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  1. 11 points

    Iris saved my cat today

    So ,here is a true story. I was at work today and Iris called me saying my security alarm was triggered. The alarm was set off by the front door contact sensor. I thought someone had broken in or a false alarm.I looked on the app and no additional sensor were triggered.. I knew that we have a new door installed with. a new contact sensor and I assumed it fell off and that's what triggered the alarm. I decided to drive home real quick ( short distance) and check on everything.I pulled up and saw my front door open about 2 feet. Also, my (indoor only )cat sitting on my front porch scared to death. I got the cat back inside and check the house and everything was ok. To make a long story short, the new door didn't latch when I left for work , but Iris saved my cat .
  2. 7 points

    Iris saved my ass!

    Figured we all do our share of bitching about parity and bugs that I should make just as much effort to post when things go well. We recently had a new furnace installed in our utility room/laundry room and I took that opportunity to redo the laundry area. Painted, new floating floor, installed leaksmart valve and sensor as well as rerouted water softener line. Well last night was the first time the water softener regenerated since I finished last weekend. Turns out the drain line wasn't secured enough in the drain and popped out. Once the sensor got wet the alarm went off along with all alerts and shut off the water just like it was supposed to. I still took everything out of the room and picked up the floor but had this have been a washer supply line and I didn't have this set up I would have been screwed. But with that said...Please Iris bring back local processing! Had my internet been down, which it was last week, this could have been catastrophic.
  3. 7 points

    Official Iris Community Launch

    The consensus of the administrators is that the livingwithiris forum is not and can not be censored by Lowe's and will give us a place to post problems, comments and issues that will not have a place or be allowed on the official Iris Community. Therefore the plan going forward is to maintain this site.
  4. 6 points
    Using thegillions web portal, I was able to determine that my backup modem had only one bar of signal strength. After doing some research I discovered that our modems have CRC9 antenna connections. I ordered an antenna as pictured below for under $15 to see if it would help the situation with the expectation of very little improvement. I figured at that cost it was worth a shot. Well that antenna arrived today and there were a couple of surprises. First this thing is much larger than I expected. I had envisioned that it was maybe a couple of inches square. Well it is six inches by six inches. The second surprise is that after plugging it in and setting it up I was at five bars of signal strength. Well worth the price and effort in my book. Edit: Turns out the connector needed is a CRC9 which is why mine needed a small squeeze to tighten up. I corrected the post above. Before: After: The Monster:
  5. 6 points

    New Temperature Control

    Our local Lowes had the smart buttons on sale, so I bought a couple. They work fine but I discovered a previously unknown benefit. They have temperature reporting similiar to some of the other devices. But I noticed no matter where they were they reported the temperature as 68 degrees. So I put one outside and sure enough it said it was 68 degrees even tho the weather man said it was 25. My conclusion is IRIS is somehow controlling the weather. Based on that I'm going to leave it outside so it will be much warmer. And come summer it will make it cooler. Don't know if this affect extends much further than my area but if anyone doesn't like the weather you might try this to warm things up.
  6. 6 points

    Product Reviews

    As much as I want the platform to succeed, I can't in good conscience recommend the platform to anyone in it's current state. My grandparents lost their internet over the weekend, and AT&T told them it will be two weeks before they can come out and get to it. We don't have off line processing, I'd hate to have to explain to them a system that I'd recommended is not not functional to any degree at all because they have no Internet for the next 15 days. Lowes has without warning just up and decided to leave our homes vulnerable by deciding to kill our systems to do updates that say fail in some cases, or quietly do updates that make items no long alarm devices (garage door controllers), etc. Just my opinion, and perhaps I'm just being a "negative nancy". However I believe in my case, until Iris / Lowes gets their act together and gets us back closer to V1 state I couldn't recommend this to anyone. So my "positive review" or show of support, will just have to be no review at all. Which is and has been what it is at the moment. Which is sad, back during V1 I used to recommend it to people. I'm so glad, my dad did not buy this for his two houses now.
  7. 5 points

    Maintenance notice from Iris

    The ratings on Android are improving also. Maybe someday we'll reach V1 parity and then some cool things coming:)
  8. 5 points

