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    GE In-wall Switches Dropped Off Network All At Once

    Of the 67 Z-wave devices I have 47 of them are GE.
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    Blue Iris Now Has Alexa Integration

    For those of you that are using Blue Iris for a 3rd party camera interface the latest version ( now provides Alexa integration. I copied the following from the help section: Amazon Echo Most Amazon Echo home automation integration requires a solution provider to establish a dedicated central web server. However, the Blue Iris model has always been private, local control without a central-server requirement--your video and system control commands never pass through a third-party server and no Internet connection is required. Therefore in order to get Amazon Echo to talk to your Blue Iris PC directly, we have had to implement this functionality via device emulation--there are a few home automation devices with which Echo can communicate directly, such as the Philips Hue lighting systems and WeMo devices, and Blue Iris will appear to Echo as one of these. To get started, you should have your Echo and your Blue Iris PC on the same LAN. If you have multiple subnets (routers), the Echo and your PC should be configured in such a way that they are visible to each other on the network. In addition to basic control of the traffic signal icon and profile#, you may choose to add individual camera control as well--please see the Amazon Echo setting on each camera's properties pages. Next, use the Connect to Amazon Echo button on Options/Mobile devices. This will make your PC discoverable by the Echo device via UPNP technology. You will be notified once the Echo is able to successfully connect. If you add or remove any camera from Echo control, or if your PC's LAN address changes, you should re-run this discovery step in order to find any newly added cameras. To fully remove a camera from Echo control you may need to use the Alexa app on your Smartphone. In addition, to fully remove Echo access to your Blue Iris, you should delete the user entry that's created on Options/Mobile devices. Once discovery is successful, you're ready to issue commands to your Echo such as: "Alexa, turn Blue Iris On" to set the traffic signal icon to yellow/green "Alexa, turn Blue Iris Off" to set the traffic signal icon to red "Alexa, set Blue Iris to 10%" to set profile 1 "Alexa, set Blue Iris to 50%" to set profile 5 "Alexa, set Blue Iris to 100%" to resume the normal schedule For individual camera control (if configured on camera properties page prior to discovery), you can issue commands such as: "Alexa, turn My Camera 1 On" to enable, pause, record, or select the camera (as configured) "Alexa, turn My Camera 1 Off" to disable, un-pause, stop recording, or de-select the camera "Alexa, set My Camera 1 to 10%" to move to PTZ preset 1 "Alexa, set My Camera 1 to 50%" to move to PTZ preset 5 Sure in a perfect world, we would not use percentages to control presets and profiles, this is a side-effect of the light-bulb device emulation. If Amazon opens the ASK API (Amazon Skill Kit Application Programming Interface) to further direct device control manufacturers, or if Blue Iris builds-out a full user portal website, this may change. You may also see additional HA integration, such as Hue and WeMo control directly through Blue Iris.
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    The Tapatalk login issue that started last November has been resolved. Thanks Otto for following up on this!
  4. Is anyone out there using this Harmony Smart Control with Alexa and if so have you had any issues?
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    Hub lost lights now

    Sounds like your hub is dying. You could call support and ask them if your hub is online.
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    Iris Camera Quality

    I have a Dahua camera mounted by my front door that records 24/7 and have a zone setup in Blue Iris that covers a small area of the sidewalk leading up to my front door. When someone crosses into the zone Blue Iris triggers a batch file runs that runs a python script that simply toggles the HDMI inputs of my Sony Bravia between the TV and the Blue Iris computer for 10 seconds. The Sony Bravia has an API that allows you to control the TV via the windows command prompt. The batch file and python script are running on my Blue Iris computer so this does not require a raspberry pi or any additional hardware. The computer and TV are connected together with an HDMI cable so the video feed to the TV comes from the Blue Iris client running on the computer. I also have Blue Iris trigger a doorbell sound that plays through amplified speakers connected to the same computer so that I know someone is there before they even ring my main doorbell. The downside is this is also triggered by stray cats and dogs that seem to only roam at night. To control the automatic doorbell sound at night I have a small freeware program that lets you schedule the volume of a windows based computer. The current schedule mutes the volume between 10:00 pm and 9:00 am.
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    Iris Camera Quality

