I had a Ring doorbell previously and am baffled that I can't setup a simple notification to the homepod to notify me of motion at the front door. The problem is once you setup with automation to tell the homepod to play a notification tone (like a 2 second ping), you can't shut it off. It just seems to continue to play the notification over and over ... plays it, waits for a minute or two and plays it again.
I setup activity zones to reduce false alarms and tried to setup automation (which expects me to be a programmer instead of a nice simple toggle like Ring) to play the tone but despite all the "if" statements I add, I cannot get it to shut off -- it's almost like the motion detector stays active for 3 - 4 mins. If I can't get this basic capability to work, I might as well return it and go back to my Ring ... which would be a shame.
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