Smitho

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    Smitho got a reaction from OhioYJ in Visa Cards   
    Do you have USPS "informed delivery"?
    Apparently they have went out, but not sent out any tracking info via email, so you would not know unless you had signed up for this service.
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    Smitho got a reaction from Dan87 in Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?   
    I believe the estimate was 2-4 weeks (displayed at the time you completed redemption), however the terms, as @Terminal said, stated it could be up to a year.
    If I'm not mistaken, the announcement was made around this time 2 weeks ago. That means today would be the EARLIEST I would imagine we MIGHT see cards go out. Within the next 2 weeks we will find out if that 2-4 week estimate was just blowing smoke or not. 🤥
    But then again, there have been mentions of 4-6 weeks.... so who really knows. Unfortunately, either way it appears anyone who doesn't have the cash to float until the cards come in might be dead in the water come the end of next month. Even if they all went out tomorrow, it's gonna be pushing it to receive the card, order replacement gear, and get it installed before the shutdown.
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    Smitho got a reaction from Dan87 in Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?   
    I believe the estimate was 2-4 weeks (displayed at the time you completed redemption), however the terms, as @Terminal said, stated it could be up to a year.
    If I'm not mistaken, the announcement was made around this time 2 weeks ago. That means today would be the EARLIEST I would imagine we MIGHT see cards go out. Within the next 2 weeks we will find out if that 2-4 week estimate was just blowing smoke or not. 🤥
    But then again, there have been mentions of 4-6 weeks.... so who really knows. Unfortunately, either way it appears anyone who doesn't have the cash to float until the cards come in might be dead in the water come the end of next month. Even if they all went out tomorrow, it's gonna be pushing it to receive the card, order replacement gear, and get it installed before the shutdown.
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    Smitho got a reaction from acadiel in I'm switching to SmartThings ... anything I should do first? ... And ... new forum?   
    I think, if you have an echo, you could trigger routines that announce things like "front door is open", when the appropriate contact sensor is opened.
    I'm not sure how annoying that would get over time though. My plan is to do that with a couple of rarely used doors... if someone is snooping in my utility room out back I want to an audible alert.
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    Smitho got a reaction from accessdenied79 in Door Chimes   
    That's funny, we were just discussing this 2-3 hours prior on a thread in the SmartThing section.
    Someone said they "missed their door beeps" on smartthings and I explained how this would work.
    I had been hoping iris would update their alexa skill to allow alexa to see contact sensors. This has been do-able in SmartThings since last August. The good news is I don't have to wait for iris to update their skill now... 🤣
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    Smitho got a reaction from mikeyc in Viewing your redemption list and total refund   
    Just FYI. Yesterday I signed into the web interface and clicked the red banner about the shutdown. It brought me to the page saying I had already completed my redemption, but now it shows my list if items I'm getting credit for as well as a total.
    I know I tried this in the past and it only showed the message saying I had already completed the process...
    I'm not sure if it just took about a week before it shows up, or if its a change they made.

    Whatever the case, if you can't remember how much your refund is you may be able to find out this way.
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    Smitho got a reaction from Dan87 in Platform Poll   
    The poll only lets you vote for one system, but a lot of people are going to be splitting up security and HA into two systems from what I have seen.
    I voted SmartThings, but I'm planing on a fair amount of my budget going towards ring equipment as well.
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    Smitho got a reaction from Dan87 in Platform Poll   
    The poll only lets you vote for one system, but a lot of people are going to be splitting up security and HA into two systems from what I have seen.
    I voted SmartThings, but I'm planing on a fair amount of my budget going towards ring equipment as well.
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    Smitho got a reaction from ramar in Iris is Officially Done   
    Have you tried this?
    https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-shm-delay-version-2-0/121800
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    Smitho got a reaction from loonytim in What Platform Should I Migrate To   
    I've wanted to be able to control lighting from my harmony remote for a while, so I'm really leaning towards smart things.

    I'm brainstorming a way to put a smartthings hub on a vlan that has cellular backup without the rest of my devices blowing through cellular data if a large windows update or something comes through during that time.
    Not really sure how, but I'm guessing there is probably a way.
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    Smitho got a reaction from MattM in Iris is Officially Done   
    Looks like someone has written a smartthings device handler for the leaksmart valve
    https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-leaksmart-water-valve/48669

     
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    Smitho got a reaction from calvin386 in What Platform Should I Migrate To   
    Ive read a bit about smartthings, and while I don't have any experience with it my understanding is that knowledgable users can write device handlers for unsupported devices and share them with other users.
    From what I have seen, someone has written something to allow the nest to work in smartthings.

    IFTTT (If this then that) is a cloud based service that you can use to script actions between services that do not natively connect with each other.
    For instance, you could create a rule in IFTTT that says "If a smartthings presence sensor arrives, switch my nest to home mode".
    Essentially, because both services work with IFTTT there is some limited interaction you can create between them.
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    Smitho got a reaction from thegillion in What Platform Should I Migrate To   
    I've seen it mentioned a couple of times that smartthings does not natively support alexa or google assistant.
    I'm confused. It looks like they DO according to this:

