I am continually having zigbee lights that stop responding. It was recommended that I turn off group messaging because some devices weren't correctly adjusting when turned on, but everything went to crap. I'll focus on my office as a small subset of the overall problem.
The office has all Eaton Halo RL5601 running on the HE Generic Zigbee CT Bulb (dev) driver.
Yesterday, two of the lights would only work as part of a group when Zigbee group messaging is turned on. They would not respond at all from within the UI and there had been nothing added to the specific device event logs for a few days. I suspect this was because the device has dropped off HE, but the group message is still sent and the device subscribes to it, even though there is no longer a handshake between HE and the bulb
To figure out what is going on, I have moved HE to the same room, right in the middle. This room is 13ftx20ft, and there are 8 bulbs. Also, within 5 ft in every direction, I have 3 Iris plugs (hopefully repeating? Heard they are supposed to be good at that, so I bought 8 to try). I then shut off the zigbee antenna for nearly an hour, and turned it back on. I let everything settle for more than an hour and created a new group for the office (I deleted the old group before moving the HE).
After resetting everything, I would expect that I could turn the virtual dimmer created by the group on and off without having any issues. This is far from the case. I sometimes have one bulb that will not turn on or off, and a second press of the UI button for the virtual dimmer will allow the light to react correctly. This is exactly what was happening before I moved the HE to the same room, thinking it was a mesh problem.
For information - and connected to HE (and behaving very poorly as well) - I have another 26 bulbs (all Lightify) in the house, all on the level below my office. I also have the 5 additional iris outlets in the next level down. There is 4 iris motion sensors and 4 Lightify buttons to round out the collection (and the only battery operated devices on the HE).
I tried to start attaching my z-wave stuff, but that was a no-go because I couldn't get them to disconnect from ST.
I'm starting to think that the number of bulbs I'm trying to turn on and off at once is too many, but that just doesn't make sense. Do I have a bad HE or antenna, or am I just missing something?
Thanks for the help. I'm starting to feel desperate