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Hello everyone, 

 

Welcome to the forum, and I hope you will join and contribute.  

This was put together so Lowe's Iris users can connect, provide suggestions, exchange ideas, and to help each other. 

 

So I'll start with an introduction of myself and you're more than welcome to join in. 

 

As most of you would know, I'm the blogger at LivingWithIris.com and I started there as an experiment just to share my experience, provide tips, updates, and the search for information regarding Lowe's iris. 

 

As of today I have 48 devices connected to the Iris smart hub and a box full of Iris accessories still not open because I'm also a dad who spends time with my family, work as tier three product support specialist, advocate for safer streets in New York City, blogs and now the administrator of this forum. 

 

I hope this forum will be beneficial to everyone and let's make this community a great one!

 

HPL

 

***If you are having an issue validating please email me at hpliao77@livingwithiris.com***

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Thanks HP, I think we all need some place where we can exchange ideas, feedback, and technical issues. Great place to share and help each other out. HP beat me to the idea and there's no used trying to start one of my own, when he has done that already. I myself have been an IRIS user since early 2013. I don't think I have as many as HP, but I have about 2 dozen items. If I was RICH I'd have probably everything by now. But, I don't. I also work as a Field/Technical person for a major company doing IT Support. Over 25 years of experience. I also have a family as well, I with work, my own home network, security, and getting involved with Living with IRIS, I'm sure my time will be even busier. I hope to provide as much Feedback and Assistance as I can to HP (Moderator), the Forum, and IRIS Support. 


 


I will be monitoring the group as much as I can, but we all have lives, with family and work. So, I will do my best to help out here. 


 


A Big Warm Thanks to HP (hpliao77) for everything!


 


 


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Hi All,

 

I just bought my Iris system a week ago, and am just starting at this whole thing, but have been enthralled with the whole idea of home automation for a long time.

 

I'm a high school science and math teacher in Mississippi. I hope to learn and collaborate here.

 

Looking forward to ideas and new devices, and perhaps even some good hacks of the system itself.

 

Enjoy!

 

J.

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Hi all, I have been using Iris since the day it was released in July, 2012. My background is not in technology but very well could have been. I bought the IBM PC before there were even hard drives, around 1982 as I remember.  My first hard drive a few months later cost $1,000 for a 10 Meg.  I debated PC DOS 1.0 or CPM as the operating system.  If you remember CPM as an operating system you know the status of technology at that time.

 

I've always adopted technology when I've found something to either make my business more efficient or automate daily routines.  As such I'm more into the home automation side of Iris and just love finding new ways to integrate Iris into my home. I push Iris to the limits.

 

As an early adopter of Iris I've seen it evolve from it's inception.  I've had my share of problems along the way but I'm excited about the progress in the last 2 years and I'm excited about the new products coming out now and in the near future.  It appears Lowes has a great management team in place for the product and I see great things coming in the very near future.

 

A huge thanks to HP for his effort in providing us with a community to share ideas and help each other.  I was asked to be a moderator and gladly accepted.

 

Like others I also have a family as well as 2 businesses so my time will at times be limited but I will make every effort to help in any way possible.

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Hello all,

 

Thanks for the forum and website.  Has been a great source of information and advice.

 

IRIS user for about 8 months, so far so good, with exception of couple of hiccups. (Range Extender!)  Love the system so far, family could care less but found the one device they fell in love with, the door lock with keypad.  Need to get 2 more, but @ $200, will have to slowly integrate.

 

Work technical support in printing industry.  Family man also, so like everyone, limited time but do what we can.

 

Thanks,  Jay

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Hello,

Thank you for making this forum and the emails that you send out!  I just recently connected my Iris system and think it is great!  I feel this system has a lot of potential and look forward to the new technology and accessories that will be coming out for this system.  

 

Your emails have been very informative and I appreciate what you do.  Keep up the good work!

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Hey Everyone,

 

I'm John and I've been an Iris user for a little over a year now.  My experience has been great so far with the exception of the Christmastime issues we all seem to have experienced.   I have several add-ons and have done a few hacky things to get around things I feel are missing.   Probably the best thing I've done to my system is making it so you can schedule changing the home mode.

 

I work as a Sr System Engineer for a large IT company in the US.  My primary focus is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure so my expertise is in end user computing, virtualization and mobility.

 

Thanks for creating this forum.  I've enjoyed the My Eyes On Iris forum and look forward to seeing the discussion over here as well.  It seems the audience for Living with Iris is a little larger.

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Hey Everyone,

 

I'm John and I've been an Iris user for a little over a year now.  My experience has been great so far with the exception of the Christmastime issues we all seem to have experienced.   I have several add-ons and have done a few hacky things to get around things I feel are missing.   Probably the best thing I've done to my system is making it so you can schedule changing the home mode.

 

I work as a Sr System Engineer for a large IT company in the US.  My primary focus is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure so my expertise is in end user computing, virtualization and mobility.

 

Thanks for creating this forum.  I've enjoyed the My Eyes On Iris forum and look forward to seeing the discussion over here as well.  It seems the audience for Living with Iris is a little larger.

