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  1. Terminal

    Z-wave Locks

    These Schlage locks are pretty old, it's probably time to start swapping them out. Z-wave in general seems less robust than what I got with ST. Several devices that are the furthest away from the HE hub would not pair until I brought the HE Hub close. I did not have to do that with ST. I started adding devices close to the Hub and moving away from it so as to keep minimal distances between z-wave repeaters. I just added in an Inovelli dimmer yesterday that paired fine in it's current location with ST, but I had to move the HE hub in the same room. The Inovelli has a test you can do to determine if it's in range of a good Z-wave signal and it said it was. Of coarse it could have been picking up the ST signal as I have both hubs running. There were two GE Z-wave switches both paired to HE one within about 3' and the other about 6' of the device. I may have to move the HE hub to a more central location in my house. It's in the same room as my ST hub which seem to be fine. The location is on one end of my House and the devices that need the hub moved to them are on the other. Still testing though. Getting all my devices and getting the automatons moved over to He from ST is taking a lot longer than I thought. At least I will now have a backup of my system with HE.
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    Z-wave Locks

    Thanks for the advice. As I mentioned I was thinking of moving them back to ST but if I do that I will probably have to add a couple of the other Z-wave Iris 3210-l repeaters back to ST as well. As two of the locks are on the opposite end of the house from the ST HUB, So once I move all my other Z-wave devices on to HE I won't have any repeaters for ST. Something I found, is if you do a get codes to any of the three that have issues they will do about 5 or 6 slots and then just stop. I then have to pull the battery to get them to talk again. The FE5999, which is a much newer lock, will run through all 30 slots in a just a minute or so every time. It's also in the same room as my main hub. Although one of my oldest BE469s down in my shop is also in the same room as my remote hub and it works flawlessly as well. So it does seem to be something in the Z-wave signal strength. I have a bunch of Z-wave repeaters. Almost every room has two GE Z-wave switches in them, some are Z-wave and some are Z-wave plus. I also have 5 of the 3210-L Iris Z-wave smart plugs and I got all of the Z-wave repeaters to pair. I loaded shackrats Z-wave repeater driver and they all test good. I will give your method a try for a few days and see how that works.
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    Z-wave Locks

    I have read through a bunch of threads over on the HE forums, but I wondered if you guys had any experience with Z-wave locks on HE. Below is what I posted over in a HE forum thread The forum is so busy and so much info to go through I thought I would ask over here since you guys have been using HE for awhile now. Did you guys have issues with your Z-wave locks, maybe you didn't have any. Unfortunately all of mine are, one train of thought over on the HE forum is to switch to zigbee locks, but that will get expensive. A couple of my Schlages are pretty old but they have worked reliably on ST for quite some time now. I just added my ST hub into HubConnect, and tomorrow I think I am just going to remove the locks from HE and add them back to ST, except maybe for the two that are close to a hub. They seem to work pretty well.
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    Starting up with Hubitat

    I just switched to Hubitat, I finally gave up on Systronic. I thought I had read that HE supported the V1 keypads but sadly no, everything else worked so not a deal breaker. I am not 100% sold on the V1 device support on Hubitat though. I was at first, as all my devices migrated over with not a single hiccup. About 2 weeks in though all my V1 devices stopped talking. I had to reset and re-pair almost every one of them. Then I had to go back and update all my rules. Luckily I only use the V1 devices in my shop so it's not huge deal. It may have just been a bad device that corrupted the Zigbee mesh. I am still sold on the Hubitat platform, however, as I have started migrating my ST hub over to HE. I have most of my automations in ST on webcore, and webcore runs on the HE hub. So I was able to migrate all my pistons over from ST and they run pretty as is on HE. Apparently they frown upon using webcore on the HE hub but I have seen no down side yet. I did move a good portion of my simpler automations to rule machne. RM took some getting used to. I am starting to get the hang of it now though and it's not too bad. Webcore is far superior IMO, but RM is okay. Using the Hubconnect app I can even tie in a couple of the integrations on my ST hub that HE doesn't support. Mainly my Leviosa shades and Arlo cameras. . I had hoped to use some of my spare V1 stuff to fill in some gaps, adding in some additional motion and contact sensors. Cheaper than having to buy new stuff. Until I see how the shop holds up I will keep my House hub V1 free I think.
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    Switching to ST New App

