I’ve not been satisfied with the speed I show up as being home via my Unifi tracker component for a while now but am also unwilling to spend money for BLE beacons and such things.
I recently started adding a few Amazon Dash buttons to the setup (they were only 99cts a pop) and that gave me a new idea - though I haven’t really tried it yet:
As I have the amazon-dash process running on a second PI3 anyway, why not use the same mechanism for quick presence, esp. from not_home => home, detection. If I understand the process correctly, the tool recognizes that the Amazon dash button has been pressed because it registers on my WiFi network with its MAC address. I will set up an action that triggers when my phone is logging in to my WiFi and sets the phone location to home. This should work faster than the Unifi device tracker - which I will keep, of course. The dash process will just boost the logon speed, I hope.
Planning to set this up today and start testing right away.
If that works I only need something that detects me as being away quicker as well. I’m still hoping for something that would be based on my FingBox eventually.