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  2. Compan-1

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    I'm not using this forum correctly. Please see separate reply, above.
  3. Compan-1

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Can you please message me the price? Smart US door locks are not available for purchase in the UK, because Z-Wave operates at 908 MHz in the US, against 868 MHz in the UK. We have a 908 MHz Z-Wave adapter, so that’s not a problem. The main obstacle is the total price of the door lock, just for testing, which we have to balance against the risk of it being faulty, even if it’s a new unit. Even pre-owned locks run at $200.00 plus on eBay. To this is added a shipping cost to the UK of $18.00, and a UK import charge of $37.00.
  4. Last week
  5. Compan-1

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    We have uploaded another video. This one describes the range of devices that we have tested successfully with the new hub software. Our approach has been to start with the ZigBee HA standard, and then investigate the characteristics of individual ZigBee HA devices. We then repeated this process for Z-wave devices. On investigating the older AlertMe devices, we discovered that they were compliant with an earlier non-HA standard. We then discovered that the first generation Iris devices, which were developed by AlertMe, were also compliant with this earlier standard. We have also investigated the characteristics of these earlier ZigBee devices. A video describing each of the 50 plus devices from 30 plus manufacturers that we have tested can be viewed at this URL: http://app4orce.uk/tested-devices.html We have profiled each of these devices such that when they join the network, all of their clusters / endpoints / attributes are made accessible to the system. The events that each device generates, and the associated data, is brought up to a common level for use within the rest of the system. This, for example, enables a door / window sensor to be handled as generic type, rather than a specific manufacturer’s sensor, and regardless of the network protocol being used. Some of the narration is rather repetitive on this aspect, but our approach is fairly unique, and it makes a big difference to the rest of the system design. We will be expanding on the use of this data, such as for actions, for system health monitoring, fault diagnostics, etc. in future videos. Our future testing schedule includes the following devices: Lowes Iris 1st Generation Thermostat (US Z-Wave) Lowes Iris 1st Generation Siren (US Z-Wave) Lowes Iris 2nd Generation Smart Plug (ZigBee w/ US Z-Wave Repeater) Lowes Iris 2nd Generation Motion Sensor (ZigBee) Lowes Iris 2nd Generation Door / Window Sensor (ZigBee) Lowes Iris 2nd Generation Keypad (ZigBee)
  6. Compan-1

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Our software is designed to cater for all of the requirements of a smart home control system without relying on IFTTT. This includes communications with external services, such as Alexa, sourcing local environmental data, and sending email alerts to the user’s phone. Even so, we have anticipated the use of IFTTT in the design. IFTTT applets provide a standardised means of configuring simple online tasks. It is especially useful when the service delivering the IFTTT trigger differs from the service that receives the IFTTT action. Although an IFTTT applet responds to an individual trigger, the processing needed to generate that trigger within the delivering service can be very complex. Similarly, an IFTTT applet invokes an individual action. Again, the processing within the receiving service can be very complex. One of the main limitations of many existing IFTTT applets used for smart home systems is that they refer to a particular manufacturer’s device. To avoid this, our action definitions refer to the data that is being processed, and not to the device that generates the data. For example, the temperature output from an Iris motion sensor located in the living room might be referenced in an action as the “living room temperature”. This “living room temperature” definition is related separately to the particular device. The user might decide to replace the Iris motion sensor in this example with, say, an Aqara temperature sensor. If the user then relates the “living room temperature” definition to this new device, any action using the “living room temperature” data is unaware that the sensor type has changed. This also means that the IFTTT applet does not need to be changed, because it still refers to the same action. This approach makes the IFTTT applets more universally applicable, because they do not depend on the actual devices being used within the system. Although this illustration is for actions, the same principle applies to the generation of the triggers.
  7. oldfredbear

    IRIS Disconnects

    Ed, It's interesting you say that. I hadn't put the connection together, but I have my hub now sitting vertically and have also noticed very few drops. Prior to that in a different location it was sitting horizontally and I would experience near daily drops. An interesting observation to say the least.
  8. Vettester

    IRIS Disconnects

    Hmmm... I have always had mine sitting on its side on a shelf behind my TV and I have had very few disconnect issues.
  9. cobra427cable

    IRIS Disconnects

    Just had to share this with my fellow IRIS community. So, I've struggled with sensors disconnecting throughout my house. I have 37 sensors in total and on any given day I would usually have at least 3-4 go offline. This has been a problem for way too long, and it makes for a very unreliable system and much frustration. HOWEVER, while my hub is centrally located in my home, it is located near my TV and one of my stereo speakers. I tried moving it around in a few different locations with no real increase in reliability UNTIL I simply hung it from the network/power cable?!! Yes, I simply let it hang off the edge of the shelf it was on and so essentially, it's now mounted vertically. This was several months ago now and I have had nearly 0 issues with disconnects. Not sure the reason, but all I know is it has worked for me. The system actually works and quite well now!! Just thought I'd share and see if anyone else could benefit from what has worked for me. Ed.
  10. Wlepse

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Are you considering IFTTT compatibility?
  11. Compan-1

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    The system will work with Iris Gen 2. There are essentially two standards, the current HA standard, and the standard used by AlertMe, which also developed the Iris Gen 1 range. We will be releasing another video later this week, which lists and explains all of the various device types and manufacturers that we have tested with the system so far. All of the modern ZigBee devices use a very similar application layer. AlertMe, in the UK, and Iris Gen 1, have a common application layer, but it differs from the modern standard. For this reason, we use two different ZigBee network adapters, one for the latest standard, and the other for AlertMe / Iris Gen 1. There is only one standard for Z-Wave, but the radio frequency differs between the UK (868 MHz) and the USA (908 MHz). For this reason, a different Z-Wave adapter has to be used for each country. Otherwise, there is no difference across Z-Wave devices. We are using USB adapters, because we think its easiest approach for anyone with a Raspberry Pi. We have also used other, hard wired network adapters.
  12. Wlepse

