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    How useful is a Ring Doorbell only?

    Thought I would follow-up with a "almost a month" review of the Ring Doorbell. Simply put, this thing had paid for itself several times over. Besides knowing when Amazon stuff arrives, we can tell if the delivery person actually set the package under the porch overhang. It's motion notices have worked as presence detection for various people visiting our house that sits way back off the road during the day, so it helped sell my wife on a gate for our long drive way. I've used it as a paging system several times for my wife who may not hear a knock on the front door. The motion detection ignores our outside cats, but notified us that our goats had gotten out and were inspecting the porch. We were able to shoo them from the porch thanks to the Ring two-way. The simple app, and decent camera (for its purpose) has sold my wife on a better security camera system. She was startled at the number of visitors we have during the day now that we have no children at home, but our son who lived with us until last August always told us nobody ever came to our house except USPS, UPS and FedEx. Interesting at the increase in traffic. I'm glad I spent the money on the Ring doorbell.
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    Question from a Hubitat newbie

    I have worked with some Zigbee mesh networks as part of my day job, so I was deliberate in placing the Iris Zigbee plugs around to insure the keypads, contact sensors, and motion sensors all stayed connected. I used the 4 WiFi plugs to fill in for seasonable things, like Christmas tree lights, the woodstove blower, outdoor patio lighting, etc. Since converting to Hubitat, all of my former devices (excluding the WiFi plugs) stay connected to the Hubitat hub, which is now only 4 feet from where the Iris V2 hub sat.
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    Question from a Hubitat newbie

    I'm in a similar boat, but smaller, I only have 4 to replace. I am still researching, is power monitoring important to you, or you just need it to work? Or do you need the Zigbee repeater function? I'm going with GE for an outdoor smart switch, but still trying to decide on the other.
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    Goodbye and thank you all

    Mike, Best of luck to you and the whole Iris team, I truly hope all your future endeavors are rewarding. And don't forget your towel. 😉
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    A unified forum

    This is a great idea....I finally removed the last device from the Iris V2 hub tonight, and I have much of what I needed running on Hubitat, but there are still "gaps". I'll keep checking this forum, looking for solutions, regardless of platform, to solve the need.
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    My migration experience from Iris to Hubitat

    You do have to be more aware of the Zigbee and Zwave ranges with Hubitat, but I needed to correct my dependence on WiFi plugs anyway. For the cord, I used a 10 foot phone charging cord, and re-worked my Ethernet cabling as part of switching from Iris.
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    I am about 75% migrated to Hubitat, and while there is a learning curve, simply slowing down to think and read has solved all the issues so far. And the "Dashboard" you can send to your mobile devices to control the functions you preset may not look flashy, but it works. Since I configured what the "buttons" display, I can read climate in several locations from the single dashboard view, and turn things on and off. And I have a dashboard for my wife that only shows what she wants to see and activate on her phone, but she can open a more general one if she needs to. Yes, its different than Iris, but it's feeling more like "my setup".
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    Question for you Hubitat users

    After having my Hubitat hub up for a few days, I started my migration tonight, doing about half my Iris stuff, with least important first. I followed the good advice of un-pairing one thing at a time via the Iris app, then letting the Hubitat hub find the new contact, keypad, switch or sensor, and naming it the same as it was in Iris. Because I knew I was dealing with Zigbee, I made a point of adopting a plug-in switch/repeater that was on a simple schedule as one of the first things. It went pretty smoothly, I did have to reset the Iris V2 keypads though, but I needed to change batteries anyway. During the device discovery, I just decided to exit discovery after each device was found to make each discovery session a new one. I'm not sure if that was noted anywhere, but with my day job recently i had to fix a ZigBee mesh network for a large number of data loggers, and that discovery tool did better if each discovery was a new discovery session. It seemed to work fine, I got 10 devices unpaired, discovered and named in 30 minutes, and played with the local dashboard a bit to see my devices. Because I was working with least import first, I did not have pressure to meet any WAF, and I could learn as I go. I'll move my security portion of Iris last, as the Habitat forums are working through the problems we Iris orphans are having. Habitat is different, but the forums are full of people who want to help, and there are other Iris users migrating, and finding ways to make things work. Give it a few evenings, that's my plan, otherwise, add to my Ring doorbell. Post here if you decide to get rid of that hub, you may find a buyer pretty quickly.
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    How useful is a Ring Doorbell only?