 

John, 

 

Just wondering you willing to start a topic to show us how you schedule changes to the home mode? 

 

HP

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Hi all, I have been using Iris since the day it was released in July, 2012. My background is not in technology but very well could have been. I bought the IBM PC before there were even hard drives, around 1982 as I remember.  My first hard drive a few months later cost $1,000 for a 10 Meg.  I debated PC DOS 1.0 or CPM as the operating system.  If you remember CPM as an operating system you know the status of technology at that time.

 

I've always adopted technology when I've found something to either make my business more efficient or automate daily routines.  As such I'm more into the home automation side of Iris and just love finding new ways to integrate Iris into my home. I push Iris to the limits.

 

As an early adopter of Iris I've seen it evolve from it's inception.  I've had my share of problems along the way but I'm excited about the progress in the last 2 years and I'm excited about the new products coming out now and in the near future.  It appears Lowes has a great management team in place for the product and I see great things coming in the very near future.

 

A huge thanks to HP for his effort in providing us with a community to share ideas and help each other.  I was asked to be a moderator and gladly accepted.

 

Like others I also have a family as well as 2 businesses so my time will at times be limited but I will make every effort to help in any way possible.

 

I too was an early computer adopter, except my family was a bit poor and I got them all on clearance. Here is the list of the computers I owned in the 80s, in order:

 

Timex Sinclair (still have it somewhere)

TI 99-4A (let someone borrow it :( )

Colecovision Adam (maybe at my mom's)

Laser 128 (Apple IIc/e clone) (maybe at my mom's)

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Hi folks,

 

First of all, thanks so much to HP for creating this forum.  I've follow HP's Living with Iris blog since I bought Iris.  I hopped over to the Lefora forum today that I used to visit, but I couldn't figure out how to get back in.  This new forum will provide a welcome space to discuss, debug and especially trade ideas.  I hope Lowe's is watching as well.

 

I've had Iris for over a year, mostly to control 5 heat and 2 A/C thermostats in my home.  I've toyed with a few of the other devices.  I'm now ready to dive back in.  The tilt sensors and irrigation control look particularly intruiging.

 

I work in IT for a mid-size company.  We design and manufacture devices that live on customer prem - in our case, commercial and leisure vessels at sea.  We also provide service to those vessels via satellite.  I've done similar things in other companies with large scale Internet services, so I'm very familiar with the challenges of running a service like Iris.   I have a few critiques about Iris, but I hope to see this product grow and thrive.  Sometimes I think that having Iris inside of a big company like Lowe's is both a blessing and a curse.  But, I'm glad to see a number of new devices hitting the markets these days.

 

Again, thanks to HP, and I hope to share my experience and ideas with you over the coming months.

 

Cheers.

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I am new to IRIS, having had the system less than two weeks. This was in direct response to a burglary that occurred after 25 years in this house, and 15 in a previous house, both in the same rural township. It's a semi-rural area with few neighbors, and while one occasionally hears about break-ins, after 40 years it doesn't register that it can actually happen to oneself. Well, I'm here to tell you that it can.

Now in the process of building up the IRIS system starting with the Safe & Secure package. Have added a bunch of extra sensors, and a gas detector and a range extender are pretty definite. 

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My daughter and I set up IRIS without a hitch.  The only issue was the range extender, but that is a known issue.  I do not use a smartphone and thus rely on iPads throughout the house and wifi at work. 

 

My occupation involves teaching technology to retired individuals and building computers to suit their needs.

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Hola.  I've been an Iris user since last fall (2013) and so far haven't found a lot of use out of it. I have the safe & secure package and I ordered an aditional door sensor.
We had someone break into our home via the garage door last year and that's what prompted this (after much research on self-monitoring security systems).   I'm considering adding an outdoor camera so I can view the front door and garage entry area.
Admittedly, I haven't played with the magic rules.  So, maybe I should look into that before writing the system off as a novelty.

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Thanks HP, have been viewing your site for quite some time and look forward to participating in this newly created forum, especially since the myeyesoniris forum has recently shut down.  I have had the iris system for about a year and a half and have overall really enjoyed the experience (besides of course the December issues)

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Hi Everyone!

 

I have been into home automation since the 70's when I installed my first x10 equipment. Several years ago HomeSeer started me down the Z-Wave path. My biggest problem was finding a satisfactory controller that would talk to one of my computers and all of the notes. As I continued to add Z-wave nodes, the communication seemed to improve. I had probably 10 Z-wave nodes when Iris came on the scene. I an now at 16 nodes and have more that I want to install - if I can get the control issues right. I still have half a dozen devices to replace.

 

Last year I installed an Iris Controller. I was able to move all of my Z-wave devices over to Iris and was quite happy until I discovered that I had to subscribe to Magic to do something as simple an turning lights on and off with a schedule.

 

So now I am prowling around for options before I go back to my HomeSeer solution.

 

Anyone got any suggestions??

 

I want to thank the hosts for this new forum. I hope this will help us all improve our Z-wave integration.