    Another Leak Detector Save

    This morning at 12:15 am my Iris system alarmed on a water leak. The drain hose on my non-Iris water softener malfunctioned and started spraying water everywhere. The leak sensor I had placed on the floor next to the softener detected the water leak, setoff the alarm and turned off the main water valve so there was minimal clean-up required. This is the third time Iris as saved me from potential major water damage. Thanks again Iris!
  9. 5 points

    Official Iris Community Launch

    We are excited to announce that an official Iris community is now here. You can register at http://community.irisbylowes.com. We’ve been in the Living With Iris forum for a while now, and we really appreciate everyone’s efforts here. It’s been a great, thriving community and inspired us to create our own. You are the first to identify bugs, give feedback, and help others. That really means a lot to the team and doesn't go unnoticed. Our goals with the new community are pretty simple: • Better assist users: with setup, troubleshooting, how-to's, you name it • Provide a trusted resource that offers access to the Iris team at all levels • Collect feedback in a process-oriented matter that helps us prioritize features and provide greater transparency Please sign up, have a look around, and if you have any feedback on how we can improve the community experience, we are happy to hear it. Your participation is vital to the success of the community. Lastly, we are not ceasing communication on the Living With Iris forum, but do encourage you to sign up for an enhanced community experience. Sincerely, The Iris Team
  10. 5 points
    This is a compliment to thegillion----> If 1 guy sitting at home can build the WEBUI over 3 months in his spare time and achieve 90% of the functionality as the offical Iris App, then 100 trained monkeys at Lowes should have had it done 2 years ago.
  11. 5 points

    Iris Daylight Sensor

    I have made on video on how to turn a V1 contact sensor into a daylight sensor! https://youtu.be/XS5bqcUZkxk
  12. 5 points


    Well you are accessdenied. hehe.
  13. 5 points
    Otto Mation

    New Look?

    Try scrolling to the bottom of the main forum page and select "Theme" and try the "Original" theme.
  14. 4 points

    Web Portal list of all devices?

    Maybe I can make a page for turning off and on devices just for people that want to do this.
  15. 4 points

    Is Iris going out of business?

    I'd like to see them revive the production of the V1 sensors and smart buttons. The quality is just so much better on the V1 devices.
  16. 4 points

    Community forums are a joke

    This is why this forum is so important to our community.
  17. 4 points
    I have both Iris and SmartThings (which I purchased during the November Iris outage). After more than 3 months of SmartThings here are my observations: Iris advantages: 1. I have kept Iris as my alarm system due to it calling on alarm activation rather than a simple popup or even an SMS text since I can have my phone set to silence at night but allow known callers to ring normally so I will still notice an alert from Iris 2. I much prefer the Iris app with the "All doors locked and closed" or 1 light on. 3. Locks have much more support around them by default on Iris, although through community created DTHs and SmartApps locks can be fully managed on SmartThings 4. Cameras are fully supported on Iris, although there is no 1080p camera available 5. I much prefer the history in one location like Iris has over each device housing its own history like STs does 6. Iris's disconnect notices may take longer than some may want but STs doesn't do this at all by default and the community SmartApps I have found that do this have generated many false alerts due to no status from some of the compatible but unsupported devices SmartThings advantages: 1. Geo fencing! I have moved many of my light switches to SmartThings just to take advantage of Geo fencing since I have never been a fan of the Iris key fobs which take minutes for Iris to detect and longer for it to determine they have left. So some of my lights come on when I turn on my street and head toward the house and all of the lights turn off once no one is in the house. 2. IFTTT integration, making many more devices at least partially usable from STs like with my Arlo Q camera I can have STs trigger a 1 minute recording via IFTTT when a contact sensor is opened although I cannot have it trigger a recording when the alarm is triggered from any device 3. Compatibility, although not necessarily support for far more devices like Aeon labs micro switch, doorbell, Ring (motion detector only), Sonos (Play,Pause,Next,Previous,Mute,Un-mute), currently only three camera options for beta support (Samsung Pro 1080p, Arlo, and Arlo Pro) but still no sound capture or response in the ST app (however the app for the camera itself will support this for the Samsung and Arlo Pro) Many other cameras can be made to "work" with STs but in a very limited function (still shots or photo bursts) unless IFTTT integration is really good between the two, Harmony hub, better remote control options... 4. CoRE, community created rule engine which makes almost rule possible, even if it is not easy to setup 5. STs supports some devices in an offline fashion but not all, this is supposedly being worked on for Iris finally Other observations: 1. From conversations on the SmartThings community site the ST v1 to v2 conversion wasn't even as thought out as Iris' since they didn't provide any automated mechanism and users had to purchase the new hub, unpair devices from the old hub, pair them to the new hub, then re-setup all automations and alarm behaviors. Also, during this conversion STs pulled support for their dashboard which was gave users similar notices that we have in the v2 app about how many doors are unlocked/open or lights on 2. Just last week SmartThings finally got some builtin battery notification rather than requiring a community created SmartApp, although still it does not alert without a community SmartApp 3. Google home is supported on STs but is supposedly almost ready on Iris as well.
  18. 4 points

