Wlepse

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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Finally got a chance to look at this. When I went out the display was still on but the antenna part was off. Put in a fresh set of batteries and it took about 20 min to be back on the hub. But ironically the app is showing 0% battery. Tested the batteries I removed and one was low and the other was marginal. Hopefully these last a while but if not I will swap this out.
  2. Yeah but since that is a plug in device I would need a really large outdoor box. I was hoping to have just the outlet so a standard in use cover would keep it water tight. I guess I will have to play with this to see if there are other things I can do to increase signal strength out there and also further down the driveway so the key fob reconnects faster.
  3. I must have picked up a couple of these back when they got closed them out and just found them in my cabinet. I wired one up to a plug and got it to pair but it says uncertified device and appears to have no functionality. While I don't need the power monitoring and honestly don't need the outlet control I would like to have a zigbee repeater. Wondering if I am better off dumping these on eBay and looking for something officially supported. Thoughts?
  4. Check out ebay...I got some in bulk for less than 5 bucks each
  5. Yeah realize these are regular outlets but I was going to install them inside a waterproof in use box, this outlet is daisy chained off another GFCI. The problem with everything else I have seen is that they are z-wave, I really need a zigbee repeater for my orbit hose end controller. Does anyone make a zigbee repeater for this purpose? Honestly I am not even sure if it would help much since there are probably 10 door/window sensors on that side of the house so placing a plug just outside the house will probably be a minimal improvement unless some coating in the window glass attenuates the signal.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Very weird. Even though I have not received any push notifications of disconnects the device has done so a few times today already. What is even stranger is that twice today it pushed the schedule to the device 4-5 times even though the device was connected. I can understand it pushing the schedule on a reconnect, but 4-5 times randomly seems weird. Also through the portal I see 33% battery and the app says 16%. I think I will try a disconnect and reset and repair.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Maybe I will try to remove it reset and repair. Just seemed odd for batteries to go that fast. This is only used for a veggie garden so it runs once a day for 15 minutes just to make sure they don't dry out. Can't believe this amount of use would kill the batteries unless something is wrong. Hopefully it is just as you say that the reporting is bad.
  8. I just got the email saying professional monitoring is available in my area but before I take them up on that I want to see if I can get the alarm automated. To be honest it seems the alarm is only on while we are sleeping and I don't need professional monitoring then. But it would be nice to know the alarm is on whenever we leave. So I started looking at some of the options and it seems the most straight forward would be to buy a few key fobs. The problem is they get terrible reviews...actually it seems many of the new devices do due to bad battery contacts. So I am concerned if the battery drops the system will arm and my family will end up setting the alarm off when they try to leave. Also from searching this out I see that the key fobs take about 8-10 minutes of no activity to set the alarm, this is fine when we are leaving but I didn't see a mention of how quickly they reconnect and then disable the alarm. Again I am concerned that the family will inadvertantly trip the alarm. So the other thing I thought of was the Iris+ app which I think would allow me to use a geo fence but I have two concerns; first I believe the creator of this app has pulled out of Iris so future updates are going to be non existent and I am not sure if it can be set up to recognize only to alarm when all device are out of the geo-fence. So can anyone comment on how they have this configured and how successful they have been?
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    We leave our keys in a bowl near the door. Just thinking if they happen to see the fob and know how the system works they can disarm without knowing your pin. Highly unlikely but this is the same reason you can't disarm with Alexa or other buttons.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    So are you concerned about giving an intruder an easy way to disable alarm? Also can anyone confirm if the disarm button will silence the alarm after it was activated or does it only work in the grace period?
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    I ended up picking up two off eBay. I plan to test them this weekend. Hoping it works as expected. But I do have a question; the default for the buttons is to arm or disarm the system. Seems like a bad idea to have a button shut off the alarm especially since we keep our keys in a bowl as you walk in. So what else have people set these up to do? DHolovako...not surprised. Though I hope having retired law enforcement and active enforcement across the street will deter thieves. I live in the country (for NJ) and there are no highways that close but there is plenty of woods. Just hoping the open neighborhood, 150' to tree line and swamp back there is enough.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Yup...reset device and hub...no worky
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Thanks but I bought that one and can't get it to connect.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    That comes up as door and window sensors not key fobs.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    That still doesn't show up for me...I see four packs of switches, door sensors, motion etc but no key fobs.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Where? I didn't see them on the Lowes website.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Well I gave up on the Alertme fob and bought a second gen iris keyfob. DOA out of the box...I even made sure the box looked clean before purchasing. I guess the QC is pretty crappy on these things.
  18. Not a bad idea, I will have to look at the wiring and see if I can break it anywhere fairly easily. But the one thing I was really looking forward to was easy on off. Often I will reconnect the filter or vacuum after swimming and bump the pump just to make sure there are no leaks, I could still do that but would need the phone if I remote locate the panel.
  19. I want one of these but my pump is about 80 feet away and worried the signal won't be reliable enough. Can you confirm if this is at all like the bluetooth units that keep scheduling and timer locally?
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Weird...I would have expected earlier versions to work but maybe not later but who knows. Frustrating I can't even get it to partially connect anymore.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    If someone has one of these can you confirm what your board says? At the top mine says 2007 and has a rev of 1-1. I realize this won't confirm firmware but maybe they made a hardware change with the -1 that makes it incompatible?? Oh and I removed the board and confirmed there are no buttons on the bottom.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Listed said new but no way to tell for sure. It came in a box but there were no seals on it so I think this may have been part of a package. Last night I also tried changing the battery to see if that would help but still nothing. Just confused how one time it connected but was not supported and I can't repeat that again. If that connection never happened I would just give up, but that is giving me some hope.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Hub reset didn't work. Still messing with device resets but getting no where. Wonder why one time it sort of connected but now it is just doing nothing.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Hopefully I will get a chance to try that tonight, I just need to get the pool pump running before I start getting some funky water. But thanks for the suggestion.
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    Most robust way to automate alarm

    Not sure what is going on but tried again two more times this morning. Once by selecting Iris gen 1 fob and the last time not selecting anything but verifying the hub light was flashing...still no luck. Not sure why one time it kind of connected. Any other suggestions?