i have Hue lights and an Echo Plus with the smart home hub. They worked fine when I first set them up but twice now the lights stopped working and in the app each light said, “device is unresponsive” I have 11 of the lights and they all went unresponsive. Twice now I’ve had to reset each bulb to make them active again. There were no changes made to our WiFi network, devices, or anything else. The lights just stopped working. Any suggestions to keep this from happening again.
My Hue lights are fully connected in the app. I can even open up the voice dictation and tell Alexa to control the lights from my phone, which she does just fine. The problem I have is that the Echo Dot keeps saying one of the lamps is unresponsive.
Yep, agreed. Most people’s home Wi-Fi network is hugely inadequate. If the device(s) that provide the Wi-Fi part of your network have an isp name on them, ie. it’s a sky hub or a live box etc. then your Wi-Fi is most likely, vastly underpowered.
Those all in one devices are ok for simple networks, a family of phones, couple of computers, streaming on tv etc. Once you add 10-20 smart things your going to grind to a halt. Multiple people streaming, turning lights on, online gaming etc. efficiently, takes a much better device.
A simple but proper setup would be modem (isp supplier “”router”” with everything but internet turned off), managed switch, WiFi access point. A decent dedicated access point with its own cpu, will perform far better. In addition, my smart devices are all on a separate SSID (mostly to lock down to only 2.4g as is required for many smart devices) but also to better manage the traffic. You could also put that SSID for smart things on a separate vlan which can’t access your real network, whilst allowing you to access it in the other direction but securing your system.
Anyway you probably don’t want to do all that but you probably want something similar at least, if you wish to use your network to control multiple things and all the normal stuff too. Oh and in most cases you’ll often find your loosing 10s of mbps of your internet connection, that your network is incapable of delivering to you.
Honestly not sure why I bothered with all that, can’t sleep tbh! I’m any case hopefully it’s useful to someone.
All they really need is a good modem and router (or Gateway) to handle smart devices , with a plan better than the basic from there ISP , usually the mid tier or higher is required for streaming, etc..... along with proper placement of hardware.