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Email delay

by jplechateau » Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:33 pm

I'm using the latest Sighthound Video beta 6 version and I have alerts send to a Gmail email address. Most of the time there's more than 60 minutes between the alert happening and receiving the email (with IMAP).
So, why does this happen? Normally I receive any emails "instantaneous".

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Re: Email delay

by schneideris » Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:32 pm

I did the update to version 6 and over the last 24 hours have been getting a spammed from snow storm false alarms. Though not a preferred scenario for me, it may help you.

This afternoon I happened to noticed that one of the emails notifications came in with a significant delay. The one that caught my attention came almost an hour and a half after the event. It was also odd in that it arrived after another message that was delayed by 15 minutes but was newer than the first one mentioned here. Some other messages were delayed 3, 5, 10, and 1 minutes. The 1 minute delays could just as easily be a rounding error and coming from a few seconds in delta. All of these messages fell within a ~2 hour timeframe. The vast majority of the messages though, outside of this timeframe, have been coming in within a reasonably "immediate" timing.

It is possible that my service provider for email hosting was doing maintenance on the servers, or that they were being tasked from some other activity. There is also the potential that other activities on the machine running SightHound was performing other activities that impacted performance. Email is not intended, as a internet service, to be a real-time solution so there is never any real guarantee of its response times. The capability of service providers, and our being spoiled by faster and faster performance of the internet, has spoiled us into thinking that everything will come at the time it is taken.

You might setup a IFTTT trigger to send you a note, or write to a Google Sheet when an event happens. Then have the Google Sheet write the timestamp for when the message was received. You could also just have IFTTT do something else and then have it send a notice that the event fired to you mobile phone app from IFTTT. Though this would rely on IFTTT services being near real-time, it would help to validate if it is a SightHound or general email thing. If it is a poor internet connection or a machine processing thing you might not get enough information from this test, but it gives you a start.

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Re: Email delay

by universe » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:19 am

Happens all the time for me. It is a bug in v6.0

Apparently it’ll be fixed in a future update.

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Re: Email delay

by ericcirone » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:25 am

This happens for me as well. I'll get the notification like 20, 30, 60 min late. It's random. Sometimes notifications will be instantaneous. Sometimes delayed. I hope it gets fixed. Never had the issue on V5.

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Re: Email delay

by Steve » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:47 am

I'm having the same issues. I raised a ticket with support and they said

"we are seeing some errors from Google Firebase (one of the hops in the push sequence). This happens from time to time and usually has little customer impact."

I'm still getting delays, pretty serious for a Security system that covers my home. I hope they fix it soon.

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Re: Email delay

by Koruzan » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:22 am

There may be several reasons. It's an Internet provider, and the speed of your gadgets, and the difference in software and more.

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Re: Email delay

by JesseS » Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:58 pm

Same issue here, some notices delayed up to a hour, never had the issue on v5 and no equipment or provider changes, so it HAS to be a bug in v6, Sighthound explanations not withstanding. I am using POP mail via iCloud which for everything else is push. It does me no good to have security system that notifies me of an event an hour after the face.

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Re: Email delay

by SteveV » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:32 am

I also ran into this issue and in my case it had nothing to do with SightHound--I was having the issue with Amcrest alerts. The problem I found is that Gmail seems to frequently throttle emails when they contain image attachments. I see the same issue when I try to email myself pictures from my phone. The first 2 or 3 are received instantaneously then each subsequent picture appears to have increasingly longer delays. I corrected the problem by using a different email provider:

All alert emails now come through undelayed.

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