Vettester

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  1. Vettester

    Z-wave Locks

    Schlage Z-wave locks can be a bit finicky. The Hubitat team recommends pairing the locks in place, but I could never get them to work right by doing this. The only way I could get them to except the lock codes was to pair them in close proximity to the hub. Once you get them paired and the codes working you can reinstall the lock and then run a Z-wave repair. There are a few other things I have found to keep them working reliably. First is to keep the battery level up, I'm not exactly sure what the minimal level is but I change mine out once they fall below 70%. Another nuance is for whatever reason the locks have to be refreshed periodically or the loose connectivity. One thing to keep in mind is that refreshing the lock basically wakes them up so this does have an affect battery life. I have RM rules setup to refresh them on a regular basis. You'll also want to make sure you don't try refreshing multiple locks at the same time. Here's a couple of examples of my rules:
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    Starting up with Hubitat

    I gave up on SystronicRF early on mainly because I felt they were taking way too long to develop profiles for some of my key devices. The main reason for moving to their platform was because of their support for Iris V1 devices. Even though Lowes reimbursed us for these I didn't want to throw away thousands of dollars if I didn't have to. I spent hours working with Andy in the early stages of development and I learned a lot about a Raspberry Pi so it wasn't a total loss. When Hubitat started supporting V1 devices I quickly baled out of the Systronics beta program and have never looked back. I have since repurposed my Raspberry Pi to use as a system reporting tool for Hubitat and to interface all of my devices into HomeKit. I use HomeKit to control my system when I'm not at home. When I first started with with Hubitat I quickly learned that even though the my GE Link bulbs were supported they caused issues with my zigbee network. To resolve this I purchased a second hub and am using it as a dedicated hub for my GE Link bulbs and haven't had any issues with any zigbee devices since.
  3. I'm using a mix of 15 cameras which include Iris gen1 & gen2, Dahua and Amcrest. They are all connected to Blue Iris and I'm using a Homebridge plugin (homebridge-camera-ffmpeg v0.1.14) to connect them to HomeKit.
  4. Where there's a will there's a way...
  5. Alexa and Google Home both work with Hubitat and you can get Siri to work as well if you incorporate Homebridge. The added bonus of Siri is it lets me control all of my automations from my Apple Watch. The only thing they haven’t got working is the V1 keypad. I’ll take voice control over a 7 year old device any day. Here are some screen shots from my Apple Watch.
  6. I have found that historical data can be very useful. It helps in making minor adjustments to my home automation system.. I typically monitor the last 6 hours but can go back as far as I need to. I’m exporting all my Hubitat events to an InfluxDB running on a Raspberry PI. The reason I bring this up is since SystronicsRF runs on a RPi it should be possible to integrate this functionality. Here are some examples of what should be possible.
  7. Just curious to know if this page has the ability to show any historical data or if it’s just current states?
  8. Vettester

    Iris V1 Keypad Driver

    Nope, still waiting on Mike Maxwell. https://community.hubitat.com/t/any-hope-for-a-iris-v1-keypad/15013
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    Alexa for SystronicsRF

    Is there any chance the Control System will ever be able to do this? I have found that Siri is more convenient for voice controlling my home automation.
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    Prepaid Visa Card

    I never received a prepaid card for a manual redemption I submitted. I followed up on this a few weeks after the process had been closed and they told me they couldn't find any record of my submission and there wasn't anything they could do about it. If you did not receive an email conformation then I'm pretty sure it is too late to do anything now.
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    NFC Tags & iOS 13

    For anyone who is using iOS 13 check out what you can do with NFC tags. The tags are fairly cheap (less than $1). This opens up a ton of possibilities in the HA world.
  12. I don't care for any of the Hubitat dashboards so I use the Home+ 4 groups to provide a quick reference for battery levels so for me it is worth it. Check this out.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmm2FmgtYPk
  13. I was a beta tester as well with 3X the number of devices you have so I am very familar with this system. One of the reasons I left was because I didn't like the direction SytronicsRF was going with their browser UI. As many of us know the key to a successful home automation implementation is to make sure you maintain a high wife appreciation factor (WAF). Our significant others don't want to be bothered with clunky interfaces so a highly polished UI app is very important. In my opinion both Hubitat and SystronicsRF are focused primarily on automation functionality and have missed the boat when it comes to a polished UI app. With Hubitat I have created a HomeBridge connection to all of my devices so that I can use Apple's Home app as a UI. Apple has spent a significant amount of money developing their UI which helps keep the WAF high. Below are some screenshots from the Home and Home+ apps.
  14. Hmmm... when I was beta testing this my system crashed a few times as well. To restore it required re-pairing all my devices which wasn't an easy task. Reviewing the cost of this system I believe they are going to eventually price themselves out of the market. Why would someone pay $332.95 for all components necessary to run SystronicsRF when you can buy a Hubitat Elevation right now for $74.95? The only advantage SystronicRF has is they support WiFi so you can use your Iris V1 cameras with limited functionality. In my opinion the Iris cameras are junk so the extra cost for WiFi is not justified. You could use the $258 cash savings and build a Blue Iris server which would give you full local control of your IP based cameras.