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CoopBoss support / Re: Any issues with the latest SmartThings patch? Mine stopped working
« Last post by Fallon on March 16, 2017, 07:04:34 pm »
No real news. Still working automatically closing & manually opening in the morning.

It did close in the afternoon once, but it was a Sunday that they released one of the beta updates (I'm a SmartThings beta participant). I'm guessing it was triggered by the update & haven't investigated further as it only happened that once.
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CoopBoss support / Re: Any issues with the latest SmartThings patch? Mine stopped working
« Last post by Fallon on February 25, 2017, 01:45:34 pm »
The wife just got the coop cats fixed, so we left em trapped in the coop for a few days. That and a brief snow kept me from fiddling with it. Today I deleted it out of SmartThings, went out & reset it, then re-added it back. Works to remotely open & close again. Haven't set anything back up in SmartThings & will try the solar sensor for a bit & see how that goes.

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I'll Re-add it here in the next few days when I get a chance & try the default light sensor route.
Checking in.  Any news?
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CoopBoss support / Re: Any issues with the latest SmartThings patch? Mine stopped working
« Last post by Fallon on February 22, 2017, 09:10:31 am »
Button works to open & close the door fine. SmartThings isn't updated & using the app to try & open/close does nothing.

I'll Re-add it here in the next few days when I get a chance & try the default light sensor route.
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Just so I understand the situation correctly. According to your logs SmartThings hasn't heard from it for 6 days?  You can see that it is still on the network with good signal strength from your xBee usb stick running the XCTU program.  You can still open and close the door in the SmartThings app with the manual open close button but the status is not updated it just stays at unknown. Or when you say manual button your talking about the physical button out on the coop and that still controls the door, not the manual button on the SmartApp?

By looking at your log it looks like the power was cycled on Feb 15 at 1:28 in the afternoon and that is when the door went to unknown.  I know you rebooted the CoopBoss have you tried rebooting the SmartThings Hub?  If you have batteries take them out and unplug it for a few minutes then plug it back in. 

If rebooting the hub doesn't fix it looks like your going to have to remove it from the network and add it back as before.  What a huge pain! I don't know why you have to do this!!  I have two coopboss running on our network and never have had to do that. 
As far as I know your the only one that has turned off the built in automation of the CoopBoss and uses SmartThings automation instead.  This should be fine I don't see a problem with it but I wonder if somehow that may be causing the issue.  Would it be possible to disable all the SmartThings automation and turn on auto close and auto open feature of the CoopBoss?  You can turn off the auto open if you want to manually open it in the morning.  I noticed you had your door closing at midnight.  When you switch over to the CoopBoss automation it will close the door based on your close door light level.  We have ours set to 1 and at that level the chickens make it in 99.9% of the time.  Once or twice a year one will get left out usually because she is fighting with another hen.  You will want to keep an eye on that for a few days just to make sure everyone gets in at night. 

When the CoopBoss is running correctly is everything getting reported correctly?  Do you see the light level and temperature form both temperature probes in the SmartApp? Just want to make sure the temperature probes and light sensor are still hooked up.  When you get it reconnected to the network can you send me your log again.  I want to make sure everything is being reported correctly. 
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CoopBoss support / Re: Any issues with the latest SmartThings patch? Mine stopped working
« Last post by Fallon on February 21, 2017, 09:16:29 pm »
And it looks like the issue might be back. It stopped responding to SmartThings a few days ago. Cycling the power doesn't resurrect it at all though, the button to manually open or close it still works just fine. Whenever I look at the app it just reports the door status as Unknown.

Checking the Zigbee mesh health shows 253 of 255 to the CoopBoss ID, so that appears to be healthy.

Looking at the device logs in SmartThings shows replies (voltage & amperage reports) from the device 6 days ago, even after power cycling it a few times.

