Is this the current nature of home automation? Is it the same with Wink, Staples Connect, Vera, Iris, and other hubs? What about paid ones like Nexia, ADT, Verizon, Time Warner?
I have both Zigbee and Z-wave devices throughout my house. I made sure that I had plenty of plug-in repeaters spread out to have a good mesh network. I know that my WiFi is also pretty strong throughout, I live in a single story 1500 square feet home so I don’t have any dead spots and it even works great outside.
It seems like every day there is an issue somewhere that I have to reset, take out the battery, disconnect, re-pair, open the window or door twice, reboot the hub, take out the batteries from the hub and do a cold start, refresh something in the app, update a device type, re-run a smart app, remove a bunch of smartapps, rebuild a bunch of smartapps, restart the schedule, go into the IDE, look at logs, and so on and so forth!
I know that some problems are in the cloud and it just can’t be helped when there are problems there. I can deal with that, most of the time.
Some of the problems are probably user error, Rule Machine is very powerful but you really need to follow the logic all the way through or you have conflicting apps.
I just picked up an Iris motion detector, it works great when it works but so far, I have had to factory reset it almost twice a day. It works for several hours, then simply stops.
I have contact sensors that will sometimes stop working and you have to take the battery out to get them to reconnect again.
I have smart bulbs (GE link with a known firmware problem and no fix?) that will sometimes drop off the network. What, no recall, no exchange for a fixed one?
I have a smoke/CO detector that will test okay but the other day, I had all this smoke from the fireplace and it didn’t go off?
The list goes on but I’ve already written too much…thanks for listening to my rant.
It’s a good thing I actually enjoy home automation but if this is the same with other hubs, it’s going to be years before HA becomes mainstream.