    Even though I don't I don't live in a high crime area my neighborhood has experienced an ever increasing number of car prowls over the past few years. In an effort to protect the vehicles I leave parked outside I have been spent a great deal of time and money setting up a multi-camera surveillance system. I started out with the Iris Gen 1 Outdoor Wireless Video cameras. This camera left a lot to be desired when it comes to video quality and night vision so when Lowe's released their new Gen 2 Indoor and Outdoor Camera I replaced all of my Gen 1 cameras with the new Gen 2 cameras. I've been using these cameras for over a year now and even though there is a significant improvement in video quality and night vision they still aren't capable of doing facial recognition under certain conditions. The screenshot below is one of four prowlers my cameras have captured in the last 6 months, but because of the poor quality I have not been able to get a recognizable face shot. I recently replaced one of my Iris cameras with a Dahua PTZ and there is a night and day difference in video quality between the two cameras. The Dahua has auto tracking that zooms in on an object and then follows the object until its out of the camera's field of view. In my opinion the Dahua camera install looks a lot cleaner than the Iris camera. The three screenshots below are to show that the cameras are basically located in the same area. Fortunately I don't have screen shot of a another prowler to compare the difference in quality, but the image below is from the Dahua camera and the quail is more than twice the distance from the camera than the prowler was in the first screenshot. In reference to the prowler image the quail would be located on the ground next to the sidewalk right behind the prowler's head.
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    Iris Camera Quality

    I have my camera system setup so that when my front door camera is triggered it displays the video feed from the camera to a 65" Sony Bravia Smart TV in my family room for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds the TV goes back to whatever show we were previously watching on the TV. In my opinion, if you want quality affordable consumer grade cameras, you should be looking at Dahua or Hikvision.
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    This is an issue caused by updates to the forum software. Currently Tapatalk is not working.
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    Batteries Depleting Rapidly

    This is odd, both of mine are still at 100%. I know the Gen 2 keypad has an IR sensor that flashes several times a second and I'm wondering if yours is somehow stuck so that it is on all the time.
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    Iris Camera Quality

    Agreed, the Iris cameras are useless if you're trying to do any kind of facial recognition.
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    Iris Camera Quality

    The battery life is going to depend on how much the camera records. If you put it in an area where there is a lot of motion there is no way the batteries will last two years. Also, unless you are recording 24/7 I can guarantee that you are going to miss something. This happens because the camera's motion sensing and wifi are not 100% reliable.
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    Deadbolt locked but iris doesn't know

    The hub is the z-wave controller, but none of the other devices you listed act as a z-wave repeater so it doesn't surprise me that you're having issues. You may want to consider adding a V2 smart plug or two.
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    Cortana to control Iris

    You can do this from the web UI on any computer that has access to the internet.
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    Deadbolt locked but iris doesn't know

    Even though all 3 devices are z-wave the smoke detector and thermostat do not act as repeaters so it may be a connectivity issue. How many other z-wave devices do you have paired to your hub?
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    Batteries Depleting Rapidly

    Almost 2 months now and mine are still reporting a 100% battery level.
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    Iris Hub Bandwidth Usage Change

    I have a network switch connected to my primary wifi point and my Iris hub is is connected to the switch along with my cable modem and multiple IP cameras. To see usage go into the Google WiFi app and click on devices from the main screen. Then from the devices page you can select the device you want. Once you've selected the device you have a usage tab and a details tab. Your usage defaults to real-time, but if you touch on where it says real-time you have the option of choosing between real-time, 1 day, 7 days, 30 days or 60 days.
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    Iris Hub Bandwidth Usage Change

    Has anyone else noticed a significant decrease in the hub's bandwidth usage since the last app update? This started on March 21. The graph below is for the last 30 days.
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    Iris Camera Quality

    No, they do not. I use Blue Iris for all of my cameras.
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    Batteries Depleting Rapidly

    I think you've got something else going on, the batteries should last longer 15-20 days. The two keypads I replaced the batteries on during the first week of March are still at 100%.
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    Notifications Not Working

    Iris just released iOS Version 2.9.5. You might want to try updating to see if that helps.
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    Keen Smart Vents

    Hmmm... I wasn't aware that Lowe's had discontinued these. I wonder if it has anything to do with Keen's price increase. I think I paid $79.99 each for the ones I have and I noticed that if you go to Keen's web site they are now selling for $109.99. Anyway, I have seven of these and they work great if you can keep them connected. Even though they are a zigbee device they seem to have an issue staying connected to the Iris hub. Whenever one falls offline I just pull the battery pack out and put it back in and it reconnects. I haven't spent anytime trouble shooting these so I don't know if removing and re-pairing them would help or not. I do know that when they were initially paired they were within 5' of the hub.
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    Connected Bulb Experience

    These are the ones I was referring to: If you look at the Community Q&A at the bottom of the page in the link there are people that are reporting that these work with Iris.
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    Hub Offline

    When you used the reset button on the Iris hub did the hub beep after holding it in for about 3 seconds? If so, have you tried pinging the IP address of your hub to verify that its still on your network?
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    New iOS app 2.9.3

    It's actually 2.9.4 and the change log just says Enhancements and Bug fixes.