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Roomba i7+ auto-start only works when phone app connected to WiFi
November 7, 2018
Buyer beware: I was told by iRobot customer support that the smartphone app is what triggers the "start" of a scheduled cleaning, and that if the smartphone is not connected to a WiFi (not cellular) network at the time of the schedule start, the Roomba robot will not start automatically cleaning according to what the user programmed. I was told this doesn't have to be the same (ie home) WiFi network, but in fact could be any wifi network, such as place of work, or public wifi. While none of this makes sense to me, nor do I view this as a good design, this is what I was told. I am disappointed to find out that one of the best features of Roomba, ie unattended scheduled cleanings, doesn't work unless the user and his or her smartphone is connect to Wifi at the scheduled time. This makes the price tag a bit too high for my taste if any of this is true. If this is not true, then iRobot needs to train it's customer support staff better.