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  1. hxn

    Gen 1 device limit?

    I've tried that - but Hubitat seems unable to pair or find the second device after pairing either the Zigbee or Z-wave first. Did you use a particular order?
  2. hxn

    Gen 1 device limit?

    Way back in the good ole Iris V1 days, I had horrible Zigbee connectivity problems at one of my installations. A particularly good tech was able to look at a map, and suggested removing a couple of suspect plugs that were located near the center of the problems. Removal of the two suspects fixed the problem, and I was able to plug the remaining good one back in. Just like any defective network component, these things are capable of producing a network flood. A rogue device could be the source of your problems, @Vettester, rather than a problem with the underlying system. I never came across another bad Zigbee device, out of about 250.
  3. hxn

    Gen 1 device limit?

    I gave up on Vera because it stopped functioning once 20 or so Zigbee devices had been added (became very unstable and the Zigbee network would crash and stay crashed). So I switched to Hubitat with the new "Elevation" hub, and the Zigbee controller currently has 49 devices on it, of which 31 are Iris V1 devices (plugs, buttons, motion sensors, contact sensors). I have had no systematic problem at any stage with adding new sensors or any other Zigbee devices. I did have a problem with a single Iris V1 contact sensor (worked fine with Iris) that I could not pair, and had to pair and repair a couple more. I test the devices right after pairing, and once properly paired, have operated flawlessly. Because of the Vera experience, I have been watching to see if Hubitat starts having Zigbee pairing problems. Other that what I have mentioned, there has been no problem. I do have a couple of very nice VeraSecure paperweights now... Update: 10 more Iris V1 added without difficulty. Also, I have no devices that claim to be Zigbee repeaters. Interesting that the Iris V2 Smartplugs have "Zwave Plus" marked on the back of them, but they pair only under the Zigbee network. I have heard that the Zwave portion of this plug functions as a Zwave repeater, but Hubitat does not recognize or register any Zwave component.
  4. hxn

    vera hub goes offline?

    I've had the Zigbee network on VeraSecure go offline a number of times. You have to call support to have them bring it back up. They can't tell you why it went down. Oh, by the way, Vera's Zigbee network becomes unstable after 20 or so Zigbee devices have been added. They say that this is a known problem but won't say when it will be addressed. I had VeraSecure controllers for both houses, but after the incessant pairing problems with the first house, I decided to try out Hubitat on the second house. Almost everything pairs without issue, and it pairs most if not all of the Iris V1 sensors without difficulty. On VeraSecure, the V2 Iris sensors that it will pair become unstable and inoperative within a few days.
  5. hxn

    Not ready for prime time

    This also happened immediately upon the "upgrade" from Iris V1 to V2. It took Iris a month or more to fix it. Not sure what the problem was, though. @thegillion might remember.
  6. hxn

    NOTICE! for V1 Iris wifi smart plugs

    I think that's a V2 wifi plug (no hub required). I had two of those for remotely powercycling the Iris hubs. They make nice paperweights now. The V1 plugs also paperweights - no response to the local button.
  7. hxn

    Vera Notes and Observations...

    I had an old Vera Plus that I had purchased in 2016, so I thought I'd try that out before ordering the VeraSecure for location #2. Even though Vera seemed a bit edgy in certain regards, there were three major reasons I decided upon it: Current availability, full backup and restore capability, and extreme programmability (not only for scenes but for devices). Following are some notes: First test of the backup and restore function: I received my VeraSecure and decided to back up the Plus and restore it to the Secure. Still being out of my element with Vera, I called support (no waiting, immediately connected with someone very knowledgeable, and requested help. It took three attempts, but the restore was successful with all devices apparently restored. On the VeraPlus, I had initially had good luck with the add-in for recognition of Iris devices, which all worked properly for a few days. Then the V2 contact sensors all stopped working within about three days (no errors, no loss of contact, just stopped detecting opens or closures). All of the V2 (and one V3) Iris SmartPlugs lost contact in about the same amount of time. No better luck on the Secure for now. Since time is of the essence, I'll probably abandon the Iris contact sensors and smart plugs for now. The biggest downer (for me) with Vera is that they didn't have a function that required at least two motion detectors to trigger an alarm. After becoming more familiar with Vera scenes, I found that I could write a scene for each motion detector that solved the problem. First, it requires setting the modes to disarm ALL motion sensors in Away, Night, and Vacation modes, and then set to run the scene in all modes but Home. Then the scene for each detector does the following: Immediate mode: Arms all other motion sensors. 1st timed mode, after 1 minute: The detecting sensor is armed, giving whatever triggered it time to stop triggering. 2nd timed mode, after 4 minutes: Disarms all of the motion sensors again. I have tested this and it reliably works - good thing, since I'd be having alarms several times/week without this. So far, the Vera support has been exceptional. If everyone is busy, you are asked to leave a message, but that has only happened about one time out of six calls. The only problem has been the Iris contact sensors and smart plugs - the water sensor paired just fine, even though support claimed it shouldn't (it paired as an Iris water sensor). I've found that the Neo Zwave plugs sold on Amazon are really nice - they are very small and work well. The Aeotec 6 smart plugs also work well, but are about the same size as an Iris smart plug and more expensive that the Neo. I'll keep posting notes as I progress.
  8. hxn

