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  1. Iris has been gone for a while now, and everyone has found a new HA/Security platform. But I wonder, do you miss Iris or any of the features of Iris that have not been replicated on another platform? Yes, I know Iris had it's bugs and other negative attributes, as does every other system. I miss the web portal John created. I'm using SmartThings because I already had a ST v2 hub and a couple devices so it was an easy switch. There are other features that are not in ST but there are of course features of ST that Iris didn't have. If I had a choice I would rather be back with Iris vice SmartThings. With Iris and Alexa integration it was working pretty well those last 6 months.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    "If I don't like the route, I can manually change it. In my case, for problem devices, I can create a manual route that only uses Gen 2 smart plugs, which creates dependable routes. " Something that Iris needed but never appeared. But to be fair I don't think anyone gives you that capability except for SystronicsRF. Did they ever come up with a better name? SystronicsRF sound like a company name, not a product name that people will remember.
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    Iris WIFI V1 Smart Plug

    It's a shame they've been bricked once registered with an Iris account and Iris shut down. What about one that had never been used, still new in the box, would the situation be any different?
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    Home Depot not a great place

    No, I do not carry it with me, no need to, but after being denied three times at my local HD in as many months just showing my ID card, I brought a copy with me on the fourth try. When they shot me down the last time (reason given was not active duty status even though I argued that doesn't jive with your stated policy) I said that's it, I'm outta here. I even showed them a HD receipt from another HD where I had bought a lawn mower because they didn't have the model I wanted in stock. They gave me the discount no questions, just showed my card. On the receipt it's printed right on there Military Discount. Didn't matter. So I went across the street while I had everything with me and got signed up at Lowes. Then the copy of my DD214 went back in the file cabinet.
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    Home Depot not a great place

    "Home Depot's official statement even said they give a discount every day of the year" Except that they don't. I had a hard time with them too. After a couple times being denied I showed a copy of my DD214 and my ID card ... Nope … so I said "See ya, I'm heading to Lowes". So I went to the customer service desk and got signed up, showed them the same information that I showed to HD just 15 minutes earlier (since the stores are only a 1/4 mile apart), and I was all set. So now when I go in Lowes. I get the 10% every time, no problemo as Arnold would say. :-) That story off FB may be false, but mine is not. Now I only go to HD when they are the only one that has what I need, and that's not too often.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    OK, that is a different path than I tried originally ( Automation -> Smart Apps -> Add a SmartApp -> My Apps ) When I try Marketplace -> SmartApps -> MyApps it is a blank page, no apps listed. So my error must be back when I created the app.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    Ok, then I must have done something wrong somewhere. Have to retrace my steps.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    yes, does it not work with the old app? I have both installed on my phone but usually use the older (classic) app.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    Ok, I got the code and created the SmartApp and published to My Apps. But when I go to Automation -> Smart Apps -> Add a SmartApp -> My Apps on my phone it's not there.
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    Do You Miss Iris? and General BS Thread

    Oh thanks for that Otto. Yes, I miss everyone here too. I think Simple Device Viewer will go a long way to filling the gap. Thanks again. One question though, where the heck do you d/l the app from? I don't see anything at that link you provided that directs me anywhere to d/l or install the app.
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    GE/Jasco Wall Receptacles

    Is it possible to program the GE/Jasco wall receptacles so both outlets are switched or to disable the one outlet that is always on? I'd like to use one of these in a location where I could have both outlets switched. It doesn't matter that they would be switched on/off at the same time for my purpose. I just don't want a hot outlet at this location unless I enable it. The only other way I can see to do this would be to use a standard duplex receptacle and place a in-wall switch inline to control the outlet. Or maybe there is another brand duplex receptacle that both outlets can be controlled on.
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    GE/Jasco Wall Receptacles

    Thanks I'll look into getting a couple of those, didn't know they were on sale and I was just there 2 days ago. update: unfortunately there are none available at my local Lowes, closest store with any in stock is 35 miles away and it's in a direction I don't normally go so won't be near there any time soon unless I make a special trip. :-(
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    Non-resettable V2 keypad giveaway

    That's unfortunate. I have three V1 keypads that I wish I could make use of.
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    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.
  15. 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. https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/jasco-ge-z-wave-smart-home-line/ Been pretty dead here just trying to drag up anything to keep this place half alive. :-)
  16. Anyone heard from John. He is hard at work on ARCUS I guess.
  17. I agree. I had my share of problems with the early GE Z-Wave switches too.
  18. 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.
  19. Wow, I though that happened a long time ago.
  20. 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?