Anyone using connecting/disconnection from WiFi as a presence sensor

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(Bob) #1

As per the title “Anyone using connecting/disconnection from WiFi as a presence sensor” I’m thinking of using our phones connecting and disconnecting to the WiFi on my router as a presence sensor. Just WiFi, no Tasker, Life360, etc etc.

I can see how to do it using IFTTT and have indeed set something up to start testing it.
Basically turn on a virtual switch when connected, off when disconnected.

I’m finding Life360 completely useless now for me, and ST is pretty good most of the time but not all of the time.

Is anyone else using this method and if so, how reliable have you found it.


#2

Some people are doing it. See the presence FAQ:

Or check the quick browse lists in the community – created wiki in the project report section on the list for presence:

http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=How_to_Quick_Browse_the_Community-Created_SmartApps_Forum_Section#Quick_Browse_Links_for_Project_Reports.2FQuestions


(Bob) #3

Thanks @JDRoberts for the reply and the links.
I had had a good rummage through the posts and had identified a few of these.

Just wanted to ask about peoples experience with this specific scenario.
The big draw back that i can see is that it is stateless and if an IFTTT task is missed then in my setup a virtual switch will remain on/off and there is no way to refresh it. (Unless someone knows different of course). :wink:


(Jimmy) #4

We use it with our Google OnHub. So it goes OnHub->IFTTT-> ST Presence. It isn’t fast enough to use as a primary, but it’s good for cases where you might be at a neighbors house and want the doors to lock and garage to close after being disconnected from wifi for X minutes.


(JIm) #5

I did that for awhile using ifttt. It worked but was slow. Would have to wait at times before opening a door till the alarm shutoff.

Been using life360 now and it has been working great. Except when my wife forgets her phone and were down the road trying to figure out why the alarm didn’t set.


(Bob) #6

Yes, Life360 has been brilliant for me to, but since Thursday it’s been absolute pants.


(JIm) #7

I haven’t had any issues the last few days. Be interesting what might be different. We’re using Android devices, one V7, the other V6. Sometimes the trigger position varies by a 1/4 mile or so, but where we live that is not an issue. And I believe that is probably more communication timing.

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(Bob) #8

Mine just keeps showing that I am moving when I am not. I’ve been at home for hours.
Then it will say I’m home, after 15 - 20 minutes it will say I’m at a place I visited last Thursday. Then I’ll be moving again.
Nightmare.
I wouldn’t mind if it says I’m down the pub because then I could visit my local to see if I’m there!!!
I have just deleted Life360 from my mobile and re-installed. It says I’m home again. Will wait and see what happens.


#9

If your on android then try this


(Aleksey Izmailov) #10

I’ve made a customizable WiFi sniffer for myself. It lets you detect MAC addresses and send events via various protocols: http://izmailoff.github.io/iot/wifi-presense. Enjoy! :wink: (it does require some tech skills to setup)