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  1. I agree that rules and scenes should have home/away or armed/partial/disarmed conditions in them. This would add additional flexibility and also for cameras eliminate recording when home which would save Iris some money as there would be a lot less video to store and all that online storage capacity equals money.
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    Iris Portal Survey

    Some great suggestions on how to expand/improve Iris. I see a couple people want a whole house power monitor. I have been using the Sense monitor for almost 2 years now. In the beginning it was buggy but has been solid for the past year. Used to have problems with losing the WiFi connection but it has not dropped the link except for power outages and you can't do much about that since it is powered right from your main breaker panel. So after almost 2 years I would say look into the Sense power monitor. It costs nothing for the service (what they are doing with everyone's data I haven't figured out yet) and the app has very detailed reporting, notification of individual devices turning on/off, alerts, etc. Iris could never build something that nice. Check out Sense if you want whole house and device level power monitoring.
  3. Same here. I have a V1 motion sensor outside but well protected for over 2 years. It watches the back porch and turns on the light at night for 2 minutes if it sees motion. So when you come walking up to the door it spots you before your foot hits the first step and BAM! the light is on just like that. I wish it were possible to have motion sensors fire off the door chime to the keypads and/or hub when it sees motion. That is something that I can't believe they don't have enabled. I mean why limit a motion sensor to only be used to operate a switch or turn on video recording? Being able to watch for movement and have an audible alert to the keypads and/or hub would be great. Same goes for the not-so-smart button, you can't trigger a chime on the keypads when a smart button used as a doorbell is pressed, the chime goes only to the hub. I can't hear that feeble hub ding throughout my house even on the same floor. If I am in the basement working in my shop I never hear the hub upstairs chime. We use a not-so-smart button as our doorbell. I guess that was a not so smart decision on my part, believing the promise that they were going to enable that feature with the V2 hub but it never happened.
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    New Iris Cameras listed on Lowes.com

    I wish they would enable support for the Wyze cameras. I picked up a pair of those off Amazon and they are nice for indoor use. The app is great. Cameras can be set to listen for a smoke or CO alarm and send you an alert if heard. They have motion and sound detection (with push or email notification) and two-way audio. On board recording to a microSD card (not included), free 14 day cloud storage of alert clips. For $25 they are tough to beat. Super easy to setup. Plug it in, push the button on the camera, and it tells you what to do next which is use the Wyze camera to scan a QR code on your phones Wyze app. I had the two cameras setup, connected to my LAN, and running in less than five minutes. So easy I bet a 5 year old could do it. The Wyze cameras work with Alexa, so you can use your Echo Spot or Show to view any camera with a verbal command. They also support IFTT so you can come up with all sorts of uses. "Alexa, view garage camera" is all you need to say. You can set do not disturb times and also do full screen or partial screen motion detection with the ability to adjust the detection levels for motion and sound independently. I will never buy another overpriced, featureless Iris camera. For the $300 I spend on two Iris cameras I could buy 12 Wyze cameras.
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    Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)

    How about when they shut down support for the 2G hubs, will that do it?
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    Ring Floodlight Cam Install

    Nice but why not use an exterior style box? They will do what you want and are watertight. The price difference is minimal. Here is one example. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hubbell-TayMac-Gray-PVC-Weatherproof-Exterior-Interior-New-Work-Old-Work-Standard-Round-Celing-Wall-Electrical-Box/4005487 There are others also available at Lowes in Brown which are a few dollars less, but still a metal, exterior weatherproof box.
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    Iris Portal Survey

    Done. Thanks for creating the survey.
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    New Difference between Basic and Premium

    So if before moving to the basic plan could you set up an additional user (with a generic email and PASS) and give that new user a PIN which you could use as a shared access and sort of bridge over not being able to add new users. I get 6 email accounts with my broadband cable service. We only use 4 of them, so potentially I was thinking someone in the same situation could use an available email account that is currently tied to nothing (since it doesn't exist yet) and add a generic user. You'd have control over who could access the email account through your ISP account management and be able to disable it, change the PASS, turn email on/off, etc. I have no interest or need to do this myself, just thinking out loud.
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    Iris 3.0 (Yes, it exists)

