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Customize Your Homelife System

It’s easy to teach your home new tricks by customizing your Homelife system:

Your House, Your Rules

It's easy to create "Rules" for your Homelife system. There are three types:

  • SCHEDULED EVENTS: Rules that are set to happen on a routine, such as lights turning off at night or scheduling lights to turn on and off at specific times while you're on vacation.
  • DEVICE EVENTS: Triggers action when a device status changes or does not change when expected, such as sending a video clip when a door opens.
  • SYSTEM EVENTS: Rules that are triggered based on system status such as turning on certain lights when the system is in Armed Away mode.

You can set up real-time notifications for Rules to stay connected with what's happening at home while you're away. Notifications can be sent via text message. Notifications, pictures and video clips can be sent via email. You can set up Rules Contacts for anyone who should receive notifications.

Image: Your House, Your Rules

Favorite Rules

Here are some examples of Rules shared by our employees and customers that can help make your home work for you.*


  • Icon: Lamp
  • Icon: Lock

Turn on an entryway lamp when you unlock the door to brighten your homecoming.

  • Icon: Lamp
  • Icon: Lock
  • Icon: smoke

Turn on lights and unlock doors if the smoke/heat detector alarms to make exiting your home easier in case it is filled with smoke.

  • Icon: Video
  • Icon: Motion sensor
  • Icon: Child sensor

Receive a video clip via email when the front door opens during certain times of the day to see the kids arrive home safely from school.

  • Icon: Lamp
  • Icon: Armed

Automatically turn on all of your connected lights if your alarm sounds.

  • Icon: Text
  • Icon: Power Outage

Receive a text message if the power goes out so you are aware of home power loss while you are away.

See more examples ›

See Cox Homelife service details. See important information in the Residential Customer Service Agreement for full coverage details. See Annual Notice information for related information and your privacy rights as a Cox customer. See also the Annual Customer Notices. For all Cox Communication policies regarding our services and business practices visit www.cox.com/aboutus/policies.html.

Cox Homelife Service provided by Cox Advanced Services: Arizona, LLC - ALARM License No. 18141-0, ROC License No. 310876; Arkansas, LLC – License No. E 2014 0026/CMPY.0002278; California, LLC–Alarm License #7196 & Contractor’s License #992992; Connecticut, LLC–License #N/A; Florida, LLC–License No. EF20001232; Georgia, LLC–License: Bryan David Melancon #LVU406595; Idaho, LLC 024933; Iowa, LLC– License #C121646 & AC268; Louisiana, LLC–License F 2006; Nebraska, LLC–License #26512; Nevada, LLC dba Cox Homelife – License #78331; Ohio, LLC–License #53-18-1671; Oklahoma, LLC–License #2002; Rhode Island, LLC–License #9314; Kansas, LLC – Topeka License No. 109 & Wichita License No. 2015-36492; and Cox Advanced Services Virginia, LLC–DCJS License #11-7776; DPOR License # 2705164725.

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