rdisom

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    Visa Cards

    I received the first of 3 cards. Activated on the website in less than 30 seconds. The other 2 cards are waiting for me at home. Now just have to pay for those Amazon and Ring carts...
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    Researching the Ring.

    I just checked. The Ring contact sensors don't show up to start a routine. I did find that you can have a Ring doorbell sound a chime on Alexa devices. This will save me from having to add the Ring Chime to my overloaded Ring cart.
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    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    Yes. Remove from Iris before trying to pair. You may still have to reset some items. I moved to Wink since I had a hub in use already. Most smart plugs moved without issue, but some V2 contact sensors had to be reset. Most GE switches moved on first try, some had to be reset with the Wink app even after removing from Iris.
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    Visa Cards

    I completely agree. I originally chose Iris over Staples Connect because everything was available in my local Lowes store. Nearest Staples was about 45 miles away. They removed from my store and the closest store that stocked Iris was across the street from the Staples. lol They never had an adequate display set up, or promoted the Iris brand any where near me. I told my wife I should volunteer to set up one of their wooden sheds with a few Iris items and promote it for them in the parking lot. I could never understand why it was not given the attention it needed to succeed. On a side note, apparently don't take any of my advice on HA equipment because both of my choices are defunct. 😖
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    Visa Cards

    I was having a conversation last night with my brother. I have been pushing him towards home automation for quite some time. I even offered him a spare Iris hub a few months ago just to get him started. I told him what had happened with Iris and that they were giving us this redemption card and he flipped out. He could not believe a company would stand behind their product like that. So while some people might have a bad opinion about how this went down, (not me), someone from completely outside was thoroughly impressed with Lowes response.
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    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    The card for my work system apparently arrived yesterday, but it went to City Hall. Hopefully I see it sometime today. The cards for home system appear to be coming Friday, although they are in Los Angeles as of last night. May have them today or tomorrow.
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    Wink

    I finally got everything moved to Wink. I am able to recreate most everything on the automation side, with the exception of a couple arrival/departure scenes. All temperature rules, sunrise/sunset light control, everything else I had on Iris works except the V1 stuff for security. It seems a little flakey, but that could be due to adding everything I have over the past few days. A GE outdoor module and a GE Dimmer switch that show as disconnected, but function within the app fine. Alexa also says they are disconnected, but they still function with Alexa. I've rebooted a couple times and have everything working at the moment. I bought the small Ring kit and protected the main entrances. I will finish that when the redemption money comes in. I'm still going to pickup a Smartthings hub to mess around with. I will maintain the Wink because I think there are some things it can do that Smartthings cannot. Eg: control a smart plug with a Lutron connected bulb remote to reboot my modem. It works local on Wink, and not sure anyone else supports a discontinued remote. I am happy to hear all the feedback on all systems here. This forum has been great for information, along with a couple really helpful administrators and forum members.
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    Visa Cards

    I believe most, if not all, alarm companies cannot be held liable even while connected and monitored. This has come up before, and can be found in the fine print of all the alarm companies I have ever skimmed through.
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    Nest Enters the Security Market

    Not exactly. I've seen it while searching for a replacement for Iris. Seems that the hub is combined with the keypad. Has key "tags" for arming/disarming. The contact sensors can act as motion sensors and can also be individually disarmed to run a quick errand out of that door. I didn't spend much time on it because I need to protect a separate building where I can also disarm the alarm. Plus, it is fairly expensive compared to other systems I am looking at. $399 for hub/keypad, 2 contact sensors and 2 key tags. I think...
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    Wink

    Just finished moving all my GE switches, dimmers and fan controls over to Wink. Wink recognizes the GE fan switch as a dimmer. Which is kind of a bonus, since it now works with Google Home. The Google Home system does not yet recognize the fan switch, but when it comes up as a dimmer it works fine. Hey Google, set living room fan to ??% I am still going to do something separate for security. My wife isn't thrilled about having to learn 2 new apps, but I learned a hard lesson about all your eggs in one basket. I will probably go with Ring Alarm and add some Ring cameras. My redemption card will cover equivalent Ring Alarm system, 2 Ring cameras and a Ring door bell with money left over. I already had the Wink hub, and I only had a few devices that wouldn't move over (V1 smart plugs, Utilitech leak detector, Utilitech siren). The Ring system will replace all my V1 keypads, motion sensors and contact sensors. I kind of lucked out on this deal. I may even buy a Smartthings hub to play with. Everything I moved to Wink will move to Smartthings except I'll have to add a Lutron Bridge for all my Lutron switches that Wink handles internally. I picked up a sale price Bridge with dimmer included, so I'm still not out anything once the card comes in.
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    Door Chimes

    As I was moving stuff from Iris to Wink on Sunday and Monday, I updated devices in Alexa many times. The Iris skill was still available in Alexa, but contact sensors in Iris or Wink are not available. Neither are V1 or V2 smart buttons.
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    Platform Poll

    I'm the lone guy up there with Wink. I already had a Wink hub and was mostly playing with it because Iris was so much better at what I needed. I am leaning towards Ring for the security side of the system.
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    Wink

