So I replaced my smartthings hubs because the v2 was supposed to be able to do some basic tasks like turn lights on and off when offline.
So what does that mean exactly? Last night my Internet went out before I was going to bed. My phone was connected to my local wifi, but the app was completely unable to do anything, it would only pop up the error box with options to logout or retry. The rest of my local network was working fine,
I understand the ins and outs of the cloud apps, and the limitations when offline. But how exactly does the user contol the hub when offline? The limited features of the off-line hub must have some way to use them, otherwise they might as well not exist.
So tell me how to use these off-line features, how do you talk to the hub at all when the Internet is down? I would assume if there is supposed to be any off-line capability of any kind at all, that the app would have some way, even if limited, to talk to the hub. But ok, so the app is useless when the Internet is down, what local communication capability is there to do simple things like turn the lights off so I can go to bed and sleep-off the Internet downtime.
I have noticed that the v2 hub seems to work a bit better than v1, when the Internet is up, but there is not much improvement when offline.
The odd thing is that I haven’t noticed this before since upgrading to V2. My ISP was off-line at least an hour every week on the v1 hub, but since I got v2 a year or two ago, I guess my ISP has been better, and I’m just now noticing this capability gap. Obviously I need to spend some time digging into this issue and develop some method to access the off-line capabilities. I would assume that there has to be some form of local communication, otherwise local processing is meaningless.