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  1. sparc

    Leak Smart Valve Alternatives

    Anyone have experience with valves similar to the Leak Smart brand that Lowes sold? None of the stores in my area ever stocked them and I was hesitant to buy sight unseen. I know I could return it if I didn't like it but still I would like to eyeball the thing before I buy a couple of them. I believe the Leak Smart valves will work with other HA systems, so hopefully I can still find them or an alternate. I could uses for two or more. One would be a whole house shut off in case of emergency like a leak developed somewhere in the house. I can think of other uses around the house too.
  2. I read where GE & Jasco have brought out what I guess would be the third generation of their wall switches. Supposed to have better connectivity and more secure and some other tweaks. Been pretty dead here just trying to drag up anything to keep this place half alive. :-)
  3. Anyone heard from John. He is hard at work on ARCUS I guess.
  4. I agree. I had my share of problems with the early GE Z-Wave switches too.
  5. Yes, the old switches were tough to fit in multi gang boxes, especially if you had a dimmer or something other than your standard on/off switch.
  6. Wow, I though that happened a long time ago.
  7. It's summer time, most boards/forums slow down this time of year.
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    Iris Centralite / v2 range extender?

    Nice. I didn't realize they supported v1 devices.
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    Iris Centralite / v2 range extender?

    Sorry, as I understand it except for use with Arcus and SysRF I don't believe that Iris v1 devices are usable in another system. And both of those systems are still under development and very green so in my opinion don't really qualify as fully functional HA systems.
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    Iris Centralite / v2 range extender?

    The v1 Iris repeater has a backup battery in it IIRC, as did the v1 smart plugs. but the v1 smart plugs didn't do energy monitoring. but since you can't use them now doesn't really matter I guess.
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    Iris Centralite / v2 range extender?

    The v2 smart switches worked as both ZigBee and Z-wave repeaters IIRC. Sounds like your only RF path out of the garage is through the overhead door if you lose the connection when it's closed. Must be a metal or metal clad door. Have you tired relocating the motion sensor in the garage or is that not an option. It may be able to provide the coverage you want from another location where it can maintain the connection to the hub or a nearby repeater.
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    Door Chimes

    Was trying to set up an Alexa announcement when a Aeron Smart Button connected to SmartThings is pushed, but it seems that Alexa only recognizes contact and motion sensors and not buttons, UNLESS its an Alexa button. Also, is it possible to play royalty free sound bites or ringtones through an Alexa device (Echo, Show, Dot, etc.) if you have those files stored in the cloud somewhere?
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    I'm thinking I'll switch to SmartThings

    I believe all that is available in the Orbit APP as well as on the web interface, except maybe the motion sensed activation, which would be a nice touch for dogs that happen to wander into the yard. But I don't have motion sensors placed to support that.
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    I'm thinking I'll switch to SmartThings

    I have the Orbit 6 Zone B-hyve Smart Timer set up. Can't link it to SmartThings but it does have an Alexa skill.
  15. Anyone using this and if so what do you think of it. Looks like its a cloud-based service so dependent on an internet connection. Here's a link to the user manual:
  16. Bit it's where you get your first copy that you then save locally isn't it? If you start with infected files from the beginning they'll probably live on through all your future iterations of development or customization.
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    Gen 1 device limit?

    If only there was an easy way for users to see a map of their ZigBee and Z-Wave networks and the relationship between each of the devices in those systems as in who's talking to (or through) who.
  18. What would be worse is if they altered the code and replaced it without anyone knowing so their altered code gets D/L'd by hundreds before anyone realized it.
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    Gen 1 device limit?

    Don't see anything about 32 here. But now I understand your comment.
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    Gen 1 device limit?

    Now I'm confused. You quote a post that says there is no limit but your comment reads as if the post you quoted claimed some limit.
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    Gen 1 device limit?

    32 devices seems like it could be a serious limitation for many installations. Presumably that is as you said direct connects so you could have many more devices one hop away correct?
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    SHM and Motion Sensors

    I have not found a way to do this in either app. And I have not figured out what loonytim is referring to, or how to do it I guess is more correct. Why not a simple IF x = YES, AND y = YES, AND z = NO THEN <do something> I want to tell ST when in AWAY if the door sensor #2 OPENS and Motion #1 is TRUE THEN <sound the alarm> AND <send me a SMS msg> AND <flash all of these lights> I want to do that from within the app not from a 3rd party app because I want it to all be processed locally in the hub.
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    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    I got mine a month ago but haven't used them yet. To be honest I don't know what I am waiting for. I've been buying replacements for my defunct Iris gear but using my CC because I get 2% back on all my purchases. Maybe I'll use them to pay off the CC or Icom just released the IC-9700 which is tempting. Nothing says I have to spend those Iris rebate cards on HA gear right. :-)
  24. I found the NuTone NPD300Z Smart Z-Wave Enabled Plug-In Outlet Dimmer Module on Amazon for ~$20. They look just like the Jasco/GE plug-in dimmer modules sold as compatible with Iris so I thought for $20 I'd give it a try. Works great and even has a feature enabled that the GE module does not. That is what they call "load sense", which lets you turn the light plugged into the dimmer module on/off using the switch on the light itself. Which can be handy at times or for those that don't want to use an app or Alexa to operate their lights you can have manual control. When I first got it I could not get it to pair. Called NuTone TS and got someone right away, no wait. They told me to try doing a device exclusion then pair. That worked. Then I asked about the load sense feature and I told him I had another which looked just like the NuTone but was from GE and made by Jasco. I asked if those were the same and if they might have the load sense capability and he most likely yes. So if you have ZWave Tweaker set it as your device handler, change the setting to enable load sense, then revert back to the default device handler. Note these are Z-Wave not Z-Wave Plus but still work fine with SmartThings. I bought a couple more today, for ~$20 each and free shipping with Prime they are less than half the price of the ones Lowes sold for use with Iris.
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    Iris web portal V1.3.1 SHUTDOWN

    You can buy a Z-Wave Toolbox, park it on your network, and it an generate a map for you. Not an inexpensive option but it's there just the same. Hopefully Arcus will include this capability if possible.