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  1. I can do the Dick Tracy bit with my Samsung Gear watch connected to the SmartThings Hub, as well as manually control lights and such. If it were possible to view cameras on the watch that would be handy. When I'm in the shop and Alexa announces "motion on breezeway" I could take a peek at the breezeway cameras from the watch. Watch can connect directly to Wi-Fi, doesn't require interfacing with a phone.
  2. I don't know if this is the best place to ask this question, but it didn't seem to fit anywhere else. I am wondering what the capacity of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi is. My question comes because I have been seeing for a long time issues with Wi-Fi that I can't explain otherwise. I have a NetGear NightHawk C7800 router/modem combo and my ISP is Comcast. The modem is about a year old, I bought it new, it's not a refurb or used item. I have a hardwire camera system of which the deck is connected by ethernet to the LAN. There are no Wi-fi cameras on this system though it can support them. I just don't use any. So it puts little if any load on the LAN or Wi-Fi. Storage is internal and it records 24/7. The only time it might impact LAN performance is when I access the Camera DVR from a PC on the LAN to review some footage. I have 9 Wyze Wi-Fi cameras. I also have 4 Wi-Fi switches connected to my ST Hub. I have 6 Amazon Echo devices, they are all connected by Wi-Fi. I have one NetGear dual-band range extender. Also occasionally two smartphones, one Android and one iPhone. Three Amazon Fire tablets. One Eye-Fi SD card in my DSLR which sends copies of images to a network drive when the camera is in use. All the 4 PCs in the house are on ethernet. The SmartThings hub is connected by ethernet. The three TVs are also using ethernet for Netflix, etc. They are Wi-Fi capable but I have that turned off. A ZumSpot digital mobile radio hotspot. It uses WiFi to bridge local handheld radio RF signals to the internet. It's low impact and only active when I am using the handheld radio. The TiVo DVR uses ethernet too. On 5GHz is usually only the smartphones, but sometimes depending on where you are in the house they swap over to 2.4GHz I come up with 25 devices, of which the 9 cameras probably use the most bandwidth. But this AP is supposed to be able to handle 100 connections on each band. What happens is performance is fine then randomly WiFi will drop out. Ethernet still works fine so the ISP connection does not seem to be at fault. Nothin connected by Wi-Fi works. It can happen multiple times in one day or it might go without a problem for a week or more then BAM it's all dead until I power the unit down, physically disconnect the power and the coax from the unit, wait about a minute, then connect it all back up and reboot. After which once everything reconnects it might be good for 5 minutes, an hour, or 14 days, there's no telling as it just randomly drops out. NEtGear only gives you 90 support on these things and I didn't start having problems until about 6 months in which is when I believe Comcast pushed out a firmware update. You can't do the update or roll back to a previous firmware even though it's your own equipment. Only Comcast can install firmware updates. SO I argued with them that the problem is their doing since I have no control over the firmware and have made no changes to the hardware. Speaking of which all my network equipment is powered through APC UPSs which filter and limit voltage spikes and dips, so I don't think anything has been damaged from a surge or lightning strike. I tried turning off all the Wyze cameras but it made no difference. I've tried shutting down all the HA stuff but no change. I've looked at what channels my neighbors are using on both bands and set my access point to open channels on 2.4 and 5GHZ that are not used by anyone that can be heard at my location, didn't help. The only thing I have not tried yet is going back to my old hardware, which was a NetGear C1000 modem and a LinkSys router, separate units. The modem is DOCSIS 3.0 and I don't remember if it can be updated. To do that I would have to get Comcast to reauthorize the old modem which is not difficult but then I would have to do it again to go back to the C7800. Anyone have any ideas I might try other than what I have so far. Am I missing something else that could be the cause.
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    CR123A Batteries

    Thanks, looks good. I couldn't use 50 of those batteries before they went bad though. I'll have to combine with other battery needs to make the $50 minimum for free shipping. I need 36 AAs for window candles at Christmas time and now is a good time to get them. We usually buy AAA, AA, etc. in bulk from Costco is packs of 40.
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    CR123A Batteries

    Anyone have a good source for CR123A batteries. I have looked on Amazon and even ordered some recently but what I received were knockoffs not Duracell. They were made to look like Duracells but when you look close no manufacturer information, no disposal information, and other telltale signs. Got my money back from Amazon (seller didn't offer returns, I wonder why) but now looking for a reliable place to buy. Locally they are expensive, even at Walmart it's two batteries for $7. I have a few Aerotec multi-sensors and they take CR123A batteries. They can run on one or two or on AC from a wall wort but in a couple locations I don't have power nearby so need batteries. One battery usually lasts over 18 months. TIA.
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    My Apps

    Where do we get the app from?
  6. Good to hear the 1G keypads will have another life. Guess I will hang on to my three for a while. I've been using ST but I wish it could use the 1G Iris keypads. We liked having three because I had them set to chime when ever an exterior door was opened. That way if the cat figured out how to open the door and took off for parts unknown we would be alerted. :-)
  7. What is the source of this device? I have a couple Sanyo mini-split systems that I would like to be able to control. They have an IR remote but no provision for BT or Wi-Fi connection. I found this unit from Sensibo which looks promising. https://sensibo.com/products/sensibo-sky Any chance this can be controlled by SystronicsRF ?
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    "If I don't like the route, I can manually change it. In my case, for problem devices, I can create a manual route that only uses Gen 2 smart plugs, which creates dependable routes. " Something that Iris needed but never appeared. But to be fair I don't think anyone gives you that capability except for SystronicsRF. Did they ever come up with a better name? SystronicsRF sound like a company name, not a product name that people will remember.
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    Iris WIFI V1 Smart Plug

    It's a shame they've been bricked once registered with an Iris account and Iris shut down. What about one that had never been used, still new in the box, would the situation be any different?
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    Home Depot not a great place

    No, I do not carry it with me, no need to, but after being denied three times at my local HD in as many months just showing my ID card, I brought a copy with me on the fourth try. When they shot me down the last time (reason given was not active duty status even though I argued that doesn't jive with your stated policy) I said that's it, I'm outta here. I even showed them a HD receipt from another HD where I had bought a lawn mower because they didn't have the model I wanted in stock. They gave me the discount no questions, just showed my card. On the receipt it's printed right on there Military Discount. Didn't matter. So I went across the street while I had everything with me and got signed up at Lowes. Then the copy of my DD214 went back in the file cabinet.
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    Home Depot not a great place

    "Home Depot's official statement even said they give a discount every day of the year" Except that they don't. I had a hard time with them too. After a couple times being denied I showed a copy of my DD214 and my ID card ... Nope … so I said "See ya, I'm heading to Lowes". So I went to the customer service desk and got signed up, showed them the same information that I showed to HD just 15 minutes earlier (since the stores are only a 1/4 mile apart), and I was all set. So now when I go in Lowes. I get the 10% every time, no problemo as Arnold would say. :-) That story off FB may be false, but mine is not. Now I only go to HD when they are the only one that has what I need, and that's not too often.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    OK, that is a different path than I tried originally ( Automation -> Smart Apps -> Add a SmartApp -> My Apps ) When I try Marketplace -> SmartApps -> MyApps it is a blank page, no apps listed. So my error must be back when I created the app.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    Ok, then I must have done something wrong somewhere. Have to retrace my steps.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    yes, does it not work with the old app? I have both installed on my phone but usually use the older (classic) app.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    Ok, I got the code and created the SmartApp and published to My Apps. But when I go to Automation -> Smart Apps -> Add a SmartApp -> My Apps on my phone it's not there.