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Not 100% sure but since it also says it works with other brands I believe it works with other nonproprietary zwave and zigbee devices. But with that said I think he mentioned to me in a PM early on that you would need another usb stick...one for iris one for normal zwave and or zigbee.
  13. scunny

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    I have one of these in Satin brand new with a good price if anyone needs one.
  14. Electrician

    Smart Switch when no Neutral is available

    So answer me this: Your light has a neutral wire to complete the circuit. Your smart switch requires a neutral wire to power the WiFi (low draw) Older dryers (3-wire) did not have digital controls NEC changed the code for new homes to be 4-wire so that there would be a neutral for the control circuit. It is perfectly legal to run a new dryer (with controls) on a 3-wire circuit, i.e., uses ground to complete the control circuit. What is the difference using the ground to complete the control circuit with a smart switch vs a dryer?
  15. Vettester

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    I use Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolts, but Kwikset seems to be popular as well. https://www.schlage.com/en/home/products/BE469NXCAMFFF.html
  16. DuoDS

    Orbit 12 station not watering

    I actually got some mixed results from renaming my zones back to default. What eventually fixed it for good was making sure I had Smart Plugs v2 close enough to the Orbit timer to relay the ZigBee signal to the timer. Weird thing was that the connectivity to turn on zones from my phone never disappeared, there was only trouble with the automated watering schedule. I figured that if I could turn on zones from my phone, the signal must have been 'good enough', but installing Smart Plug repeaters seems to have fixed it for good. My lawn is now trying to recover from the IRIS induced drought.
  17. Compan-1

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Yes. We are about to release a video later this week listing all of the devices and manufacturers that we have integrated with. There is one exception. We have not done any work on door locks. Can you tell me the most popular / common door lock?
  18. Vettester

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Is this system compatible with the Gen 2 Iris devices?
  19. Wlepse

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    Glad to hear you are not only still working on this but close to releasing something. The new CEO at Lowe's has me nervous with how he is really shaking things up and clearing house.
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  22. Compan-1

    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    We’ve been a bit quiet for a while – getting on with the development. I also managed to lose my password, so I've had to use a slightly different user name. We can’t give a date for the availability of the software just yet. Most of the development work is done, and we are into final integration and testing. As I probably mentioned before, the software has been tested with more than 50 devices from over 30 manufacturers. These include both AlertMe and 1st Generation Iris by Lowe’s devices. We have started to produce some videos in the run-up to releasing the software, the first group of which you can view at the following URL: http://app4orce.uk/home-automation.html These five videos give an initial overview of our approach. We will be adding more videos over the new few days and weeks. These will be on separate pages within the same domain. If you have any feedback, or comments, then please use this forum. There is also an enquiry form on the video page for anyone interested in using the software, and helping with the Beta testing. The software will be supplied on a micro SD card for use with a Raspberry Pi 3B.
  23. mojo2600

    Marvin Ellison

    If he was to do a walk-through in Lowes stores in this area and see the Iris displays, he'd probably definitely put Iris on the chopping block as the displays are pathetic. The Iris displays need to be put out of their misery before rigor mortis sets in on them. I don't understand why Lowes has let Iris go down like it has in this area yet the Nest, Google, etc displays are well stocked and clean. Lowes is behind in sales trailing Home Depot. Retail articles I've read lately point out that Lowe's venture in tech "store in a store" and robots hasn't helped sales...while HD focused on training their employees to be more knowledgeable about its products...this is something Lowes needs to do as well...most Lowes employees are ignorant when it comes to Iris. Time will tell about Ellison and the future of Iris...he seems to be quick on the draw though...he definitely came in with both guns loaded with hair pin triggers. Once 4th quarter 2018 holiday sales figures come out in early 2019, that could be a deciding factor. Even though Lowes is really a home improvement store, Christmas sales will make or break a store....especially in consumer tech products mojo2600.
  24. Vettester

    iOS 2.11 is Now Available

    The GE Link bulbs still don't work with Iris. ☹️
  25. Wlepse

    Marvin Ellison

    So Marvin Ellison started a little over a week ago and I have been seeing lots of stories about his restructuring of Lowes. A bunch of people are already out or know they are out in a few months. I really hope he invests in the Iris platform and doesn't kill this off too. Has anyone seen any stories mentioning his plans for Iris or even what his thoughts are around other Lowes brands? Anyone have any thoughts?
  26. Vettester

    iOS 2.11 is Now Available

    Well that didn't last long. This is the one that was furthest away from the hub. I'll move it closer to the hub and give it one more shot.
  27. Vettester

    iOS 2.11 is Now Available

    So I added a few GE Link bulbs back into system to see if they will work with these new updates. The first thing I noticed is the new pairing process is definitely more polished. The first bulb was within 10' of the hub and paired with no problems. The second bulb is in another room and about 30' away from the hub. It took 3 tries to get this bulb to pair, but it finally worked and it seem to be functioning properly. The new pairing process now identifies improperly paired devices and walks you through the process to remove and re-pair the device. The first three screenshots below show the new process with the last one indicating the new device was paired as an uncertified device. Please note that the bulb was factory reset between each improper pairing process. I guess only time will tell if these bulbs will work or not.
  28. jeff909

    iOS 2.11 is Now Available

    I’m curious about the smart+ bulbs As discussed in the other thread about bulbs, I don’t think the smart + ones were previously supported. It was a shame as the lightify ones worked great. I’d like to hear if anyone gets one to work. The pairing screen definitely looks fancier too.
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