sparc

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  1. SOLD ! It''s all gone. Sold it at a Hamfest this weekend. 2 Iris 1st gen hubs 1 Vera Hub 2 Iris cameras (1 indoor and 1 outdoor) 14 1G Motion sensors 6 1G door switches 1 1g Repeater All for $30 Good riddance. Tired of looking at the junk.
  2. Well, maybe there is hope yet, just found this. https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-enhanced-zigbee-keypad-device-handler-centralite-uei-iris-xfinity-scout/124776 Spoke too soon. Looks like this will only work with the v2 and later keypads.
  3. I like the v1 over the later versions. Too bad they are useless to me now.
  4. I have three v1 keypads looking for work. 🙂
  5. If anyone is interested I have a bunch of mostly 1st Gen Iris hardware available. Many motion sensors but a list of other stuff I won't bother to list. If you're looking for something list it here and I'll get back to you. I hung on to this stuff for a while because I thought I might go over to Arcus or some other system that was compatible with these devices. Since I can't get them to work with SmartThings without creating a bunch of custom device drivers I have decided to sell them. Thanks.
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    How useful is a Ring Doorbell only?

    I just setup a Ring doorbell with the inside chime. I had been using a SmartThings SmartButton and the Aerotec doorbell but the Ring is better in a couple ways. First it has a built in camera which I dodn't have with the Iris button I was using as a doorbell or with the ST SmartButton. I have cameras that cover the entrance from two directions whose fields of view overlap so you can't approach either camera from any direction without being seen by the other but I have no audio setup with those particular cameras and if you're standing facing the door then your face can not be seen or recorded. The Ring Doorbell solves that problem for us. I have no power available there so having the battery option is a plus. The audio quality is very good I think for what it is and the wife is happy with it and that's the most important thing. She is often somewhere in the house away from the door and the Aerotec doorbell volume even on it's highest setting was not enough to be heard in the back of the house. The Ring indoor chime is very loud and solves that problem plus she has the app on her phone so she can receive alerts on the phone and use the camera and mic to talk to whoever is at the door. It works well with Alexa too. I can use my Fire TV stick remote and say "Alexa, display back door" and the Ring camera video and audio is piped right on the TV full screen. If I'm viewing from an Alexa device like the Echo Show, then I have two-way audio. Thanks to the two security system cameras and their IR lights, the RIng camera has a view at night that looks like daytime. It has it's own IR LEDs but the additional IR lighting floods the area sho there are no shadows. The only negative to a Ring doorbel that I can see is if it was your only camera watching the porch nad it is mounted in the traditional location next to the door and about 48 inches up is you can't see the area at the bottom of the doorway. So a package placed there is out of view. It's not possible to approach it without being detected, but you can't see it. This image is of poor quality because it is a snapshot taken with my phone camera off the display of my Echo Spot. In reality it is very clear.
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    Z-wave Locks

    "These Schlage locks are pretty old, it's probably time to start swapping them out." Funny, if they were the old 'dumb' locks they would last forever just about, but now that they are 21st century tech they are cr@p in only a couple years. Makes me wonder if we are really moving forward or just found a way to empty our wallets faster thanks to engineered-in obsolesce .
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    Bringing back IRIS by Lowe's

    I would like to be able to put my four V1 keypads to use.
  9. So what have you put AI to work doing for you with the lockdown and COVID19. Found any uses for your devices that might save you and everyone in the house from touch contamination or some other use that make you safer? Or what applications have you seen being put in place now or envision for AI in the future.
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    Lowe's gift cards expiring

    Yours may still be good, depends on when you received them. There is a number you can call to hear the remaining balance. If zero and you haven't used them call and see what you can do. But maybe before doing that give them a try on Amazon to see if you can use them to buy a gift card like scunny suggested. Then you can use them anytime to make an Amazon purchase.
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    Iris GL08_2 Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plugs

    Thanks Otto, no reset for the outdoor plugs huh. Any idea who makes them? I could not find them under any other brand name. It does says Intertek on the back and there is a number, but I tried searching on that and came up empty. Where is our resident hacker John (gillian) when you need him? 🙂
  12. I have two of these. I'm sure it's been discussed here some time in the past but after 15 minutes of searching the forum and the web I can not find anything about them other than the little bit of info on t Lowes support site. https://www.irisbylowes.com/support/?stStep=004;D;f:011,e41974fd-46a3-4ecb-98ed-a43a82a60a35;f:012,acf39f86-c2b5-4a46-a97b-495e5191e57e;g:027 I've tried to pair them with Alexa directly since they are Wi-Fi and shouldn't need a hub. Am I wrong? I think I tried these before and the answer was they are not compatible with any system. But I'd just like to verify that before I trash them. If I could get them to work with Alexa or SmartThings that would be nice.
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    ST and Sense Saved My Butt

    I bought 5 of the Samsung sensors, wish I had got double that. I deployed the 5 I had in addition to the 4 I already have in the system. They are much nicer than the Centralite which Lowes rebranded and sold under the Iris name. The contacts on the top and perfect for soldering leads to and adapting them to serve some other purpose. The price is right at ~$18. I will get some more. I can see using one to connect to a glass breakage detector from my old hard-wired alarm system on the slider and a couple other applications.
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    Careful with old Iris Cameras

    Is your question directed at me? If so the alerts I am seeing are not from Xfinity, I don't use any Xfinity supplied hardware. The firewall in my router catches them and emails me a report every day with the IP number of the attacker, the date/time, and type of attack (DoS, Port Scan, etc).
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    Careful with old Iris Cameras

    I see DoS and port scan attempts just about every day too. Not that many only one or two a day but they are there.