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    Shut Down?

    I guess it's possible that someone could buy it and roll it into an existing platform... in which case they wouldn't need/want the iris app. It's probably possible that a simple USB stick and firmware update could enable compatibility with V1 devices with someone elses hub. It's also possible someone like Samsung could flash our hubs and turn them into smartthings hubs and automatically transition our systems over to smart things... But I can't see financially how any of this would make sense. Most of these other platforms make money on the hardware and offer the service for free. If they already have their own platform, and they aren't going to be charging a monthly fee for the users they gain, what would they actually be purchasing from Lowes? What's the point in adding 10-20k users to your user base if it's gonna cost development dollars to interface their existing equipment and there is no additional revenue stream coming from it? How is there any money to be made? Seems like adding more burden to an existing infrastructure for no reason. The only way I see iris surviving is a newcomer to the market swiping it up. It's possible that it is "profitable" but small potatoes compared to Lowe's core business... If they are generating 100's of thousands of dollars from iris, it's likely that focusing those resources elsewhere would net a better return... but then we are back to the shutdown notice not making any sense. The more likely scenario is that they THOUGHT they had a buyer but the deal went south, and now they are looking at just shutting down all together. Then there is the thought that the shutdown code could have been added a long time ago, possibly shortly after the V2 blunder that everyone thought they would not turn around... That would be an ironic and very untimely thing to turn up at this point. Another thought, maybe the buyer wants to relaunch the product under a new label to avoid any negative comparisons to the "old iris"... in which case it may be easier to to re-release a rebranded app and ditch the old one. Either way, why isn't anyone from iris jumping in to explain unless they are all too busy packing up their offices?
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    Yes, I checked the devices page.... if iris was to fold at this moment my plan would be to move to smart things for my home automaton, and systronics for my security system due to device compatibility. Every light switch and fan control in my home is a GE/Jasco light switch which appears to currently work with smart things but not systronics. I have other items which are not yet compatible with systronics, but I understand it is in its infancy at the moment and compatibility will likely improve quickly after mass market release. There is also integration with harmony remotes and IFTTT with smart things. For my needs, I'm likely to need both systems for a while and I was hoping they would eventually communicate with each other.
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    Is there any possibility of systronics interfacing with samsung smartthings at some point in the future? I think if something like that was possible you might could get a pretty large portion of iris users who have V1 devices to move those devices to systronics.
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    Shut Down?

    Making the sort of decisions they have lately, there is a chance there won't be a Lowe's for you to set foot in if they keep on.
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    Signs of a buyer?

    I don't think iris poses enough threat to any existing google product line for them to expend the capital to kill it off.
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    Signs of a buyer?

    I don't know if this is "preemptive" or if it is a sign of a buyer, but I just hit a bookmark that pointed to and it was dead.... Looks like the URL has been changed to The "name" of the page, however, is still "Iris by Lowe's" at the moment. With that said, I've stated for some time that the updated logo (and the way "by Lowe's" was tagged onto the end) was a sign they planned on selling it off... so this could just be a preemptive measure. Combined with the "nothing else I CAN share" comment (as opposed to "nothing else TO share") and "stay tuned", and "hope to have some exciting news to share soon", posted by the admin on the official iris community forums, I wonder if they are in the very beginning stages of transitioning to a new owner. I bet we see some URL forwarding action soon... Lowes currently also owns It probably will be included in the sale and become the primary domain soon (with forwarding to it for a period of time). Hopefully there is a big announcement coming soon.
  7. I have one and haven't had good luck with it. It would constantly fill up my log with motion events, even when there was no one home. Someone here told me I needed to call iris to have some sort of firmware update manually pushed to it, but it just seemed like too much trouble so I disconnected it. You would think firmware updates (especially one to fix a device that is as broken as this is) would be automatic.
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    Best adhesive strips for sensors

    Tomorrow we have painters coming and I've had to remove about a dozen sensors in our home. The adhesive strips that came with the sensors have been very reliable... I've never had one fall off... What can I get that will fit well on V1 contact sensors that will perform just as good as the original strips? Any ideas? preferably something I can pickup locally (Lowes, walmart, home depot, etc...)
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    Alexa Guard with Iris

    I wanted to like this feature, but they just didn't take it far enough. I will admit I have not messed with it in a while, so maybe they have improved it, but it seemed like it only worked with the word "light". For instance, I have multiple rooms that each have their own echo dot, overhead light, ceiling fan, table lamp, and television... all controllable via alexa. Yet, when I group them by room I can not turn on the lamp, TV, or ceiling fan without stating the full name of the device. It only worked with "light".
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    GE Light switches reversing

    Nevermind... Looks like the switch can not be inverted in this way...
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    GE Light switches reversing

    I know with some of the switches you can reverse the LED light (lit when on, or lit when off) using a series of button presses... I would think there is probably some combination which will also reverse the direction of the switch.
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    First Alert Smoke/CO False alarm at 1AM

    Just this week I have had my halo start making a random single beep on occasion. Could be dust as we've been doing a lot of remodeling. I just gutted the master bathroom and have been doing drywall work. Also we have just had to start running our heat pump on heat as well, but the only time I've ever had that issue with the heat is the first time the heat strips come on. It seems like every year when the auxiliary heat strips come on we get a slight burning smell (probably dust burning off) and sometimes it trips the smoke alarm.
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    Question on Smart Plug Repeaters

    That's interesting, I've never had a problem with zwave stuff. It's always paired fine away from the hub. I don't have any V2 stuff though... Only V1 zigbee and zwave. Most of my V1 stuff are battery powered sensors, so I pair them close just because it's convenient... I've never tried the battery powered stuff away from the hub. I think I paired some of my V1 smart plugs on the other end of the house. All my Zwave GE wall switches were paired wherever the switch was without any issue.
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    Question on Smart Plug Repeaters

    Just wanted to throw this into the conversation: I have never moved my hub or any of my hard wired or plug in devices in order to pair them. Even the ones on the opposite end of the house have paired just fine without moving anything... Sometimes it takes a little longer if it's further away, but they always pair eventually. Every switch in my house is z-wave and I've only had one problem with a switch dropping in the 4 years I've been using iris... This was right around the time of the V2 transition and a 2 second hub reset squared everything away. I have always understood that, when a z-wave device pairs, it establishes a path of communication which is likely to hop off the nearest z-wave device. To me, it seems like I would not want it talking directly to the hub if I have another device which is closer. However, I guess this is the reason it tells you to "optimize" after you pair a new device (which I pretty much never do). With that said, I do always pair my battery powered stuff next to the hub, but it's just because it's convenient to do that with things like battery powered sensors... It seems like it takes the zigbee stuff much longer to pair though.
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    Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)

    I'm surprised they have labeled this as a "V3" hub... it does cause some confusion because the platform is not changing like it did from V1 to V2. Version 1 and Version 2 were two completely different systems. Version 3 is just some new devices but the iris service isn't changing at all. To me, it doesn't seem like V3 as much as a wifi variant of the V2 hub... Changing to the new hub doesn't really change you to a "new version of iris", it just enables a speaker and allows the hub to connect via wifi. I don't see much reason to move to the new hub if those things aren't important to you.