IFTTT Classic slow to respond for garage door opening

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The geofencing trigger seems really slow. It triggers a good minute or so after I enter the trigger area.  I'm trying to get it to trigger my garage door to open so a minute delay doesn't help.

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Hi Christopher - I saw your other post about this as well. What radius amount are you using? A minimum of 1000 meters is recommended. 
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Thanks, I didn't receive any responses on that comment, hence I posted here as well. 
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So, here, you seem to be saying that it is working with the geofence radius you've selected but it's slow? Speed of response is a known issue. Please see Adam's updates in this other thread
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Hi Christopher. I'm working on getting more info for you about how the geofencing feature works and its technical constraints. 
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Ok, I have some more understanding of the situation now. IFTTT gets a GPS ping from us once a minute right now. Thus the large minimum required radius as if the radius is too small, it's possible IFTTT won't get a GPS lock at all within the geofence and the recipe will never fire.

Also, I've been told that the geofencing trigger is not going to be ideal for garage door opening because there's just too much lag in the flow due to where the data goes on our side in addition to the event processing time on IFTTT's side to be sufficient for something as time-sensitive as opening a garage door. What one of our server engineers tells me is that for this use-case you'd be better off using a tool that requires physical presence, like the Bluetooth presence of your phone to unlock the garage door rather than relying on a real-time response that goes from Automatic adapter -> Bluetooth -> phone -> upload via Internet -> servers -> processing -> server sends notification -> IFTTT servers -> IFTTT workers -> garage device.
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Hi Amy,

Thanks for taking the time to check into this and the detailed response.  Yes there does seem to be a significant lag between Automatic and IFTTT.  

The reason why I would prefer using Automatic to trigger the garage door instead of my phone is that I don't want the garage door opening randomly when I'm at home just from the mere fact of it picking up my phone's location. Whereas if the location trigger is tied to the car, that's the most precious trigger because it's when I'm returning home in the car that I want the garage door to openn. 

thanks,
Chris
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Understood. Sorry that Automatic is not going to deliver a perfect experience for this use-case, Christopher.

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