Hey I’m new to ST and had a few general questions.
1… Is there a pinned topic somewhere that I missed with a list of things you can do? I’ve seen posts scattered about, but most of what I’m seeing in trouble shooting. I’m familiar with the general idea from using ninja blocks, but I’m far from an advanced user. I’m just looking for ideas that don’t involve coding.
2…Is there a list of compatible parts WITH pricing ?
3…And lastly…I bought the starter kit and set it all up. Tested it out and everything worked great. Day 1 it set itself to armed mode when my wife and I both left for work. When I got home it did not recognize that I was home and I had to manually change it. I didn’t think to check, but I’m sure my presence was set to away. It did recognize that my wife came home.
Day 2 this morning when I left for work it saw it as me arriving and I’m still there according to the app. It did recognize my wife leave buy never set the mode because it still had me at home.
I’m about 50 miles away. I’ve ruled out the phone being an issue. And I use my GPS daily for work. Not Google maps but an actual GPS program for navigating the land I work on and its always 100% accurate. The only thing I can think of that I may have done is using juice defender on my phone. It shuts down data signals when the screen is locked. But I did use my phone last night and this morning before work so it wasn’t inactive the whole time.
I searched that problem extensively and couldn’t find a solution. Sorry in advance if I missed something
It sounds like you are using mobile presence, there are several threads discussing this and attempts to resolve but yes it works better for some than others and no there is no single resolution. You may want to hit up support to see if there are any settings to tweak outside of this support article. I use the key fobs for presence detection and in my home it is stable. I also have several wire/plug in zigbee devices that make the zigbee network more robust and thus presence detection more reliable.
Can you check how your cell phone coverage is? I have noticed that sometimes when cell phone coverage is poor, the GPS position tends to fluctuate which causes inaccurate triggers. One thing you can also try is expanding you geo fence a little more and make sure that the WiFi radio on your phone always remains ON.
I deleted and added it again yesterday after it failed 4x to see me come or go. It worked fine this morning. I’m thinking it was the use of the app that shuts down data and WiFi when phone isn’t in use. Hopefully that was it. I had to bring my geofence in from the default because the stores I go to almost daily are so close that they were in the default circle
I went by that post as well. I read all I could find to troubleshoot before I posted. I’m hoping it was just the app I was using. Went ahead and created a separate arrival routine for myself just in case. It detected me leave this morning.
You can also try the Life360 integration. It’s not perfect either by any means, but it works well enough for my wife and I. I think everyone finds what presence solution works best for them, but there is no consensus on it. Some people swear they are all broken .
Add the Rule Builder and Trigger Happy smart apps to start experimenting with things you can do. They were developed by a community member. It provides an easy and flexible way to create logic based rules which the native Smartthings app is sorely lacking.