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  1. sparc

    So, You want Alexa to Announce Alarm Modes?

    I know it doesn't matter since it's a virtual switch but why use close to represent OFF and open for ON? Seems the reverse of how a real switch works. Is there a need to reverse the logic for some reason?
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    Don't throw away your V1 devices just yet!

    Yes, all my contacts and the majority of my motion sensors are V1.
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    Echo Enunciates

    I'd like to see either Alexa or SmartThings come out with an app for the Gear S3 SmartWatch. Would be nice to control devices from the watch connected via Wi-Fi to the hub so no phone required.
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    I prefer the V1 smart buttons over the V2 version. I too have a number of them in use. Unfortunately I have not been able to get SmartThings to recognize them as with most V1 Iris devices.
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    Echo Enunciates

    Anyone know if the NYCE tilt sensors work with ST? I have three, one on each door. They've been working great with Iris. I hope I can continue to use them.
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    March 31st - Doomsday?

    I doubt the app will delete itself, it will just stop working because there will be no cloud services to connect to.
  7. Most Kenmore branded stuff was relabeled Whirlpool equipment, so it may be possible.
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    Echo Enunciates

    Since this is in the ST topic area I assume this works with SmartThings only? Is it possible to set a different volume level for various announcements such that a 'door 1 opened' announcement plays at a lower (or higher) volume than say an alarm or someone calling you using Alexa drop in or intercom functions or your Flash Briefing.
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    Zwave maps

    I believe the Z-Wave Toolbox can build a map, among other things. thegillion you might be interested in one of these if you don't have one already.
  10. Yes, I am aware of that. I was thinking more of using with other systems like SmartThings and others.
  11. Isn't it possible to load new firmware to Iris V1 to remove any proprietary code and make them generic so they can be used with any system? Yes, I know that requires someone to write that code but if that was done wouldn't that open up all those devices to be used elsewhere. Will Arcus (and SystronicsRF) need to do this to be able to communicate with Iris V1 devices?
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    Any HomeSeer Users Here?

    Here's what I will say as my first impression of HomeSeer, just from what I have played around with today. There are a number of free drivers but then there are many you will pay to add additional capabilities to the basic HS software package. $29 here and $49 there and pretty soon you'll have $600 or more wrapped up in software alone depending on what you need to connect to your choices in hardware. I was told in an email they didn't have support for Iris ZigBee devices without reverse engineering them which I guess they have not done. No support for Iris V1 devices of course so for me that's a big negative because I have so many that I would like to continue using and not have to trash 70+ devices that still work IF there is software and a hub to go along with them. So I will play with HomeSeer for a bit more. I have a 30 trial on the software, and I'll see where that goes.
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    Any HomeSeer Users Here?

    A thread about migrating from Iris to HomeSeer from the HomeSeer forum
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    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    Same boat here, three iris V1 keypads and the same siren that I hope to use in whatever my next HA system is.
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    Any HomeSeer Users Here?

    I have a Pi 3b+ and the Homeseer USB stick already so I am going to try their software for the Pi3 which has a free 30 day trial license. After that it's $99 to continue using the Pi software and no monthly fees.