    My iris grade is...

    I'm going to be honest here. The reason I started this thread is because I'm tired of the lingering issues we are having that have been reported to the team month after month after month such as the following. These are all V1 parity issues except for Echo. Scenes that properly control locks. Right now a scene will not properly lock more than 2 locks at a time. The problem has been going on for a very long time. Lighting duration rules that work with multiple trigger and target devices. It is impossible to keep a light on using two motion sensors at the same time. Care rule time options vs current minimum of 30 minutes. We need more choices that are less than 30 minutes. Battery percentages for less than 70% vs current 30%. Echo advanced skills. Based on the fact that Lowe's no longer sells Echo, I don't hold much hope for getting advanced skills. I invested heavily in Echos based on the fact that this was coming at one time. This is truly the most disappointing turn of events yet because Echo has been one of the few things that just worked properly upon initial release. Energy Monitoring is missing. Water softener flow rate monitoring with the ability to alert for excessive flow via email or push and associated shut off rules that were available with v1 is missing.
  19. 4 points

    Iris web portal V1.3.0

    @pavalov @RonLh @Terminal @Otto Mation @joelh @dusterp @EyeRuss Steve, Jim C, Steve To supporters and people that use the portal. This project started as something to show Iris it can be done and has now turned into many users go to for status and control of their Iris accounts. I see this in the forum and Iris community as "If you go to the portal", "Thanks to Gillion's portal", etc I love that I want to say thank you to everyone. I am still working on the portal and updating the portal this is just a simply post to say thank you. If you didn't get a tag its because I don't know your username on the forum.
  20. 4 points
    @Smitho I am working on that. There is a big update coming and it will have a lot of fixes and addons in it.
  21. 4 points

    Capabilities of basic plan

    My thoughts on this below... I've not tested as I have premium for the hubs I have these devices on. 1) You would only be able to manually control the light via the app or schedule it. So he could schedule it to come on via sunset and off at sunrise. Regarding the fob you can config buttons from the device page but you only have the option to set security to on/off/partial, play chime, or activate rule. So I assume you'd be able to do everything but setup the rule with it. Which isn't going to get you the option to trigger a specific light since you don't have access to rules. 2) You could have the zwave light switch for your kitchen light but again you'll only get manual control from the app or scheduling. Same goes for the light strip. No option to trigger lights with motion without rules. 3) Again no rules to turn on lights with motion which would turn it off after x minutes of no motion. 4) You would only be able to setup a schedule for the tstat and let it run. You don't have scenes to set up the mode the tstat runs in and no rules to trigger said scene. I don't think Iris will be able to go much longer without providing rules and scenes for basic users, IMO. The competition is to great in the smarthome market. This is probably the single biggest grip with Iris for new users wanting a smarthome when comparing it to other platforms. If rules and scenes were free then Iris would be more competitive by removing a major barrier for entry with new users. They possibly would get back several users that have moved over to SmartThings from Iris.
  22. 4 points

    Iris web portal V1.3.0

    Just letting everyone know i am still working on the portal had a few setbacks this week but back to it. The next update is going to be a big one.
  23. 4 points

    2.1 firmware??

