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  1. So I was just browsing Lowe's website and saw this Swann driveway alert system. It doesn't get great reviews but I noticed that it shows that it is Iris compatible under Specs. I have a plan to add some motion sensors outside and was going to try to seal up some Gen 1 Iris units, but if these somehow work with Iris, $25 for an outdoor rated motion sensor might be worth it to me. Does anyone know how these work or integrate with Iris? I found a few threads where some were mentioning other devices work via the cloud. Anyone try this thing? https://www.lowes.com/pd/Swann-Driveway-Alert/1000115009
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    Swann drievway alert Iris compatible?

    That's what I figured when I found the second listing. Wondering if sealing up a gen 1 unit is the better option or trying this but wiring the output to a door sensor to trigger something in Iris.
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    Swann drievway alert Iris compatible?

    Interesting, I was looking some more and found this unit: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Swann-Home-Series-100-Degree-Passive-Infrared-Security-Motion-Detector/1000210717 It appears to be the same thing with two motion sensors but this one doesn't say it works with Iris.
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    Merry Christmas!!!

    Well I know a bunch of people bitch about the Santa tracker but my little guy is real excited about trying to catch him in the act. But a tip for those that do use it...after you set up all the presents go back and edit your picture. This way Santa will get caught with all the gifts there. That was almost an issue for us last year.
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    Any reason you are going with a U3 card? Are you planning on having the Pi record video from cameras too? My wife hardly ever uses the app but I am sure once I switch it will be the next day she does. But on the pro side I am really interested in having the ability to add any zigbee or zwave device. There are so many cool devices out there and honestly I could see this system saving money in the long run. Since we were pretty much locked to Iris devices they were often more $...my ST friends have often picked up sensors half the price I can get them for.
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    Merry Christmas!!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! That looks like an expensive tree.
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    Utilitech GBS worth it?

    Was at my local Lowe's and saw 2 GBS for 10 bucks. I figured they might be a good addition but many of the reviews I read were not that great. Since most robberies in the area don't involve breaking windows (usually just kick door in) I am wondering if these are worth the hassle. Or are many of the bad reviews due to gen 2 growing pains and ST,wink etc integration? What are your experiences?
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    Alexa Guard with Iris

    If this happens it might convince me to roll more Alexa devices through the home, right now I am split between Alexa and Google Home.
  9. I don't think there is a way around that at the moment but to be honest I would rather have this than the alternative. Several times now my system has gone off for a water leak, but it wasn't a small leak, since my phones are set to do not disturb at night I wouldn't have known about it until the morning and by then it could have been quite a bit of damage. Obviously the sensor has no way to tell if it is a big or little leak so it can only respond in one way. By default this option is better for me, though I do wish you could have a different siren. One night when this happened at 2 or 3 in the morning my son (7yo at the time) heard it and was hiding in his closet since he thought someone broke in. It would be great if the siren could have different alert tones for different alarms.
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    Yeah that looked promising but it seems to have died. But also a bit concerned they could shut the servers down and you are left with nothing again. Unless it is close to no entry fee to start with that system I my still be forced to move to ST. As a side note, has anyone looked into Hubitat? Seems like a pretty open system that maybe someone could make old Iris devices work on.
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    I can't imagine there is any IP worth buying. It isn't like Iris was doing anything novel that others were not. And for me, as much as I have been tempted to move to ST in the past the cost of redoing the system is high. I probably have about 40 contact sensors, 6 motion, 8 buttons, 2 fobs and another 10 plugs that are all gen 1. Now if someone found a way to migrate those I would be interested. But short of that I think I will sit tight and hope for the best... otherwise I am looking at $1300 just for hardware.
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    For me at least this will be partly true. HD is more convenient for me to get to, I only went to Lowe's to see if there were Iris deals. So while I won't go out of my way to skip Lowe's I will be there a lot less now.
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    Marvin Ellison

