Hi, I am pretty new to Smarthings and the forum. I bought my hub about a month ago and have added several devices, including GE in-wall switches, Hue lights and a SmartThings wall outlet. I am using Stringify and Alexa, mostly, to run things. So far, everything’s been great…until I bought the Samsung SmartThings motion sensor last night. This is the sensor: https://shop.smartthings.com/products/samsung-smartthings-motion-sensor It is driving me crazy. The distance on it is about 2 feet. And even at that, I have to wave my arms in front of it sometimes.
Here is what I am trying to do. I shall follow this section with a “what I have tried”section.
I have turned stairs that begin in an entry way. In the entry way is a Hue BR30 flood light (flush ceiling mounted.). At the top of the landing is a wall. I want to place the sensor on the wall so that it detects motion either coming up or going down the stairs. Because it’s turned stairs, the landing is between the flight from the 1st floor to the landing and the flight from the landing to the second floor. So, it’s pretty equidistant from either the top of the stairs or the bottom of the stairs. The light in t he entry way is bright enough to illuminate the entirely of the stairs when going up and down at night. Seems like a great use case. Doesn’t work well. The reason? I have to practically be on top of this sensor before it recognizes motion. I see that many people have mounted these above doorways. Frankly, I don’t see how, with the poor distance range os the sensor.
Here is what I have tried
Moving the sensor from a distance of about three feet from the ground on the wall up to about 6 feet, and several spot in between.
Moving the sensor more to the left and right sides of the wall at varying heights.
Removing the sensor from SmartThings and re-pairing
Placing the sensor on a table I have on the landing.
Walking up and down and up and down and up and down the stairs, all the while monitoring the status of “motion” in the sensor. (Refreshing app every second)
Testing in a simple Stringify flow to do nothing more than turn on the light when motion is detected.
Nothing seems to help. Until I am directly in front of or slightly to the right of the sensor, at NO MORE than approximately two feet away, motion is not detected.
Any help would be so greatly appreciated.
I have read a few threads on placement of sensors, as well, before bugging everyone with a new post.
Thank you in advance.