    It's probably one of Otto or Scunny's old hubs. They're always lightyears ahead of everyone else when it comes to updates.
  24. 4 points

    Zwave maps

    In an effort to understand how well the Z-Wave network propagates throughout my house I took the zwave-map.gv file and mapped each individual device using the "devadv:protocolid". I then took a layout of my house and placed the device in the actual location. This was created on a Mac using OmniGraffle Pro.
  25. 4 points

    Historical temp & energy reporting

    Wow...So much builshit there. As a Lowe's employee, I can tell you exactly why there was no adoption of the feature. The energy monitoring that you introduced in V1 was limited. Sure, monitoring the usage of a plug was great, but if I wanted to monitor my entire home usage, I had to either spend weeks hunting down any one of your stores that happened to carry the "Blueline Monitor" or go to another alternative system to use just for whole home usage. Why? Because the Blueline units weren't sold but in a few "select" markets (took me 4 weeks of searching before I finally found out from a friend who works at a Lowe's in Seattle that they were stocked in one store in his district). I spent time searching and found that out of the stores across the US, only about 40 total stores actually carried the Blueline unit (out of approx 1800 stores). That's where your problem is with lack of widespread adoption. I had customers asking me if we carried the unit constantly after I showed them how the energy monitoring worked. Now, I'm recommending other platforms over Iris for the time being, especially for energy monitoring.
  26. 4 points

    Product Reviews

    I've been looking at the Iris products and their reviews on the Lowe'ss website. I think it would be a great idea, and in everyone's best interest, to help leave positive and constructive reviews for the Iris products that you use and like. It would help others who are maybe on the fence of purchasing make a decision, and help keep the product alive long term. Just an idea. I know that the average review rating has been pretty horrid, but I think the system has come a long way and some positive reviews could help to bring in some more customers hopefully. It is so much easier to write poor reviews when you're upset with a product, but for those of us who want to support the system, we need to keep the motivation to try and keep it alive. I just really want to see this platform succeed! Just my two cents.
  27. 4 points

    Iris Duraflame Heater Mod

    I had been using the Duraflame Heater to warm up the cold tile in the bathroom before waking up. The unit just wasn't blending in enough for this location, so I made a few mods to make it disappear into the background. The stain was still wet but I may have to work on matching it better. Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
  28. 4 points

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas guys and gals! May Santa bring us all new tech toys, parity to the Iris platform and stability.
  29. 4 points

    Merry Christmas

    No need to hack my Echo account, if someone wanted to hear what I have to say it would be much easier for them to just browse this forum to hear my bullshit.
  30. 3 points

    It's That Time of the Year

    I know some of you find it annoying, but I have two young kids that thought it was awesome last year! After the typical flipping out over seeing presents, they immediately asked me to check my phone to see if we got a photo of Santa. -Jim C
  31. 3 points
    After about two years, the GE zwave light switch that was running my 1 HP 120 V pool pump stopped working. It was disconnected more than it was connected, where it used to be rock solid. I splurged on the GE 12726 ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YTCZZF0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) and installed it yesterday. It was simple to install and paired up faster than any other zwave device I have. It did so about 50 ft from the hub, where line of sight takes the signal through an exterior wall, two walls of a garage, then through an 18' diameter above ground pool. There is a GDO in between this device and the hub. The front of the box has a couple of LED's showing status and a rubber covered button to turn on/off the load without having to open the cover. Granted, it's been paired for less than 24 hours, but so far, so good. I'll update this thread after a few weeks, or sooner if I start to have problems with it. -Jim C A few notes for those who may be interested: The Iris app, Iris+, and thegillion's portal show it as a switch, though Iris shows 'uncertified device' at the bottom of the Iris device page. On/Off controls function perfectly in all three. Scheduling and rules work perfectly. The Iris app and thegillion's portal both show energy usage which appears to be accurate (about 680 watts for the 1 HP motor). Iris+ doesn't show the device under Energy Usage. Both Iris+ and thegillion's portal show it as having 0% battery, but it does not use a battery. On thegillion's portal under Troubleshooting, the device exists under Battery Level (0%), but not Signal Level (EDIT: I just realized that zwave devices are not listed under Signal) The model number is not listed under the device on the Iris app, but is listed correctly in Iris+ and on thegillion's portal under Troubleshooting, All Devices.
  32. 3 points

    Web Portal list of all devices?

