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  1. Wlepse

    Lowe's presence at CES 2017

    Don't want to derail this thread but put up thread here: http://forum.livingwithiris.com/index.php?/topic/3747-iris-saved-my-ass/#entry32470
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    Lowe's presence at CES 2017

    It does worry me about the future of Iris, especially since it just saved my ass this morning. Alarm went off at 3:30 due to a leak in the laundry room. Hope they continue to develop the system.
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    Lowe's presence at CES 2017

    Marketing budget? Where else have you seen Iris but Lowe's and many of the store displays are terrible. So where are they marketing this product?
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    Lowe's presence at CES 2017

    I was going to go this year and none of the info I received has Iris listed; like you mentioned Jasco and Centralite have a presence. I actually posted something about this in another thread, indicating my concern that they may not be around for long. Seems weird that more and more people are posting pictures of displays being empty and none of the Lowe's employees I have spoken to know anything about the system other than to say they wouldn't recommend it. I hope they continue but I think the way they have certain features available only in a paid plan is going to end up killing them. People are getting tired of the bugs, lack of parity etc and to have to pay monthly for it pushes more and more people to options like ST. Time will tell but not being at CES is a big concern to me. Seems like the lack of stock and lack of CES presence are major cost saving moves that companies typically start making when the well is running dry.
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    Lowes Security display

    I am a bit worried about the life expectancy of Iris. Parity is not where they said it would be, Lowes employees do not recommend the system, there have been more and more posts showing minimal if any stock and stores that have stock always seem to have some sort of price reduction. I was hoping to stop by their booth at CES but as far as I can see they won't be there.
  6. Has anyone else noticed the flood of bulk packaged Gen 1 sensors on Ebay lately? They are all labeled as new but could these be refurbs from the buy backs? As much as I said I wasn't going to buy anymore Iris stuff (especially non ST compatible) before we had local processing I couldn't help myself. I had several windows I never installed these on and was using a motion sensors but those damn things are too sensitive so a real sensor is the way to go. The ones I picked up were labeled as "new" and come with the original tape and batteries. If you look around some sellers have these for less than $5 each shipped. At that price I couldn't not get them, hell the batteries are about $2 each. Anyone else see other deals out there?
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    Contact sensor dropped cant re-pair

    I had one sensor that completely disappeared too...guess I will give it a few days
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    Gen 1 door/window sensors on Ebay

    Mine came today...all appeared to be new but obviously old stock. The batteries were all sealed and dated 7/13 to 9/14. Hoping that is the mfg date and not expired date. Either way they show as ok in the app but that doesn't mean much. All paired fine but I found they paired better after a device reset. I haven't mounted them yet but one sticky pad was dried up so I suspect they will not work well and I need a replacement. But for $4.50 each shipped I am happy.
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    Gen 1 door/window sensors on Ebay

    Mine are supposed to arrive today so I will update everyone when I get a chance to test them out.
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    Off Site file backup services

    I am currently using AWS Glacier too as back up source but have thought about getting another NAS to put at a family members home and have the two sync. More money upfront but it would allow me to also back up all my movie rips. My only concern is security on the other network.
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    Since we don't have local processing I keep thinking about another option. I know Iris offers a USB 4G dongle but it just rubs me the wrong way to give them more money for their failure to design the product properly. I had looked into routers that supported USB dongles but then the other day I stumbled across a deal thread on SD for the Netgear Fuse, $25 delivered and includes 2GB of data the first month, then you can drop it to their free plan which includes 500MB of LTE free. Since my cameras are not on Iris I can't imagine I need more than the free plan unless they push through a ton of updates one month. One negative appears to be their billing but between using a virtual CC number and protection with CC I am not too worried. In my area Sprint coverage is ok but this may be an issue for some. So has anyone used Freedompop or the Netgear Fuse? One major concern I have is with security, I highly doubt this thing has a robust firewall or gets updates to keep it secure. Has anyone had experience with this type of device?
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    Plan would be to only have Iris on this but confused now that you said I needed a bridge. Originally I looked here: http://support.irisbylowes.com/link/portal/30143/30206/Article/544/Next-Gen-Iris-Huband it says wifi but now I checked Lowe's site and sure enough it doesn't. Well that sucks. The free plan would have been enough for me and with both having a battery backup this would have been sweet. Maybe I can use one of my Kingston mobile lites to bridge to wireless, they have been very stable for other stuff. It has a battery too but I think it only lasts like 4-6 hours, so I would probably need to work that out.
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    No Local Hub Processing When Offline HUGE BUG/FLAW

