My PowerView Experience
I have had HD solar shades with PowerView for a few months now. The upper & lower levels each have 7 shades, most are large, say 8 ft x 8 ft. Have one center hub and two end repeaters on main level. The upper & lower shades are over each other. All essentially on the same back wall. Reception to every shade seems strong. Also have one Pebble remote for each level.
My evaluation after a few months is basically, this PowerView thing is buggy and inconsistent. Sometimes, the hub disappears. Usually can't get it back re-connecting through the app. Sometimes it works on my wife's phone and not mine or vice versa. Sometimes I wait, and the next day the hub works with no intervention. Sometimes re-booting hub works, sometimes it doesn't.
Frequently, the app, after refreshing a shade prior to activation, gets it wrong whether up or down. I suspect that often comes from using the remote, which confuses the PowerView, but not sure. Regardless, the PowerView shade auto-refresh should cure that. I frequently have to refresh two times and sometimes three or four times before it reads the shade status properly. Sometimes, it never reads it properly, then I have to open it on app to then close it or vice versa.
Sometimes, everything seems OK, I'm operating various shades, then get a message, "Error, could not complete your request. Please try again." Usually have to wait this one out as well, maybe a day.
The remote works a lot better, but I need 7 zones, not the 6 available. But, it's not flawless either. Sometimes, if I press all up or down, one shade may miss the call. The shade which misses varies. But, this is relatively rare compared to misfires in PowerView.
Before we bought this, the installer said PowerView works pretty well now in something like its 10th generation. Says he gets few complaints compared to years ago. BTW, when I talked to tech support a while back, they said the battery & signal levels are unreliable in the app. They're working on fixing that.
I haven't tried the scene automation as I have no confidence it would work consistently. As is, if I operate a shade out of sight, I have to go check it anyway. If I had some daily automated operation and we were gone on vacation, I foresee a shade disaster.
My other gripe is the lack of dual-band (5 GHz) WiFi for the hub. Everything else in the house is dual-band. I have to leave our cell phones locked in to 2.4 so as to be able to access PowerView. That deteriorates the WiFi speed for the phones.
What experience have the rest of you had? Thanks.
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