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  1. 7 points
    As I am looking at the replacement alternatives, I'm confirming what I have already known for awhile. Despite some deficiencies and annoyances, we had it really good with IRIS, and we are unlikely to find anything that can replace it. What it offered on the combination of features, I doubt any other system can match:- Solid set of security features that made it reliable and usable- Not the best, but very decent home automation capabilities- Support for numerous third-party devices and expandability with Z-wave/Zigbee standards- Most affordable. Free self monitoring and automation plan, and cheapest professional monitoring plan on the market (with cellular included!)- Low priced sensors, and even better on Lowes clearance- Aesthetics, or the cuteness factor. The core devices (keypad, contact, motions sensors) are small, compact, and cute looking. The motion sensors are especially nice - I hardly noticed those little buttons on my walls.- Hub has low power consumption (may seem like an irrelevant technicality, but super important for adequate battery backup)- Backed up by the big reliable Lowes and an extra bonus of being able to walk into any Lowe’s store to touch, buy, and return stuff without the hassles and waits of shipping (strike out reliable as of Jan 30)I haven't finished looking around, but I'm getting a sense other DIY offerings just don't measure up on the overall combination of features. SmartThings excels on automation, but has half-baked unreliable security. Abode is solid on security and free self-monitoring, but you better stick with its proprietary sensors, which are expensive and bulky in size (the motion sensor is especially ugly compared to IRIS'), and automation is still inadequate. SimpliSafe is good on security, but it's a closed system with no Z-wave support, and you can't get self-monitoring unless you pay police monitoring first, and then add self-monitoring on top of that, and pay a lot each month for the whole package, while many of us don't need pro monitoring all the time. Ring is promising, affordable, and cute, but seems like No Zwave expandability (I take that back, it's a Zwave system, albeit with constraints), but no automation at all, bulky sensors, and still long way from being a proven solution. Haven't looked at Vera and Wink, but having low expectations at this point.I doubt you will find another winner combination that IRIS had. Which brings me to the emotional point:SHAME on you Lowes, for botching this excellent product. It’s must be either indifference or marketing incompetence on the part of the executives, because IRIS had everything it needed to take off big. Just look at the SimpliSafe aggressive marketing campaign - being inferior to IRIS, it already achieved a large market presence. I see SimpliSafe TV commercials all the time - when was the last time you saw an IRIS ad? SHAME on you Lowes, you let down your customers who recognized the strength of the platform and invested in it in hopes of using this system for a long time. SHAME on you Lowes, this outcome is a disrespect and disservice to your own IRIS engineering team that developed a technically solid product, which you failed to advance.Peace out. I'm off to bed to dream that a pack of renegade former IRIS engineers dressed in hero consumes would pick up the source code and restart the whole cloud platform under a different name (ah, sweet dreams)
  2. 5 points

    Keeping me busy

    you guys sure do keep me busy.
  3. 4 points
    This is a cross-post from my post in a poll on the General forum that may be of interest to those considering Hubitat... The shutdown got me off my feet and over to Hubitat and Ring Alarm. I'm using Hubitat as the main hub with a relay triggering a single contact sensor on the Ring Alarm for its professional monitoring service. I've spent a lot more time on the migration than I wanted but everything appears to be running well and I now have the flexibility to implement rules and automations that were never possible with Iris. I have been able to take over every non-V1 device over to Hubitat:: Iris v2 motion sensors Iris v2 contact sensors Iris v2 buttons Iris v2 keypads(+) Schlage lock Utilitech (Iris) sirens Lutron Caseta switches, dimmers, and (Pico) remotes Orbit (Iris) water valve(*) Dome siren(*) Dome water monitor(*) Smartthings presence sensors(*) Qubino relay(*) (+) Works with Hubitat but no longer using. (*) Newly added post-migration. For professional monitoring, I soldered the Qubino dry-contact relay to a single Ring Alarm contact sensor. The Ring Alarm is configured with 0-sec entry and exit delays. Hubitat manages all the entry and exit delays and when it detects a security event, it toggles the relay after the entry delay elapses to trigger the Ring Alarm. I no longer use any of the Iris keypads and now use a Pico remote to arm the alarm and a valid lock code on the Schlage lock to disarm. I also have Alexa TTS integrated into Hubitat so that there are verbal notifications: when the alarm is armed home, armed away, and disarmed; for the entry and exit delays; when the garage door is opening and closed; and when the pool water level is too high (Dome water monitor integrated into the skimmer that triggers the Orbit water valve to discharge water via the cartridge filter). Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this solution. Hubitat has its quirks and I found the Hub Safety Monitor (HSM) and Motion Lighting components to be poorly thought out. Much of the effort was spent on implementing HSM and Motion Lighting, discovering all the quirks and trying to address or work around them, and finally implementing the functionality I wanted using the Rule Machine (RM) instead. I should also note that a number of key integrations between Hubitat and the Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, Ring Alarm (to sync armed home, armed away, and disarmed states), Alexa text-to-speech (TTS), and Chamberlain MyQ (garage door opener) are dependent on community-written apps and drivers made available for Hubitat and/or Smartthings.
  4. 4 points
    Otto Mation

