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Brian W

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  1. I have the SmartThings WiFi 3 pack, and it has been rock solid for well over a year. Last week we had power outages and since then the WiFi portion of the system has crapped out. When I reboot the ST system it gets connected to my router and begins broadcasting the internet.  Within minutes the internet disappears but the ST (smart home) integrations continue to work.  I then connect to my isp’s WiFi and it is still running strong. 

    This first happened last week but I got it back up.  Now today we lost power for an hour, and now I can’t get the internet to broadcast via my ST WiFi. 

    Please god help. I’m losing my mind here. 

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  2. It’s funny to see this post. I normally stopped by daily because I loved the interaction, and it really helped me dig in to learn more. It has been quiet, and that has reduced my frequency to the forum, but I really do love it.  

    And I stopped in tonight because I have run in to a snag that is haunting me with SmartThings. I am going to post about that shortly. 

    @AYL_Brian I would never fault you for doing what you need to do, but I would miss this board.  @FrankE started me down a road that allowed me to see smart homes as more than just a fun thing for me.  @Larry Underwood took my expectations of possibility and raised them to new levels.  And Brian you have helped me stop just buying smart home toys, and instead look at my smart home from a big picture perspective. The products you have helped me become aware of has been great, and the discussion on this forum about them and how we each use them has been incredibly helpful.

    No matter what I am and will continue to be an AYL guy. 


  3. So my wife uses her Apple Watch and the SmartThings classic app to unlock our front door. I did some research and it appears the Apple Watch can’t run the new SmartThings app. So everything was working great until around a week ago when she attempts to unlock or lock the door from the Watch it just spins and spins like it’s trying but ultimately fails. 

    Any suggestions on how to fix this issue?


  4. So I already bounced this off of @AYL_Brian but I wanted to pose it to all of you. Inovelli has these bulbs on sale for under $10 per bulb. They integrate in to Smartthings and i am curious who has them and how has your experience been with them?  Do they play nice inside of Smartthings, how is their color saturation and brightness, in general what do you think of them?  I may purchase a good number of them and would like to be as informed as possible. Thanks in advance!


  5. @FrankE I have been using an action block when I leave work everyday to text my wife a message that says “I am on my way home”. It has worked with no issues or need for clarification as of yet. 

    One difference may be I pointed the action towards a phone number and not a contact in my phone (even though that number isn’t a contact in my phone).  Maybe that is the hiccup. 

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  6. @DOWNSOUTH407 I’m right there with you. When I first saw this I was excited to possibly have a smart lock that didn’t come with a brick sized attachment on the inside of the house. But just like you I passed on it because of it’s lack of integration with SmartThings. I ended up buying the Schlage Zwave Plus deadbolt. So I now have a huge brick in my house, but the functionality and flexibility I gain thru SmartThings and WebCore make it worth it. 

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  7. @Larry Underwood you continue to be a wealth of knowledge my friend. I’ll be bugging you soon for more WebCore help as I am digging back in to that again now. I just started creating a piston this afternoon to manage an Auto Unlock feature for my new deadbolt. My hope is that I have enough pre unlock requirements to minimize false unlocking, but also a backup post unlock action requirement that must occur or else the door will automatically relock itself. 

    It always seems so simple when I think about it, then I go to do these things and my brain recognizes that I need to account for something else that my prethinking didn’t account for. 


  8. @FrankE If I am correct don’t I need to put SmartThings on each phone?  Just thinking about the dangers of creating access to ST for my children. I could see them playing around inside the app and causing problems. 


  9. @Larry Underwood geofencing has worked well for me with my text alerts letting me know my kids are home. Since I am not Tasker familiar and since my family is a mix of iPhone and Android would tasker still work?  If not I could always try the Life360 app as a trigger. 


  10. On 7/18/2019 at 9:12 AM, Larry Underwood said:

    Its the Schlage Connect Z-wave smart lock. Yes its a brick on the inside but it doesn't require a bridge like a lot of other locks and it connects directly with my smartthings hub. I have several of these already and i like there reliability. Plus there a really good security lock.

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    @Larry Underwood I am finally getting ready to purchase this lock. The selling feature to my wife is the concept of the door automatically unlocking as she approaches the door (not using an app but perhaps geofencing). Have you done any of that with yours?


  11. 14 hours ago, FrankE said:

    Hi @David

    I'm not using Blink, but I noticed that they have an IFTTT trigger.

    If IFTTT doesn't support the action you want, you could use IFTTT to set a SmartThings virtual switch

    Sorry, I don't use Meross switches... please include a link for them

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    @David I believe @FrankE has you on the right track here. I own a few Meross products and if you go SmartThings the virtual Swift will help with integration, but if you don’t use SmartThings then IFTTT should allow you to do what you are looking for. 


  12. @Larry Underwood I think you may have just created the device @FrankE has been searching for since......  well a really long time now. The concept is awesome, now create a few demonstrations of ways to use it and I would bet you could start selling these things easily. Well done sir!

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  13. Does anyone have any experience with it?  I know it won’t integrate in my SmartThings platform, and it’s Google integration is only ok, but I love the self contained (no cloud) aspect of it. I also love no subscription fee. 


  14. Ok folks I need your thoughts on smart locks. First off my platforms are SmartThings and Google, so I want a lock that integrates with both. I wanted to find a lock that doesn’t have a gigantic brick on the inside of the door, and I wanted to hold off until the new August lock came out because that looked to have a smaller profile, but they don’t seem to have a release date as of yet. 

    So community I am reaching out to you for your thoughts and input. Thank you in advance for any input you can offer. 


  15. Does anyone have any reviews to offer on the meross color bulbs?  I am looking for some inexpensive color bulbs for my kids rooms. A 2 pack of their bulbs are $15.99 right now. They don't require a hub and work with Alexa, Google, and IFTTT.


  16. @FrankE I created that option before the new if/then options came in to the ST app.   Hey you popped in to my head with the presale announcement for the Wyze Band. Alexa built in plus activity tracking for only $25 seems like a great future tool for your work. 

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