I’ve noticed a pattern with my devices not working properly.
We replaced all the light switches and fan switches in the house with GE branded controller switches. Each of these works perfectly. However, anything connected via a plug or any other type of device, just doesn’t work in a routine.
For example, I get up at 5am and I have the sensor on the stairs trigger the lights on the stairs and downstairs to come on when the sensor detects motion. This works fine. However, over Christmas we had the tree lights attached to a smart plug and I added these to the same routine. The light switches would come on happily every time, but the Christmas lights wouldn’t. If I switched them on manually with ST, they cam on without a problem.
Now, I’ve installed a Brunt Blind Engine on my office window. This should also raise when the lights come on, but never does. As with the Christmas lights, I can go into the ST app and raise the blinds.
Similarly, our bathroom has lights and fans controlled by GE switches and a light strip behind the mirror. They all come on as soon as the sensor detects someone, but the routine only switches off the GE switches for the fans and main lights. The bathroom light stays on unless I manually turn it off with the ST app. It switches off if I tell Alexa to turn it off, but when I get up at 2am my wife will not be please with me shouting at Alexa to turn the lights off!
The pattern seems to be that devices that aren’t wired in are flakier than those that are hard-wired.
Any suggestions? I’ve got repeater plugs all over the place and the wifi is great throughout the house since I have a Netgear Orbi mesh. The distinction seems to be Z-Wave GE switches are good, ZigBee, not so much.