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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2009, 11:47:34 PM »

Having some problems with the software seeing my iphone.
It sees it & I addd it to the watch list but then it never sees it again.

Even when I turn the BT on the phone on & off.
The log file doesnt show anything either

I have tried a different BT dongle too.

Any suggetsion?

 
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #31 on: December 24, 2009, 07:38:34 AM »

aussie mate
Is your phone setup as a bluetooth device in windows?
If so it will only see the first connect attempt after windows is restarted.
Since Pinging isn't part of BlueWatch yet you can't have your device configured in windows\control panel\bluethooth\devices.
I disabled the log file from seeing bluetooth devices that are in the watched list as that would cause it to fill up very quickly.
If you remove it from the watched list the logging should catch it if the BT is working.
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #32 on: December 25, 2009, 09:40:02 PM »


Is your phone setup as a bluetooth device in windows? - No - there are no devices set up in the Windows Bt config setting

When I click on the "info" it shows them as disconnected devices all the time.

Another problem - I have selected 2 devices in my watched list.
When I go into edit these existing devices - it adds them again to the watched devices list - so they appear 4 times. This keeps on happening each time until I exit the program & restart it.

Then it goes back to the 2 devices.
Also when I do select a watched device to edit - it will select /edit both - one at a time
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #33 on: December 26, 2009, 02:53:19 PM »

*** New version 0.0.4.0 just released ***
Having some problems with the software seeing my iphone.
It sees it & I addd it to the watch list but then it never sees it again.

Even when I turn the BT on the phone on & off.
The log file doesnt show anything either

I have tried a different BT dongle too.

Any suggetsion?
BlueWatch does a few writes and reads during the initial setup and never actually wrote a configuration file until it closed!  :-[
Under Idea conditions that shouldn't have been an issue.  B:( (Conditions aren't always  ideal  :( ) ::) :'
I redid the code so it now writes the configuration file as changes are made.
Test here seem to cure any duplicate devices that I was able to recreate.
Hopefully that should cure some issues users were seeing!
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #34 on: December 30, 2009, 11:47:37 AM »

Tuicemen,

I had issues with my HA computer settings on my XP notebook… downloaded the full version of dotnetframework3.5 and have SP3 installed.
Still no joy until I discovered my BT dongle’s software appeared to be interfering with XP’s BT control, so I removed that software.

I installed BW 4.0 and had it discover and watch my iPhone.

When BW sees my iPhone it runs my command.  But, within 10 to 30 seconds the iPhone signal is lost.  This found/lost signal cycle continues
until my iPhone is out of range.

So, I had BW discover and watch my Jawbone BT hands free device…same actions.

I’m sure I haven’t tried everything to solve this…but it sure seems like it.

Ideas? Suggestions?
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #35 on: December 30, 2009, 12:16:27 PM »

Additionally,
It appears to be an iPhone issue...
I discovered that BW will not detect my iPhone unless it's
Bluetooth Settings screen is displayed...
And, the phone's "Sleep" or "Locked" mode cannot be activated.
Uh Oh,...that's a real battery eater.

WHOOPS!  That's incorrect information...

I just located my old BT enabled HP iPaq pocket pc.  Let BW discover it and it does the
same thing...found and lost every 20 to 30 seconds.

I've tryed it with 2 different BT dongles with no change.

So, it's my equipment/installation???
« Last Edit: December 30, 2009, 01:17:39 PM by cantbreak80 »
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #36 on: December 30, 2009, 02:11:17 PM »

BlueWatch is designed to work with the Windows Bluetooth stacks.
Any other bluetooth software that replaces the windows stacks stops BlueWatch from working.
I've also discovered some devices send the discovery stream differently! B:(
I'll see about adding a user adjustment for the timer poll (currently it is every 10 seconds) so the end user can adjust the polling time. (not sure how this will work yet!)  ::) :'
I'm still playing with the ping option but this is proving to be limited! B:(
cantbreak80 it apears it may be you equipment but I'm working on a remeedy for that!
I've a few more BT devices coming, but snail mail is even slower this time of year! :(
I hope to have a new release for the weekend that will fix some issues!
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #37 on: December 30, 2009, 04:40:05 PM »

 >! to you, too!

I've almost got my system working.

I own a DeLorme Earthmate GPS.  It has a BT powerpack allowing the receiver to connect wirelessly to a computer.  I pulled
it out of my RV to test it's ability to communicate with BW.  BW picked it up instantly.