    That would be awesome! Also is there anyway you could create an option to change the background colors so that we didn't have to use the the invert colors option within the iOS?
  33. 3 points

    Web Portal list of all devices?

    Here's what it looks like on a wall mounted iPad. .
  34. 3 points

    Camera issues

    Dakota: Welcome, and sorry you are having problems. To give you some perspective, the two guys who responded above probably have more than 350 devices between them. They've gotten there through trial and error, solved many problems, and have a good deal of wisdom regarding the Iris system. I'm thankful we've got guys willing to share that. So, I recommend you give their advice serious consideration because they often have solutions that Customer Service may not have thought of. Hope this forum can give you some assistance, and again, welcome.
  35. 3 points
    Or you could attach one of these to the dashboard of your car. https://www.lowes.com/pd/PostMaster-Replacement-Mailbox-Flag-Kit/3024896
  36. 3 points

    IDE for device handlers

    It would be nice if the Iris team would release an IDE that allowed the ability to edit the device handlers. It would make it so that we could help them with the development of features. If a device pairs as an unknown device, we could look up the Zigbee/Zwave/Wifi commands that it supports and write a handler for the device. Would allow for a lot of possibility, mainly for those power users, who have devices that are Zigbee/Zwave, compliant but Iris doesn't want to add them in.
  37. 3 points
    Otto Mation

    Iris web portal V1.3.0

    I find myself using the portal more than the Android app and the new Web UI.
  38. 3 points
    I figured I'll chime in with my 2 cents after being on ST for over a month now. My experience is roughly the same as jwwhite001's. The setup was a bit challenging because of couple of Iris specific devices that weren't supported by ST out of the box and required installing extra smart apps. Also, on day one they had an outage so that made me nervous, however, I was notified of the outage and the resolution progress via e-mail. Setting up rules was great - I had about 40 on Iris and only had to setup about 10 on ST due to being able to combine several devices under one rule. I am also able to turn one switch using another switch, which was a huge missing feature with Iris and my Nest Cam works with it as well. Speed seems to be roughly the same as Iris, but more consistent. With Iris, about 10-20% of the time my device on times were delayed by several seconds when door would open or motion detected. ST routines are MUCH MUCH faster than Iris scenes. The moment I tap a button all of my actions execute immediately and at the same time! With Iris, sometimes I had to wait for several minutes for a scene to finish executing. Alarm works great, even when internet connection is lost, which makes me feel safer at night. Geofencing works great and is very consistent (only had few glitches where it didn't detect me at home until I pulled into the garage, but most of the time i have alarm off and garage door open when I'm coming down the road). Overall, things just seem more polished and mature and is a better experience for me and my family (My wife always had issues with Iris doing what she wasn't expecting and she is much happier now). Plus, I no longer have to pay $10.00/month, which is also a plus. Other than the one outage on my day 1 and another minor outage few days ago (which I don't think I was affected by) I've had no problems with ST. Only devices that I have that seem to have some minor issues are my Sylvania bulbs which some of them seem to lose connectivity once in a while, requiring a power cycle and the 4 buttons on the Iris keyfob seem to act as a single button (may need to find a different device handler for those).
  39. 3 points

    Smoke Detector Suggestions

    I just performed a test and unfortunately adding one Halo into the mix of other interconnected smoke detectors does not make them interconnected. The non Halo devices remain interconnected but do not alert the Halo and the Halo does not alert the other interconnected devices. It seems that all devices will have to be Halo to be interconnected. Update, they actually are interconnected. I discovered I had a loose traveler preventing the inter connectivity. They work fine, the Halo triggers the other hard wired and the other hard wired trigger the Halo.
  40. 3 points
    I wish it would arm the alarm but not disarm. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  41. 3 points

    One motion sensor, 3 rules

    That is what the check box is used for if there isn't a schedule attached, it would be nice if there was an Enable/Disable check box and an Active/Deactivated check box. So we could disable scheduled rules without having to delete the schedule or change both times to inactive.
  42. 3 points
    I'm starting to think the new community is just a way to let us know they are working on other things. If it's not "accepted" its not happening.
  43. 3 points

    Historical temp & energy reporting

    Why couldn't they have just said from the beginning, instead of not saying anything. Also why put an energy card if you have no plans to actually add it.
  44. 3 points

    Iris saved my ass!

