I am wondering if folks have ideas and advice on how to understand the effects of moving zigbee devices around on the reliability of the system, and how to do it properly.
Case in point, I bought a Cree zigbee “connected” light bulb (60W equivalent) to use as a repeater (this being one of the least expensive repeaters). I paired it while I was standing close to a Sylvania Smart plug, with the hub pretty far away (about 80 ft and 3 walls). Pairing went fine and the bulb was fully functional, I turned it on and off about 10 times with no problems.
Then I disconnected the Sylvania plug, and the bulb was no longer reachable. This was surprising because a nearby Smartthings Multipurpose Sensor could still reach the hub, even though it’s powered by a small battery. I waited only a few minutes before I gave up and inserted the Sylvania plug again, after which the bulb resumed working.
This raises a couple of questions. 1. Is the multipupose sensor using the plug as a repeater, or not? I moved the plug after I noticed it wasn’t reliable (I just sent a separate posting about this) but maybe it’'s not really needed? 2. Was the Cree bulb not working because it was out of range, or because it was still trying to communicate with the Sylvania plug? I could have checked by moving the bulb close to the hub, but even that would not have been conclusive—what if it started working again, but not because it was closer, but because enough time had elapsed and the network had reconfigured itself?
I am developing the opinion that it is idiotic to think that this technology is ready for plug-and-play. It’s probably usable, but only with serious diagnostic tools, which aren’t easily available. I have received the advice to go through a “zigbee heal” upon reconfiguration, but that’s not really practical (unplug the hub, remove the batteries, wait 15 minutes). What else can one do?