WIFI Presence


#1

I have been using my iPhone as a presence sensor and it is killing my battery. Not pleased with the Geo-Fencing tracking my GPS all the time in order to make my automation work. I found the discussions about home-assistant and its a bit beyond me. I am sure I could get it working if I spent hours and hours reading about python script but I’d prefer not to. Is there an easier way to pull this off? Or is anyone out there willing to make a walk through on how to set this up for a lay person?

Thanks! This is my first post and I only 48 hours into my Smartthings hub, so I appreciate all the help you can offer (as a community)


#2

Are you leaving the GPS turned on? You should not need to.


(Marc) #3

You can buy presence tags for $30 each to avoid using your phone. However, they don’t work as quickly as mobile presence if your using them for garage door or door lock activities.


#4

Maybe not GPS but definitely location services is on all the time now, and Smartthings is using 22% of my phones battery.

I have a presence sensor, but just wasn’t liking the idea of one more thing on my massive keychain.

It seems to me that everyone in the family has a phone, and I can easily see when people are here or not on the router, smartthings should be able to see that too somehow, I’d hope


(Joel) #5

why smartthings can’t use wifi connected state as presence baffles me.