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  1. Presence Rule that Would Improve Fob Detection

    I have a scene that runs when I arrive, that includes turning on the front porch lights (even during the day). This way I know when the light comes on my door is unlocking. The front porch light is configured to turn off automatically after a few minutes, so it doesn't really waste a lot of power. This is done via a smart switch instead of a bulb, so I don't have to worry about anyone accidentally leaving the power to the bulb turned off at the switch. I love this idea.... so much so that I already mentioned it in this thread about a year and a half ago:
  2. This is rather disappointing. I've searched the exhibitor listings and I can't find anything for iris. Hopefully I am just missing something, but somehow I doubt it. This is the 2nd year now they have had no presence in the biggest consumer electronics showcase in the world. All the biggest names, (and most of the smaller ones as well) in smart home technology are represented, but no Iris. I was hoping the relative silence recently was indicative of something big coming and we would learn about it at CES. Unfortunately, they just aren't looking like they will ever be a big player in the industry. This is sad.
  3. Light brightness on motion

    Yeah, I don't know that I'm willing to do all of that. If I scheduled it to come on at the desired brightness at bed time, I cant see that being too disruptive. However, I don't want a schedule that turns them on at full brightness automatically in the morning. In the event we have an opportunity to sleep in, I don't want the hall light coming on to wake up the kids. Hopefully this will come sometime in the future... I was hoping I was just missing a rule somewhere that would do this.
  4. Lowe's Iris smart home membership jumps 40% in 2017

    I've always kinda figured they have more control over what stores get iris than the other smart home products. It's possible they have to sign agreements with nest, ring, and other manufacturers saying that they will stock them in all of their stores. It is likely that they know these other devices will not perform well in certain stores, however they assume that risk because its the only way to get them into their other stores. It just comes off as having more confidence in the other products than their own.
  5. I can't seem to find a way to turn on a light at a specific brightness on motion. I already have rules that turns on the hall light when motion is detected in the hallway, but that rule is set to go inactive at my children's bed time (as to not wake them up) I would like to create a new rule that will turn the light on at a low percentage with motion after bedtime, but I can't find a way to do this. Any way to work around this limitation? Am I missing something?
  6. Lowe's Iris smart home membership jumps 40% in 2017

    Imagine how well it could have done if the local Lowe's stores didn't act like they wanted it to fail. If they would keep the iris sections looking presentable, keep the shelves stocked, and have someone in the store that even knows what it is, that 40% could have been even higher. In most stores a lot of the iris products are kept "in the cage" and you have to ask about them. The last time I went looking for an iris product there wasn't even a place on the shelf for it... they didn't have pickup cards or anything, although they had several in stock. Meanwhile the iris section is full of phone chargers, cat 5 cables, hdmi wall plates, bluetooth speakers, and random wemo and idevices smart home products which aren't even iris compatible. What frustrates me is I have been told my local Lowes store doesn't even keep iris stuff "because the local demographic doesn't support smart home devices" however, over the years they have started to carry all the Nest, Ring, idevice, wemo, rachio, and google home stuff.... pretty much everything EXCEPT iris. I pass a lowes store every day coming home from work, yet I have to go to one 45 minutes from home to get iris devices. How is iris supposed to compete when their own store will not carry their stuff, yet push competing products?
  7. Santa Tracker

    Ok, I'm neither complaining nor bragging (I don't want to open that can of worms again).... However, I still do not have the Santa tracker card. Just curious if anyone else here got it? I am on iOS, just made me wonder if there is a pending update which has been delayed.
  8. Disconcerting Performance from Monitoring Service

    My understanding is that this is "by design". It's only panic alarms that get dispatched immediately. Fire and burglary call first. I guess the logic is that panic button alarms are usually when someone is in immediate danger and has made a deliberate effort to hit a panic button... in cases like an active home invasion lives could be at stake and there is no time to waste. It could be argued the same for burglary and/or fire, but TYPICALLY those are cases of property damage/theft. There is a better case for immediate dispatch for fire do to the possibility of loss of life, but there is probably a much higher false alarm rate for fire than panic (ie. I've never had a false panic alarm, yet I've had false alarms from smoke detectors). This all sounds fine unless you have a toddler who has just become obsessed buttons. My 2YO hasn't hit the panic button YET, but only because I've caught it more than once. He has hit other buttons on my keypads, but I've been pretty lucky. One arm of our couch is right below the keypad in the living room, so he has a bad habit of standing on the couch and trying to press buttons. I might be imagining this, but it seems I have also heard that carbon monoxide alarms are also an automatic dispatch without confirmation. This would also make sense, because carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can be an immediate threat to life. I also would imagine that there is a very low false alarm rate with CO alarms.
  9. Just to throw this out there; I've not had a good experience with that Bosch motion sensor. It's the only product I have for my iris system that is completely unusable. It constantly detects motion (like every 5 minutes) when there is no motion... to the point I had to remove it because it was filling up my logs and made it impossible to find anything. I have been told by someone here to call iris and request a firmware update that they say fixes that problem, but I've not had the time to do it. From the various posts I've read here, I'm not looking forward to ever calling their support in the future.
  10. Iris sent me news about Santa Tracker

