Tiny backstory. My hub is in the corner of the basement. I have GE dimmers and fan controllers throughout the house so very good Z-Wave coverage. In spring I installed some Kwikset locks, two were z-wave and one was ZigBee. I also a couple months ago put in leak sensors throughout the house including upstairs. A couple weeks ago I was cleaning up the kitchen and I pulled out the only SmartSense appliance outlet I had since it wasn’t being used.
Well long story short the battery in the ZigBee lock died after a couple weeks. Didn’t think much of it at the time and replaced them, it came back up and worked for another two weeks and batteries dead again. Again didn’t think much of it…figured I got a bad batch of batteries. Replaced again and a few days later a water sensor (furthest from the hub) goes down. Replace batteries and it came back. Then it dawned on me that the outlet was probably repeating the signal and without it the batteries were draining because of the distance. So:
Does this make sense that the devices “worked” fine but the batteries drained extra quickly without the outlet (repeater) in between?
If I buy something like a Orvibo ZigBee light controller (https://www.banggood.com/ORVIBO-ZigBee-Hub-Smart-Home-System-Lighting-Intelligent-Control-RGB-Remote-Control-Relay-p-1047280.html) as a repeater do I have to do anything? It should just repeat whatever it gets without any installation?
If I actually use the Orvibo as a RGB LED controller will that have any effect on the repeater functionality?
Are there any other ZigBee repeaters that are inexpensive?