    https://support.smartthings.com/hc/en-us/articles/207808076-Amazon-Alexa-SmartThings-FAQ
    https://support.smartthings.com/hc/en-us/articles/214609826-Google-Assistant-SmartThings-FAQ
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    Smitho got a reaction from loonytim in What Platform Should I Migrate To   
    You don't have to use ADT for monitoring. The ADT smartthings system requires specific hardware.
    There is also monitoring through scout, which will use smartthings sensors instead of the ADT specific hardware.
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    Smitho got a reaction from usmcss in Iris is Officially Done   
    I had, I think, 53 devices that are iris specific. I had a LOT of V1 stuff.
    Now I get to invest weeks researching new setups and where to go from here... I have some ideas... the biggest thing I am going to want is something that puts SECURITY first and foremost, integrates fully with alexa, IFTTT, and harmony remotes.
    I also want cameras that will work with FireTV. I think I should be able to put together a decent system for what I am getting back.
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    Smitho got a reaction from loonytim in Iris is Officially Done   
    I just completed the redemption process...
    I'm getting like $2,000 back!!!
    I know it sucks, but at least they are compensating users for devices that don't work with any other system...
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    Smitho got a reaction from sparc in SystronicsRF   
    Seems like I read somewhere that the iris hub runs the linux busybox os. I don't know if that is even true, I can't find reference to it now, but I read it somewhere. I'm not familiar with busybox, but it appears to be a fairly common embeded linux platform.
    If this were true, it would be amazing if someone figured out how to port systronic's software and somehow load it onto our V2 hubs!  But because it is written in C# I think it would require a complete rewrite or running it in something like mono... who knows if the iris hub even has the horsepower to do something like that...
    The biggest hurdle for most users will be acquiring the necessary hardware and setting everything up. If there was an easy way to dump systronics on the iris hub, I would imagine they could swipe up a TON of iris users very quickly if they phase out the system.
    This would be a great opportunity if lowes would work with systronics on something like this as sort of a severance package for the users they are hanging out to dry.

    I know it's wishful thinking... it just sucks that we all already have a piece of hardware that has all the necessary network interfaces, and it'll be a doorstop if iris is shut down.
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    Smitho got a reaction from calvinroberts in Relationship between different types of alarms (arm security alarm while water leak alarm is active?)   
    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.
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    Smitho got a reaction from sparc in Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)   
    @accessdenied79
    Thanks, that is exactly what I was looking to see.
    Unfortunately I think they missed an opportunity by not putting keyhole slots in the bottom. It would be really nice to have the option to mount it to the ceiling. I would love to have it mounted in a centrally located hallway... however, I'm not sure how many people would go through the trouble to run power to it in a situation like that... maybe POE would have been nice. I won't be picky though, it's just nice to have an option with audible alerts.
    I'm curious, does it do anything different on a "doorbell chime"? Since it has a speaker now, it would be really nice if an update in the future actually allows you to trigger different chimes and tones.
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    Smitho got a reaction from sparc in Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)   
    Anyone that will... can you please visit this thread and give kudos to my post?
    We really need a migration tool for the new hub. I'm not about to redo all my rules, recreate my scenes, re-pair all my devices, etc... "Aint nobody got time for that" haha
    I'm sure others will avoid purchasing the new hub for the same reason.
    https://community.irisbylowes.com/t5/Feature-Suggestions/Why-can-we-no-longer-migrate-hubs/idi-p/5922
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    Smitho got a reaction from acadiel in Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)   
    I WAS really excited about the prospect of a hub that could verbally let me know what was going on.
    Until I just read that there is no migration process... Unfortunately you will have to delete your hub, re-pair all your devices with your new hub, then re-create your rules, scenes, etc...
    I have 84 devices, so that's just not a process I want to go through.
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    Smitho got a reaction from pavalov in Video Storage showing 0%   
    I noticed something on the web dashboard recently that stated premium service now gives you unlimited storage for the last 30 days worth of clips, and up to 150 pinned videos.
    So it seems there is no longer a 3GB limit. Depending on how many cameras you record from and how many clips are recorded in a 30 day period, it could be that this provides you either MORE, or LESS storage than before.
    My guess is that they found that 3GB was enough to store several months worth of videos for most users, and decided to change the scheme to lower the overall amount of storage we are consuming.

    On a side note, it seems that there isn't much of a down side to upping the FPS and resolution of the video now, as larger videos will not likely impact how much you can store.
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    Smitho got a reaction from virtu789 in Opinions: how reliable is IRIS for security?   
    I have used iris for security around 3 years now. I've only had a couple of false alarms in that time and I've found it to be pretty reliable. Once I had a newly install contact sensor that I didn't secure properly fall off a door, but that was user error. The other times it has been one particular motion sensor... it happened two times around the same time of day and same time of the year. I attributed it to something with the sunlight coming through the windows and shadows. If you have too many issues with motion detectors you can also enable a setting that requires 2 sensors to be tripped to trigger the alarm.
    I will say I've had a few issues with keyfobs leaving and reconnecting in the middle of the night also, but there is always a good reason. We have a designated place to hang our keys, and if we put them where they go we've never had a problem. In the event my wife leaves her keys in her pocketbook and it gets placed in certain areas it can happen. Also with my keys in my pants pocket, if they end up at the bottom of a laundry pile it sometimes happens. I have also experienced this with low batteries.
    I have found a few things to do to mitigate this issue.
    #1 Have a designated place for your keys where they should have clear communication with the hub. Key hangers work well. Try to avoid placing them in wire frame baskets that might interfere with the signal.
    #2 Ensure batteries are not low. This might sound obvious, but I've not found the battery monitoring in iris to be reliable.
    #3 Create schedules for presence based rules. My keyfob rules which lock/unlock doors or modify the state of the alarm system are not active between midnight and the time we normally get up. This way, if something did go wonky while we were sleeping the doors would not be unlocking and nothing would change with the alarm. 
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    Smitho got a reaction from JSMills in 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:   
     
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    Smitho got a reaction from JSMills in Appears that iris has no presence at CES again   
    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.