The problem with crowd sourced info is that three people might enter the same device model three different ways. This puts the merging of all crowd sourced models together into one for all so that the same model is tracked and detected the same across the platform.
Generically, I’d just be happy if it detected a model and kept detecting it. I’ve been around the circle repeated now with my HVAC. First it is detected as “motor1” and “ac”. Within a day or “motor1” never shows running and when “ac” is on I will see the other side of it showing up under “other”. My hvac is 240volt and the air handler is 120v.
I’ve also had two different “dryers” identified but only have one. My washer is detected at times. I set a rule to tell me if it stops running for 5 minutes so I know the load is done but if it doesn’t detect the start and it’s running under “other” that’s pretty worthless. I’m sure this same thing would occur for the gentlemen who wanted to know if his garage door changed positions by knowing if it ran.
My user experience doesn’t really line up with the advertising (yet). Aside from knowing over all ct’d usage and chasing phantom loads, I’m not really sure any of the device detection is both reliable or useful yet because it hasn’t been reliable. I mean, hell, even my device specific usage totals are worthless if it misses them run frequently. So how good is all that user days presented to me.
After watching the founders speak on the “ask sense” videos one thing stands out to me. Each month they get more units sold and more inventory hanging off of them to attempt to discover and model/detect. We are in fact beta testers. Will this ever improve beyond that? I’m not sure. Device detection is hard. I get it. They are dealing with 20+ years of hardware out there and wiring issues to boot.