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  1. awraynor

    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    I got a killer deal on some SimpliSafe products on Amazon. Wife has name recognition with them and keeping automation separate from security. Report back on your Ring products.
  2. awraynor

    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    Mine arrived just now. Wife never opens my mail. Well she did this time, Must have smelled the money. There goes my tech budget stash.
  3. awraynor

    Iris is Officially Done

    I water as needed, so if it's not part of a broader system I"m okay with that. Otherwise Rachio would likely be the way to go. Trying to minimize cost at the moment as I might be moving in the next 6 months.
  4. Wife has brand name recognition with SimpliSafe and I'm going with that. Much better price on Amazon than on their site. At least as of yesterday they had a BOGO offer for cameras. That way she can control the security and I can do automation via SmartThings without messing up the former. The ST part was solidified when I saw it works with my 2 garage door openers, maybe my door lock and in the future hopefully my 2 thermostats.
  5. I"m separating out automation and security. Wife needs stable security and I could experiment with automation as I wish.
  6. awraynor

    Iris is Officially Done

    I could, but after my SNAFU last time Wife shut that option down.
  7. awraynor

    Iris is Officially Done

    I think it's the regular "Video Doorbell" model. Might be part of the problem. I got it for $60 on sale so who cares. Really looking forward to the outdoor WyzeCam model.
  8. Like many I'm scrambling to find a new security and home automation system. This involves parity and well as the Wife Acceptance Factor (WAF). For now I'm going with the Haven package from SimpliSafe, $490 on their site, $190 on Amazon. They a BOGO camera offer, so that's pretty sweet. Got a video doorbell and one indoor camera with two free indoor cameras. I tried the get free video doorbell, that didn't work. Wife has brand name recognition with them and 60 day return policy so win. I definitely will now go with Smart Things. I knew my 2 garage door openers will work, but now, hopefully my 2 thermostats and door lock. Wife wouldn't let me install the thermostats for good reason. First time around I forgot to turn the power off and zapped my AC. in July in SC. house got up to 90F. Thankfully she was gone that July the 4th weekend. If SimpliSafe doesn't work well, I'll likely check out Abode. My friend loves his Hubitat system, but no phone app is a killer for us.
  9. awraynor

    Iris is Officially Done

    MIne is hardwired. I have a mesh system with AT&T gigabit fiber, would have expected better.
  10. awraynor

    Iris is Officially Done

    I've heard very good things about Nest, but the upfront and monitoring costs are significantly higher than others. We don't really use security and automation a lot, so couldn't justify the expense. I have a Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display, might pair a few devices with them.
  11. awraynor

    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    At least as an interim step I'm going with SimpliSafe for security. It has name recognition with my Wife and that makes her happy. $490 for Haven package on their site, got it for $190 on Amazon. They have a BOGO camera offer right now which helps a lot. Using SmartThings for my garage doors and hopefully thermostats and door lock. Probably a good idea to keep my automation and her security separate. My second choice would have been Abode, but wasn't as familiar with them.
  12. I called and told them about the unpaired devices, that were now paired. I had to accept the offer before they could manually credit me for the additional devices.
  13. awraynor

    Iris is Officially Done

    I've been fairly disappointed in the response from my Ring video doorbell. Heard the Nest version is much better. I bought just a few with the #BOGO offer on my SimpliSafe system. May augment with WyzeCam if needed. Supposedly WyzeCam is coming out with an exterior camera this year.
  14. awraynor

    Iris is Officially Done

    She was going to put me on the callback list, but the Supervisor happened to free up. I told her I was sorry she was losing her job. She handled everything well. It's a win for me, I was looking to move anyway and now have 2K to do it.
  15. awraynor

    Iris is Officially Done

    Nope, don't think so. I have two of them and was super excited to see my ugly cT101 thermostats are now compatible. That saves a lot of money for new T-stats and installation.