Various profiles (home / travel / work / etc)

14 Feb 2016 22:48
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All profiles are done with the latest Android (at this time, Lollipop) and of course updated Tasker from the play store.

For the cell towers, I use the Cell work-around (Preferences -> Monitor -> Cell workaround checked. This allows me to keep updated when my carrier does various maintenance modes with the towers.

For each profile, I scanned the area during the day / night and on weekends. This allows me to capture the towers no matter when I'm there

Profile - Home cell range
Conditions: Cell near

Entrance task: Home cell range
Profile status: Cell zone work - off
Profile status: Cell zone school - off
Profile status: Cell zone mom's - off
Profile status: Cell zone camping - off
Profile status: Cell zone mother-in-law - off
Profile status: Wifi - home (day) - on
Profile status: Wifi - Home (night) - on

Exit task: Travel

Profile - Wifi - Home (day)
Conditions:
From 7:00AM - 7:00 PM
Wifi Near: (scan for your home wifi network(s))

Entrance task: Home wifi (day)
Alarm volume: level 7
Ringer volume: level 7
Media volume: level 7
Notification volume: level 7
BT voice volume: level 7

Exit task: Home cell range

Profile - Wifi - Home (night)
Conditions:
From: 7:01 PM - 6:59 AM
Wifi Near: (scan for your home wifi network(s))

Entrance task: Home wifi (night)
Media volume: level 0
Alarm volume: level 7 (why take the chance my alarm gets silenced)
Notification volume: level 0
System volume: level 0
Ringer volume: level 7 (I have older relatives that may need me for an emergency)

Exit task: Home cell range

Profile: car
Conditions:
BT is connected to either the Jabra Freeway or the Motorola Roadster)

Entrance task: Travel

Exit task: Travel

Task: Travel (NOTE, this is not a profile, this is just a task I can use over and over)
Notification volume: level 7
Alarm volume: level 7
Ringer volume: level 7
Media volume: level 15
BT voice volume: level 15
Profile status: cell zone work - on
Profile status: cell zone school - on
Profile status: cell zone mom's - on
Profile status: cell zone camping - on
Profile status: cell zone mother-in-law - on
Profile status: Wifi - Home (day) - off
Profile status: Wifi - Home (night) - off
Profile status: Wifi - mom's (day) - off
Profile status: Wifi - mom's (night) - off

Basically, the key portions are the volume controls and profile status.

What I accomplish with these various profiles tasks:
1) Trouble-shooting is 99% easier because each area is separate and specific.
2) Each cell zone can trigger multiple tasks - volume can be set up or down as needed.
3) Tasker doesn't bother checking the off profiles, so saves battery and time

The phone doesn't know when I plan to go to work from the house or school, and I might leave school and go to my mom's house. The various profiles allow me to have my own conditons in each area but still allows me to connect to wifi hotspots along the way if I want.

For example, my mom lives 50 miles away. I can stop by the truck stop or grab a bite to eat before I get there and my wifi is still on, even if a specific profile isn't. I can connect to the hotspot, leave there and when I reach her cell tower range, the wifi is turned on for her house and I never have to remember to turn volume up or down when I get there.

The same principle applies at work. If I have a day off, I don't go into that cell tower range, so those profiles don't turn on and the volume stays at full. (Work doesn't allow loud cell phones, so it's muted while I'm at work). Same goes for school. When I leave, the phone connects to my hands-free bluetooth and the entrance / exit tasks are both set to travel.

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