Wlepse

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  1. Wlepse

    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Guy at work just sent me this link: http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=Repeaters In there it said battery operated devices do not work as repeaters. I guess that makes sense since the battery would get chewed up but I originally thought the motion sensor on the fence would pass along the signal to the hose end controller. So if I get a chance this weekend I am going to try a few things. 1) article recommends hub be 3m from router so I will try relocating to see if that helps. 2) I will try a repeater plug in an outdoor outlet to see if that helps and 3) I realized there is a gas grill that is in the line of sight between Orbit and hub, so I will move this to see if that helps any. Was just thinking; does anyone know if you can add external antennas to the hub to try to boost signal like Otto Mation recently did on the 4G dongle? I looked at the pictures in thegillion's hub teardown but I don't see anything there. Is this possible or a pipe dream?
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    That would make sense but does anyone else see this activity if they don't change the schedule? As for signal that device is not listed but the motion sensor shows as 99% and that is pretty close to the orbit.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    I would but I think that will do very little to help. Modified that drawing to show the location of the gen 1 motion on the pool fence with a green X and also showed the only location I could do the Gen 2 plug with a green X. Since that is only maybe 15 feet closer to the Orbit hose end controller I doubt it would do much. Besides I would have thought I would be meshing through the motion sensor which is not dropping off. Looking at the activity from your portal it shows the Orbit dropping, updating schedule then reconnecting in that order. Is this normal? Seems like it should be disconnect, reconnect then update.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Wow...didn't think this was that far away but I decided to pull up my survey to see if I could scale off one of the dimensions and it appears as if the Orbit hose end unit is about 150 feet from the hub, through one exterior wall or through a sliding door. There is a Gen 1 motion sensor on the pool fence that is about 130 feet from the hub which doesn't show any drops. But more of a concern for me is how does this unit actually work? I thought that Iris pushes the schedule to the device and it executes it, you change the interval in Iris and it pushed the new info to the device. So worst case if it disconnected it would run the last known schedule. But today I noticed that Iris indicated the zone stopped watering at 10:56 it is supposed to start at 9:00 and the interval is set for 15 minutes. So needless to say the pots were filled with water. The app history shows the zone starting at 9:04 and the only other entry between that and shutting off is a schedule update at 9:16. If I go to the portal and look at history I can see it connected at 8:53 and disconnected at 1:32, so there is not reason why it should have lost control. Any ideas?
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    So maybe I am too far away. But can anyone clarify if these devices do adjust the wattage to the antennas based on signal? So units close to the base may be using less battery than those farther away. Are they similar to cell phones, that when they lose their signal they are constantly trying to reacquire a signal burning through battery or do they simply post a status signal kind of like a ping? I might try moving my hub location to see if that helps but I am concerned this may mess with my other devices that have been rock solid lately.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    I think I may just be too far away. Current the portal is saying 100% battery but I am still seeing some disconnects and a lot of pushing of the schedule. Seems like the order is off, for instance it disconnected at 6:37 this morning but at the same time said it updated the schedule, then at 6:47 it reconnected. How could it update the schedule when disconnected? Also noticing the driver is 1.0 and the update says idle, is the case for everyone?
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Finally got a chance to look at this. When I went out the display was still on but the antenna part was off. Put in a fresh set of batteries and it took about 20 min to be back on the hub. But ironically the app is showing 0% battery. Tested the batteries I removed and one was low and the other was marginal. Hopefully these last a while but if not I will swap this out.
  8. Yeah but since that is a plug in device I would need a really large outdoor box. I was hoping to have just the outlet so a standard in use cover would keep it water tight. I guess I will have to play with this to see if there are other things I can do to increase signal strength out there and also further down the driveway so the key fob reconnects faster.
  9. I must have picked up a couple of these back when they got closed them out and just found them in my cabinet. I wired one up to a plug and got it to pair but it says uncertified device and appears to have no functionality. While I don't need the power monitoring and honestly don't need the outlet control I would like to have a zigbee repeater. Wondering if I am better off dumping these on eBay and looking for something officially supported. Thoughts?
