Philips Hue, movement sensor and Alexa automation troubleshooting – Stacey on IoT | Job Alls

On a latest episode of the Web of Issues Podcast, we took a name from our Web of Issues voicemail hotline section with a query about Philips Hue bulbs and a movement sensor. Max known as to clarify that his Philips Hue gentle bulb automation wasn’t at all times working correctly and that he hoped for an answer.

Max makes use of some model of movement sensor to activate his sensible bulbs utilizing automation he constructed with the Amazon Alexa app. Generally it really works completely, different instances the Hub bulb will not flip off after the set time. In concept, this could work wonderful since sure Alexa gadgets help Zigbee, which the Philips Hue bridge makes use of for communication.

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We suspect Max is not utilizing the Philips Hue movement sensor together with his bulbs from the identical model. Why? As a result of Stacey has each the Hue movement sensor and the bulbs, they usually’re stable for her. He makes use of this setup in each his present dwelling and his earlier residence. So our suggestion for Max is to contemplate changing the present movement sensor with one from Hue for about $45.

No, Max should not do that, however it’ll most likely remedy the issue. This may take any hub that is not Hue out of the equation, since Alexa will not be the “mind” of the automation. Max would then arrange the movement sensor set off and Hub bulbs mode straight inside the Hue app. Maintaining each gadgets and centralized automation on a single platform reduces complexity and all however ensures success.

Another choice is to contemplate ready for future Matter upgrades to Max’s Philips Hue bridge and Amazon Echo gadgets. Amazon has begun upgrading 17 Echo gadgets to help Matter, although this preliminary effort is targeted on Matter over Wi-Fi solely. Theme help is coming to Amazon Echo gadgets later this yr. Philips Hue nonetheless hasn’t adopted the firmware replace schedule. It is going to improve the most recent Hue bridge to Matter after which help Matter over Wi-Fi. As soon as all of Max’s gadgets are Article-compliant, his present automations ought to work extra reliably.

Whereas neither of those choices is right, this case raises an attention-grabbing query.

Stacey is keen about constructing sensible dwelling automations inside every particular person sensible system utility. Max cannot do it with out each Hue bulbs and a Hue movement sensor. I do the alternative and set up myself within the central hub. In my case, it is within the Apple HomeKit app, the place the automations run from the Apple HomePod mini.

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