All in all it seems odd to me that vera users in here do not consider a vacation function to be an important part of an automated home. In fact, this function should have been built into Vera itself from the onset. I have studied threads back to 2010, and no one has actually solved this function.
Vacation Ghost never was the best attempt, but it never worked with any stability. I spent months playing with this plugin only to find it unreliable at best. Only a limited few actually claimed it was working. DeusEx never came close to working, and was full of bugs, including messing up other Vera functions and plugins.
Along comes PLEG which seems like the perfect answer to accomplish this, but once again, no one has actually made (or claimed) to have set this up to work. I am so surprised this issue was not put to bed a long time ago. It should actually be part of Richard’s examples in his PLEG manual!
My attempt at it is really worthless and took too many conditions, actions just for a single light. I think my idea is sound in the sense of creating a PLEG instance to use just for this “vacation” mode. My PLEG for normal lighting control is set to disarm whenever my alarm is armed in “away or vacation” mode, and also arm my PLEG vacation plug in.
I am sure a good PLEG wiz would be able to provide an example of a sched, condition(s), action that could accomplish this. It’s just curious to me that ant of these people do not have any interest in this feature.