Occasionally I’ll have a HomeKit device for whatever reason disconnect. Just simply cycled power and it goes right back online. This is rare but sometimes happens when power briefly goes on and off during storms.
I have a huge amount of HomeKit devices. It works really well and his trouble free and I control everything with my voice and I’ve created actions when I say something there’s a fox in action. Like when I leave my houseI tell Siri to secure the crib. That turns off the AC and puts the alarm and locks my door and closers the garage door and turns off lights that are part of this action.
This is just an example of one of my HomeKit automations. You can do some pretty powerful scripting including and or if type actions as all the HomeKit devices talk to each other over WiFi. For remote access you need an Apple hub. For my hub I’m using an AppleTV.
The rachio controller…
When it drops off of HomeKit it can not be reconnected by cycling its power. The Rachio is actually a hub and each zone is a homekit device. It’s a really nice controller.
When it drops off of HomeKit this is what is needed to readd it.
Take cover off
Hold down the WiFi button until the display turns white.
Open the rachio phone app and go to controller add to WiFi.
Wait for window to open and select your WiFi.
Watch controller do a light show that you hope ends with it turning blue.
Hit done in rachio app or hit cancel if it timed out.
Wait on next screen until it says WiFi added.
The above works without issues about two thirds of the time. When it doesn’t work then you start going through an ever increasing amount of steps.