Wlepse

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    Is something going today 1/28?

    No router changes. I added an external DVD drive for my laptop since it is mounted in a way that doesn't allow me to load discs. I also added a couple of fans to keep the temps down. So far things have smoothed out...just hoping this was isolated.
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    Is something going today 1/28?

    Well I thought I got everything back to normal then my wife told me the alarm was all wonky when she came home. After opening the door the keypad started to beep and she pressed the home button on the fob to disarm the system. The light turned on like it should but the keypad kept beeping. I can see she pressed the fob two more times but it kept beeping. So when went to the pad and noticed it said off yet it was beeping. After entering the code the beeping stopped. Not sure what the hell is going on but I haven't seen instability like this for a long time. I hope it fixes itself but I am not holding my breath.
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    GE Devices Having Trouble

    Was just having this issue today. I think my issue stems from rearranging my entertainment center and having some sort of interference. So I pulled it out but no luck. Tried several zwave rebuilds but still nothing. So I figured I would just give it a day to sort out. Then I went to turn one of the offending lights on and instantly my phone went off. Surprised I walked to all the other lights and sure enough cycling each light brought it back on the network. So if this happens give each switch a cycle before you impair and repair.
  4. A buddy of mine that is running ST is going to pick up one of these and I was wondering if anyone has tried one of these to see if they work on Iris. https://www.thesmartesthouse.com/products/ecolink-z-wave-plus-firefighter-ff-zwave5-smoke-and-co-audio-detector
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    Local Processing Is Here

    Just saw that myself. How did that make sense to them? All of my sensors are Leaksmart so they can't even say they are only supporting local processing for Iris stuff only. Also noticed that the batteries I replaced in two of my sensors a week ago still haven't updated their status. So flaky.
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    Iris vs SmartThings

    For me the biggest issue with Iris is the closed platform. My buddy has ST and constantly rubs it in how he can add so many different devices and set up better/easier rules.
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    Local Processing Is Here

    Same question here on water alarms and control. I hope it is included.
  8. Couldn't you use Smoke detected turn toaster off? You can ties to water alarm and have plug to off or on.
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    Iris Q3 Reset Overview on YouTube

    I went into a different Lowes than usual and they had a new display for a bunch of tech goods up front between customer service and self check out. The iris system and devices were mixed in with Ring, Google etc. But the area it was given was quite small and was in the back corner, not front and center.
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    Smart plug and relay control questions

    I tend to agree but the only leak this would help with is the pressure tank, all the other points are covered by separate sensors. Those other spots are more likely to be a problem so if I can make this happen for a third of the cost why not.
  11. So a while back I installed a Leaksmart shutoff valve and it has saved my butt twice so far. But the biggest issue is this had to be installed after my well pressure tank. So if my pressure tank fails the water to the house will be shutoff but the well pump will keep running to get the system up to pressure and flood the house. So now I want to use a smart plug and relay to to control the well pump but I want to maintain the local switch. So my questions are: Should I install the relay before or after the local switch or does it not matter? I was going to use the rule to turn the smart outlet off when alarm alerts and have it stay off. But is alert for alarm the same as water alarm or just for intrusion? If the above works, when you clear the house alarm and open the shutoff is there a way to automate turning the well pump back on? I was going to set a schedule for the outlet so that it is always on but if there is a power failure will it remain in last state or get turned back on when power is restored? Any other recommendations?
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    Smart plug and relay control questions

    Sorry I should have mentioned the pump isn't 120v, it is 230v. As far as I know the only device that does two phases is the GE outdoor box which some have used for pools here. I thought about using one but $170 is tough to swallow for something that might not ever get actuated. I thought the relay and smart plug were more economical and accomplished the same thing. I will take a look at the smoke detector, shutoff toaster. Good idea on the scene...that will ensure it doesn't get accidentally enabled.
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    If this and this then that?

    So it looks like this is working for anyone else looking to do something similar.
  14. Wondering if there is anyway to do this. Basically I would like to have holiday lights come on only when we are home (key fob) and between certain times of the day. From what I can see I can do either of those but not both...is that right?
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    Iris Q3 Reset Overview on YouTube

    Interesting that they mention Gen 1 products being more affordable...the displays I have seen still have them at basically the same price as the Gen 2.
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    New V1 stock?

    Build quality is definitely better but I can't justify spending that much at this point on devices I can't take to another platform if Iris takes a dump.
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    If this and this then that?

