Wlepse

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    Is Iris going out of business?

    I sure hope so, just thought we should be seeing some new stuff showing up by now. The keypads have been out of stock awhile online and most stores have minimal stock too.
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    Gen 2 keypad poor signal

    I just figured I would update this thread in case someone searches it out later...the signal strength did come back up to 97% but it took almost a week to do so. Not sure why but give it time and you should see the increase as thegillion mentioned.
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    Gen 2 keypad poor signal

    While messing around with thegillions portal to try to figure out some other issues I was seeing I noticed last week my keypad was showing a signal strength of 47% but the batteries were low so I thought it might be the cause. Over the weekend I swapped out the batteries and the portal does show them to be 100% but the signal strength is still 47%. This doesn't make sense since there are 4 door and window sensors near it all showing 100%. I mean the door sensor is less than 3 feet away. I did a search but didn't see anyone else mention this, it doesn't seem to drop off but is this normal?
  4. I picked up an Orbit hose timer and paired it to my system on May 26th with brand new batteries. Today I got a notification that my battery was low. I checked the app and it is saying 16%. Did a quick search here and the only complaints I saw were with rechargeable batteries and in that thread someone mentioned their batteries were still going strong after 5 months. I will try another set of batteries but would it be wise to swap this thing out? I am a bit far from the hub but it has never disconnected so I guess I am not too far though. Does anyone know if these devices change their output strength to match available mesh network or is the antenna wattage fixed?
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Well I think I am about to throw this thing out. First the battery is back down to 33% according to the portal but more importantly I woke up this morning at 5am to hear water flowing. Even though this is set to come on at 9am for 10 minutes it was on at 5. In the past it has randomly turned on by itself and or ran way longer than 10 minutes. It has also missed waterings at least 50% of the days at the scheduled time. Even if my signal is bad this just seems completely unstable and frankly a poor design. If the hub pushes the schedule to the device it should be able to run this schedule without the hub's intervention and it certainly shouldn't be randomly watering things. Just makes no sense, time on the Orbit is correct and hub shows no activity for this mornings watering. Maybe I will try to swap it before I give up, but not holding out much hope.
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    Aeotec Range Extender

    Uggh...damn auto correct.
  7. A buddy picked one of these for his ST system but lent it to me to test it on Iris. Much to my surprise it paired instantly but did say unrecognized. Since this is just a repeater it might not matter though. It did prompt me to rebuild the mesh network so I am assuming this should be functional for those in need of a repeater. I hope to be able to confirm this tomorrow.
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    Aeotec Range Extender

    Well not sure if this device really works or not. First I tried a gen 2 plug. I had a lot of trouble rebuilding the X-ray network but eventually got it done. But after all of that I still couldn't get my GE plug in device to function. So I moved the gen 2 plug back to it's original spot and repaired the Aeotec. As mentioned before it shows up as uncertified. I tried to rebuild the network but it never completed, several times it locked up in the 90's. At this point I cycled all the other X-ray stuff and it was working so I decided to test the outlet. Still nothing. So I can't confirm if this thing really works or not, certainly no better than a gen 2 plug.
  9. Thanks, but my pool is about 3.5x's that size so I would need several of those and I just don't want an array of them through the yard. The roof on the house is just too far away but I am sure that would help add some more heat to the system. I guess I just keep living with a cool pool.
  10. Off topic but what kind of solar heater? I am in NNJ and we are hovering around 70.
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    LeakSMART Valve Deal

    Damn...these things are awesome. I installed one back in December and it saved my butt within a week. Definitely recommend this device and their customer service and support is top notch.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    I didn't get a chance to look at this over the weekend but was just looking at thegillions portal and noticed the batteries that were installed last Wednesday now say 83%, it is connected and hasn't had any drops since Friday. From the 7th to the 9th there were multiple drops, not sure why there is a significant change in its behavior, the only other thing that happened that day was iris finally responded to my inquiring telling me to install more repeaters. Wonder if they did something that would make a difference? Also, does anyone's hose end device show up under signal strength? My pool motion shows 100% and it is about 20 feet closer to the hub but it would be nice to confirm what kind of signal it has.
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    Aeotec Range Extender

