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  • #1328

    mjacobs63
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    I have the garage sensor installed and it worked perfectly for about a month until the weather turned cold. Now the status flaps between open and closed about once per minute or more. The only thing that has changed is the weather. With the car in the garage and the door closed I should read about 125cm. I can watch it jump between about 55 and 125 back and forth with nothing changing below it.

    • This topic was modified 1 year ago by mjacobs63.
    #1336

    Ray
    Keymaster

    Not sure what’s causing it, but I suspect it may be due to multiple reflections of the ultrasonic wave in the room which resulted in the error in distance sensing. It could be affected by temperature. You can submit a support ticket and arrange for a replacement, to see if it makes any difference.

    #1337

    blinkwise
    Participant

    This same thing is happening to me during the cold weather. Its very odd

    #1384

    callifo
    Participant

    I had this happen mainly for cold weather. It was the PSU that was doing it, its voltage would go up and down and cause the unit to have constantly changing readings.

    The website says any old phone charger will do, but my advice is use nothing less than a good quality 1A unit. Both of mine are rock solid now.

    #1386

    mrerikpeterson
    Participant

    callifo, great input.

    I purchased an opengarage in October, it started failing with false readings at the end of the month as the weather cooled.
    After some discussion, I sent the opengarage in for testing, they could not replicate the issues, and sent a new unit back.
    The new unit has started to have the same symptoms and I am experiencing colder weather again.

    I just swapped out the usb power brick (oops, it was a knockoff iphone charger) for a 1 Amp one that came with an amazon fire tablet.
    Hopefully that stops the false readings.

    If I don’t follow up in this thread… assume that worked 😉

    #1402

    mrerikpeterson
    Participant

    Following up…
    After replacing the USB power brick, I still had false readings for one or two nights. Downgraded to 1.0.8 firmware, things seemed stable. Upgraded back to 1.0.9 firmware, still stable. At this point everything is working fine, not 100% sure what part of my rain-dance resolved the false readings.
    Love the product, hopefully it just works from here on out.

    #1514

    mrerikpeterson
    Participant

    I have not had any false readings since my last post. OpenGarage has been rock-solid stable. Use a name-brand 1A or more USB power brick ended up being the resolution.

    #1519

    Ray
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the update.

    #2044

    idxman01
    Participant

    I know this is a bit old, but mine just started doing this a day or two ago. It’s flapping between 50 and ~280cm which is the no vehicle distance. I’ve only been running it since August on v1.1.1 without issues. I thought I purchased the USB adapter, but I guess I didn’t. I’m pretty sure it was from an Amazon Fire as well, rated 1A or more.

    We have had some recent cooler weather (30-40’s overnight), but are now back up to 78. I’ve fully powered it off/on, updated config and cleared log, but it’s still waffling.

    I couldn’t reach the brick itself this morning and will power cycle it later and see if that helps. Any other tips?

    Thanks,

    #2045

    mjacobs63
    Participant

    I have never gotten mine working correctly. Replacing the power supply seemed to help for a while but it has been terrible since the weather has gotten cold again. I suspect a cold solder joint on one of the boards somewhere.

    #2074

    blaser
    Participant

    I purchased mine few months ago, everything was stable, recently I started to get false readings.

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