Issue with temperature reporting out of the blue...

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Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:08 pm
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Issue with temperature reporting out of the blue...

Been using this with the Weatherlink Live plug in to get temp data off a Davis weather station and provide access via Siri. Suddenly Siri started reporting the default weather temperature, not what the weather station is reporting (which I see in Indigo). I deleted the device and resisted it as a temp sensor using Fahrenheit scale. How ever when I save it in HKB if get the following error:
Mar 31, 2021 at 8:30:21 PM
HomeKit Bridge Warning Outside Temperature is defaulting to a HomeKit switch because the device type cannot be determined but does not support On/Off and likely won't do anything in HomeKit
Suggestions on how to fix?

Catalina 10.15.7, Indigo.7.5

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Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:34 pm
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Re: Issue with temperature reporting out of the blue...

Forgot to mention, the "device", called "outside temperature" does show up in Home app.

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Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:11 am
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Re: Issue with temperature reporting out of the blue...

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I'm going to post this in case someone else runs into a similar problem as it is pretty subtle. I've been using HKB with the Davis Weatherlink plugin to relay data from my Davis weather station to Indigo, then on to the Apple Home app so the data could be accessed via Siri. So I would say "outside temperature" Siri would respond with the temperature the weather station was reporting. This week Siri started reporting the data from the default Siri weather service with the "outside temperature" command. This data comes from the local airport and is often very different than my local weather conditions. After much testing it appears now after a recent update either of HomePod or iOS "outside temperature" is like a reserved command. If I change the name of the weather station temperature device in Indigo (i.e. "station temperature") and use it in the import to Home app via HKB, the device is correctly identified as a temperature sensor (correct icon appears in Home app) and reports the correct weather station temperature via the Siri command ("Hey Siri, station temperature"). I would not be surprised if there are other similar reserved commands that may cause conflicts with the HKB import.

YMMV

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