Find your devices easier by changing categories

When you add a device to your Staples Connect hub, it enters your system in a specific category. Many of these categories are self-explanatory. A lock enters as a Lock. A thermostat enters as a Thermostat. There’s not much debate over where these devices go.

But some devices are more ambiguous. A light could mean a light bulb or a lamp that plugs into an outlet. How should this be classified?

To help clear up some of that ambiguity, you can change a device’s category so it’s more accurate.

Let’s go back to our light example. When you add a Philips Hue bulb to Staples Connect, it comes in as a Light. What would you do if you didn’t have a Hue bulb and wanted to add a floor lamp?

If categories couldn’t be changed, you’d have to connect a Lamp Module, add the module as an Outlet, and remember that your light was really an Outlet. Sure, that works but it’s not a great solution.

The solution to this dilemma is to change the lamp module’s category from an Outlet to a Light. Once you do this, you’ll be able to see it as a Light like it really is.

To change the category of the lamp module, click Device Assistant, then Change Category. Find the module in the list and click it. You’ll see all the categories that the module can be changed into. Click “Lights” and then click then Save Changes.

Your lamp now appears in Staples Connect as it is in the real world: a Light. You won’t have to remember that an Outlet is really a Light.

Changing categories isn’t exactly transmogrification but it can help you keep track of everything that’s in your house.

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