    Thanks...I will have to give that a try.
  18. I can't speak for everyone, but the problem I have with that set up on my pool is packaging and range. That GE unit is supposed to have a longer range than a typical smart plug. The packaging is a major issue too, while I have an outlet by my pool pump getting the power from the outlet to the relay in a water tight design can present more headaches than it is worth. I would rather just pay extra to have everything all put together. But with that said this might be the perfect set up for my well pump. A while back I installed a whole house shut off valve but you have to install it after the pressure tank. But if your pressure tank goes your pump will keep running to get the pressure switch made. If I used your set up you could set a rule linking the water sensor to the outlet. So thanks for the link I will have to look at getting an enclosure and stuff for it. I wonder if code would still require the local switch...anyone know?
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    A Tale of Uncertified Devices

    Huh, wonder if that was the cause of my Z-wave issues recently. I had tried a Z-wave extender which didn't help my situation so I removed it, rebuilt the network and all seemed to be ok. But shortly after that (not sure how close) it started dropping off light switches that were super close to the hub so I was surprised they dropped but ones further away were fine. Things have stabilized since then but maybe there was some remnants of the extender causing issues.
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    Using IRIS for crawl space humidity control

    I wonder if using something like butyl tape to seal the sheets together would help too. Just so you know when I put my 70 pint unit in my crawlspace it took probably 3-4 days to reach an equilibrium. I almost pulled it since it was running almost constantly, but I think it was just pulling moisture out of all the materials down there. Since yours is bigger it might take longer, but once it gets there is shouldn't run as much. Oh...if you do a rat slab make sure you ventilate the crap out of the space until completely cured. All that moisture coming out of the concrete will saturate lumber and make it much harder to dry it out later.
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    Using IRIS for crawl space humidity control

    I had similar issues with what was installed in the house a bought a few years back. To make matters worse the second vent was closed because they ran the electrical for the pool through the opening and closed the rest up. So the fan was effectively deadheaded. In the end I ended up closing the other vent and putting a dehumidifier in there as a test. After that the humidity levels were controlled and it actually eliminated the need for a dehumidifier in the downstairs section that was on the same slab. But not sure how this would work if you don't have a slab, but it is an easy thing to test out. Initially I just used some foam board to block up the opening and you might be surprised how well a single 70 pint unit works. My area is much less (about 1/3) but most days it is barely running. It seems the unit runs the most when either I am going in and out or when a major front pushes through with high winds. So if I spend some more time sealing things off I would probably eliminate that too.
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    My iris grade is...

    I am not claiming it is a common problem. What I am trying to say is that I still believe the fault lies in the Iris system itself. We have all seen a tremendous improvement in stability over the last year with the same hardware and with our devices and hub likely sitting in the same locations. This change happened by them updating the system and device firmware. What I contend is that there are still issues with some devices and the firmware used on the Iris platform. One that I am most familiar with is the leaksmart sensors. A few months ago the firmware Iris was pushing was 19, Wink was somewhere in the 20's and the latest from leaksmart was 34! So Iris was several iterations behind. When I upgraded my sensors to the latest I saw a huge change in performance, I no longer see these devices dropping off and battery life is significantly better. For all we know there are lots of firmware updates sitting with Iris to be approved an pushed that would help with these transient issues. Now I am not discounting that there are some things in my particular arrangement that may make me more prone to uncover the weaknesses in the system/firmware, but it is discouraging that I know Iris was sitting on that update that made a world of difference for me. So what else might they have that could help all of us?
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    My iris grade is...

    The two switches that "dropped" were two of the closest. So range is not the issue. Again, people I know that have switched have lost all of this instability. What I find even more troubling though is how frequently things drop and you don't get notified. Most notably my hose end controller, unless you look at the logs you wouldn't know that it was dropping off the network 10+ times a day. I think a lot of the issues stem from this system being so closed. As it stands now very few updates are made to device firmware to improve stability and battery life. Back in February of this year I was told Iris already had the new firmware, can anyone confirm if they ever got around to pushing this?
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    My iris grade is...

    You are correct. I am making an assumption that since all (minus keypad) of my zigbee devices show 100% signal strength that I have a similarly robust signal strength for Z-wave. I think this is a reasonable assumption since all of my z-wave devices are AC powered so they will repeat the signal, there are additional repeaters in the home, all electrical boxes were changed to plastic to increase range and z-wave is not affected by wi-fi like Zigbee. As for Iris pushing device drivers necessary to accomplish a desired result...what would be more desirable than your sensors staying connected and not draining you battery in a month? On the original firmware for the leakSmart sensors I had 2-3 sensors that kept dropping off. In a very short time (2-3 weeks) they lost considerable battery life compared to other sensors. Iris made their typical suggestion to add even more repeaters. Then I reached out to leakSmarts since some sensors that were dropping were between two others that weren't. That is when I found out Iris was on version 19 and they had provided version 34 months prior to me contacting them. I have since updated mine to the latest firmware and haven't had any issues since. I am not sure if Iris is even pushing the latest or not, but can't imagine what the hold up is.
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    My iris grade is...

    Not necessarily true. Since posting about increased stability I have had two different zwave lights switches drop a few times this week. Going to the portal will show 100% signal strength. Not sure what changed but something did. A buddy at work moved to ST and all of these random disconnects stopped. Taking it further, leaksmart firmware that Iris pushes is version 19 I believe but leaksmart gave them 34 about a year ago. A few months back I got mine updated and stability and battery life is much improved. So Iris often is the weak link in pushing new firmware to improve stability.