I’m having a weird problem with a GE z-wave outlet (12721). I have it outside in a weather-proof receptacle, roughly 20 feet from the nearest inside z-wave plus device.
What’s weird is that the outlet connects, and I can turn it on. But once I switch it on, it seems to lose its connection. I can no longer control it through Smartthings. However, some time after I manually turn the switch off, it reconnects.
If it was simply a range issue, I’d assume it would never be able to reconnect. Any idea what’s going on and how to fix it?
I’d say that you’re at the very edge (distance-wise) of connectivity for the outlet. It’s close enough to connect when the outlet is off but not close enough to continue connectivity when the outlet power is on - because of the electromagnetic interference created by the current flowing in the outlet. Adding another z-wave device to act as a repeater between your outlet and the next closest z-wave device to see if that helps.
It would certainly help since Z-Wave Plus devices have stronger communication capabilities. You’ll know if it’s enough help after you try it But, if it’s still not working well enough, you could still add a repeater.
When you turn the outlet on, it will heat up internally. That often causes faults to then behave differently. So it’s a thing. I’m not saying that’s what’s happening with you, but it is worth checking out.
And the reason I recommended an electrician is that one of the problems with using an indoor rated device outdoors is it’s not weather sealed in the same way, which can allow humidity to get up along the line, so there might be damage farther up on the circuit where you can’t see it.
I’m not quite sure what you’re asking on your second question, but if you want to put an outdoor rated smart pocket socket plugged into an outdoor rated dumb receptacle, as long as they are hanging down as designed, they’re usually OK.
Florida can just be a tough climate on any outdoor electronics.