  10. Check out ebay...I got some in bulk for less than 5 bucks each
  11. Yeah realize these are regular outlets but I was going to install them inside a waterproof in use box, this outlet is daisy chained off another GFCI. The problem with everything else I have seen is that they are z-wave, I really need a zigbee repeater for my orbit hose end controller. Does anyone make a zigbee repeater for this purpose? Honestly I am not even sure if it would help much since there are probably 10 door/window sensors on that side of the house so placing a plug just outside the house will probably be a minimal improvement unless some coating in the window glass attenuates the signal.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Very weird. Even though I have not received any push notifications of disconnects the device has done so a few times today already. What is even stranger is that twice today it pushed the schedule to the device 4-5 times even though the device was connected. I can understand it pushing the schedule on a reconnect, but 4-5 times randomly seems weird. Also through the portal I see 33% battery and the app says 16%. I think I will try a disconnect and reset and repair.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Maybe I will try to remove it reset and repair. Just seemed odd for batteries to go that fast. This is only used for a veggie garden so it runs once a day for 15 minutes just to make sure they don't dry out. Can't believe this amount of use would kill the batteries unless something is wrong. Hopefully it is just as you say that the reporting is bad.
  14. I just got the email saying professional monitoring is available in my area but before I take them up on that I want to see if I can get the alarm automated. To be honest it seems the alarm is only on while we are sleeping and I don't need professional monitoring then. But it would be nice to know the alarm is on whenever we leave. So I started looking at some of the options and it seems the most straight forward would be to buy a few key fobs. The problem is they get terrible reviews...actually it seems many of the new devices do due to bad battery contacts. So I am concerned if the battery drops the system will arm and my family will end up setting the alarm off when they try to leave. Also from searching this out I see that the key fobs take about 8-10 minutes of no activity to set the alarm, this is fine when we are leaving but I didn't see a mention of how quickly they reconnect and then disable the alarm. Again I am concerned that the family will inadvertantly trip the alarm. So the other thing I thought of was the Iris+ app which I think would allow me to use a geo fence but I have two concerns; first I believe the creator of this app has pulled out of Iris so future updates are going to be non existent and I am not sure if it can be set up to recognize only to alarm when all device are out of the geo-fence. So can anyone comment on how they have this configured and how successful they have been?
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    We leave our keys in a bowl near the door. Just thinking if they happen to see the fob and know how the system works they can disarm without knowing your pin. Highly unlikely but this is the same reason you can't disarm with Alexa or other buttons.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    So are you concerned about giving an intruder an easy way to disable alarm? Also can anyone confirm if the disarm button will silence the alarm after it was activated or does it only work in the grace period?
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    I ended up picking up two off eBay. I plan to test them this weekend. Hoping it works as expected. But I do have a question; the default for the buttons is to arm or disarm the system. Seems like a bad idea to have a button shut off the alarm especially since we keep our keys in a bowl as you walk in. So what else have people set these up to do? DHolovako...not surprised. Though I hope having retired law enforcement and active enforcement across the street will deter thieves. I live in the country (for NJ) and there are no highways that close but there is plenty of woods. Just hoping the open neighborhood, 150' to tree line and swamp back there is enough.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Yup...reset device and hub...no worky
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Thanks but I bought that one and can't get it to connect.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    That comes up as door and window sensors not key fobs.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    That still doesn't show up for me...I see four packs of switches, door sensors, motion etc but no key fobs.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Where? I didn't see them on the Lowes website.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Well I gave up on the Alertme fob and bought a second gen iris keyfob. DOA out of the box...I even made sure the box looked clean before purchasing. I guess the QC is pretty crappy on these things.
  24. Not a bad idea, I will have to look at the wiring and see if I can break it anywhere fairly easily. But the one thing I was really looking forward to was easy on off. Often I will reconnect the filter or vacuum after swimming and bump the pump just to make sure there are no leaks, I could still do that but would need the phone if I remote locate the panel.
  25. I want one of these but my pump is about 80 feet away and worried the signal won't be reliable enough. Can you confirm if this is at all like the bluetooth units that keep scheduling and timer locally?