I adjusted the watched settings...(found turns on F2, lost turns off F2)  F2 is an appliance module that triggers my Home/Away macros.

It all started working...except BW will not turn F2 off when the GPS is out of range.  Hummm...so close!
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #38 on: December 30, 2009, 05:55:30 PM »

cantbreak80 I see why your f2  off isn't working.
There is/was a bug/typo in the code B:( :-[ 
I just fixed that, should have a release ready this evening! ::)
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #39 on: December 30, 2009, 06:09:15 PM »

........ F2 is an appliance module that triggers my Home/Away macros.

[Since Tuicemen fixed the error]... and after those macros are tested... it would be nice to share/describe them with the forum. Occupancy Sensing has been around for sometime... but until now it has never been easy. So so few people have much experience with it. I 've started posting some of my Occupancy Sensing ideas and experiences.

BlueWatch really is a game-changing simple solution for advanced home automation.
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #40 on: December 30, 2009, 06:40:21 PM »

OK new version is on the server! ;)
Version 0.0.4.2:
Fixed disconnect X10 signals
Fixed info screen from displaying devices multiple times in the connect screen
Fixed so when a watched device is removed it is also removed from the info screens
Added timer Slider so interval between scans can be adjusted to suit devices discovery times. (Loads to defalt of 10 seconds)

The timer slider will most likely need some playing with to get the time that is best for all devices one wishes to watch. It can be set from 10-60 seconds and will need to be set each time the program starts if the defalt value doesn't work for you.
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #41 on: December 30, 2009, 07:47:38 PM »

Sa-WEET

Thanks Tuicemen  #:)

The application now functions perfectly with my Earthmate GPS base.  I can now place it in my car with a power port cable to keep it
energized.  A USB extension cable will locate the BT dongle inside the garage for excellent reception.

When Earthmate is "found" BW turns on my F2 appliance module...that sets Flag 2 "Home Macro".
When Earthmate is "lost" BW turns off the module...clearing Flag 2 "Away Macro"
Flag 2 conditions cause several of my macros to function differently.

I can now remove the garage door trigger which is more troublesome than originally intended...(I can't take the trash out
without AHP thinking that I'm leaving home)

I look forward to getting BW to work with my iPhone...but I'm thinking it's "features" will continue to cause problems.

This one's for you  >!
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #42 on: December 30, 2009, 08:22:30 PM »

Glad to hear cantbreak80!
My new Motorola SoundPilot was causing me some grief here too :'( but the time slider adjustment has cure that!
Now back to working on the ping issue! ::) :'
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #43 on: January 01, 2010, 03:34:22 PM »

Tuicemen,

Just thought you'd like to know...BW has been running for 2 days now.  An occasional loss of signal occurs
even when the dongle and BT device are 2 feet apart.  It's no big deal because the signal loss is short-lived and doesn't
interfere with any of my macros (yet).

I plan on extending my BT dongle with a USB extension cable...the computer room is directly above the garage.  I can pop
a hole into the wall, drop the extension cable thru the ceiling of the garage and have the BT dongle act as my parking
stop (replacing the tennis ball on a sting thingy)...
...Cool... -:) a parking guide with a flashing blue light!

I purchased a USB extension via CAT5 cable device which allows for 165' of extension.  I tested it with a short
CAT5 that I'd made and just laid the dongle on the computer room floor.  BW picked up the BT signal from my Earthmate
GPS that's now living in the console of my car.  I may not have to drill any holes...except I kinda like that flashing
blue light on the parking stop thing. ::)

Thanks again for a great bit...I'm kinda hoping you'll figure out a way to sense my iPhone's presence...maybe via
wifi IP address?
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Re: [AHP ADD-ON] BlueWatch (Control via BlueTooth or WIFI Detection)
« Reply #44 on: January 01, 2010, 04:17:46 PM »

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I kinda like that flashing blue light on the parking stop thing.  ::)
Hey I like that idea too!  ;)
I'm seeing an occasional loss of signal too with my Black Berry. I thought that was just the interval at which it was sending a discovery request . :(
I've been playing with the timer interval but seems none of the devices send the discovery signal the same! B:( This makes it difficult for multiple devices being watched!
Just glad the short signal lost isn't causing an issue for you! ;)

The wifi IP address idea may work for the iPhone! ;)
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