I like mine. I have 3 and use them daily. I have them hooked up to my appliances and smart plugs and overall, pretty happy with them. it does take a bit longer than I'd like for the automation to happen, but it does its job nonetheless. With faster reaction speed and support of more devices, this would be a phenomenal device!
To use the sensor, you have to setup an automation. An automation requires you to purchase another device that can act as a hub for the bluetooth mesh. Setting up this automation was non-trivial and required an exchange with customer service. Ultimately, I got it all to work....but it was not easy.
This device functions just fine, however it just logs openings and closings in a journal.
It will only interact with Govee devices, and only a few of those.
It is not even listed in my smart home devices list.
It doesn't even send notifications to the phone.
So many possibilities missed due to it being invisible.
As for distributed gateways, I honestly fail to even detect its purpose or operation. Given the track record of my experiences with this line of products, I suspect it only impacts proprietary products with little to no use or benefit to the consumer.
What is the intended purpose of a sensor that can only interact with a couple of lights and plugs?
This purchase merely frustrated me with its total lack of usefulness.
Advertised to work as a distributed gateway for the door sensors. Does not work.
Many of these sensors are flawed in that the battery is not making proper contact inside the terminal rendering the product useless unless physical downward pressure is applied to the battery. I’ve had to rig some of the covers to do this and it’s still unreliable in that the rig stops working. I’ve contacted govee about this flaw, but I have to jump through tech support hoops to get a replacement.