    I could be wrong but I thought the bulk of the devices that were taken over were those that had default admin passwords. So many people buy things and don't make sure they change the admin password from the mfg which leaves them open to attack. But sometimes mfgs leave a back door into the devices that you don't know about and can't protect yourself from.
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    Iris+ For Gen 2 - Alternative Android Application

    Just to clarify...if you do not pay for the extra services through Iris can you still run the scenes, rules and use the presence detection? Also, if I have multiple devices do you have to purchase the app for each one? I assume not since the log in info is for the Iris site not your server.
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    Keypad beeping on arming

    When I first added a V2 keypad it only did the double beep when a door was opened, then at some point recently (I think it was after firmware update) the keypad started beeping on arming the system. I changed no settings in the app then or now but I no longer have this beeping. I have poked through the app and can't seem to find anything specifically for this beep...the beeping for door opening still works. So what do I have to do to get this back?
  16. OK so next person doing a return....let the community know here the store so we can go dumpster diving.
  17. With all of these return stories...I wonder where all of these returned items are going? I am not willing to pay full price for any of this stuff at risk but if I could get a hold of some things at a heavy discount I might be interested. Wonder if Lowes/Iris will start selling these items at some point rather than just take the loss. Seems like if they continue to take the loss they maybe setting this venture up as a tax right off.
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    Ecobee3 thermostat

    I have had one for a while now and have to say not only do I love the device but also love the support. A few times I have called or emailed in and they always were able to resolve the problem. Most recently my unit starting reading a high temp at the base unit after a power failure, they are sending me a new unit under warranty. Talk about standing behind their product...no questions asked other than contact info. Definitely a device and company I can recommend.
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    Keypad beeping on arming

    So where are people getting these? Looking around they can be $1 each for no name or $2+ for name brand. At the later, two batteries every two months is going to cost $24/yr. Seems kind of ridiculous for something that barely gets used.
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    Keypad beeping on arming

    Ugh...got an email tonight that the keypad battery was low but it reported OK in the app so I ignored it. Well when I armed the system the beeps were gone again so I check the keypad and it was offline with a 20% battery life indication. So I went from OK to 20% rather quick...not to mention the keypad was installed later May. So these batteries don't last long. Where is everyone else getting these?
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    Hub battery indicator?

    Over the weekend I was trying to do some electrical work and had the mains pulled for a few hours. I do have my hub on a UPS but that didn't last for the whole thing so I was on battery power. But today I was wondering what my battery life was looking like and realized there is no indication. Is this really correct? Do I have to physically remove the AC power to get a reading? Or do you have to pull the batteries and test? With the V1 hub since the batteries were recharged after power was restored you could assume you had a reasonable run time if you lost power again. But with alkaline batteries you could have burned through half their life and not know.
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    Hub battery indicator?

    Wow..that is incredibly short sighted...does it at least warn you when the voltage drops too low?
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    Keypad beeping on arming

    Yeah that was enabled and ironically tonight the beeping returned. But about half way through the arming process.
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    Cellular backup must be right around the corner

    I just hope they don't think adding the cell service means they don't need local processing.
  25. I feel kind of weird doing it since at this point I am hoping to stay with Iris, but on the other hand I am concerned that in 6 months when I realize they are not getting to where I need them to be half of my devices will be useless on a new platform and they won't do the buy back. I guess I should give this some thought though. At this point it is just a few door sensors and motion I can think of. Other than these devices being usable on other platforms are there other benefits or more important drawbacks? I don't want to trade in a V1 door sensor that functions 100% for a spotty V2 device that will end up making me jump ship sooner.