RonLh

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  1. I've been a Beta tester for the SRF system since Iris died last spring. I've got 78 devices, including all my old Iris stuff and many new items running nicely. Everything is working pretty solidly now. There were some (expected) issues during the early Beta phase and, as others have said, SRF is excellent in responding to issues. I'm amazed at how many devices work with the SRF hub vs any other system. The concept of using a configurable Pi for a hub vs a fixed hub such as all others use is that it's more likely adaptable to future protocols as devices hit the market. As it stands now, I'm running four different interfaces to devices in my home (legacy Zigbee; modern Zigbee; Z-Wave; and WiFi). With the ability to buy a configured Pi, the system becomes accessible for the average user that may not want to build their own hub (which is quite simple). The cost of the software, given the broad capabilities is frankly quite a bargain. I've got thousands of dollars in devices, so I'm not thinking the cost of the software is an issue as it's less than the cost of a single deadbolt. No recurring monthly costs is more significant. When Iris died, I switched my summer camp (which was all Z-wave) over to Hubitat to gain some insight into how that system worked vs SRF. I initially thought Hubitat had some pretty good capabilities, especially the configurable dashboard, but SRF has now far surpassed their approach to dashboards and allows me to build exactly what I want with a multitude of panes, including power meters, video streams, switches, graphs, and many more. It takes a little while to get used to the conventions used by SRF, but once you get the hang of it, the control possibilities are wide open. I've been able to create some complex conditional actions that would have been impossible with Iris. I think one of the strengths of the SRF system is that it would be a very powerful tool for professional automation installers to build custom system from, while retaining the ability for average users to manage their homes. I'm convinced this is the best approach for my use and am sticking with it for the long haul.
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    Goodbye and thank you all

    Thanks to all the Lowes Iris Team. System has been a leader in the industry though sadly, not properly supported by corporate. Any hint regarding how many Iris hubs the Iris Team was supporting? Was always curious regarding how many systems were sold.
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    SystronicsRF

    I've got five v1 Smart Buttons and the Iris V1 Keypad controlling activities nicely in SystronicsRF. List of items joined to SystronicsRF and functioning so far for me: 5 gen 1 Smart Buttons 1 gen 1 keypad 6 gen 1 Smart Plugs 1 GE Plug-in Dimmer 5 GE and Leviton wall switches and dimmers 1 gen 1 keyfob 1 Leaksmart Water Shutoff Valve 4 Utilitech Flood Sensors 11 gen 1 door/window sensors 6 gen 1 motion sensors
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    SystronicsRF

    I concur with EyeRuss's assessment. As a fellow Beta tester, I've got all my Gen 1 device types paired into the SystronicsRF system and a handful of each gen2 and Z-wave. These devices include smart plugs, motion sensors, door sensors, smart buttons, key fobs, siren, flood sensors, and Leaksmart Water shutoff valve. 24 devices all communicating with the hub and triggering events. The logic to building actions is very powerful but will take some time to add all the functionality to the action builders, but it's going very quickly and the folks working on it are doing a great job on a short fuse. I'm pretty close to turning off my Iris hub for good and feel that we're about a week or so away from enough capability to do that. The issues so far have been mostly around pairing of devices to the system, but that process gets better every day. I think in the long run, this is going to be a very flexible solution. The idea of not getting locked into any of the other ecosystems is attractive. This approach provides the ability to adapt if communication protocols migrate to another RF scheme by adding another external RF adapter and integrating into the Control System code. I'm confident enough that I've started picking a bunch of extra Iris gen1 sensors on the cheap on eBay.
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    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    I have now received both of my Visa cards (two hubs). Thank You Lowes for my new washer and dryer.
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    Visa Cards

    Got my first of two today.
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    What will happen to this forum?

    Clearly, based on discussions throughout this forum, there is a dire need for a non-affiliated home automation website where knowledgeable people can share experiences and solutions. The world of home automation and security is still the wild west to some extent and, as most of us have found, difficult to get clear roadmaps to solutions to meet our varied needs. I would think such a generic website would support enough hits to be self sustaining through ads (though ad-free is better).
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    Platform Poll

    I agree there's not enough discussion on HomeKit. My ultimate goal would be a system that communicates through that. My son has his home populated with Insteon automation devices using an ISY hub and has a Raspberry-Pi that interfaces that with Homekit. I'm hoping one of the R-Pi solutions (i.e., SystronicsRF or Arcus) will support such a Homekit interface eventually.
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    SystronicsRF

    Same result for me at first on my laptop, and not sure what changed but after trying it on my iPad with same result, I went back to the laptop and it worked and got me to the beta site. I had sent an email to SystronicsRF in between, so not sure if it was an authorization change or something else.
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    SystronicsRF

    Me four. .😊
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    Viewing your redemption list and total refund

    I have two houses and it only shows the last one redeemed no matter which account I'm logged into. Strange.
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    Platform Poll

    Ditto
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    SystronicsRF

    I am included in the Beta test pool and have been told that the test software will be sent out next week. Ready to go and will keep you posted on progress once I receive.
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    Emotional farewell to what we've lost

    I've been saying the same for years. With just a little effort, they could've owned the market. Sad.