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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  5. 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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    Visa Cards

    It depends mostly on who can pay the better lawyers.
  9. 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.
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    Arcus Smart Home

    If this is the case, how is Systronics dealing with this?
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    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.)
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    Vera Thread - Pro\Con

    Hello, The GetVera site still shows full price. How do we access the controllers and bundles that reflect the 30% discount? Since our time frame is short, especially for those with multiple systems, I would like to get started on this right away. Can you please provide a link or discount code for immediate ordering? Thanks!
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    Iris is Officially Done

    I am definitely interested in VeraSecure... When I researched Vera more than a year ago, it seems that i remember there were discussions about someone trying to write a driver for Iris V1 sensors. Do you have any information on whether anyone has made any progress with this? Also, I noticed on your compatibility list (https://getvera.com/compatibility/) that the CT-100 thermostat is supported, but nothing is listed for the CT-101. Since Lowe's sold mostly the CT-101 units, do you have any information about their compatibility with Vera? Thanks!
  14. @Otto Mation, thanks for your reply. These are the newest I/O cameras, so I was thinking of pairing them just to get the Iris-generated passwords for them. I see that you had found the password for the earlier camera versions - do you know if that one is still valid for the newer I/O camera? I'm still interested in some kind of integration, though, as I use regular motion and contact sensors to trigger camera recording.
  15. I'm not so sure they are. For a while, when Lowe's was having so much trouble with the video clips (the thumbnails would suddenly disappear and you couldn't see any of your recordings - this went on for months), I successfully used iSpy and the image-based motion detection to record the clips on a local computer. Given that I could do that, it wouldn't be much of a problem to run a process that watched for new files and uploaded them to my cloud. So I don't think they will become bricks by any means - but you will have to use Iris before it goes away to obtain the network information such as MAC address and network password. I also purchased Blue Iris but never installed it because Lowe's finally fixed the thumbnail problem. I also have four new, unpaired I/O cameras still in stock that a store had on sale a few months ago. Perhaps @thegillion and @IrisUsers would be kind enough to comment on future usability of Iris cameras? I don't see that it's absolutely necessary to have them integrated into the automation/security system, but it IS nice to be able to use the camera motion detection as a trigger.
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    Iris is Officially Done

    100% agree! Both Amazon and Google have betrayed their users' trust at least as much as Lowe's. I have never even considered Alexa or the Google Home products. There have been a number of court cases where Amazon has been ordered to turn over Alexa recordings - which should have never been kept.
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    Iris is Officially Done

    Have you considered VeraSecure? The last time I researched it, they were the only platform offering backup and restore. Considering the size of my installations, this is among the most important consideration.
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    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.
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    Iris is Officially Done

    What REALLY pisses me off is the lack of reasonable notice. Less thab two months? A year wouldn't be so bad, but < 60 days is unconscionable. Not nearly enough time to intelligently research and implement a replacement system. Lowe's is betraying its long-term loyal customers who have spent very substantial chunks of time setting up their systems - to save some short-term costs.
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    Shut Down?

    Haven't been able to get a smart button for quite a while, and my V1 versions are physically failing... V2 buttons are only available in the hub kits now. The Swirl is becoming the "Iris Vortex!"
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    Shut Down?

    I saw the exact same message on Android - so it looks like it's an app-generated message - and not platform-specific. I do agree that it does look pretty grim for Iris, however, and the writing has been on the wall for quite some time.
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    Shut Down?

    Notwithstanding all of the other information to the contrary (which could be coincidental), isn't it possible that this was nothing more than a notification of an abnormal application shutdown? I received this message immediately after the app became unresponsive for about 20 seconds, so that's how I interpreted it. One would think they would use more descriptive language such as "Iris services will be discontinued on Date X" if the Iris platform were indeed to be turned off. "Iris Shut Down" is typical of many application crash messages - sorely lacking any useful information or clarity whatever.
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    Iris Portal Survey

    Done.
  24. I'm assuming that this isn't a technical limitation with V2? Do we have any information on why Lowe's would forego a feature that is obviously important to many people, and those who purchased these devices, assuming they would be supported? Thanks for the info on the supported list. I hadn't thought of putting Iris in pairing mode to find the supported devices...
  25. Rather, Pavlov quoted an Iris spokesman... If Lowe's has added support for "dozens of devices" in 2017, is there an official list? While I'm sure that some non-Iris devices are supported, all of the third-party sensors (and one siren) have paired but appear as non-supported devices. I did search the Iris community site for "supported" but no list of supported devices was found. Would love to see the Aeon Labs power meter supported again, as I have two of them wasting away in a dormant state...