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    Visa Cards

    It depends mostly on who can pay the better lawyers.
  2. 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!
  7. @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.
  8. 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

  17. 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...
  18. 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...
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    GE Devices Having Trouble

    I had six of the above-mentioned devices all go offline at the same moment, also during the same timeframe mentioned. However, all three of my newer GE Zwave Plus switches (purchased from Lowe's) were completely unaffected. Four of the older switches came back online in about eight hours, and the last two came back at about four hour intervals. One of the affected switches was within 10 ft of the hub. At my other house, with a similar mix of GE switches, had no disconnects at all. I note that the switches that did disconnect had no prior disconnects at all except during power failures.
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    Iris sent me news about Santa Tracker

    They might be busy on this, in case you haven't seen it (see image). Of course, one of the comments on the article: "I looked for one of these at Lowe's, but they are apparently out of stock."
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    Iris vs SmartThings

    Biggest thing to me is the lack of a hub backup. I have on two occasions had to install a new hub, and all my devices, settings, and rules were lost. Even though the V2 hub is clearly capable of spoofing the hub address (witness the V1 > V2 upgrade process), Lowe's has failed to write a script or app to back up one hub and restore to another. I have had an ST hub for some time, but haven't installed it yet. My attention has turned to the new VeraSecure device, which clearly offers backup and restore of a hub. Needless to say, on the next Iris hub failure without a backup, I'm gone.
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    Motion Sensor Trigger Timeout

    I have had three such alarms in the past week or so, with two motion detectors having problems with spurious detection (not sure why yet, but that's not relevant here). Every few days, they fire within five minutes of each other. Only the first one appears in the log. If I look at the push notification on my Android, it reports that the alarm was triggered by the second device. So it is a bug in the history logging function that fails to log the firing device. Note in the first image that the alarm status page does not report the firing device, but the Iris notification does. The "basement stairs" motion sensor initiates the five minute sequence, but the next item on the alarm status page, and in the history log, is the video cameras beginning to record. Only by looking at the push message do you see the actual trigger.
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    Iris Camera Quality

    @Vettester, Would you mind revealing the model number of your Dahua camera with tracking? I see a number of these on Amazon, but I don't find any that specifically mention the tracking feature. Thanks!
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    Iris App Version 2.6.0

    Well, I called Iris support to verify that my hub version was 2.6 (the "firmware version" reported in the app is actually the app version - - go figure). So after verifying 2.6 on my hub, I disconnected the network cable and tried a couple of buttons. No luck. I suppose it might require the new app to activate the feature, but that's some pretty wishful thinking... Sigh.
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    Iris App Version 2.6.0

    I haven't either, except for three different ones on two houses exposed to high, cold winds. I have over 60 of them, and only those on external doors facing the wind have falsed, sometimes several times within a minute when the wind was extreme. I had the problem solved by setting the number of required devices to trigger to two, but that option was removed. I am planning to replace a couple of the problem ones with V2 sensors to see if they are subject to the same problem. I will report back on this after testing. As it is, I have to turn off the alarm during high winds, which is not really acceptable to me. I also acquired my first system about over years ago, and this has been a problem since the first high winds. That said, we are talking hurricane speed gusts here - probably not too common for houses not exposed to large, wide open spaces.