So with the two scenarios I’m running:
With the presence, using the SHM is pretty responsive because there’s no polling that needs to happen. As soon as we are in range, ST changes the SHM state and that drives the SS change. I’m not clear as to what changes the SS tile in that scenario. My belief it is SHM and the polling is not needed. This is great, but I’m hesitant to go 250m before my house arms so I use it when I come home and the door is unlocked and Bambi is eating grass in the yard etc.
Due to the above mentioned neurosis, I use the keypad when I leave, which of course relies on the poling. I suppose since the house is now “armed”, I don’t need to care about when the other things like AC set to away or lights change etc. It’s just the ADD in me that wants everything to work immediately.
I’m not sure the polling detection with SS is an issue. If you are using the API more now, then wouldn’t it be just an emulation of the iOS and Android apps? And, I would think by now they have full knowledge of others (not just us on this site) who are doing similar things. This is the wave of the future so I’m not sure the “detection avoidance” theory holds as much water now as it did a year ago.
I’m surprised you are getting upwards of 7 minutes on your updates when there is a 5 minute time set. That’s really odd.