Dredwolf

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  1. Dredwolf

    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    I have to hand it to Mike S. over on the Iris forum, he is trying to be reassuring, as seen below. I'll try to be patient, and not get carried away with the sales. Hi guys, It is human nature to speculate and think about "worst case scenarios" but I would urge you to be patient for a little bit while; Iris isn't going anywhere, wish I could tell you more right now but as they say, stay tuned. -Mike
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    Since my local store has a few of the newest generation of devices, I'm feeling drawn towards buying a few smart switches and making the changes the wife asked for. Hopefully a buyer will be found, and it will be awesome.....I hope.
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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    This was not how I wanted to start my next round of buying more Iris devices, seeing this news. I have small system compared to most, but it works, and the new fob made Iris much more "wife approved"...to where she was using the system and asking what could be automated with it. My elderly mother recently reached a point where an Iris system would help monitor her health and well-being, so I went to the site today and was pleased by the new offerings...until I saw the posting on the news. I know what they have stated....but in over 45+years of life on this planet, governments, companies, and people say things to CYA often, or at least CYA based on what they know at their level at the moment. I tried to reassure my own team at one point in my career, based on what a Director told me, only to realize we were all lied to a few weeks later when the whole group was given the "your positions have been eliminated, thank you, please leave the building" news. I have been happy with Iris, but I think I will delay buying anything else for a bit longer.
  4. Is there any news about an updated keypad for V2? My local stores in SC barely have any IRIS products, and I really need a 3rd pad to "close the loop" in my setup where I am comfortable arming the security portion more often. My original keypad lost a battery holder, and while I can make it work off one battery, it loses connection almost daily, while my other two keypads are steady, even the one further away, with more walls in the way. I am happy with my system, I use it daily for monitoring things at the house, but this keypad thing is frustrating, and seems so simple.
  5. I have been waiting on a new keypad before pushing forward with expanding my system. I want to install a system for my elderly mother who lives next door, but not getting good vibes from my Lowes stores in SC about Iris being a viable solution in 2018. Frustrating, I have been pretty happy with the things I have used Iris for.
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    Gen 2 Keypad antenna connection?

    Even though I was able to get the keypad running again, I wanted to pick up a spare. Neither of my local Lowes stores have any, or even the SKU tag on a shelf where they are out of them. Checking online with Lowes, its says they are no longer available? Are they being replaced? As mentioned before, the Iris section in both local stores is pathetic, everything in mixed up on the shelves and pegs, and all the products are dusty.
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    Lowes Portal????

    Not surprisingly, http://iriswebportal.com/ works fine. The corporate-backed one, however...not so much. I have not tried Chrome yet.
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    Lowes Portal????

    I am trying to login to https://home.irisbylowes.com I had been successful several times a month or so ago, and had bought a couple of smart plugs, thought I would see how the "official" portal was doing..... Apparently the dashboard is loading.......forever.
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    Gen 2 Keypad antenna connection?

    Well, went to change the CR123 batteries in the keypad, and one of the battery holders flew out. So in a fit of.....determination, I opened it to inspect the failed solder joint. There appears to be a external antenna connection on the PCB, like you see for a wifi radio module for a laptop? Trying to see if my little soldering iron can generate enough heat to try and repair this, but I thought the antenna connection is interesting.
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    Lowes Portal????

    Wow.....BBS...that goes back to 300 baud modems and ASCII "graphics". Now I feel too old to try IRIS today....where's my card punch machine and my RPGII reference book?
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    Lowes Portal????

    So what mystical mixture of OS, browser, star alignment and lucky totems does it take to actually get the blasted Iris web portal to stop with the spinning circle and load something? Do I need to use a Linux live CD or dig up a copy of OS/2 Warp?
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    Outdoor siren

    I'll second this. I am trying to slowly expand my system, and regardless of how many times I press the "5" key on the keypad, the volume is still too low on the keypads and hub. I appreciate the ability to control the volume, but (2) CR123 batteries should be capable of cranking out more than a gentle beep. If someone has a hack to crank the volume on the hub, let me know. In my case, the alerts going to my phone will be loud, but I would love to have something loud enough to alert my neighbor.
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    Status LED on v2 Smart Button

    I could not take it any more, I tried Bright House's suggestion too, 12 times. Nothing...then the retainer on the battery tray broke.... So, the button is fixed now...its in pieces. I am trying to recover one of my image hosting sites login info, but I did find an ebay auction showing a better version of the boards... http://www.ebay.es/itm/New-Lot-of-5-Centralite-1153460-A-THOR-94V-0-Circuit-Boards-/381491470328?hash=item58d2a9dff8:g:kBgAAOSw8-tWbaLd Those eBay boards appear to have a better battery contact for the coin cell, this board has a raised glob of solder for the negative contact. As you would think, its very worn from my attempts to pair, removing and re-inserting the battery.
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    Status LED on v2 Smart Button

    Thanks, I have watched that video a dozen times, but no success. Even the wife can't spot what I am doing wrong in the procedure.