My RBPi zero has a spotty reception close to the door where it keeps monitoring registered phones on bluetooth and trigger the door opener. What are the options to make it work without/irregular wifi connection? What part of code keeps it from running?

There is no way to add a wifi repeater between the Pi and the router (no outlets). So either I improve wifi range on one of the two sides or change the code to make it internet-independent.

here is the code:

import automationhat
import bluetooth
import time
import sys
import telegram

bot = telegram.Bot(token='xx')

# Import Adafruit IO MQTT client.
from Adafruit_IO import MQTTClient

# Set to your Adafruit IO key & username below.
ADAFRUIT_IO_KEY      = 'xx'

# Define callback functions which will be called when certain events happen.
def connected(client):
    # Connected function will be called when the client is connected to Adafruit IO.

    print('Connected to Adafruit IO!  Listening for LockReg changes...')
    # Subscribe to changes on a feed named LockReg.

def disconnected(client):
    # Disconnected function will be called when the client disconnects.
    print('Disconnected from Adafruit IO!')

def message(client, feed_id, payload, retain):
    # Message function will be called when a subscribed feed has a new value.
    # The feed_id parameter identifies the feed, and the payload parameter has
    # the new value.
    print('Feed {0} received new value: {1}'.format(feed_id, payload))

# Create an MQTT client instance.

# Setup the callback functions defined above.
client.on_connect    = connected
client.on_disconnect = disconnected
client.on_message    = message

PHONES = ['xxxxxxxxxxxx']

while True:

    print "Checking " + time.strftime("%a, %d %b %Y %H:%M:%S", time.gmtime())

    for device in PHONES:
            result = bluetooth.lookup_name(device, timeout=5)
            if (result != None):
                    # Connect to the Adafruit IO server.
                    print('Door unlocked. Nearby: %s (%s)' % (result, device))
                    client.publish('lock.reg', result)
                    bot.sendMessage(-269345557, result)
                    print "User out of range"
                    print('Door locked: No Bluetooth device detected. ' )
  • why did you post the code? ... do you get errors? – jsotola Nov 23 '19 at 7:02
  • Use a Wi-Fi repeater to boost your signal. – CoderMike Nov 23 '19 at 8:21
  • @jsotola No errors. To make it clear whats going on. – Paolo Nov 23 '19 at 16:51
  • @CoderMike No power in the staircase, hence not an option. Would be nice to change the code since the priority is opening the door, the rest is a nice to have. – Paolo Nov 23 '19 at 16:53
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    Add all these important details to your question. – CoderMike Nov 23 '19 at 18:53

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