    Finally got a few minutes last night to fire up the Ring Doorbell and test it a bit. Added the apps to my phone and the wife's, and the WAF was almost immediate. I have mentioned that she has hearing loss, but was.......i guess "thrilled" is a good match, with the Ring Doorbell, to the point I could not finish working out how to mount it last night. She was working in her craft room, apparently enjoyed using the Ring Doorbell to keep track of other things going on on the other side of the house. We have Android devices, and she kept mentioning how cool it was to get the motion alerts, and check the door bell view from the notification received, I was a little puzzled at the enthusiasm, but apparently it was huge for the WAF. The two way communication was apparently also intriguing, as she kept using it as an intercom to ask more about the doorbell, where/how I was mounting it, etc. In other words, she was acting like I do when trying out a new electronic toy. I thought the "fisheye" view would bother her, but apparently having a similar lens for her DLSR, she thought the wide-angle was really useful. And already asked if we going to get another one for the back door..... I just bought the basic Ring Doorbell in Bronze, and really expected a lot more resistance to installing and using it. I've still got to work out a mount due to our front door surround and sort out the hard wire for power, but I did not expect this to work this well.
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    Tips for migrating to Hubitat

    And probably the best tip you can get for helping yourself migrate to Hubitat....use the forums! https://community.hubitat.com/ They do have a person on Support, but the forums are active, and they are very willing to help Iris "orphans". Make sure you read up on Zigbee and Zwave, and get a basic understanding of which devices your are migrating use what type of communication, it will help you transition.
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    Phone call notification SOLVED!

    I decided to delay installing the Hubitat hub, and look at the problems Iris solved, and at least outline how I can solve it with the Hubitat environment before starting. The notification challenge is a concern, and part of getting the security setup to work acceptably without presence detection based on a mobile device is also. We counted on those phone calls in a alert scenario and the notifications for other scenarios, so that either human interaction would occurs, an automatic response happens, or the event is just logged....or all three of needed. The phone call from Iris saved the day a few times, as friends and trained first responder neighbors were much closer than anyone professional monitoring would contact. And the quick notifications meant security cameras got checked for a human decision on several occasions. I'll admit, I'm getting somewhat discouraged trying to find a solution.
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    Tips for migrating to Hubitat

    I answered my own question about the sensors by pairing them, they match the firmware of the rest, and they are V2 contact sensors. I choose to delay standing up the Hubitat hub just yet, I realized I have more questions that need answers.
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    Phone call notification SOLVED!

    Notifications seems to be something Iris excelled at. We timed the security alerts every couple of months, once the entry delay elapsed, those phone calls, emails, and alerts were hitting our phones in less than 5 seconds. And the panic button set up for the wife was mere seconds also.
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    Tips for migrating to Hubitat

    Starting this myself tonight. i know un-pairing from Iris needs to be done carefully. For those Iris V2 devices i have that are still new in the box, should I connect them to Iris to update firmware/etc? And I just realized I may have bought some V3 contact sensors, we'll see how those work with Hubitat. And with my network, I already have devices that have static IP addresses and/or reservations, but I have them in specific ranges (printers are at x.x.x.200+, cameras are x.x.x.5x, etc), is there a way via command line to set the Hubitat to an IP, or all you can do is reserve via MAC? I'm using the loss of Iris to drive a "spring cleaning" of my network.
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    Platform Poll

    So my Hubitat hub arrived today, and I picked up a Ring doorbell to play with. I got to run a new doorbell wire and fabricate a mount to deal with my inset front door.