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I bought this sensor few weeks ago, and found it quite unreliable with my Vera Lite gateway. It looks pretty good, however the plastic looks more cheap than expected. The initial pairing was easy, but I had to look in the doc online to find that some advanced configuration is needed to use motion detection. So far so good, I would have put 4 stars. However, every few days it stops to communicate with my Vera and I have to unpair and repair it. This process is not smooth as most of the time it can not exchange security keys with the gateway and it takes several tries to pair successfully. Now, about 28 days later it is not responding at all. I suspect the battery is completely dead, which is quite disappointing. I kept all settings to default, so expected to have a year of battery as advertised.
Works like a champ. I’m using this to control a heater on my boat for the winter and it’s perfect. I have it paired to my ISY controller and i can see the battery, motion and temperature. Turns the heater on when the temp hits 37 degrees and off at 50. And it’s very accurate. 2 weeks in 30-40 degree temperatures and the batteries still 100%. Couldn’t ask for more.
I’ve had great luck with other products from this company, but this wireless motion detector has been very problematic.
There are times when it doesn’t detect anything and then it randomly starts working again (about 5 times in the past 30 days since the install).
Then there is the battery life. I’ve had this installed for 25 days and the battery is at 10% this morning.
It’s cold out (winter in the Midwest), but I’ve got the unit installed in a heated garage that does go below 60 degrees except for the short time the garage door is open. I would expect shorter batter life with the cold, but this seems WAY to short of life.
I have a MultiSensor 6 which is an ok sensor. The biggest problem i have with it is that the real world range on the MultiSensor has never been anything to be excited about. In my situation, i had it placed in a room opposite the door so that when i walked in (depending on hour and other decisions), it would start some automation, one of which was to turn on the lights. The problem i had was that it would only trigger when i was already pretty much at the sensor, even on the highest sensitivity. Based on a few reviews i decided to give the TriSensor a shot and it's so much better! The motion detection range seems to have increased considerably. So much so that i had to change its location as when placed next to the MultiSensor it triggered when someone walked by the room without entering it. Temperature sensor and lux sensor both seem consistent which is also an upgrade from the MultiSensor where the temperature always seemed to be quite a bit off despite fixing offsets. I wish the TriSensor also had a RH sensor, but it'll do. Add to that the the TriSensor also looks better (IMO) and has a diffuser on the multi colored LED, and it's pretty much a win for me. I assume Aeotec will soon phase out the current model of the MultiSensor 6 and replace it with this design, but for now, i'm happy with the TriSensor. Note that i'm using SmartThings, and the DH that Aeotec recommended on the support page was giving me issues. Once i found the DH from "krlaframboise" i started really loving this little sensor.
I have lots of Aeotec Multisensor 6 devices but this TriSensor is cheaper for when I don't need humidity or UV (but UV usually doesn't work well anyway). However, out of the box, motion is disabled on the device (so it makes it useless). See below for instructions to enable motion (i.e. on Vera). After the custom setup, it seems to work as expected.
I found some buried documentation on the manufacturer website, look for their freshdesk article on the “trisensor with vera”.
TL;DR you have to "Add new configuration" under Device Options with these settings: variables = 4 size = 1 byte dec desired value = 1
I like the multi sensors but as you would expect my stand alone motion sensors work better at motion sensing. The only thing that really bothers me is the design of the housing. It seems clunky and thin compared to the other sensors I have. The mounting post threads into the removable back door. I can’t twist it off of the mounting post because the post turns in the socket at the other end, so that just leaves trying to slide the lock to remove the door leaving it up on the ceiling. The battery runs down a lot quicker than I’m used to but that’s likely because of the 3 sensors compared to 1. I set it to report less and less often trying to stop it from draining the battery. I use it with a hubitat elevation on the native driver. The lux and temp sensors seem to be right on once I figured out the offset values. It does the job, but there are false motion detections at night. I will continue to use it and I will probably try another brand when I buy my next sensor. I do like that you can change the color of the led or disable it.
First one I received (purchased Nov 19, 2019) would die after two or three days consistently. I contacted the seller and returned the item and they replaced it and the new one works fine. I assume there was either a bad batch or some buggy firmware, since I see many people complaining about the same thing. Having now had both a bad and a good one I can say it's not an inherent flaw in the device, nor was it a problem with my network (which of course I was wondering too), but seems to be a problem with just some of them. Would give it five stars if I knew the issue were resolved -- it works great now, but I hesitate to give full recommendation when many area reporting the same issue. Maybe check the review dates carefully for this complaint and see if it seems to be resolved by the time you read this...
I am a technical savvy person. The Good: battery life, temperature, lumen indicator, accuracy of these two sensors
The Bad: took over 2 hours to setup because it would recognize as a multipurpose sensor + no real instructions on the color code pattern or meaning+ if you did set it up ,the battery sensor would not tell the percent of the battery. Support was not helpful and the biggest problem was the motion sensor! SUPRISE to me that it only works up to 10 feet on a good day and 5 feet on a bad day. Who really needs a sensor to tell them how bright it is? It's cool but who really needs it...
I used this product outside under an overhang. No, I would not recommend this product. This item was returned.
I purchased the tri sensor to use as a temperature sensor for my automated home. This unit pairs quite nicely with the Universal Devices ISY 994i/Z Pro, which provides complete programming for all functions of the tri sensor.
Now for the downside. The temperature readings are very inaccurate during the daytime. At night, the reported temperature stabilizes and is within a half a degree of my precision lab thermometer. During the daytime it appears as though the temperature follows the light, and light follows temperature. Given a set temperature with varying light the tri sensor will vary as much as 20° f. Given a set light condition, as temperature rises, lux level rises as well. Disabling either the temperature sensor or the light sensor through Z-Wave parameters disables the sensor (including motion) entirely.
I decided to keep this unit because this fix was simple. I put the unit inside a piece of black PVC pipe. Without the light the unit works fine.
I couldn't get this device to work with OpenHab (via a Nortek Z-wave controller), and only after searching some of the symptoms did I discover other people had the same issue. I cannot comment on the sensitivity or functions of the device, as it never reported motion to the hub. My OpenHab was a fresh install on a brand-new Raspberry Pi 4. This was the first node I added after the controller. It took a couple of attempts for the device to show up fully in OH (to be expected), but after several days of overnight mesh healing, restarts and reboots, the device would never send any motion/temp/luminance/battery events to the hub. It would not even send "wake" events, and Openhab did not create a config XML for it. The lack of this file finally led me to a forum conversation that indicated this sensor just does not play well with OpenHab.