Hey everyone. As someone that has been waiting for quite some time for the smart things store to open, i started looking elsewhere for some items Ive been wanting - like presence sensors. Silly me, until last night, I was completely unaware I could actually use my phone as a presence sensor.
I have been using the mimolite for my garage door opener. I have been wanting to set up a geofence around the house so that when my wife gets home the garage door will open for her. Tonight, I decided to test this with my phone using the “Ridiculously automated garage door opener” app. I set up a pretty wide geofence around my house. We live in a housing development, so I set one up that goes all the way around the corner and to the main road. Here is how my settings were set up…
Sensor: Garage Door (Multi being used for axis)
Warn When Open Longer Than: 10 minutes
Cars Using This Garage Door
Presence Sensor: My phone
Car door sensor: I selected the garage door for this, but honestly have no idea what this means???
So I configured this and started to walk downstairs to hop in the car. Immediately after getting downstairs, my garage door started to go up. Weird, i dont think my wife should be home yet. She wasnt, and to top it all off, the garage door stopped at halfway, released and then slammed down hard. Weird? Ok. 10 seconds later - repeat.
This literally went on for 5 minutes non-stop until I deleted the smart app configuration, which was easier said than done because everytime I tried it wouldnt let me since a sensor was in use. VERY aggravating.
Has anyone else had any experience with this that can provide feedback/tips? I am not sure if something was set up wrong or what - but this doesnt exactly give me confidence to use it now much less if I leave my home.