Truthfully I did not think Pinging a device would be a good solution for mobile and assumed there would be a proper component for finding devices on a generic network. I currently use my Fing box for this and I wanted to avoid having to send out to IFTTT and back into HA in order to work out I’m at home.
HA feels strong enough to do a lot of this stuff, though to a beginner in it the documentation is less clear than you might think. I did of course read the documents on device tracker, they just don’t really seem to help much when you are trying to figure out how to detect the phone. As the discovery options don’t work for me nothing on my network is discovered so I have to do all of this by hand.
Ping will work fine for known and setup devices.
@flamingm0e I’ve read that and couldn’t figure out if I have an android phone that just attached to the network how do I find it. I don’t want to use Owntracks as my wife is really concerned about being tracked and barely tolerates being known to be in the house. It is really the later I want to do, i.e. to replace my Fing box functions with HA. Sadly can’t find Fing as an integration yet either though I suspect someone out there will be looking at it. I followed one article and voted on an upgrade request