    I think this one claimed to have 450' range. If I get a chance to test this I will put a GE plug in dimmer out by the pool pump and compare this to a gen 2 plug.
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    Aeotec Range Extender

    But what is the range for those? Since Iris has recommended to me and others to add a couple of these scattered around the house it gave me the impression their range is limited.
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    Aeotec Range Extender

    True...thinking this may help if I pull the trigger on the GE appliance relay for the pool pump which will end up being about 180' from the hub. This device claims 400'+ range which I think is considerably more than the Iris units.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Guy at work just sent me this link: http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=Repeaters In there it said battery operated devices do not work as repeaters. I guess that makes sense since the battery would get chewed up but I originally thought the motion sensor on the fence would pass along the signal to the hose end controller. So if I get a chance this weekend I am going to try a few things. 1) article recommends hub be 3m from router so I will try relocating to see if that helps. 2) I will try a repeater plug in an outdoor outlet to see if that helps and 3) I realized there is a gas grill that is in the line of sight between Orbit and hub, so I will move this to see if that helps any. Was just thinking; does anyone know if you can add external antennas to the hub to try to boost signal like Otto Mation recently did on the 4G dongle? I looked at the pictures in thegillion's hub teardown but I don't see anything there. Is this possible or a pipe dream?
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    That would make sense but does anyone else see this activity if they don't change the schedule? As for signal that device is not listed but the motion sensor shows as 99% and that is pretty close to the orbit.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    I would but I think that will do very little to help. Modified that drawing to show the location of the gen 1 motion on the pool fence with a green X and also showed the only location I could do the Gen 2 plug with a green X. Since that is only maybe 15 feet closer to the Orbit hose end controller I doubt it would do much. Besides I would have thought I would be meshing through the motion sensor which is not dropping off. Looking at the activity from your portal it shows the Orbit dropping, updating schedule then reconnecting in that order. Is this normal? Seems like it should be disconnect, reconnect then update.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    Wow...didn't think this was that far away but I decided to pull up my survey to see if I could scale off one of the dimensions and it appears as if the Orbit hose end unit is about 150 feet from the hub, through one exterior wall or through a sliding door. There is a Gen 1 motion sensor on the pool fence that is about 130 feet from the hub which doesn't show any drops. But more of a concern for me is how does this unit actually work? I thought that Iris pushes the schedule to the device and it executes it, you change the interval in Iris and it pushed the new info to the device. So worst case if it disconnected it would run the last known schedule. But today I noticed that Iris indicated the zone stopped watering at 10:56 it is supposed to start at 9:00 and the interval is set for 15 minutes. So needless to say the pots were filled with water. The app history shows the zone starting at 9:04 and the only other entry between that and shutting off is a schedule update at 9:16. If I go to the portal and look at history I can see it connected at 8:53 and disconnected at 1:32, so there is not reason why it should have lost control. Any ideas?
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    So maybe I am too far away. But can anyone clarify if these devices do adjust the wattage to the antennas based on signal? So units close to the base may be using less battery than those farther away. Are they similar to cell phones, that when they lose their signal they are constantly trying to reacquire a signal burning through battery or do they simply post a status signal kind of like a ping? I might try moving my hub location to see if that helps but I am concerned this may mess with my other devices that have been rock solid lately.
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    Orbit battery life < 2 weeks??

    I think I may just be too far away. Current the portal is saying 100% battery but I am still seeing some disconnects and a lot of pushing of the schedule. Seems like the order is off, for instance it disconnected at 6:37 this morning but at the same time said it updated the schedule, then at 6:47 it reconnected. How could it update the schedule when disconnected? Also noticing the driver is 1.0 and the update says idle, is the case for everyone?
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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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. Check out ebay...I got some in bulk for less than 5 bucks each