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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.
  2. 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: https://www.intesishome.com/docs/User-Manual-IntesisHome.pdf https://www.intesishome.com/
  3. 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.
  5. 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. :-)
  11. 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.
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    Device that can show power failure

    DOH! I totally ignored the wall wart in the photo. Sorry.
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    Device that can show power failure

    What is the component inside the little black box so to speak, a SPDT mechanical relay with a coil or a solid state relay? Their product data sheet leaves a lot to be desired. https://www.surveillance-video.com/media/lanot/attachments/customimport/PLS.pdf This is the extent of the information provided: • Detects loss of power (110 VAC) • Dry Contact Output • SPDT When power is applied the NC contacts are held open, and when power is removed (in this case by a power failure) then the relay returns to its shelf state or NC correct? If it's a mechanical relay you then have a coil that is energized 24/7. Many relays are not rated for this type of service, even ones intended for industrial use and costing thousands of dollars. I say that because I worked on a project replacing hundreds of relays in an industrial setting that were used in a similar manner. A significant number of those relays started to fail; some in a couple years but the majority of the population after 10 years; and the trend caught the eye of management who initiated the relay replacement project. The failures included sticking bobbins due to swelling in the coils from overheating caused by being energized 24/7 for years. A few were close to catching on fire after they overheated and melted the plastic relay case. Most of the coils that failed were powered by 125V DC or 120V AC, which is what you're working with here. Now your setup is not used in an industrial setting I know but the coil doesn't know or care about that. If those two thousand dollar relays that were designed and tested for service that included being energized for extended periods of time (years) could fail how will your $25 relay fair in a similar situation? Time will tell. Just keep an eye on them is all I am saying. If you have an IR temperature gun maybe record some temperature readings from a deenergized state then every few hours for 24 hours (or longer) and see what happens. Given the way the PLS is marketed it is intended for this type of service (normally energized), but with no information on their website or the product datasheet they bear watching. The solution for them was to institute as scheduled relay replacement program where all the relays were not only inspected and operationally tested periodically but also replaced regardless of their condition at specific intervals based on their operating conditions.
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    Aerotek Dry Contact Sensor

    Thanks, the Z-Wave Reverse DH worked, but that puts it in the cloud. I tries the Z-Wave Tweaker DH and was able to change the parameters as stated and the device said it updated, and it worked until I set the DH back to the default Z-Wave Plus Door/Window Sensor which is what they said to do, but then it reverted back to the reverse logic so I went back to using the Z-Wave Reverse DH.
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    Aerotek Dry Contact Sensor

    I bought a Aerotec Dry Contact Sensor. I wanted to try using it to connect my old hard-wire alarm system door and window switches to Iris but I never did set it up there. I now have it joined to my ST hub and in the classic app it displays the status of the sensor but the logic is reversed. When a jumper is placed between the dry contacts the app says the sensor is OPEN, when the jumper is removed the app says it's CLOSED. The old hard-wired alarm system magnetic door/window switches are NO and when the door or window is closed the switch is closed. They were in a NC loop so if any one door or window was open you would know it and could not arm the system or if a wire in the loop was cut you'd get an alarm. Every door and window in the house and garage (including the overhead doors) is included in this loop so it would be nice to get it working with ST and not have to buy 20 battery operated devices and have to maintain them. I can monitor them all with this one sensor. But. I need to get the logic reversed to reflect the correct status of the loop which the sensor is reading correctly but the ST app is reversed. Any idea if it's possible to change how ST handles the status of this device? Here's a link to the datasheet. https://www.cd-jackson.com/zwave_device_uploads/267/Dry-Contact-Sensor-Gen5-manual.pdf
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    Device that can show power failure

    Some UPs units can send an email if the switch to battery. I think some APC models can do this.
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    Device that can show power failure

    You may not have to worry about power issues for the hub, but to me getting a notice that power is out at the house lets me know other systems may need my attention. For me a power failure would mean no water, and my TV DVR, Security DVR, and computers are now running on their UPSs so will have limited run time. If it's Winter then maybe a cold house or frozen pipes will be an issue soon. When no one is home to handle these situations it's nice to get a notification. My backup to Iris was/is the Sense Home Energy Monitor. I get a message from Sense telling me that power is out at the house.
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    SHM and Motion Sensors

    I'm using SmartThings with motion sensors but I have no idea what SHM is. You'll need to decode that for me, and maybe a few others. 🙂
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    vera hub goes offline?

    Location, location, location. Recently I got a new router and during the course of setting it up I placed it in more or less the same spot as the previous one, which was on the top shelf of a wire rack shelving system in the basement in the center of the house. Wife didn't want to look at that "thing" upstairs in the living space and there was no good spot for it anyway near the center of the house. So when I set up our home Wi-fi years ago I put it in the basement. But we always had problems connecting with various devices (phones, laptops, etc.) in certain spots. When I setup the new router I used a Wi-Fi analyzer app to see the signal in each room. I found out that my HVAC duct was blocking the signal to various areas and when I moved the router to a lower shelf on the rack it was able to get a better 'view' of those dead spaces and signal levels improved greatly. Sometimes I am thick as a brick I guess. Once I saw it and correlated the dead spots by drawing a straight line between the location in the house and the router I realized what was happening but all that time with the old router I never thought about the ductwork blocking the signal. I didn't think it was large enough for the signal to work around but it DID make a difference when I moved the router, just 2 feet lower gave it an improved path to the whole house. Once the light bulb went off I thought about my connectivity issues with Iris and Z-Wave devices and wondered if it might be the same issue. But I looked at the location of the Iris hub and the problem devices and didn't see anything that blocked or interfered with the signal, and repeating through nearby Z-Wave devices should have minimized any such interference or blockage.
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    GE Z-Wave Plug-in Dimmer

    I have a GE plug-in dimmer module # ZW3103 made by Jasco. When it was connected to my Iris V2 hub it worked fine for years, one of the few GE Z-Wave devices /I had that did work. Anyway, I disconnected and removed it from Iris before the shutdown, no error messages and no problems encountered when removing it. I have been trying to get it to work with my ST v2 hub but nothing. It seems totally dead, I can't even manually push the button on the front and get it to turn on. I tried the reset procedure a couple times but nothing. The always on side has power, just can't get anything going on the 'smart' side. :-) Was working fine right up to when I removed it from Iris, now nothing. Any ideas? Could it have been killed off or left in a state that it can not recover from during the removal process? It was not a forced removal.
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    GE Z-Wave Plug-in Dimmer

    That may work, I don't know. But it doesn't explain why it will not actuate manually when the button is pushed. But I am not above trying again, maybe the 12th time is the charm. If I can't get it to turn on manually there doesn't seem to be any need to try to connect it to work through ST. I have other switches like this and I was able to sync them to ST. The only difference is they are on/off and this one is a dimmer type.
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    GE Z-Wave Plug-in Dimmer

    Yeah, I was afraid that was the solution. I could buy another from Jasco but once bitten twice shy.
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    IOS update for new app is now avaiable

    I have a "Z-Wave Device", no other description, that I don't know what it is, how it got there, and can't make it go away(can't delete). Weird.
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    NOTICE! for V1 Iris wifi smart plugs

    I know, strange right, but probably because they were sourced from different suppliers. The reason I mentioned the GL08_2 is because I was thinking they might have the same problem as the indoor switch, but since they get paired in a different manner maybe not.