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Motion Sensor Battery Voltage


Grizzy

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I noticed a post indicating some of the insteon motion sensors  will report battery voltage.

 

If this is factual , does UDI have any plans to implement this function in the 994 ?

 

Being able to check battery voltage on any battery powered device would be a magnificent addition.

 

Thanks for your consideration.

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I have to second and third that notion. The low battery signal doesn't seem to be reliable.

 

None of my programs rely on persistence of the lowBatt status or signal either. Many of my ten MSes have faded away without notice and some report it erroneously IMHO.

 

If this can be done you have my vote.

 

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The MS is battery powered. Battery powered devices do not report their status unless queried or an activity occurs (e.g., motion is sensed).

 

If
        Control 'IN / Devices / IN Front Hall-Sensor / IN Front Hall-Dusk.Dawn' is switched On
    And Status  'IN / Devices / IN Front Hall-Sensor / IN Front Hall-Low Bat' is Off
 
Then
        Wait  26 hours
        Send Notification to 'automate' content 'Motion Sensor Battery'
        Set 'IN / Devices / IN Front Hall-Sensor' Write Device Updates
        Run Program 'Front Hall MS Battery' (If)
 
Else
        Wait  5 minutes
        $iMS_Front_Hall_Battery  = 2
        Send Notification to 'automate' content 'Motion Sensor Battery'
        Set 'IN / Devices / IN Front Hall-Sensor' Write Device Updates
 

The variable, $iMS_Front_Hall_Battery  = 2, is used only for the notification if you have more that one sensor that you are monitoring.

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The motion sensors do not have a battery voltage node only a low battery node so the ISY has no way to measure voltage. . Not sure how low the battery voltage has to drop before the low battery signal is sent. On some of the earlier motion sensors the low battery signal never got sent, when the battery voltage got low the sensor would start sending multiple on signals which was/is a major problem.  I recently replaced all my sensors with sensors that have a later firmware (v.44) release. I won't know if the problem is fixed until my batteries deplete. 

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The OP is referring to posts from users of the Hub reporting they can read battery voltage in some battery operated Insteon devices like the MS.

 

Apparently MSes do send an analogue battery reading but UDI is not aware of docs for it from SH.

 

I remember reading the post but cannot locate it at the moment.

 

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The OP is referring to posts from users of the Hub reporting they can read battery voltage in some battery operated Insteon devices like the MS.

 

Apparently MSes do send an analogue battery reading but UDI is not aware of docs for it from SH.

 

I remember reading the post but cannot locate it at the moment.

 

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I was under the impression that the only battery operated device that sent the actual battery voltage was the hidden door sensor. I could be wrong.

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The OP is referring to posts from users of the Hub reporting they can read battery voltage in some battery operated Insteon devices like the MS.

 

Apparently MSes do send an analogue battery reading but UDI is not aware of docs for it from SH.

 

I remember reading the post but cannot locate it at the moment.

 

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I am pretty sure this is true and I posted the question a long time ago about it and can't find it now. I think the answer was that it would not be added to the ISY. I'll dig more to try and find it.

 

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