    I've been slowly switching devices over to Wink. Moved Hue bridge and several smart plugs as well as a couple of V2 contact sensors, one of my garage door controllers and my Honeywell wifi thermostat. So far, so good. I am liking the app a little better as I add more stuff. When you add a type of device you don't already have, it adds the appropriate category to the home screen, ie: thermostat, garage door controller, lights, sensors, etc. It makes it easier to find devices, except lights. The app groups bulbs, smart plugs and light switches in one category. I wish there was a way to separate this out. There is a "groups" sub category in the lights main section. I could probably sort here and it would just add one extra screen touch to get to the appropriate device type. I am down to about 100 devices left on Iris, including cameras and all security items. Still researching security systems, but leaning towards Ring since it has most everything I need.
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    Emotional farewell to what we've lost

    I whole heartedly agree. Although, I wavered a time or two. I researched a ton before choosing Iris, and I am researching on my way out. There is nothing that really covers all aspects like Iris. Some cover certain areas better, but lack in others I will definitely miss the platform, as well as the people here that have helped me out more than once.
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    I'm thinking I'll switch to SmartThings

    I don't really have a choice in my use case. We are completely doing away with any hub at work, and I couldn't reach these locations with zwave or zigbee. They are outside a separate building and we only reach them with Google wifi pucks.
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    I'm thinking I'll switch to SmartThings

    I have been researching wifi smart plugs for a replacement of Iris wifi smart plugs. As far as I can tell, the only wifi smart plugs to work with Smartthings are the Wemo and iHome 6. I do not have, nor do I have any intention of going to Smartthings, just info I found while researching.
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    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    I have used Wink sparingly for the last few years. I ran some GE bulbs for a while, a couple of Wink Relays, Pivot Power Genius and a couple of sensors. It just didn't/doesn't have the security portion that Iris had. It looks very similar in capability to a bare stock Smartthings setup without all the added stuff that comes with Smartthings being an open system. I bought a Hub2 a couple of months ago and bought some Lutron Caseta switches. They are the best switch I have used. Wink Hub has Lutron Clear Connect radio in it, so you can add anything from the Lutron Caseta system that you could run with the Lutron Bridge. I don't care much for the app, but haven't really used it for much past a few lights and switches. I am in the process of switching over some of my Gen 2 Iris smart plugs and GE switches. It connected to my Honeywell Wifi thermostat through cloud just like Iris. There seems to be greater flexibility with rules and automations, but I wouldn't have given up Iris to switch. Until now...😠
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    Device removal and resetting

    There were 2 wifi smart plugs that looked identical. The 3rd one is completely different in appearance. I did not mean Gen 1 as in it worked with the Gen 1 hub, only that it was the first of three generations of the wifi smart plug.
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    Device removal and resetting

    Each device has a different reset procedure. Some you have to press the button 8 times @ 1 push per second. Some have to be plugged in while holding the button, etc. And the Gen1 wifi smart plug could not be reset unless first removed from the hub pairing. At least that's what support told me. And I could not reset the one in question, so I tend to believe them. Using the hub just makes it much easier. Remove device from Iris, and then pull the battery if it has one.
  20. The more I try to figure out which system to go with, the more I realize just how much combo work the contacts and motion sensor are doing for me. I feel like separating out the systems to avoid this type of monumental failure at my house, even if it means some doors having dual sensors. It is nice to be a part of this forum which offers a very diversified outlook and experience with various systems.
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    Here's what I know

    I installed 2 Simplisafe system at our church. 2 Separate buildings a couple hundred feet apart and one of the buildings is brick, so I didn't even try to extend one system out. The systems have been almost completely trouble free for a couple years now. I would definitely go this route if I wanted a monitored system. We had ADT covering only one building and it was costing us $54 per month. 2 Simplisafe systems with full package is $50 and works every bit as good.
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    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    Still researching and trying to figure that one out. I already have the Wink hub and plenty of Iris stuff that will work with it. I can find systems that cover both security and automation, but not sure I want to go down that road again. This time is a pretty big hit because I have alarm, thermostat, cameras and all automation through one company (Iris). I was hoping for input from my family, but they aren't really interested in any of it. As long as it works, lol. I have 6 dogs split into 2 groups when we are gone. 2 have the back of house and backyard, 4 have the rest of the house. So I don't really need the alarm, but it makes me feel better. I guess I am leaning towards Wink, since they have the Lutron Connect built in with no need for cloud to cloud for integration. Lutron really has the best switches with Pico remotes for multiple location swtiching.
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    Wink

    No love on Wink for power monitoring. After adding a gen2 Iris smart plug, it works fine but there is no place in the app for power monitoring. On a side note, I added a gen2 Iris smart button to Wink but it pairs as a generic zigbee light bulb. Those buttons are crap anyway, but looking for some sort of button to use as a doorbell. Wink was awesome in configuring the Lutron Connected Bulb Remote for operating "shortcuts". You could pretty much control any device you wanted this way. Unfortunately, Lutron discontinued this remote. You can find them on a couple of well known sites for ~$150. Lol. They originally sold for around $20, but they are invaluable on the Wink platform.
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    Wink

    I don't have any of the Iris smart plugs connected yet, but it doesn't appear to have any place for it in the app. I haven't bothered with power usage since I got a Chai Energy device that connects to my Edison Smart Meter. I can move a plug over tonight and check that out. Also, there is no web interface. A user created one that shows all the devices, and you can control switches from it.
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    Wink

    I had the Hub1 up until things started getting real scary with Iris. I picked up one at my local Walmart on clearance for $74. It was the last one they had, but Amazon had restocked recently. It looks like Amazon is out of them again. For more information, check out the Wink Users Group on Facebook. If you do that sort of thing. They have a pretty good following and a Wink team member is very active in the group.