Same here... waiting for update for POW R2, i have the firmware 1.1.0
I have the same problem till now the firmware doesn't support Power on State and the device power on with OFF state which makes this device useless in many situations.
I bought a basic Sonoff switch (no POW) which has the power on state functionality. Nothing is connected to it and it just sits on power. The power on state is checked so this basic switch comes on when power is restored. I then programmed a scene and linked all POW R2s to this basic switch.
Power comes on, the basic switch turn on (through the power on state) and all POW R2s are following and turning on as well. This is just until they release the new firmware. I will then reuse the basic switch for something useful.
@unpluggedEV That's a good idea, but it will only work if there is internet access and their servers aren't busy and the devices connect. As it is, all my devices keep disconnecting during day time because of their server loads. So while you're idea is good, it is not guaranteed to work everytime.