    Alexa Guard with Iris

    @Scunny pointed out to me that Amazon will be adding Alexa Guard to their line up of skills this fall. I am looking forward to this as a second layer of security to be used in conjunction with Iris. It is a great concept. I have various Alexa devices spread throughout the house. You tell Alexa that you are leaving and it listens for sounds of burglary, glass breaking and smoke/CO alarms etc. and calls you when it hears this. It will also randomize turning on lights to make it look like someone is at home. I for one am looking forward to using this skill. You can read more here: https://www.androidcentral.com/what-amazon-alexa-guard
  5. 4 points

    Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)

    Still debating.... I think I'll just sit back and let you guys work out the kinks.
  6. 3 points
    I sent him a v1 smart plug, motion sensor and key fob. So he'll have something to play with n a few days. That might be enough for proof-of-concept since he thought success would be an all or nothing event.
  7. 3 points

    Iris is Officially Done

    I think the SmartThings/ADT relationship may be soon ending and the ADT sensors are proprietary. I'd stay away from that.
  8. 3 points
    I think that this is going to happen, except it is going to be a mix of former IRIS engineers and other talented people.
  9. 3 points
    I wanted to share this over here for those that may not be on the official Iris community. Mike has helped me and others here on numerous occasions. He's taking some heat over there even to the extent of being called a liar. He could only say what he was allowed by management and hates to see this happening to the Iris community as much as we do. https://community.irisbylowes.com/t5/Solutions-Projects-How-To-and/Thank-you-and-I-will-miss-you-all/m-p/6544#M1150
  10. 3 points

    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    I'm retired now but spent 30 years in local law enforcement. I'm not a fan of monitored services which is why I chose IRIS. All they do is call the police and if the agency I worked for is any example alarm calls are low priority because around 90% of them are false. It could be hours before an officer comes to check out your house depending on other workload. Having said that if I were to get a monitored system I would look for a low cost one that will integrate some if not all of my existing devices and call (as opposed to notify) my cellphone if the alarm goes off as IRIS does. Also motion sensors were and may still be notorious for triggering false alarms so the ability to be able to require two to trigger before the alarm is sounded is important. I have looked at SimpliSafe and my neighbor has and likes their system. However as far as I can tell it is a closed system. I can't integrate my Arlo cameras or any of my sensors or switches so I would have to run two systems if I wanted any home automation.
  11. 3 points
    Perhaps you have not looked at the banner at the top of the forum.
  12. 3 points

    Iris is Officially Done

    For those who may remember the history, I dumped Iris about 3 years ago due to extreme platform stability. (i.e. alarm going off at 3am daily) SmartThings has been pretty good for me over the years. I was working with their developers last January testing out the new Z-Wave firmware even before it hit their public beta program. Lately, support has become very slow to respond, and as my system has grown I feel that I've outgrown the platform. Like Iris, they've had their cloud issues over the years, but as my system has scaled upward, even the smallest outages have pretty far reaching impacts. That said, I've recently moved to Hubitat, with only a few things left in SmartThings for now. I recommend both, but Hubitat does have a few advantages that make it a good choice for me. Here's a quick breakdown... SmartThings: Pro: Has a mobile app. Two of them. Classic offers better performance and 3rd party app support. The new app does not, but it's got a modern UI. Pro: Many natively supported devices run locally. Pro: SmartLighting, the app for controlling lights and switches runs completely local, assuming the driver selected is local. Pro: Widest device support in the industry right now. This includes official integrations for Arlo and Ring for example. There's 3rd party support for Nest as well as others. Pro: Great rules engine in WebCore. Only drawback is WC is cloud-based. Pro: Can get Scout monitoring. Neutral: SmartHomeMonitor runs locally, if ALL devices being monitored AND all devices being controlled are local. (hint: most of the time it's cloud dependent) Neutral: No cellular backup. Con: Support has become slow and unresponsive. Con: No native Alexa or Google Home support. Con: No support for Zigbee group messages (multicast) Hubitat: Con: No mobile app. Web UI for device control runs only on local LAN. A "tiles" UI exists and can be accessed through the Hubitat cloud. Pro: All natively supported devices run locally. Pro: All apps run locally. Neutral: Support for most Z-Wave and Zigbee devices that follow common standards.. No includes official integrations for Arlo and Ring. There is 3rd party support for Nest as well as others. Neutral: Several decent rules engines, including Rule Machine. All rules run locally. Con: No option for professional monitoring. Pro: Hubitat Safety Monitor runs completely local. Neutral: No cellular backup. Pro: Support is very engaged and responsive to user needs. Pro: Native Alexa & Google Home support (including Chromecast). Pro: Support for Zigbee multicast allows for dozens of devices to be controlled simultaneously without any lag or "popcorn" effect. There is one very unique feature of Hubitat, you can actually run multiple hubs and link them together in a parent-child relationship, where child devices and events are mirrored to the parent hub. This makes it nice for larger systems in that you can distribute devices and automations across two hubs. In fact you can even link a SmartThings Hub to Hubitat too, which is what I've built. I have a basement hub (child) and a parent hub (2nd floor). For example, presence is done on the basement hub which triggers mode changes on both hubs and sets the alarm system states accordingly. By using this approach, I can have automation running in parallel for near instantaneous response times. Hubitat isn't perfect. There are some significant issues with meshes running a large number of routing devices (aka SmartPlugs). That's something I'm working with their developers on through testing pre-release hub code.
  13. 3 points

