Good afternoon. So I got more of the osram bulbs in (for a few reasons, but they are likely going back). The bulbs that came this round are different. Different box, different writing on the bulb, and show up different in ST.
THey show up as "thing"
I can rename them, then they pair.
When they show up in Things, they are “Tiles missing” if you click on the thing it goes to the next screw which shows a shopping cart…
However the inherent issues with the bulbs persist. They are just too damn inconsistent, even when 10 ft from the hub.
A simple SCENE
Scene turns 3 lights (2 older, 1 newer) blue.
Scene turns 3 lights (same) red.
Just alternating back and forth between these 5 times produced different results.
interestingly enough, the newer one (other two are older) NEVER turned colors first. It was always one of the other two.
Also, of the other two, it wasnt predictable which one would turn first.
And as expected, on one of the attempts the middle light stayed blue when it should have turned red.
Just really odd inconsistencies with these things. even worse as you get further from hub.
Brad… thanks for keeping on this.
So I only brought them inside to test that new bulb, and to see just how good or bad they are while inside closer to the hub.
The ultimate goal of these 13 bulbs is in my outdoor can lights.
However they are simply too flaky there to be worth it. They randomly lose connectivity, and dont respond half the time. Basically if i set a trigger to run, either via IFTTT or a Piston 11/13 bulbs would go this time, next time only 9/13, next time all of them. No rhyme or reason at all…
And honestly it didnt always jive to where the hub was. The hub is about 30-40 ft away from the furthest outside bulb, through a couple walls. If thats too far, than so be it. Can you link 2 hubs together and position them closer?
brad/jd is it possible to use 2 hubs to control the same items? I just want to add a second hub in my garage (i have a mesh network with 6 wifi repeater plume modules, so I can just use that and run ethernet to a new hub).
can both hubs he used as if they were alone, meaning both devices see every device? and control them as if it was 1 hub?
So one would think a zigbee light bulb which is always switched on (just turned off via the ST app) would act as an extender / repeater as well. However I cant even discover all of the bulbs outside my home, perhaps due to range. I can run some tests tomorrow.
quick question brad. How many devices can ST discover via the app at one time? So picture this… I reset all the 13 can light bulbs by switching them off and on 5 times. When I add things, only i think a few show up, i add them, then i can add 3 more or so. Then they are no longer discoverable.
I don’t know how things are physically laid out but none of your zigbee devices are acting as a repeater. Have you tried pairing the bulb close to the Hub and then moving it outside?
I assume you are controlling are 13 via a single switch and toggling the switch to reset them. I would be very surprised if all 13 are resetting at once. Again this is where resetting and pairing individually will probably save you time in the long run.
So i went ahead and left the paired ones paired, removed 5, brought them inside, reset them, and paired again.
Testing seems to be going well.
with scenes and groups it works a LOT better than with a piston or through IFTTT.
Similar issue, adding a new sengled color plus bulb, changed to sig bee rgbw bulb since it showed as thing. Now it can change brightness but not color. Color wheel shows but won’t change color. Any ideas? Thanks!