 

Thanks

Todd

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Hello everyone, I started building my system in early January so I guess I missed the end of year problems.  I enjoy reading most of the info on the website and the forum.  I have found a couple of tweaks/fixes while here, so thanks for that.  I have added many contact sensors, cameras, light switches, garage door controllers and other assorted goodies.  So far, it has been a very good, reliable system for me.  One call to Tech Support, a couple of days ago when the garage door controller paired as "unsecured device" and then would not remove.  Support was very helpful, removed the device and even added the controller in while they were on the phone.  Took about 10-15 minutes total for them to take care of it.

 

Again, I am very happy with the system so far.  For some reason, my wife doesn't seem as excited as me especially when I add another part/function.  I would hate to think how much money I have put into it.

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Greetings from west central Ohio. Thanks to HPL for creating the forum.  I found it helpful in the first few minutes of reviewing posts.

 

After researching both contract security and DIY systems, Iris by Lowes seemed to offer what I wanted for the best price. Considering my retirement income, I decided to purchase what I needed for basic home security then grow into more security and safety devices over the next 6-12 months. I did need to purchase a range extender after installation since I have a motion sensor and LED flood lights in a sunroom that was added on two years ago. The signal from the hub reaches to a window sensor in the basement on the opposite side of the house, but it can't penetrate the exterior brick on the outside of the house. We will see if one extender is adequate.

 

My background is varied. Dad gave me amateur radio. Vocational school gave me data processing and programming skills. I was an electronics tech in the Air Force working on microwave, mobile tropospheric scatter, and tactical air communications systems. I then spent 26 years directing and administering safety, health, environmental management programs and finally 7 years as an emergency manager, all at public universities. Now I just pick up an occasional contract if I want to work for a few months.  Paraphrasing Red Green, if my wife can't find me handsome, at least she'll find me handy.

 

I look forward to being involved in the forum. Cheers!

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Greetings from west central Ohio. Thanks to HPL for creating the forum.  I found it helpful in the first few minutes of reviewing posts.

 

After researching both contract security and DIY systems, Iris by Lowes seemed to offer what I wanted for the best price. Considering my retirement income, I decided to purchase what I needed for basic home security then grow into more security and safety devices over the next 6-12 months. I did need to purchase a range extender after installation since I have a motion sensor and LED flood lights in a sunroom that was added on two years ago. The signal from the hub reaches to a window sensor in the basement on the opposite side of the house, but it can't penetrate the exterior brick on the outside of the house. We will see if one extender is adequate.

 

My background is varied. Dad gave me amateur radio. Vocational school gave me data processing and programming skills. I was an electronics tech in the Air Force working on microwave, mobile tropospheric scatter, and tactical air communications systems. I then spent 26 years directing and administering safety, health, environmental management programs and finally 7 years as an emergency manager, all at public universities. Now I just pick up an occasional contract if I want to work for a few months.  Paraphrasing Red Green, if my wife can't find me handsome, at least she'll find me handy.

 

I look forward to being involved in the forum. Cheers!

Welcome to the forum Gandalf.

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Hello,

 

We picked up Iris when they took $100 off the big IRIS set including the thermostat over the Christmas Holidays. Since we were wanting a WiFi programmable tstat, and they cost about the same (or less) as the kit we jumped onboard. 

Very pleased with the system so far. We just brought the tstat online last night with a multistage heatpump which was a but tricky but done and very pleased with the tstat's flexibility, the wife gets to geek out too. It blows the previous higher end "smart" Honeywell tstat out of the water.

 

Came here looking for components beyond the IRIS line more for expansion options vs. not liking the Lowes products which I think are fine.

 

Frank

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Hello,

 

We picked up Iris when they took $100 off the big IRIS set including the thermostat over the Christmas Holidays. Since we were wanting a WiFi programmable tstat, and they cost about the same (or less) as the kit we jumped onboard. 

Very pleased with the system so far. We just brought the tstat online last night with a multistage heatpump which was a but tricky but done and very pleased with the tstat's flexibility, the wife gets to geek out too. It blows the previous higher end "smart" Honeywell tstat out of the water.

 

Came here looking for components beyond the IRIS line more for expansion options vs. not liking the Lowes products which I think are fine.

 

Frank

 

What was the model of the high end tstat? Prestige 2.0?

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I don't know the model, it was one of their best 7 day programmable stats we bought at HD about 3-4 years ago that ran the system on its own "smart" terms, often never shutting down the fan for unexplainable reasons. There was no overriding it, and Honeywell was no help.

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Hey Everyone. My name is Cory and I am happy to have found you!. You have already been a great group to run some things by and I can happily say that I ordered an IRIS safe and secure system off of Amazon yesterday to replace my Comcast XFINITI home system which I have been having problems with. I can't wait to get the system and start playing with it and adding sensors and other items to make my home a little smarter. Hopefully once I am up and running I'll be able to lend a hand to someone like me who has (and most likely still) will have lots of questions.

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Hello everyone, My name is Michael and I wanted to introduce myself. I have had the iris home auto system for about 2 weeks now and I have to say, it is quite nice. Of course, being in the IT world makes me think of all the wonderful things I could do to hack the system to make it better. 

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