    Today (10-15-2018), the Lowes site you link to says it is no longer available.
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    Iris Web Portal

    Is it possible for the Iris Portal to show Rules and Scenes that a device is used under? When your list of rules and scenes gets long ( I have over 100) it is difficult if not impossible to find a rule that is controlling a device without drilling down in each one. If the rules and/or scenes were listed under each device then you could either navigate to that rule/scene (because you would now have the name) to edit it or ideally just jump there via a hyperlink directly into edit mode. I have a GE in-wall receptacle that I had scheduled to turn on/off at night last Winter based on temperature and I can't for the life of me fine the rule or scene that is controlling it. I thought maybe I had built a schedule under the device settings but there is nothing there. When I got to history in the app and filter to that one device I do not see anything indicating how or when it keeps getting turned on. Right now it's looking like the only way I can stop it is to delete the device and add it back in with a new device name so that whatever rule or scene keeps turning it on won't find it.
  11. Get the Sense energy monitor. You can have it send you a notification or email when anything turns on or off, or has been running for x number of minutes. Sense is totally separate from Iris, they do not interconnect.
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    Cameras discontinued? Whats going on with iris?

    Agreed. I have one and its garbage.
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    Use Tilt Sensor to trigger alarm

    if you search the forum you will find a hack that someone did, can't remember who sorry but it was a great idea, to use a door/window switch rigged up as a tilt switch. the complete unit mounts on the door and when the door is opened the switch tips away from the magnet and alarms just as it would on a door or window. it's too difficult to setup. Makes no sense that the tilt switches are not included.
  14. The issue is not Z-Wave devices, but GE Z-wave devices. As many of you know I had loads of problems with my GE Z-Wave stuff for over a year. About 6 months ago it calmed down and all were working fine, no disconnects or having to pair them to the hub again. They worked the way they should. For a couple I found that because they were mounted in metal boxes in the wall that they had trouble making and keeping a solid connection to the hub or the nearest device capable of repeating a signal to/from the hub. For one I was bale to replace the metal box with a plastic one and the other because it is a 3 gang box and it would be very difficult to remove and rewire all those cables with making a mess out of the wall in a room we had recently refinished I choose to use a V2 smart plug installed in a receptacle within 6 feet of the problem GE in-wall switch and that solved the problem. Everything has been good until about a month ago when a update to the hub was pushed out. Immediately after that my GE devices all dropped out, not all Z-wave just the GE stuff. Since then they connect/disconnect when ever they feel like sometimes a multiple (>3) times a day but usually once or twice a day. Restarting the hub or removing and repairing the devices has not fixed the problem. SO now I will again call tech support to get some help with getting the problem devices working as they should. This is the third time that after a hub update the GE stuff has had connection problems. That to me indicates something is getting corrupted or otherwise incorrectly updated when the hub is updated. Maybe someone is using an old version of the software or including an old piece of code related to the GE devices and it's getting included in the update which then overwrites the code in my hub and in effect reverts the hub back to using some troublesome or invalid bit of code which causes the problem. I don't know the situation where the code is authored but I can imagine that if not all the workstations of the persons writing pieces of the code are not all in sync as to what software they are using that some may have a different version of some library or bit of code they are referencing and when it all gets put together one piece can't communicate with another. Just a guess but it seems to me like a good place to look. Does this happen to anyone else I don't know. Have any of you that have had all or a significant number of your GE devices drop out seen any correlation to when hub updates are pushed out to end users? Maybe there is a link but you haven't paid attention or noticed. TO people like Vettester whose 67 Z-wave devices work flawlessly always I guess you are just lucky, or maybe I am unlucky. Whatever the case you did not say how many of your 67 are GE branded devices. I have 5 different style GE devices and I have to wonder why 7 devices of my 9 GE devices of 5 different types can all drop off the network at once and all my other Z-wave and ZigBee devices remain connected. Either there is something in the code in these GE devices that does not jive with that in the hub or the hub has a problem communicating with GE devices because of some old or corrupt bit of code. In any case nothing has changed on the landscape here, nothing has been moving that might affect routing through the network, no devices have been added or removed from the network, and nothing that could cause interference has been introduced into my home that might cause interference to or inhibit network connectivity.
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    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.