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  1. 2 points

    V1 Motion Sensors for $12

    The GE Zigbee devices report energy. I use one on my air handler to let me know when the ac has turned on or off since we no longer have whole house energy monitoring. But I can't really complain as we do have the Santa tracker. Can't wait a year to use it again.
  2. 2 points
    It makes perfect sense that the FOB "pings" periodically, but two minutes doesn't make useful sense. Using Zigbee, its range if probably 100 - 200 feet, but unless you have a long walk from your car to the front door, that range is irrelevant since you'll be driving, and you can go a long way in your car in two minutes. The ping period needs to be configurable (with tons of caveats and disclaimers about battery life) to a period that is just slightly less than the time it normally takes you to park, lock up the car and walk to the front door. I have, however, programmed scenes that lock and unlock the door and attached them to two of the FOB buttons, and I have my phone get push notifications when the door unlocks, so if I don't here my phone beep, then I can press the button to unlock. A better idea might be a "FOB" that is plugged into your car's cigarette lighter (or USB if you have one) and is a full time Zigbee transmitter. That way Iris knows when your car is home.
  3. 2 points

    Merry Christmas!!!

    Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays to all!
  4. 1 point
    I have used iris for security around 3 years now. I've only had a couple of false alarms in that time and I've found it to be pretty reliable. Once I had a newly install contact sensor that I didn't secure properly fall off a door, but that was user error. The other times it has been one particular motion sensor... it happened two times around the same time of day and same time of the year. I attributed it to something with the sunlight coming through the windows and shadows. If you have too many issues with motion detectors you can also enable a setting that requires 2 sensors to be tripped to trigger the alarm. I will say I've had a few issues with keyfobs leaving and reconnecting in the middle of the night also, but there is always a good reason. We have a designated place to hang our keys, and if we put them where they go we've never had a problem. In the event my wife leaves her keys in her pocketbook and it gets placed in certain areas it can happen. Also with my keys in my pants pocket, if they end up at the bottom of a laundry pile it sometimes happens. I have also experienced this with low batteries. I have found a few things to do to mitigate this issue. #1 Have a designated place for your keys where they should have clear communication with the hub. Key hangers work well. Try to avoid placing them in wire frame baskets that might interfere with the signal. #2 Ensure batteries are not low. This might sound obvious, but I've not found the battery monitoring in iris to be reliable. #3 Create schedules for presence based rules. My keyfob rules which lock/unlock doors or modify the state of the alarm system are not active between midnight and the time we normally get up. This way, if something did go wonky while we were sleeping the doors would not be unlocking and nothing would change with the alarm.
  5. 1 point
    I have had my Iris system for over 4 years now and I have to say that it has served me well as a security system. The handful of times that I have received a false alarm can be attributed to user error or as @sparc pointed out, key fob presence rules gone awry. There have been some significant improvements since Gen 2 was first introduced and I would say that most of the connectivity issues are have been resolved. Keep in mind that all these systems you are looking at use some type of wireless protocol and are battery operated so there is always a possibility for interference or power related issues that could cause a system failure. I would say that Iris would be a good fit for you and can honestly say that if I had to start over I would would more than likely stay with my first choice. However, if you decide you want to include video surveillance as part of your security system there are better solutions out there than what Iris has to offer.
  6. 1 point
    This is rather disappointing. I've searched the exhibitor listings and I can't find anything for iris. Hopefully I am just missing something, but somehow I doubt it. This is the 2nd year now they have had no presence in the biggest consumer electronics showcase in the world. All the biggest names, (and most of the smaller ones as well) in smart home technology are represented, but no Iris. I was hoping the relative silence recently was indicative of something big coming and we would learn about it at CES. Unfortunately, they just aren't looking like they will ever be a big player in the industry. This is sad.
  7. 1 point
    I have a scene that runs when I arrive, that includes turning on the front porch lights (even during the day). This way I know when the light comes on my door is unlocking. The front porch light is configured to turn off automatically after a few minutes, so it doesn't really waste a lot of power. This is done via a smart switch instead of a bulb, so I don't have to worry about anyone accidentally leaving the power to the bulb turned off at the switch. I love this idea.... so much so that I already mentioned it in this thread about a year and a half ago:
  8. 1 point

