So I'm new to the Hubitat scene, but I've been a SmartThings user since their Kickstarter campaign (before Samsung bought them out and trashed everything)
I'm trying to mimic a few basic automations I had running on my old set up. After a few days of combing through the forums, reading about numerous others having the same issue as me, and the myriad solutions to them, it seems either impossible or costly to recreate what I had.
I currently have a door sensor and a smoke alarm. I want my hub to be able to tell when I am home and not home (preferably by using the app on my phone and no other hardware), and only send me notifications about the door being opened or smoke being detected when im not home. The automation part of it seems straight forward; I was able to create a few basic rules and successfully test them out.
Its the mobile presence part that seems to not work so well.
Full disclaimer: I'm trying this on an older Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android 6.0, but was assured this would not be a barrier.
The built in Geofence feature in the Hubitat app is absolutely horrible. I see the GPS icon pop up every 3 seconds, then it goes away for 3 seconds; and cycles back and forth until my battery is dead after a few hours. I have tried messing with the various settings, only update when in motion, etc. I have even gone so far as to turn Geofencing COMPLETELY OFF and it still continues to ping and drain the battery. I need to completely revoke all location permissions on the Hubitat app for it to stop.
I tried implementing this "solution" here:
The Presence Sensor app was operational for a day, although it did not detect my wifi and set the mode to "disarmed" Day2: the app crashes every time you try to open it and is useless, thus making this fix non functional.
I have read several people use something called Life360. I googled it and its some app moms use to track their kids. You have to pay a monthly subscription fee to use it?
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get this working with as few moving parts as possible (i.e not having to install a bunch of companion apps) and without paying a subscription fee?