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Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by imac wannabe, Jun 7, 2019.
Best Buy Insignia for $50...I've had good luck with it!
I've had this for a bit. Mostly works well, but any time we've had even the slightest power outage or internet outage, it never comes back online until I unplug it and plug it back in physically. Doesn't sound like it's a huge deal, but when it's plugged into the 12 foot garage ceiling, it's not that fun. Aside from that, it's great. Definitely worth the price, though $50 is a pretty normal price for it.
I'd use a remotely controlled socket plugged into the ceiling outlet, then the stubborn controller plugged into that. I realize it'll be turned on nearly all the time, but the ability to easily cycle power is the key benefit. Even antediluvian tech like an X10 appliance module would work.
Or you could cycle power at the breaker for the socket. Or maybe add a wired wall switch that controls the ceiling socket.
Or I could hold vendors to higher expectation to actually make their product work. But seriously, adding more tech just to get my tech to work seems a bit much. Besides that, all of my "smart" outlets (all iHome or Koogeek) frequently show up as not responding in the Home app, so I can't really rely on one of those to 'reboot' the garage opener, either.
The options aren't mutually exclusive. Some solutions are more reliable than others, thus my suggestion of a wired switch or a circuit breaker.
If the devices are frequently unresponsive, then maybe the problem isn't the specific device, but lies somewhere like the wireless network, or interference from other nearby networks.
I just threw my Insignia away yesterday. It is complete junk. Would constantly loose notification status, replaced battery, unplugged, reset and this is all with a great wireless connection. I would recommend to stay away from this.
Ended up buying a Chamberlin B1381 garage door opener that has the built in wireless. Getting it installed on Monday and expecting much better results based on the reviews I have read.