What is required after a short power outage in my home? Does the Bridge need to be reset, or will it reconnect on it's own?

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Jimmy T Theisen

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It will recover on it's own


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P.J. Smith

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Thanks, Does it matter which way the bridge antenna is facing flat side towards sensors  or is it Omni directional?
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Jimmy T Theisen

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I would think that if you are receiving a good signal, direction doesn't matter.


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P.J. Smith

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I would think that would be correct, however I am only getting 1 bar.  My sensor distance is only 160'  it's supposed to be good for up to 330'... 
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330 feet is only in optimum conditions. Anything that may be in the way will cut down that distance drastically. One bar is not much but if it works, that is great. 160 feet is quite a distance and keep in mind that weather conditions, such as sun spots, etc. can affect a wi-fi signal. I use a wi-fi extender to help boost my signal closer to and in more of a straight line with the sensor. Seems to work out great.
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The antenna is supposed to be omni-directional but moving the bridge even a little bit can sometimes help improve the signal strength.

For some reason, I occasionally have to unplug and replug the bridge when there is a power outage or router hiccup.

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By its appearance I would assume it is a panel or loop type antenna, which does receive better from either flat side.  However RF is magical and may not respond logically, so try rotating the bridge 45 ̊ at a time and watch the signal strength.  Logging directly into your bridge-hub is the easiest place to watch signal strength but it is still time consuming because most sensors only transmit every 10-15 minutes and therefore the signal strength indication only updates that often as well.  Also try moving it up higher in the room and/or closer to a window.  And as Harold noted above, moving it even small distances can result in an improvement.  

In practice, its a small antenna at relatively low frequencies so I doubt it is terribly directional.  I had more success by relocating the bridge to a different closer spot in the house. This of course made some of my other sensor signals too weak so I just added another bridge at the other end.
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