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The climate scenarios are grouped by room. Whenever you enter a room with the mobile orbiter, or choose a room with a regular orbiter, you will see a button for each of the climate scenarios you created for that room. Climate scenarios are used to control thermostats, pool & sprinkler controls, weather stations, and anything relating to the climate or the environment.
To add a new scenario, click the 'Add Scenario' button next to the room you want the climate scenario to appear in. Note this is not necessarily the room with the device you want to control. Any climate scenario can control any device anywhere in your home. This is just the room where you want to see the button. For example, you may want a climate scenario in the bedroom called 'Go to sleep' which turns down all the thermostats in the house, or a climate scenario in the living called 'warm jacuzzi' which turns on the jacuzzi in the yard.
To edit an existing scenario, click the 'Edit' link next to the scenario.
Whether adding or editing the scenario, you will see a list of all the climate devices in the house. For those devices you don't want to be affected by this scenario, just leave the radio button at "Unchanged". That means when you choose this scenario, that device will not change.
Note that not all devices will support all commands. It doesn't hurt to try a command and see if it works the way you want. It is up to the manufacturer of your device to figure out how they want to handle that command, if at all. Click the "?" button for info about a particular device.
"Auto" or "On" usually just turns the device on, at its prior or preset level. Some devices, like many thermostats, also support "heat" or "cool" modes. This means the device turns on, but it will only heat, or cool. For example, if a thermostat is set to "heat", then it will warm the room if the temperature falls below a certain level, but it will not cool it if gets too warm, and vice-versa for "cool". "Auto" usually means the temperature will be held. "Off", of course means off. Many devices, like sprinklers, don't support "cool" or "heat". The just know on or off, and heat or cool commands will be ignored.
The "Level" is interpreted differently based on the device. Click the "?" button to learn how your device interprets the "level". For thermostats, this is usually an absolute temperature in degrees. For sprinklers, it can be a duration in minutes. The information you see when you click "?" is provided by the manufacturer, so if it doesn't mention the "level", chances are it's not applicable to that device and you can just ignore it.
If you want this scenario to do something besides just control climate devices, like maybe turn on some music too, then first use this wizard page to specify the climate settings, and then click "Advanced" to go to the Advanced Scenario editor. That advanced page is a bit more complicated, but it allows to add any command to the scenario--not just climate control.