    Well thanks again to Iris and the Leaksmart sensors and shutoff valve. I was able to dry everything back out pretty easily since the valve shut off the water before it could be too bad. I got the floor back in and the washer/dryer reconnected, just in time to wash the three loads of towels we soaked trying to clean up before they started to stink. If this wasn't installed I wasn't going to get up for another 2 hours and there is a good chance I wouldn't have noticed it so the next chance would have been about 4 hours later. By then we would have had major damage. So needless to say I am pretty happy for someone that just had to redo their laundry room twice in one week.
  45. 3 points

    Product Reviews

    Well seems like a viable idea. I could post something about it saving me from having a major flood.
  46. 3 points

    Device Battery Indicators

    Sounds like to display this would require a custom bit of code for each device make/type along with a knowledge of what the operating voltage range is for that device. I guess you could have all that information available in a lookup table that lists each device and the min/max voltages and those values could be plugged into the script to yield the calculated voltage. I say calculated because I am assuming devices do not report the actual voltage but the battery condition as a percentage. This is based on what I see in the device details as below. I don't see an actual voltage reported for any of my devices. Is that the case for everyone or just me? "devpow:battery":40 Also, how does knowing the voltage vice knowing the percent remaining usable SOC for a battery improve managing your equipment? Either value tells you how far to empty so to speak. I don't see what you will gain by knowing voltage in place of percent. That is assuming the percentage is ranged over the usable voltage range for that device such that (to use the example that Otto gave) o% is 2.2V and 100% is 3.3V in which case a 50% SOC would be about 2.7V. Is it really easier to remember the voltage range for each device make and type vice a quick glance at a percent battery level?
  47. 3 points

    Iris SmartApp for SmartThings?

    Yep, they are trying to figure out how to make SmartThings look and feel like Iris. Which is just about as ironic as someone who is using SmartThings and going by the name of "Iris Users".
  48. 3 points
    Otto Mation

    Rule Triggering

    Currently a device will only respond to a single trigger at a time. This is a flaw in the design of the rules. Only the first trigger to activate the device will control the device until it has run its duration. This is a bug or short coming in this rule that I have been complaining about for some time. It is also a v1 parity issue. See this thread: http://forum.livingwithiris.com/index.php?/topic/2209-rule-duration-bug-in-ver-18/
  49. 3 points

    General observation about instability

    So, several months ago I upgraded from a 6x1 DSL connection to a 20x100 Cable modem service. I never thought about the correlation, but my DSL connection was mostly stable... but had fairly regular outages. During the time I was on DSL, I experienced some stability problems with Iris V2... not a lot, but I had a zwave switch that would flip out for a while, and problems with my thermostat. A random device would drop rarely, but it wasn't a terrible problem. Over the last few months, iris has been rock solid... no connection issues whatsoever. (possibly since moving to a more stable internet connection???) Today it seems my ISP has been having some intermittent issues... just randomly dropping packets... I came home to find that my outdoor christmas lights were not on. The V1 smart plug they were on was offline...every other device seemed to be fine... later when I got around to troubleshooting it, it appeared to be back online but showed as an uncertified device... but it worked. Just now, I realized my frond door deadbolt was disconnected. I removed the batteries and it reconnected and is working now. I can't help but think it is somehow related to the packet loss my ISP is experiencing right now... It appears that there are multiple people in my area having the same internet issues, so I'm pretty sure its a problem with the ISP. I wonder if something is happening if there is packet loss while a particular device is trying to communicate, something goes wrong and something gets corrupted... I wonder how many other people have had iris devices randomly disconnection, where their internet connection was somewhat unstable. Often times you can have mild packet loss and never even notice it while browsing the internet.
  50. 3 points

    Iris web portal V1.3.0

    I can't believe how much time has went into this... knowing that the "official" portal is coming (some day.... who knows when). It feels like one of those projects someone takes on, not necessarily for the outcome, but more for the learning experience. One day, when the official portal is released and we have "moved on"... this unofficial portal will be of little use, but @thegillion will probably understand more about the inner workings of iris than most of the other members here. Heck... he probably already knows more than the any of the iris support personnel and maybe some of the developers. @thegillion is absolutely a wonderful asset to the community!