GaryS1964

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  1. GaryS1964

    How does IRIS handle alarm triggers

    It does matter to me because I have a 45 second grace period. The keypad to arm and disarm the alarm is in the laundry room which has a door leading to the garage. We park the "family" car in the garage. This location makes it easy for my wife to arm and disarm the alarm. I on the other hand I park my truck on the driveway. I enter the house through the front door and it is not unusual for me to be carrying in items which have to be put somewhere before I can make the trek to the laundry to disarm the alarm. My wife also sometimes enters the house with items that have to set down somewhere before the alarm can be disarmed. Bottom line 15 seconds is not enough for us. I do wish that IRIS had a way to disable the beeping of the hub during the grace period. Would make it harder for a thief to find it. Bottom line for me it is nice to know that the trigger event is stored in the cloud and the notification is sent if it never receives the proper code.
  2. I know that when I come home the IRIS keypad and hub start to beep and I have a preset amount of time to enter the code. My question is where does this countdown take place? If it takes place locally then an intruder who is familiar with IRIS can quickly disable the hub and I would never receive an alert on my phone. If it takes place "in the cloud" then even if a smart thief disabled the hub I would still get an alert on my phone because "the cloud" would never receive the proper code.
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    IRIS rejects IFTTT

    I was browsing the IRIS Community Forum and came across a couple of posts that would indicate that Lowe's has no intention of ever adding IFTTT integration to IRIS. They apparently want to work directly with third party manufacturers who they want to partner up with. As a result I have personally placed purchasing anymore IRIS products on hold. I have a Ring Video Doorbell and Arlo cameras plus a Chamberlain garage door controller because the IRIS garage door controller wouldn't work probably because it was to far away from the IRIS base. Ring, Arlo and Chamberlain support IFTTT but IRIS does not. Since I use my IRIS mostly for security and my current setup works well for that purpose. As far as other home automation options go I'm looking at solutions other than IRIS. Stringify has some interesting options but I'm still looking.
  4. GaryS1964

    How to add a rule to a motion sensor?

    Found it. Thank you.
  5. GaryS1964

    How to add a rule to a motion sensor?

    I don't own an IRIS camera. I use Arlo. If IRIS goes down I still have Arlo to alert me to activity inside my house.
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    How to add a rule to a motion sensor?

    Terminal - The rule you described above is on a switch. I have a GE ZigBee switch in my master bedroom closet and I have a rule on that switch that turns on the light in the closet when motion is detected and off again when no motion is detected. However with the free basic plan you can not add a rule to a specific motion sensor. Say I want to open my main garage door and side garage door after the sun goes down to let out all the heat so I put a motion sensor in my garage to alert me when it detects motion in my garage which could mean an intruder has entered. I can't do this with the free basic plan. If I have the alarm set it would trigger an alarm but I want to trigger an alert from only the garage motion sensor even when the alarm is not set.
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    Motion Sensor Sensitivity

    My experience with gen 1 motion sensors is they have limited range. I replaced them all with gen 2 motion sensors and they work great. Haven't tried to get the farthest range but I had to be within 5' to 6' of gen 1 sensors while I can be at least 12' away with my gen 2 sensors.
  8. I've read posts where people are using sensors as alarms for their refrigerators and freezers. Based on my experience I would advise caution when doing so. If you are OK with the readings being within a few degrees of the actual temperature then they may work for your purpose. But if you want a higher degree of accuracy then based on my experience with the temperature feature in motion sensors I would question their use. My story. I placed three 1st gen motion sensors I wasn't using in a refrigerator. After 30 minutes they each read within one degree of each other and showed temperatures often exceeding 43 degrees. Since 40 degrees is the maximum recommended high temperature for a refrigerator I lowered the thermostat to the point where the temperature did not exceed 40 degrees during normal operation with the door having not been opened for at least one hour. At that point a couple of the items froze and had to be thrown out. Since I really wanted to know what the temperature range was in my refrigerator I purchased this item. http://www.thermcoproducts.com/ACC821-2p-Time-Date-Stamp-Digital-Thermometer.html They are certified for use in labs where vaccines are stored and this particular model has a guaranteed accuracy of + or - 0.5 degrees F. I placed one 1st gen motion sensor and one 2nd gen motion sensor in the refrigerator within a couple of inches of the Thermo sensor and left them in there for over a hour and then monitored the temperature reading of each over the next hour and compared the readings to the Thermo thermometer. When I started monitoring the 2nd gen sensor is reading 30 degrees and the 1st gen sensor is reading 33 degrees. The Thermo is reading 34.7 degrees. Based on the readings of the 2nd gen sensor I would be tempted to adjust the refrigerator thermostat up to prevent some of my food items from freezing but the Thermo clearly shows my food is not in danger of freezing and it is not necessary to adjust the refrigerator thermostat upwards which would probably lead to temperatures above 40 degrees on a regular basis. At one point the 2nd gen sensor read 30 degrees while the 1st gen sensor read 36 degrees and the Thermo read 36.8. Over the next hour the IRIS sensors remained at 30 degrees and 36 degrees. During the entire monitoring period the door to the refrigerator was never opened. If you are throwing these sensors into a freezer where a difference of four or five degrees and the actual temperature is not that important but you want to be alerted when the temperature rises say above 20 degrees when it should be at 0 degrees then they will work for you. The same is true if you only want to be alerted if say the temperature in your refrigerator rises above say 45 degrees then they may work for you but as my example shows your refrigerator could be above 45 degrees and your sensor may be only reading 42 degrees. My point is that these sensors can not be relied upon to provide consistent and accurate temperature readings. I would also question the accuracy of humidity sensors. My advise would be if the application is important then test the sensors against a certified and calibrated sensor.
  9. GaryS1964

    How to add a rule to a motion sensor?

    Vettester - We are obviously not communicating very well. I want to add a rule to a motion sensor. I can not find a way to do this with the free basic plan. Motion sensors are grouped with Cameras in the IRIS app and the IRIS Web Portal. When ever I click on Cameras & Sensors in the IRIS smartphone app it brings up a page that says, "Premium Required - These features require a premium subscription." There is no way to get beyond that page and add a rule. In the IRIS Web Portal I get the message, "Your current service plan does not support Cameras & Sensors rules." Since motion sensors are part of Cameras & Sensors I see no way to add a rule to a motion sensor under the free basic plan. Since you insist I can add a rule to a motion sensor I would appreciate it if you could provide step by step instructions for either the desktop web portal or the IRIS smartphone app.
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    How to add a rule to a motion sensor?

    Yes it works with switches but I want to add a rule to a motion sensor. When I try I get the message, "These features require a premium subscription." I can't help but wonder how long it will be before IRIS requires a fee to create rules for any devices including ones that are now free.
  11. In another thread I was told I can add rules to any device under the Basic plan. I want to add a rule to a motion sensor but can't figure out where in the phone/tablet app or the desktop app I can do that.
  12. GaryS1964

    Adding and updating rules?

    Not sure exactly how to interpret this but under Rules Library/Camera & Sensors it says; "Your current service plan does not support Cameras & Sensors rules."
  13. GaryS1964

    Adding and updating rules?

    Having written a few computer programs in my time I understand what you mean. If then rules would be great. Much more flexibility than the official IRIS rules. I just discovered that you have to have a paid account to set up rules for sensors. If you do end up creating rules would they follow the official IRIS policy of what devices can have rules under the free account and which ones you have to have a paid account in order to create rules?
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    Adding and updating rules?

    Is there somewhere in the unofficial web portal to add or modify rules? If there is I can't find it.