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Organizational Guide for proper devices, rooms, automation, assistant communication.

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I have been in the automation game for a while and was excited when matter started to happen at the ease of use for adding devices and less need for third party apps like IFTTT however, I feel like I have scoured every end of the internet and there is no useful or straight into the point guide that I have been able to find that shows the best and most accurate way to set up your rooms and devices so that they properly interact with the assistant through automation and proper organization. It's almost become an argument in our house as I feel like I have a good understanding of how things should be, but it would be very nice to have clear cut examples of different ways to organize your rooms, groups, assigned speakers, devices, etc. So that assistant commands can be used properly along with automation and routines. It leaves a lot up in the air for trial and error and if there is some forum I'm unaware of where people have mastered the art of properly using the abilities of communication between assistant, routines and devices, rooms and groups please point me in that direction to help clarify and bring into light. A well explained example of a smart home that is properly set up so that these things can seamlessly and accurately communicate with each other along with all the proper permissions settings, etc. My entire family seems to have different ideas of how this layout would be best.


My thinking is that the devices and rooms are more of an information data map source for assistant and automation routines to access to get the full experience. However, I've even spoke to friends that differ on how things should be set up and what is proper specifically with light grouping. I like to really break everything down so that lights don't get grouped together just because they're all in one kitchen and use automation or even quick phrases to actually get the job done. Opposite thinking seems to come into play with others who prefer to use buttons on their watch and phone and tablets instead of commands and I feel like there should be a guide to cover both of these. 


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I would love to see something like that. I can't even figure out how to get a sensor that will tell me when a door is open!

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Community Specialist

Hello folks,


We hear you. We're always looking for ways to improve, and we appreciate your feedback. Meanwhile, you can visit our help center for more information on how to set up and control smart devices using the Google Home/Nest devices.



Let us know if you have additional questions or concerns about the Google Home/Nest devices, otherwise, we'll close the thread after 24 hours.