Device with power saving feature
First of all, I hope this is the right place to post this.
I have a soundbar which has a power saving feature which turns itself off if it receives no audio for 15 mins. This feature is not able to be turned off on the soundbar (as far as I have tried to find, it is the Sony HT-180)
So if I pause TV for example and walk away for 15 mins, when i come back the soundbar is off. To turn it back on I would have to run the off recipe for the soundbar (as it thinks the soundbar is still on) and turn it back on. So I found it easier to actually use the original remote of the soundbar to turn it back on until I had the idea to add the "power toggle" button to the NEEO remote so I can press it there (note the "power on" button doesn't seem to work as it doesn't sent the command if it thinks the soundbar is on). This manual method works OK, unless I press the toggle button by accident :P
But what I really want to do is to find an automated solution. I have Home Assistant running in my house so I tried to run an automation to check the state of the TV, if it is on, then send the "power on" macro through the NEEO API every 15 mins. But as with the manual approach, this doesn't work as NEEO doesn't send the command if it thinks the soundbar is on. I can't send the power toggle as this will turn off my soundbar if it is actually on. I tried sending other commands like volume up/down to keep the soundbar "active" every few minutes but it doesn't work either (it is not ideal anyway as this affects the volume for a second)
Any suggestions on what else I can try? I am sure I am missing something stupid. So the main problem is NEEO doesn't know the new state of the device if the device turns itself off.
Vincent Teo This is not a solution to your problem, but Neeo currently does not track the power state of devices. If an IR signal is not received when you start a recipe, re-starting the recipe should send all signals, including power on to all devices. Should work for you the same way when the sound bar goes into sleep mode. Try turning off your tv or cable box with original remote, and then rerun power on recipe without shutting down recipe and see if those devices are getting power on commands. Having to power off the recipe first seems odd. Andy should be able to help.
Little late on this thread - but you do know that soundbar supports ARC? If your TV supports ARC (which most in the last 5 years do), then the TV will manage the soundbar for you. I don't know how you have the TV/soundbar configured - but if you are running the HDMI through the soundbar - simply plug the HDMI out into whichever HDMI in the TV has to support ARC. If you are using component or digital audio, get a HDMI cable, plug it into the HDMI out on the soundbar and plug the other into whatever HDMI in port that the TV supports ARC on.