    If you have some simple routines or smartlighting routines you want to move over to the new automations then that would probably be okay to start doing. Most of my automations are in webcore, so I am not doing anything until I am forced to.
  6. Here is a better one.
  7. Since you say your wired internet does not die I would start with the Netgear Router, I would think you modem is okay. Pick one up locally at a best buy or something and see if the problem goes away. If it does you know you got a bad router and you can see if you can get Netgear to send you a new one. Then take the other one back, this time of year they will be expecting a lot of returns anyway. Another way to go is get a cheap access point and use it's wifi and turn off the neat gear wifi and see if that holds up. You can get a TP-link access point for around $20.
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    Alexa for SystronicsRF

    Could you guys do something like webcore has and allow URL links to start actions. I setup shortcuts in Siri that when called pass links to chrome on my phone which in turn fires a webcore piston. Works pretty well. Since most everything is web based anyway it would seem a fairly straight forward approach.
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    System backup

    I don't think there really is at this point. I asked about this back during the beta testing. As I would like to keep my own copy. The guys are very responsive but I would like to have a ready to pop in backup of the SD card. What they said back then was, they keep hourly backups of your system and 14 days of a nightly backup. They said they would offer the ability to download a system backup directly from your CS at some point, but that point has yet to arrive.
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    My Apps

    Go to settingd>My Apps>Add an app. Then update the templates. The add the app you want.
  11. The device I have was by a company called YTF and I paid about $20.00 on amazon. Just checked and it says it is now unavailable. It was a cheap solution and the reviews seemed good. It has worked really well for me.
  12. I never had to re-pair a single device.
  13. So they have finally released a public version. I am pretty happy with it. I think there are a few devices they should have gotten working first, but overall it works really well. The device availability is still a bit limited but they are very open and responsive to adding new things. You can go to their site to read about pricing and such. The cost point is a bit higher than the others since along with the software you have to buy the PI hardware and Zigbee and Zwave network adapters. If they keep progressing as they are, I believe I will eventually move most of my home automation to their system. My system has crashed twice but each time Systronics was able to reload my system back just as it was. I wrote about this in another thread, which is a big advantage over Smartthings. Whic is my main home automation system now. I dread the day my ST hub crashes. I only had to remove a couple batteries to get a few of the V1 devices to reconnect. They say I am the only one that this has happened to and no one else has reported anything like this in the forum so I believe them. I think it is the environment my system is in. It is in my shop office which is insulated but not until recently was it cooled. It has been a hot summer and it would get upwards of 90 in the office sometimes. I have since added a portable AC unit that I can turn on and off via Wifi. It is not controlled directly by the SystronicRF CS, but I monitor the temp and the CS tells me when the temp is getting too high by sending me notifications. I then can turn on the AC wherever I am via another app on my phone I have asked the Systronic guys to look into adding something so you could control a remote device via their system and they say they are working on it. So hopefully in the near future I will have teh AC totally automated. One thing that is good about this system, the guys seem pretty responsive to problems and will fix things pretty quickly. It hasn't been running long enough this last time to tell if the cooling has fixed the issue or not. It ran from Feb till June, approximately 4 months with no issues. Then only about another month after that before it crashed again. I then added the AC and it has been up a couple months now. It's starting to cool off some, so hopefully it will be ok now. This new release is supposed to support the V1 cameras. I personally have not tried it as they still don't have the process totally automated, I am looking forward to checking it out once they get it working. It will make your camera totally independent of the cloud, you can save all you videos on a USB stick on your PI. It supports almost all of the old V1 hardware. It also has customizable dash boards, that I use quite extensively for general day to day monitoring. It probably would have been better for them if they could have been at this point when Iris shutdown, but as we all know Lowes kind of surprised everyone with that one.
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    Arcus Smart Home

    SystronicRF just released a version that supports the Iris V1 cameras. It's a pretty solid Security system and basic home automation. Supports most all the old iris stuff. It still needs work but overall I have been happy with it. I have one V1 camera and I plan on adding it soon to try out what they have setup. So I can't comment on how well it works.
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    Is there an Idiots Guide to Rule Machine for Hubitat?

    I believe Webcore works with habitat now.I don't know anything about Hubitat, but Webcore is a very versatile rules engine. You can make simple rules very quickly or if you want to get complex you can do that too.