I was trying to setup my newly received 5k. During room setup my 5k+ shows not tracking. And issue seems to be light house not turning on. I started steam vr and notice I can’t control light house anymore due to no bluetooth management (even through I still have my vive link box connect to my pc through usb).
So does every just unplug their light house and plug it back in everytime they start their pc to turn on light house? Or is there another way which I don’t know about?
I have had my lighthouses mounted and plugged in and apparently active since the 1st week of the Vive launch. They have never gone down except when I had a power outage once. So I still consider that continuous usage since unpacked. No issues and still working perfectly since April 2016.
How far are they? This may also imply that they cannot see each other very well, in which case you should probably run a cable in between them to ensure the correct synchronization, but I guess, if it works for you as of now, getting two radio controlled power plugs would be easier then wiring the base stations together.
Absolutely correct but strangely enough, this functionality (BT power management via the HTC linkox WITHOUT Vive plugged in) worked absolutely fine back in October. It broke at some later point, either due to Windwos or SteamVR update.
Regarding the longevity of Lighthouses:
They are powered via repurposed HDD motors/actuators. That means that keeping them running continuously is literally best practice. Powering up and down causes inertia, and that’s when those actuators typically fail.
This is not an option for my use case as I have a plethora of IR controlled devices in the same space as the lighthouses, but for anyone that doesn’t and isn’t susceptible to noticing the high pitch whine, it should cause no concern regarding failure rate.