New to HomeKit: Devices not responding unless connected to WiFi. Can’t find issue.

Cupertino, October 4, 2021

TIA for the help.

I’ve had a few smart devices (Caseta switches and TP Link plugs) for a few months now. Previously, I controlled them with the Luntron app or Alexa, as my central hub.

The last week or so, I started looking more into HomeKit. I purchased 2 HomePods and set them up on Tuesday. When I’m connected to WiFi, I can go on the app or say “hey Siri” and control my devices.

However, when I disconnect WiFi and Bluetooth and try to control them on my data, as if I’m away from home, nothing is responding.

I’m currently disconnected from WiFi and looking at the Home app. It detects my TV being on and that is it. My lutron switches all say “no response” and my homepods both say “paused.”

I’ve don’t a bit of googling and haven’t found the answer. Some people say to update the HomePods/my phone, but it appears that everything is up-to-date. Others suggest making sure my HomePod is set as a hub, and when I go to home >home settings > hubs & bridges, “bedroom HomePod” is “connected,” with “basement HomePod” on “standby.”

Any suggestions?


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