Wlepse

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  1. Nice...completely agree about your comments on how Lowe's handled this.
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    SystronicsRF

    So what is the consensus so far on SystronicsRF? Personally I am excited about the opportunity to keep my Gen 1 devices alive should Iris fold but I am concerned since many start ups tank too. I am just wondering if this will be too difficult to transition to for many and then add in the costs and most may just bail on older devices and start fresh. Based on what I am seeing it looks like you would be dropping $150-200 for hardware plus licensing of their software. I like that they are engaging the community to see how we use the system...I think that shows they are intent on making it function the way most use it then roll out other features that are nice to have not required. Anyone picking up a 3b+ and USB dongles? If so what case and dongles are you going with? I am thinking about picking something up since I have a bunch of unpaired gen1 devices I could play with so I can run both in parallel. What are you guys thinking on the pros and cons of this system? My immediate concern is if this will end up to different than the Iris interface and my wife will refuse to use it. She's a bit of a technophobe.
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    SystronicsRF vs Hubitat

    Well the benefit of Hubitat or Systronics is everything is local. So even if they fold you still have a working ecosystem. Granted it might not grow and if a part fails you could be SOL, it won't be like Iris where the hub becomes a paper weight.
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    March 31st - Doomsday?

    Me too. Iris saved me a huge mess tonight and highlighted how much I really loved this system.
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    Thanks Iris!

    Well tonight my Iris system went off letting me know the stupid water softener overflowed again. So thank you again Iris...this could have been a huge mess. But this event highlighted how much I rely on Iris and the multiple notifications. I think I could have slept through the siren but for some reason the house phone ringing always seems to wake me up. So thanks again for possibly the last time.
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    Phone call notification SOLVED!

    I personally relied on those calls. My phone is always on vibrate so often the short vibration for a text or email isn't enough to get my attention. But the persistent vibration did. I was using a Google voice number so it randomly several phones, this was super helpful for those water leaks I had in the middle of the night. No amount of vibrating on my nightstand would wake me..but the house phone does. Notifications were definitely a strong point for Iris.
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    Phone call notification SOLVED!

    Performance sounds good but the price is a bit high. I was hoping to use something like this for self monitoring an alarm but that price gets professional monitoring. Would be nice if they offered a lower monthly fee or yearly with far fewer calls. Seems we don't know how good we had it with Iris but glad you found a solution that works for you.
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    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    Both of mine arrived today. Luckily I got the alert the day before they were going to be delivered so my wife called and asked them to hold them so she could pick them up.
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    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    I filed my claim the second day and still no notice of shipment or card magically showing up in the mail. Hope it comes soon!
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    Alarms and SHM

    TXS for posting, I knew I saw this somewhere. Is there a monthly fee for this service? I seem to remember it being like $2-3/mo. If so that is well worth it to me. I prefer to self monitor and my phone is muted so i need a persistent vibration to get my attention. Also does it always use the same number?
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    New Gear Thanks to Iris

    I have tried all sorts of wireless cameras and have never been happy. Either they chew through batteries fast or the battery saving features are slow to react at times to trigger videos. Add in terrible performance in the cold (battery) and I am not a fan. Maybe these are viable options in the southern states but not where it gets cold. I agree that PoE is where it is at. Running one wire isn't that bad and you can set it to record 24/7 so you never miss anything.
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    SystronicsRF

    Can't wait to get mine
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    Visa Cards

    If I had something to bitch about with Lowe's it would be the fact they never really got behind Iris. I think if they had this would have been a money making division and they either would have kept it or easily sold it off. But once they made the decision to kill it I agree they went above and beyond what I would have expected.
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    SystronicsRF

    Well glad it is working for you now but all I did was click it. Kind of excited to get this card and get this tested out. I have so many Gen 1 devices I would love to keep using.
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    SystronicsRF

    me too..just watched the video in the email too.
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    Visa Cards

    That is encouraging
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    Woot.com deal

    Don't know much about Simplisafe but for those looking that is the older version. Not sure if parts are interchangeable or not but something to look into for sure.
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    SystronicsRF

    I got a response saying mine did ship and he thinks it will be here Wednesday. Hope so I am itching to give this a shot.
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    SystronicsRF

    For those that have been contacted to be a Beta tester has anyone actually received their SD card? I was contacted a while back, then told they lost my contact info but the card would go out the next week, then they sent an email the end of last week to make sure I had the DigiStick. Still no idea if it shipped. Starting to wonder if this is just vaporware. Has anyone actually gotten this?
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    What will happen to this forum?

    I think this forum has viability for at least a year. With everyone switching to other platforms, sometimes things seem rosy at first then you start to realize some of the short comings or things you miss from Iris. I would think this would be a "safe" place to come vent your frustrations about a platform and possible find a solution or another platform that might fit your needs better. By that time it could be that Arcus or SystronicsRF is is play and this may become the defacto forum for those platforms.
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    System Costs

    For me to try SystronicsRF came to only $100. Considering I have 50+ door/window, 10 motion, 8 buttons, 12 outlets and 2 fobs all gen 1 it is a cheap test compared to replacing all of these.
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    Vera Bundles

    Txs..not sure I am going with Vera but good to know how to get to the deals. To those interested it does give a discount code of iriswelcome.
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    Best method to dispose/sell Iris gear?

    Honestly I would sit on them for a while. I wouldn't be surprised if someone else figured out how to use them and they might become useful again.
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    Leak Smart Valve Alternatives

    If you use CoRE as you described then you are fine. My point is if someone had a LeakSmart valve on Iris and moved it to ST this feature is not built in and long term it is likely to be a problem especially if they have hard water. I do know Iris was actually stroking the valve since it did see it in logs once or twice over the last few years. Also my valve is still functional and has worked when I had leaks, so I believe it is doing this maintenance. This is the only reason I didn't buy the LeakSmart hub. Since you can't dead head the pump the valve needs to be after the pressure tank. But of course this is a common leak point. So the only way to full protect your home is to control power to the pump too when a leak happens. Their hub doesn't have the required hooks to work with another system to trigger this. Too bad because this is one system I don't want to take chances with and would love a dedicated local hub.
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    Lowe's, love it or hate it?

    So my emotions are all over the place the last few days with Lowe's and how they handled Iris. Initially I was super pissed since we were all hoping Mike was right and it would carry on in some way. Then I was pleasantly surprised by the redemption offer ( minus my devices that we're not paired yet). I was also starting to come around more to liking Lowe's more since they planned on releasing the code. Then today I went to Lowe's and I left so sad. The Iris display was basically empty like always but they had huge displays for ST ADT systems and Google Home. The ST display was a prime location, an end cap at the end of the aisle that traverses the store, so it is visible from the other side of the store. The banner had to be 10-15' high. The Google display had a decent location with a similar size banner. I sat there thinking if Lowe's had only advertised Iris this much years ago things could have been so different today. So now I am kind of mad that they never really supported this platform but appreciate they tried to help financially.