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  1. Nest now compatible with Iris

    Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of flexibility in what you can do with nest in iris. It's a reliable, nice looking thermostat, but I kinda regret purchasing it. I was hoping the integration with iris would open up more options to do what I want, but it didn't. The natively supported zwave thermostats (Radio Thermostat and Go-Control) in iris have much better options for programming schedules, and nest forces you to use their app and their rules for scheduling nest thermostats. I just want the ability to have different schedules run depending on presence. Its just not something you can do with nest. If you use their auto away feature in the summer, you have to come home to a hot miserable house and then it takes all night to cool down again! The nest operates exactly the opposite from what I want. I want a hold temperature when someone is home, and a schedule when we are away (which I can configure to pre-cool the house based on our typical arrival times). You can also set your away temperature on nest to heat well beyond what they consider "energy efficient". However, you aren't allowed to do the same with cooling. They force efficiency over comfort for cooling, but allow comfort over efficiency for heat. The ONLY thing I really want from a smart thermostat is for it not to run all day long while I am away, but have the house comfortable and ready for me when I get home. The nest fails miserably at this task in the summer... the only way to do it is to disable the smart features and set a simple schedule just like you can do with a dumb $35 programmable thermostat. It seems to me that Nest was designed for people who live in cold climates. If you live in the south, and you don't like your house 76 degrees when you come home, the nest isn't really the best option for you!
  2. Version 2.4.1 is out in the apple app store As noted previously, this has support for nest thermostats.
  3. Nest now compatible with Iris

    Yep, nest shows as an option in the devices, however it says you need to download the latest version of the app to pair it... no update in the iOS app store at the moment.
  4. Am I just missing something? Haven't we had this rule since the beginning? I've had a camera for a while and I set up a rule "when a security alarm is triggered, start recording from ________ for ___ minutes". How is this a new feature? Now we have a toggle switch that does the same thing in the cameras card that does the same thing? *confused
  5. Maintenance notice from Iris

    I wish they would do the water heater something like that. It's an absolute pain to adjust.
  6. Maintenance notice from Iris

    Cool. Anyone have a screenshot to share? I got rid of my iris compatible t-tstat a while back, so I can't see the changes.
  7. Maintenance notice from Iris

    Looks like nothing major...
  8. Maintenance notice from Iris

    Yep, and was kinda hoping for nest integration too... I guess we'll find out soon... I'm guessing we will see an app update by the end of the week and some release notes if there is anything major added.
  9. I was just reading through the iOS 11 features and noticed this: HOMEKIT Developers can now experiment with HomeKit without needing to apply for Made for iPhone (MFi) approval from Apple. That means developers can start creating and testing products before bringing them to market and Apple is even permitting experimentation popular custom-fit boards like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi. HomeKit products also no longer need a hardware authentication chip, which means new and existing product manufacturers will be able to add HomeKit support to devices through a firmware update. I believe they have finally seen the light! I feel like that crazy requirement for a hardware authentication chip is what has been holding back homekit all this time. Lift this restriction and I believe you will start to see tons of manufacturers update their products with homekit support!
  10. Same is happening to me. I'll try disconnecting / reconnecting the ethernet when I get home and see if comes back.
  11. I just noticed all the GE Z-wave wall switches I can find on the lowes website have a reduced price but now say "100W" in the description. Just curious if this is a mistake. I've never seen a switch rated for less than 600W. This seems ridiculously low to me...
  12. My iris grade is...

    I've heard of hardware companies with bad batches of hardware that "work around" the problems using software to avoid a recall. For instance, I'm pretty sure apple had a bad batch of iphone batteries and they "resolved" the issue by "recalibrating" the battery meter. You will never convince me that it was a software problem all along. I would put money on the fact that those batteries had defective cells or something and apple just covered up the problem by adjusting the battery meter to compensate. I believe zigbee and/or zwave can operate on multiple channels in the same way as wifi, I would assume the hub is supposed to attempt to identify the best channel to use. It is likely that a defective zwave chip could experience worse problems on a specific channel, and by disabling that channel via a firmware update, it could possibly make a defective system slightly more stable. The multi-channel operation might be zigbee only, I'm really not sure (but I know I read at least one of the two has multiple channels it can work on), but even so, it could be that use of a specific zigbee channel caused interference with zwave due to the design of the product... that could explain why some of us see the problem and some don't (It depends on what channel is selected). It also seems that I read somewhere early on that the channel which is assigned happens when the system is first powered on and is never changed after that. That may not still be the case, or I might be imagining it all together... This is really all nothing but unsubstantiated wild speculation, so take it with a grain of salt... BUT it is something I have thought about that makes sense in my mind.
  13. My iris grade is...

    I think what Vettsetter is trying to say is just because your experiences have been negative, that doesn't necessarily mean that this is the "norm". I have an installation of about 75 devices and see none of these issues... My parents also have an iris system and they don't have any issues either. I understand from "your point of view", it appears that these issues are common.... however, from "my point of view" these issues are not common. There are a lot of people on here that have perfectly solid systems, and there are a lot that experience problems, but its hard to get a gauge on percentages. I don't question whether these issues exist for some people... it is obvious that there have been a lot (not as many lately though) of people seeing similar problems, however it can't possibly be something low level that is broken within the iris platform because, if it was, this problem would manifest itself in every install, yet there are plenty of people who don't encounter these random disconnects. There IS some common denominator that has not been identified yet. People keep suggesting that maybe it is some sort of interference in some areas, maybe wifi or some other wireless system, however I have a completely different theory. Sometimes I wonder if they simply had a large batch of bad hubs or some other device that is wreaking havoc on some peoples systems... It would have to be either the hub or a device that is iris specific... something that people are not carrying over to smart things (as you stated someone made the switch to smart things and didn't have the same issues on that platform, and I've heard this a few times). Because the issue is almost always with zwave devices (and I think all these zwave stuff works in smartthings), I am highly suspicious of a problem with the zwave chipset that maybe exists in a batch of V2 hubs. You would think lowes would have access to all the relevant data to to compare the common factors in systems which have these problems and figure out what it causing it. (maybe device in a specific range of serial numbers?)
  14. $99 it dying?

    What about the "echo look"...? I can't understand HOW this would not be a dud. It seems like a ridiculous concept. I don't need machine learning algorithms to track my wardrobe choices and give me fashion advice...
  15. Halo IFTTT posibilities

    So, it looks like you have to have it paired with the halo account instead of iris if you want to use IFTT, so it really doesn't matter in my case. Same with Alexa... I guess you can't test the alarm via Alexa if you are paired with iris. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk