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i have installed two trackers. I can feel when I hold when it is on, there is a vibration. I can sense by the type of vibration felt in my hand while holding, there might be some rotating, spinning object inside although I have no idea what is inside. That leaves wondering whether it is good idea to leave it on for 24-hr or only turn on when playing? The mechanical motion inside and resulting vibration makes me worry that over time, it may start the wear down if I leave it on around the  clock.

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@ggvive000 24x7 usage is only recommended if you are running a commercial operation like an arcade. Basestations are high-speed mechanical devices and will wear out with usage.

There is something called basestation power management. You can use this to automatically startup/shutdown the basestations when you open/close SteamVR. It is highly recommended to turn this on to maximize your basestation lifespan.

To turn it on:

  • SteamVR (dropdown menu) -> Devices -> Bluetooth Settings. Enable Bluetooth connectivity.
  • SteamVR -> Devices -> Base Station Settings -> Power Management. Set this to "sleep" to completely turn off the motors when not in use.

You'll add a few second of startup time to SteamVR but will dramatically improve the longevity of the stations while also eliminating the noise of the stations spinning when you're not in a VR session.

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@Johny I'm using 2.0 basestations - I think the standby/sleep option is only shown on 2.0 stations and not 1.0 stations. IMO, the "standby" option is more for enterprise and power-users as it shave a few seconds off the startup time at the cost of the motors continuing to spin.

Note that if you force quit SteamVR or do something like pull the power from your PC, SteamVR won't have a chance to send a shutdown command to the base-stations and they'll stay on.

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Yeah I don't do that, my VR machine is an always on thing but if you touch your finger to the base stations you can feel the motors whirring on the insides and since that's the big thing that will wear out over time I expected them to turn off once I enabled power management (even if it takes 30 extra seconds to turn on I wouldn't mind that) I may have to think about hard powering down the base stations

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thanks that is very useful. I have found the little bluetooth module running around my home and plugged into my PC to which the VR is set and i can connect. Just like JohnDL said, there is no sleep/standby choice but it does appear to go into standby mode which I can see it has  turning off 9 red-dots when I restart my PC (shutdown VRsteam). 

Now issue seems to be it started interfering with my wireless mouse. I am not sure my mouse is using BT but more likely so. I am not familiar with BT protocol just wondering if there is a way to set these devices on different channel. Probably do some homework. 

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