I’m hoping someone here, possibly @TheSmartestHouse, can help me with a couple of questions.
My HelixFi gateway (my ISP’s rebranded Xfinity Xfi) seems to suffer from leaks and according to tech support it needs regular (weekly) reboots like my old WRT-54g did running Tomato way back when.
Since I’m using the Xfi as a modem (only) in “bridged” mode because I have PiHole running as my DNS-level catch-all adblocker and two separate WLANs (one for VPN), I’d like to reboot the whole system at the same time to keep everything fresh and in sync. In the past, with an OK modem and my decent Nighthawk router that never needed power cycling I tried using a Zwave outlet on the VPN, VoIP adapters and PiHole, but the lack of sequencing prevented some parts from coming back online consistently. With the suggestion to reboot the Xfi as well now, I added it and the main router… and SmartThings lost control of the Zwave outlet and I had to go downstairs and manually turn the outlet back on.
Fast forward: to address the power-up sequence issue I decided to get the Zen20 instead of five separate plug-in outlets, and I was going to program a simple automation to do this power-down and sequential power-up once a week. But one of the first things the instruction sheet says is to not plug a router into it! The other issue (before I get started) is that the ide shows the Leviton outlet I tried (that didn’t power back on) does indeed have Local control, so why didn’t it switch back on? Is local control possible with the Zen20? I’m growing concerned that I invested poorly!