CoopBoss H3Vx (Device) Events — displayed | all | from device
Date   Source   Type   Name   Value   User   Displayed Text
2017-02-21 8:00:09.101 AM MST
13 hours ago   APP_COMMAND         openDoor      
2017-02-20 11:59:01.992 PM MST
21 hours ago   APP_COMMAND         closeDoor      
2017-02-20 8:00:08.347 AM MST
2 days ago   APP_COMMAND         openDoor      
2017-02-19 11:28:53.749 PM MST
2 days ago   APP_COMMAND         closeDoor      
2017-02-19 9:00:08.160 AM MST
3 days ago   APP_COMMAND         openDoor      
2017-02-18 11:59:01.473 PM MST
3 days ago   APP_COMMAND         closeDoor      
2017-02-18 9:00:07.024 AM MST
4 days ago   APP_COMMAND         openDoor      
2017-02-17 11:59:01.563 PM MST
4 days ago   APP_COMMAND         closeDoor      
2017-02-17 8:00:08.253 AM MST
5 days ago   APP_COMMAND         openDoor      
2017-02-16 11:59:01.453 PM MST
5 days ago   APP_COMMAND         closeDoor      
2017-02-16 8:00:07.811 AM MST
6 days ago   APP_COMMAND         openDoor      
2017-02-15 11:59:01.478 PM MST
6 days ago   APP_COMMAND         closeDoor      
2017-02-15 1:28:51.679 PM MST
6 days ago   DEVICE      doorVoltage   12.296      CoopBoss H3Vx door voltage is 12.296
2017-02-15 1:28:51.347 PM MST
6 days ago   DEVICE      doorCurrent   0.000      CoopBoss H3Vx door current is 0.000
2017-02-15 1:28:51.303 PM MST
6 days ago   DEVICE      doorState   unknown      Door State Changed to unknown
2017-02-15 8:00:07.290 AM MST
7 days ago   APP_COMMAND         openDoor      
2017-02-14 11:59:02.447 PM MST
7 days ago   APP_COMMAND         closeDoor      
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Rod was our first customer to purchase a CoopBoss from our new store at Etsy.com.  At the first of the year (January 2017) I moved our store to the Etsy store as they have fantastic management tools and really foster a close buyer seller relationship.  Rod had to stomach all the moving pains and there have been several. I was worried it was going give a bad impression.  I'm so happy he stuck with us and this is all working out!  I think our new store is going to work out very well!! 

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I told John this but I did want to share this with others - the build quality of the materials as well as the thought that's gone into the little features like the timers John referred to is top notch!  No one is paying me to say this but this product is engineered to commercial grade quality.  I should know as I work with engineers in that design and build communications equipment for remote outside applications.  This product is worth what John is asking, and I recommend it for those that want a long term solution for their chicken coop.

Rod, thank you for saying this!  There have been hundreds of hours put into this project and comments like this and others I have received make it worth every second!!
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CoopBoss Information / Re: CoopBoss Photos
« Last post by John Rucker (Solar-Current.com) on February 15, 2017, 09:24:24 am »
Rod, that is a fantastic looking install!  I like the way you mounted the door on the outside so debris will just be pushed out of the way instead of being trapped between the door and the floor.  It should work good for you!  I also like the idea of using a non wood door.  I would like to see a little bigger lip on the end of the door to increase the surface area that may push up against a chicken.

Where did you get the aluminum h channel?  I really like how clean that looks!!  Thanks so much for sharing!! 
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CoopBoss Information / CoopBoss Photos
« Last post by rod97301 on February 14, 2017, 08:35:28 pm »
John's videos show how he set-up his CoopBoss, but my implementation was a little different in that my coop door was on a side wall rather than a floor.  I live in the Pacific Northwest where there's a lot of rain that can warp outside wood doors, exposed to the elements.  So while my coop door is relatively protected from the elements, the moisture in the air alone is enough to cause plywood to warp and potential cause issues with the opening/closing mechanism.  I've attached some pictures so folks can see how I built mine - the door is actually an $11 poly cutting board (1/2" thick) - so the sides are nice and rounded there's no chance of warping.  I used aluminum 'h' channel for the slide guides and the combination works perfectly.  This should last as long as the CoopBoss...

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