household

 

Prerequisites:
- A VoxiorBox or VoxiorLink, connected to the power and router
- An iPhone, iPad or iPod touch updated to the iOS 11.2.5 or later
- Please make sure that you are signed in to the iCloud with your apple ID and that the iCloud Keychain is turned on your main iOS device

Please follow this article to learn How to configure your VoxiorBox (or VoxiorLink) with HomeKit.

 

 

Video and step-by-step instructions to share control
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  1. Open the Home App and tap the icon in the upper-left corner

  2. Please note: users with multiple homes in the Home App, please select the “Home Settings” and then the preferred home to which you want to invite your family member

  3. A new menu will appear, in the category People click the link “Invite …”

  4. Please enter the family member’s Apple ID used with the iCloud

  5. Send the invite

  6. The invited person will receive a notification on their device

  7. Please tap it and select the button “Accept”

 

Congratulations! You have set-up access for other members in your household when they are connected to your Wi-Fi network.

 

If you would like to configure remote access with your HomeKit, in order to manage the devices even when you are not at home, please follow the instructions in this article on how to set-up a HomePod, AppleTV or iPad as a home hub.

 

 

Next steps

You can learn more about the setup at Apple’s support section:

 

Have questions?

 

Need help or have suggestions for us? Contact us at: support@voxior.com
 

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