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problems with remote lock of yale + mini homepod

problems with remote lock of yale + mini homepod

Hi, I’m pretty confused here and I get different answers from both Apple and Yale. Hoping the people here can shed light. I have a fairly large house with an attached and detached garage. I use a google wifi network to have a large network (9 pucks) wired around the property. I use an Apple TV as my main Homekit Hub (and my TV) Last year I installed a yale insurance lock with the homekit module in the detached garage. To control it remotely, I added a Homepod (who doesn’t want music in the garage there?). It works perfectly. I understood that, for security reasons, I needed a homekit hub at a reasonable lock distance, so that the lock would connect directly (bluetooth?) To the hub. So now my house has 2 hubs, Apple TV and homepod. A month ago. I wanted to add another insurance lock to my attached garage. I bought the same lock and another module. The garage is too far from both the Apple TV and my homepod, so I bought a mini homepod to act as a third special hub for this lock. The new lock works well if I’m within range of Bluetooth with my phone, but if I’m out of range, I get “no response”. It’s as if the Yale lock won’t talk to the mini bridge at home. Apple tells me that you only need 1 hub, and each device (including locks) will communicate via wifi to 1 hub. Yale tells me that the mini homepod will not act like a homepod bridge (while an Apple TV or a large hompod) will work. Can anyone put me right? Do these locks need to be close to an Apple device to work? will it work in this capacity with a mini homepod?