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  1. sparc

    Keypad battery life

    Glad my V1 keypads are working OK (knock on wood). I like that they use AA batteries. Takes 6 but they last a long time.
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    Keypad battery life

    Just tried the pairing function on the Iris Web App and was able to get it paired OK. I did another reset and while pressing the ON button the 8 times it beeped and flashed once that I don't remember it doing when I reset it before, so I probably didn't do something right on the previous tries.
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    Keypad battery life

    Android only so far. Didn't know you could use the web app on the PC to add devices.
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    Keypad battery life

    OK, so I should be able to add this third V1 pad without problem. Or I guess I should say that my problem with adding this third pad is not due to any limitation on the number of keypads. Can't get it to pair up. Tried resetting the keypad a couple times following the instructions: 1. Remove all batteries for 30 seconds or more. 2. Install only 2 batteries. 3. Press the ON button 8 times with a 1 second pause between each button press. 4. Install remaining batteries. 5. Follow normal device add routine in the app. Problem is I can't get it to pair up. I have the pad within 8 feet of the hub, but no go.
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    Keypad battery life

    Did we ever determine if there was a limit on the number of keypads allowed? And if so what was/is that number, or is it unlimited? I am trying to pair a third V1 keypad with my system but it doesn't seem to be getting recognized. I did follow the reset procedure using only two batteries, didn't make a difference.
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    How to remove device preview images

    Then set your camera to take lower resolution photos or manually reduce them using any available image editor.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    In the US there are other services already allocated to that portion of the spectrum, both of which could cause interference with Iris devices that it would have to tolerate but could make their operation unreliable. Radiolocation has the primary allocation and Amateur Radio has the secondary allocation, both services are active in this segment of the spectrum.
  8. What material are the boxes in the wall, metal or plastic? I went through this for a long time before someone here asked that question of me. My problem switches were all mounted in metal boxes which effectively shielded them on all sides except the front face, and on one of those I had a SS cover plate so totally enclosed in metal which is grounded and basically like a faraday cage. It seemed that nothing got out. Was a PITA but I changed out a couple of the boxes (the single gang boxes), and the others I places a V2 plug-in smart switch somewhere in view of the front of the box and close to the problem switch. This gave the GE in-wall switch a chance to get a signal out to a device that could act as a relay to the hub. So far (knock on wood) its done the trick as I haven't had a problem in over 6 months, and I used to complain about this every few weeks it seems for about 18 months. That was my situation, may or may not help you. But I'd suggest you look for problems other than the obvious if this keeps happening.
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    UPS backup referal

    I use APC units of various sizes and have for years on everything. The only thing I will look for next time I buy one is a UPS that will let you turn off the alarm when the power fails so you don't have to listen to the darn bleeping for 3 days non-stop. I use a separate UPS for my alarm system and another to backup the video system plus a third for the network and cable modem. They are all co-located on a rack with all the LAN, video, alarm and HA equipment. When the power goes out and all three get to singing it will drive you nuts. And that doesn't even take into account the two units for computers and another for the TV, Tivo box, and audio equipment, but those I can shut off if I'm home. All the critical stuff is in the basement so it's not too loud but you still hear it. I like the units with power conditioning built in so that excess voltage (spikes), brown outs (sags), and frequency fluctuations are controlled/isolated from the equipment by the UPS. In a way you are running off the UPS 24/7 and the UPS is being powered off the mains. You get filtered, steady power output. Cost a bit more but not that much.
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    Batteries Depleting Rapidly

    If it wasn't for the battery status page on John's web portal it would be a PITA to keep track of all the batteries.
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    New Products in 2018?

    The last app update mentioned that support for Leviton switches had been added. That's progress as far as it goes. Hope we see support for additional brand devices soon. I know we've given them a long list of wants here in various threads.
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    Iris update causes the Gillion's portal to fail

    TG, without this Iris loses a lot of functionality. I can again check all my battery levels at a glance again, among other features that were sorely missed. Glad you got it working again.
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    Cover Magnet Issue

    Do you think the heat may have softened the adhesive enough that the bond to the magnet failed? They were probably not thinking of overhead use when they designed them. Some 5 minute epoxy might solve this.
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    Amazon Cloud Cam

    I was thinking you could probably use the Amazon camera without the cloud. I believe you can get a free subscription but video is only saved for 24 hours, a paid subscription gets you 30 days or longer. I'm thinking it's as a way to increase the user base for their cloud services. Selling services with a steady predictable income is better than a one time sale, the camera is just the vehicle they use to hook you into Amazon Web Services (their cloud).
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    Refreshed V2 Devices

    If it were more like my GDO keyfob from Chamberlin, which is only about 3/8" thick and ~1" x 1.5" and has three buttons and uses a CR2032 coin cell that would be great.