I've been dipping my toes into the home automation space to help some people out I know. Definitely learning my fair share of lessons here.
There is a rack that looks something like this (wish I would have taken a photo) that is stored in a ventilated closet. The rack is central to the one-story house. The farthest device to be paired to the C8 is about 80 feet away (a plug).
There is a completely open shelf that I stuck a C8 and a Lutron PRO Bridge. Because I was so focused on other things, I completely spaced that putting a C8 hub in a metal rack was not a wise move. Duh
Currently I've installed several Caseta switches + pico remotes.
Where the giant fail happened was when I went to pair several Zigbee Plugs (confirmed these plugs are repeaters and the pico remotes will control them). Total inconsistency trying to get these plugs to turn on/off via Hubitat.
The Lutron PRO Bridge is working fine with the devices as I see it's on a 400+MHZ spectrum.
The Zigbee plugs got destroyed in this environment because they're 2.4GHZ, I'm not sure if that was due to the interference of the metal in the cabinet or something else.
My thought now is to replace them with ZWave 700 plugs because they're 900MHZ.
Outside of the rack, and oddly enough, I couldn't not find a single room wired with ethernet ports to use.
If the WAF does not allow for these devices to be removed from the rack, is there some way I can keep these devices in this rack? Placement suggestions? Longer range antennas perhaps?
Are ZWave plugs enough to solve the issue?
Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks as always for the help.