    Time will tell

    ...So I bought a ST V3 hub in the event that the VeraSecure doesn't work out. Good to know and hope that it's true.
  9. I had to reload the system configuration files in order for the above code to work. Do by going to Apps > Develop Apps > Serial Port Configuation > Save. Once this is done, the Iris devices will be recognized by their proper name. That said, I am seeing times up to two hours before the V2 Smart Plug appears in the device card. I had two Iris V2 Smart Plugs paired before the code was available. This morning they disconnected and would not reconnect. They had been functioning reasonably well for about a week. Also #1: Noting that the temperature function is not recognized by the controller. Also #2: Iris V2 Water sensor (Centralite 3315-L) seems to be recognized by its Iris name now (indicating that the new code also makes this recognizable). Initial impression: Vera very frustrating to work with, but seems to offer customization far beyond most other systems, using its LUUP code.
  10. hxn

    vera notifications?

    That's what I said! But when I log into my account, located in Virginia, that's the message I get. Doesn't say "your area" - says "your country"... I think that their international address is Hong Kong, if I remember correctly.
  11. hxn

    vera notifications?

    So... I ordered the VeraSecure after much study, because it seemed to do most of the things that that Iris did (although no recognition of V1 sensors at this point). Part of my decision was that Vera was VeraSentinel, an advertised paid service which would manage videos for you, much like Iris did, and it would accept V2 Iris cameras. So I started setting up the system, and got a few devices working with essentially no problem. Next I went to the VeraSentinal page to sign up. Everything OK so far - but it asked me to log in to my Vera account to continue. As soon as the login completed, I was presented with the message "Sorry, VeraSentinal is not available in your country - sign up to be notified when it is available". This sucks, as there was no indication of this before signing in. Time is running out and I don't have much remaining to get even a basic system set up. So I will try to find out from Vera what the situation is, but I imagine I'll need to get a separate video system. That said, I was happy to get my whole-house power monitoring back. So far the Vera system has been very stable - but I only have about five devices paired at this point. It is reminiscent of Iris V1 in terms of the interface (it has four modes), but offers almost infinite control over device settings. I'm impressed with that. If the VeraSentinal is coming very soon, I'll be happy. @joshfromvera, can you shed any light on this? Thanks!
  12. hxn

    Visa Cards

    It depends mostly on who can pay the better lawyers.
  13. Agree wholeheartedly. I spent some time investigating VeraSecure when it first came out, and I remember from their discussion groups that everything Iris post-V1 was pretty much supported. I also note that most of Vera's documentation appears to be behind their member wall. @joshfromvera, I would like to see user manuals from each Vera system posted here, and the results from Vera's analysis of Iris devices as they become available. Obviously, time is of the essence here. That said, when I previously checked out VeraSecure, I was very impressed with its capabilities. I would have purchased a system then but for the time involved in switching over.
  14. hxn

    Arcus Smart Home

    If this is the case, how is Systronics dealing with this?
  15. hxn

    V1 Contact Sensor Replacement

    This might be of interest to you: https://www.amazon.com/Qubino-Z-Wave-Contact-Module-ZMNHND3/dp/B07G5FY8KB/ref=sr_1_35?ie=UTF8&qid=1549482946&sr=8-35&keywords=zwave+contact+sensor I have a couple but have not yet attempted to use them. (Be sure to select the "Dry Contact Sensor" in the dropdown product selection.)