    Yep, this has been around for quite a while... and I doubt it was even developed in house. They turn it on and then back off every year. I understand your frustration that we are still missing some V1 features, but realistically I think it's unfair to say "we are not even close". Maybe I am missing something, but it seems like almost all of V1 functionality has been introduced in the V2 product with maybe a handful of items still remaining. These are the things I've noticed are still missing: Energy monitoring Scheduled access to locks Change the indicator lights default state on Z-Wave wall switches Some water heater and blinds functionality (Not sure about this one, but I believe these are more limited in V2) In fact, a lot of what required a premium account with V1 can now be done with a free account on V2. There is a thread on parity issues here somewhere... I'll try to dig it up. I bet you will find that a LOT of the items on that list have already been addressed.
  11. Water heater adjustment not sticking

    The official iris beta web interface at They don't have a "water card", however if you go to "devices" and find your water heater, you have basic + - adjustment and the ability to change the mode between standard and energy smart.
  12. Iris vs SmartThings

    Although I now have monitoring, this used to be a biggie for me! I get bombarded with text, emails, and push notifications during the day. While at work I often get several notifications which go long periods of time between reading them. A phone call, if not picked up immediately, is at least viewed before I hit the ignore button if I can't get it. I've always been very impressed at how quickly the call comes from iris! I just got a call today about a water leak (I was testing something) and the call literally came in before I got the push notification (which in itself seems to happen in real time). In fact, it happened so fast I assumed it COULD NOT have been iris that quickly and for a split second I was frustrated that someone was calling and interrupting my test! haha As far as the "open door count", I do like that feature as well... but I wish it replaced the number of open doors with some text like "all closed, 1 unlocked", or "all closed and locked" when there is nothing open. Not a big deal, just me being a bit picky. It would give me a warm and fuzzy feeling to scroll through my dashboard and see the following text (instead of blank cards where "all is good"): Climate: 68 degrees Home & Family: No one is home Lights & Switches: All off Doors & Locks: All doors are closed and locked Windows: All secure Alarm: Security is armed / no CO or water leaks Water: available at 120 Degrees F Care: no alarms triggered Lawn & Garden: Next event Sat at 6AM Cameras: Last recording at _______
  13. For YEARS my iris security alarm has armed successfully without fail using the "when house is empty" rule. Today it occurred to me that, while I have water leak sensors, I can't remember ever testing them. On my lunch break I stuck a leak sensor lead in a cup of water and I immediately got an automated call from iris explaining the alarm. I hit the # sign as instructed to confirm receipt of the notification, and went on with my day. I locked up as I left but did not manually set the alarm. About an hour later, while at work, I opened the iris app which still showed the water leak alarm was active... I was under the impression that hitting the # on the phone dismissed it but I guess not... I hit the cancel button and returned to the dashboard. Now, the strange part.... my security alarm was NOT enabled. I looked at my history and it showed the "away" scene was run shortly after I left. The away scene includes an action which arms the security alarm, and this has never failed to run in the past. I have a feeling that this had something to do with having an active water leak alarm. Is iris unable to arm a security alarm while another type of alarm is active? If that is the case, it's not a huge issue but explains why my alarm did not arm. Otherwise, I'm not sure what happened.
  14. Iris vs SmartThings

    You must have really enjoyed the V2 transition then... They basically wiped out all the features and you get to "enjoy" these "new features" being added back..... hahahahaha Seriously though... they have gotten to the point where things are ALMOST back to where they were with V1. They have made some progress with some big things like local processing. I think we are still waiting on a few big items though... Energy monitoring is probably the biggest thing that is still completely missing. Some other things include lock access scheduling and some little things like the ability to change the state of the LED on GE smart switches. Also, I hope water heater functionality eventually gets back to at least the point it was with V1 and I'm still not a fan of the way presence works with thermostats in V2. Oh, and there are still some people really upset that you can barely do anything with blinds.