    Iris returns required receipt now

    So yet again another keyfob stopped working because the metal battery tab broke off. Went to the store to exchange it and the store then tells me they require a receipt to replace it now. The last person that exchanged it didn’t list it on mylowes. I didn’t have it and now I’m stuck with a 2 of them that no longer work. I have reported this issue several times and they have never been updated. So so you can’t even use your drivers license anymore you have to have a receipt for iris items now. Thanks lowes
  9. 1 point
    This is really cool, surprised more haven’t posted on this. It works great, so much easier than having to move the slider to the precise spot to get a particular color. Heres my guess at what happened. Feature was included in the firmware update last month Could be listed in release notes for the app update, but I think someone posted that Apple rejected the app so it would be delayed. Since the Echo communicates to the hub directly without the app, this works due to the firmware update and hasn’t been communicated due to the app delay. Just my guess...
  10. 1 point
    A little late, but better late then never. I am able to control the color of a Lightify RGB strip controller via Alexa (and Iris). I can say "Alexa, set colored lights to red." and it happens. I tried red, green and blue. The red was spot on, the blue was a little green for me, but I'm not using the native Lightify strips, I rewired the Lightify controller to work with my existing RGB strips (the Lightify strips are RGBW). Now what would be nice would be if Iris supported color cycling. My old RGB strip controller (IR based) allowed my to select different speeds and patterns of color cycling. I don't think the Lighify (Osram) controller supports this, but I'll do a bit more research on it. *** edit *** I see from the suggestion link that it is more the ability to set a color via rule that you're looking for. I agree, that would be great!
  11. 1 point
    Imagine how well it could have done if the local Lowe's stores didn't act like they wanted it to fail. If they would keep the iris sections looking presentable, keep the shelves stocked, and have someone in the store that even knows what it is, that 40% could have been even higher. In most stores a lot of the iris products are kept "in the cage" and you have to ask about them. The last time I went looking for an iris product there wasn't even a place on the shelf for it... they didn't have pickup cards or anything, although they had several in stock. Meanwhile the iris section is full of phone chargers, cat 5 cables, hdmi wall plates, bluetooth speakers, and random wemo and idevices smart home products which aren't even iris compatible. What frustrates me is I have been told my local Lowes store doesn't even keep iris stuff "because the local demographic doesn't support smart home devices" however, over the years they have started to carry all the Nest, Ring, idevice, wemo, rachio, and google home stuff.... pretty much everything EXCEPT iris. I pass a lowes store every day coming home from work, yet I have to go to one 45 minutes from home to get iris devices. How is iris supposed to compete when their own store will not carry their stuff, yet push competing products?
  12. 1 point

    Merry Christmas!!!

    You too Vet. Thanks to you, the other admins and all that contribute and make this such a great forum.
  13. 1 point

    Hub chime with motion detection

    I'm using an Iris camera at my front door that triggers motion based on zone crossing through Blue Iris. If someone starts walking towards my front door the camera starts recording and sends be a snapshot via a text message if I'm not home. It also triggers a Winchester door chime (setup on a schedule to only ring between 9:00 am to 10:00 pm) and then moves my driveway PTZ camera (which is recoding 24/7) to a preset facing the sidewalk. After there has been no motion for 2 minutes the PTZ camera moves back to it's original position. This total process is accomplished using Iris, Blue Iris and Dahua's API. It's too bad all this just couldn't be done with Iris alone. Maybe someday, but for know we can only dream and look for ways to use third party integration.
  14. 1 point

    Iris web portal V1.3.1

    I'm getting this message when trying to access the portal: "This page (https://iriswebportal.com/) is currently offline."
  15. 1 point
    Otto Mation

    Santa Tracker

    Come on over to Android and worry not!
  16. 1 point

    Iris web portal V1.3.1

    I am moving the portal over to Cloudflare to better manage data and cache. Also, I can add SSL to the portal too
  17. 1 point

    Iris web portal V1.3.1

    Great work Gillion! Up until 3 days ago I had not checked on this forum for a year or so. I was debating on switching all of my compatible devices to SmartThings and starting over with my build out. I have to say you have changed my mind. Your IrisWebPortal is the single thing that has changed my mind. I am still figuring it out and look forward to catching up on all the threads. I just finished reading this one and I am pumped. Thanks for the hard work. I will be donating to the cause for sure!
  18. 1 point
    I just bought this FreedomPop Netgear 6100D Gateway two weeks ago. I set it up with the Dual WAN feature. My primary WAN is Comcast broadband and when the WAN port connection drops, the FreedomPop(Sprint CDMA) 4G connection kicks in. It cost me $49.99 and I changed to the FREE plan without any featured service immediately after I received the device. The FREE plan is 4G only. If you worry about the 4G connection, you can choose the $3.99 500MB plan and the device would connect to 3G and 4G. https://www.freedompop.com/offer/gatewaybanner?utm_oscampaign=FP_US_WebDesktop_Visitor_NA&utm_osplacement=FreedomShop_Top-Ctr_1280x300_Slot0&utm_oscreative=USWLS_gatewaybanner_GatewayBackInStock49 Notes: 1. Connection: Home primary LAN cable goes to the Netgear 6100D WAN port. Iris HUB Ethernet port connects to any one of the four LAN ports on the 6100D. 2. Disable the 6100D WiFi so it does not fight with your primary WiFi for channels. It is just a push button on the device. Very simple.
  19. 1 point
    1. We have motion sensors in our mailbox to tell when the mail comes (saw this previously on this forum). 2. We have bypassed the timer for our pool pump and took one of the 110 lines and use a GE Iris Switch to regulate and schedule the pump. 3. We use an ORBIT IRIS hose controller mounted in a waterproof box (that would hold irrigation equipment) and hard piped the in and out water outlets instead of using hoses. We hardpiped the controller to a pipe in the pool system near the pump and put a backflow filter in. NOW when we want to add water to the pool we can do it with IRIS and don't have to be there or have a hose hanging in the pool. We can also schedule a water pattern to add water in small amounts to allow for evaporation.....
  20. 1 point
    I think you can take the non-response as an "I don't know". I've never heard this mentioned one way or another.
  21. 1 point


    I use the last 10 digits of Pi as my password. :-)
  22. 1 point
    See if you can place one into the return air path so you could monitor the temperature split? That would give you a chance to detect problems BEFORE you end up with a compressor "not running"