    Iris is Officially Done

    I will likely get $5k back (two houses, 350 devices). But I suspect that our time that we spent setting up our system is worth far more than the refunds we can get.
  14. 3 points
    This was released this morning: https://community.irisbylowes.com/t5/News-Announcements/iOS-2-12-3-release-notes/m-p/6242#M570 iOS 2.12.3 release notes Hi guys, For those with iOS, you'll notice version 2.12.3 showing up as an update in the app store. This release has these changes: - Fixes issue where when multiple iOS devices were logged into a place, only the most recently-logged-in device would receive notifications - Fixes issue where for those on the Basic plan, camera rules were improperly hidden - Fixes several crashes Please note: As a side effect of fixing the notification issue, you might get an extraneous “your Iris account was logged into from a new device” and/or “a mobile device was removed from your Iris account” emails the first time you launch 2.12.3. These can safely be ignored.
  15. 2 points
    With the Iris code going Open Source I am planning on building this into Arcus (NOTE other people will have the code and they can build/add what they want with it) Smart room building - Like what Google does where if devices have "Master Bedroom" in the name it will be added to the "Master Bedroom" group/room/scene Ghost Mode - Like in a car racing game your system will remember when devices turn on and off. When you enter "Ghost Mode" it will seem like your home due to devices going on and off. S.H.A.N.E. - This is a AI that works with your home to make it truly smart and not just a home of rules and timers. Smart rules engine - It will see devices how you use a device and tell you better rules for them. IFTTT and Stringify and Webhooks - SMS support - I know many people miss this and still want it. This will be done on in a plugin way. EX: You get a twilio account and you pay twilio to be the SMS service and arcus just talks to twilio. Camera support - This will be like SMS support where you buy a service to keep all of your videos and arcus will just talk to it.
  16. 2 points

    Arcus Smart Home

    @spollo Plan is to flash the V2 hubs and get them working using Arcus
  17. 2 points

    Iris is Officially Done

    Security is why I bought Iris, having 15,000 rules on lights is why I stayed even through the painful V2 transition. After setting everything up in Smartthings the same way I had them in Iris, though, I'm wishing I had Iris back actually, even in all it's proprietary awkwardness. I'm still setting off the alarm after it says it's disarmed in ST, but at least the damn thing is going off so [I think] at very least I won't wake up with an intruder standing over me even if my ears are bleeding every time I come & go. I think there's just a lot more latency than I'm used to. I'd say ST just doesn't play particularly nice with the v2 Iris keypads but it did it with the Samsung presence sensors' arrival rule yesterday too. I smiled a wide grin as the garage door opened just as I pulled up to it for the first time ever (proving the arrival rule ran and should have disarmed the system), but then wanted to punch a puppy minutes later when I opened the kitchen door and STILL the sirens went off. Pro Tip: Don't run out and sign up for monitoring on ST right away. I know for certain there's more lag getting rules on lights to run on Smartthings than in Iris; after giving Alexa the command it used to only take Iris 2-3 seconds for everything to respond at the same time, now through ST it's up to 10 seconds and everything reacts in a random staggered pattern, so truly disarming the alarm must be lagging a LOT. That seems bizarre considering more is being processed locally than with Iris?? 🤷‍♀️ I'm holding out hope I can get the problems ironed out but I might've looked elsewhere if I'd seen a tit-for-tat comparison before I bought ST. Has anyone been given any word on when they plan to start mailing the checks? I mean I didn't have a choice but to replace everything anyway but it certainly was a large unexpected expense.
  18. 2 points

    Lowe's, love it or hate it?