    So Marvin Ellison started a little over a week ago and I have been seeing lots of stories about his restructuring of Lowes. A bunch of people are already out or know they are out in a few months. I really hope he invests in the Iris platform and doesn't kill this off too. Has anyone seen any stories mentioning his plans for Iris or even what his thoughts are around other Lowes brands? Anyone have any thoughts?
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    Yeah no kidding...sucks for all of us on the platform if it dies but it is even worse for those families that rely on the Iris paychecks. Especially this time of year, no one wants to be in an uncertain financial situation during an expensive time of year. I certainly hope Iris doesn't fail for selfish reasons but also for these people that have turned around the Gen 2 platform into something that is actually stable and reliable.
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    If they find a suitable buyer that carries on with the Iris brand it would be stupid not to support generation 1 devices. If they dropped this there would be no reason to stay at all and any value to the product line would be gone. As for Lowes offering refunds....good luck. I think the best they would do for gen 1 devices is offer you the lowest price they sold them for and for many that is 25 cents each. Gen 2 devices they wouldn't have to refund since those can move to ST. and would not be considered obsolete.
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    Ugh...this was the news that I was afraid of. Saying they're looking for a buyer may be true but I wonder how feasible that is. Once news like this gets out, many people on the platform end up jumping ship especially if they use this for security. Those people can't afford to have the platform shutdown and then scramble to set up a new system. This type of news also makes the people working in Iris to start looking for new jobs since their future is not certain. This drives the price down and often results in the product withering on the vine since no one will be willing to pay what they think it is worth.
  17. I am looking to add a few new outlets around the exterior of my home and was planning on using the GE/Jasco outlets daisy chained off of a GFCI. They would be mounted in a weatherproof box with an in use cover. Has anyone else done something similar? I am not worried about them actually getting wet but I am concerned about humidity since the in use cover doesn't fully seal. I would rather not have the outdoor outlets plugged in since they are so bulky. Any thoughts?
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    GE/Jasco Z-wave outlets used outside?

    OK..one more question. Has anyone had any success using a Gen 2 smart outlet in an in use cover? I think the GE/Jasco outlets only have one switched outlet per duplex and I could use 3 in one spot. Just thinking if I got a 2 gang box and used a Gen 2 outlet with a right angle plug (flat) it should fit under an in use cover and give me three switched outlets.
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    GE/Jasco Z-wave outlets used outside?

    Perfect...that is what I was hoping to hear.
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    Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)

    The issue is with future firmware. If they stop updating the Gen 2 hub you may not get bugs fixes, new products or features. I am not saying it would be the case but I know of other devices (Obihai) that stopped working and the company basically told you to buy the new model. There are sometimes work arounds but when you are talking about your home security I need to know it is working. I hope they don't force the migration, but if they do I would likely head to a different platform.
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    Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)

    Question for those that switched...can you confirm if they maintained local processing?
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    Iris Portal Survey

    interesting data...and glad to see so many people filled it out. Seems like this is the type of data Iris should be trying to get from users so they can better understand what people want in the future.
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    Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)

    Without a migration tool I would be hard pressed to stick with Iris. I am just too jealous of all the cool stuff my friends are doing with ST. If I have to spend time and more money to keep it running I think I would jump ship. The only hesitation I have is the large number of gen 1 products I currently have.
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    Generic zigbee?

    So about a year ago I tried to pair a Quirky zigbee outlet and never had any luck. But since then I know they added some generic z-wave which I have been able to use so I dug out my old Quirky outlets hoing they might work now but I never got them to connect. So my question is did they ever create a generic zigbee profile?
  25. Is anyone using one of these successfully with Iris? I had a gen 2 August lock but they provided me with a warranty replacement due to some issues I was having. When i got the replacement I realized it was the new Pro version that comes with zwave plus. I was able to add this to Iris and it shows up as an uncertified lock but it was functioning just fine to lock/unlock the door. Then it error'd out and said the lock was jammed. Now nothing works via Iris but the lock continues to operate fine through the August app and there has never been an indication of it being jammed. I may try removing it again and repairing it but wondering if anyone had any success. Just surprised it even has the ability to indicate a jam on an uncertified device. I would have thought it would just have basic functionality.