    " I think the only reason they're even offering redemptions at all is because they're likely planning to claim this all as business losses. " I haven't read the fine print of the redemption offer because I haven't gone through that process yet, but I would bet that by accepting the redemption money you forfeit your rights to any other claim or joining any class action or other legal action brought against Lowes concerning Iris. It's the only reason they would be so generous with the redemption money I think. I see it as way less than the huge legal fees they would face on top of paying us all off in the end anyway.
  19. 2 points

    Iris is Officially Done

    I called Simplisafe, They will not ingrate with anything outside their ecosystem. It is proprietary. Also you HAVE to pay a service fee just to use the app. That was a NOPE for me.
  20. 2 points

    Something new is coming

    Okay so this has taken a lot longer to make work then I wanted. Here is the daily watt-hour usage of my devices that report power usage. How it does this is simple. It plots the data every 5 mins. Then average the plots to make watt-hour. Then add every hour together for daily watt-hour. Saves all of them to a new table in the database for faster access.
  21. 2 points

    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    Throughout the last 7 days we’ve been adding more content to the SystronicsRF.com website, and, as promised, we are highlighting the additions as they become available. Some changes have been made in response to visitor feedback, including improved access to the table of USB network adapters, and a description of the configuration of Raspberry Pi hub, both in the Installation area, and the addition of an applications area. Following recent questions from both registered users and forum members, we've included a new FAQs section. Further new sections include Designing Applications, Heating Applications and how we're bringing your earlier AlertMe and Iris devices back to life. We welcome your comments and questions.
  22. 2 points

    Yale Assure 256 Deadbolt

    Click the + in the upper right Add a Person, Partial Access, Contacts or Manually, Select how you know this person, create a PIN code (this will be used in the lock), Phone Number, Next, done with this step. Click the doors and locks card off the homescreen, access at the top (shaded), click the lock you want to modify access to, edit at the top right, and check beside the persons name that you added above to give them access to the lock. This will update the lock and you can turn on and off access to the lock with the locks and doors card as you wish. This allows you to add a person to your account, but them not having to create an iris account, basically just creating a user on your account.
  23. 2 points
    Not sure how to help you on the dryer but you could put a smart plug on the washer and have it send you a push notification when the electricity draw drops below a certain amount.
  24. 2 points
    You might want to try this after the next update. A generic driver that will make generic Zwave switches usable is coming in the next update. It might be there now because the platform has already been updated. Generic Z-Wave Driver for Switches and Dimmers: A generic driver has been added to Iris so that any Z-Wave switch or dimmer can be paired as an uncertified device and will be useable from the apps or web site.
  25. 2 points
    With the list of devices that work with V2 but unsupported growing, I thought it would be a good idea to have them listed all in one place for reference. We will pin it here and keep it up to date for future reference Aeon Recessed Door Sensor (Model ZW089-A) Aeon Smart Energy Switch (DSC06106-ZWUS) Aeon Smart Switch Gen 2 Aeon Water Sensor (Model DSB45-ZWUS) Cree Bulb 60W Equivalent Soft White (2700K) A19 Dimmable LED (BA19-08027OMF-12CE26-1C100) Cree Bulb 60W Equivalent Daylight (5000K) A19 Dimmable LED (BA19-08050OMF-12CE26-1C100) Leaksmart Leak Sensor Leviton 5A Incandescent Light Switch (VRS05-1LZ Z-Wave) Leviton Dimmer Switch (DZMX1 Z-Wave) Leviton Dimmer Switch (VRI06-1LZ Z-Wave) Leviton Dimmer Switch (VRMX1-1LZ Z-Wave) Leviton Electrical Outlet (DZR15 Z-Wave) Leviton Electrical Outlet (VRR15-1LZ Z-Wave) Leviton Fan Switch (VRF01-1LZ Z-Wave) Leviton Light Switch (DZS15 Z-Wave) Linear Dimmer Switch (WD500Z Z-Wave) Linear Electrical Outlet (W015Z Z-Wave) Linear Light Switch (WS15Z Z-Wave) Nanoleaf Ivy LED Light Bulb NYCE Ceiling Occupancy/Motion Sensor (Model NCZ-3043) SmartThings Temperature/Humidity Sensor (Model 3310-S) Everspring Screw-In Lamp Module Bosch Pet-Immune Motion Sensor (ISW-ZPR1-WP13) Bosch Pet-Immune Motion Sensor (ISW-ZDL1-WP11G) Ecolink Contact Sensor (DW-ZWAVE2 Z-Wave) Ecolink Garage Door Tilt Sensor (TILT-ZWAVE2 Z-Wave) Ecolink Pet-Immune Motion Sensor (PIRZWAVE2 Z-Wave) GoControl Dimmer Switch (WD500Z-1 Z-Wave) Dimmer GoControl Garage Door Controller Sengled Element A19 LED Light Bulb SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor Radio Thermostat Thermostat (CT100) Radio Thermostat Thermostat (CT30) Radio Thermostat Thermostat (CT32) Bali Blinds