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  1. 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.
  4. 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.
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    Keypad battery life

    Just tried the pairing function on the Iris Web App and was able to get it paired OK. I did another reset and while pressing the ON button the 8 times it beeped and flashed once that I don't remember it doing when I reset it before, so I probably didn't do something right on the previous tries.
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    Keypad battery life

    Android only so far. Didn't know you could use the web app on the PC to add devices.
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    Keypad battery life

    OK, so I should be able to add this third V1 pad without problem. Or I guess I should say that my problem with adding this third pad is not due to any limitation on the number of keypads. Can't get it to pair up. Tried resetting the keypad a couple times following the instructions: 1. Remove all batteries for 30 seconds or more. 2. Install only 2 batteries. 3. Press the ON button 8 times with a 1 second pause between each button press. 4. Install remaining batteries. 5. Follow normal device add routine in the app. Problem is I can't get it to pair up. I have the pad within 8 feet of the hub, but no go.
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    Keypad battery life

    Did we ever determine if there was a limit on the number of keypads allowed? And if so what was/is that number, or is it unlimited? I am trying to pair a third V1 keypad with my system but it doesn't seem to be getting recognized. I did follow the reset procedure using only two batteries, didn't make a difference.
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    How to remove device preview images

    Then set your camera to take lower resolution photos or manually reduce them using any available image editor.
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    Don't Throw Away Your Old Devices

    In the US there are other services already allocated to that portion of the spectrum, both of which could cause interference with Iris devices that it would have to tolerate but could make their operation unreliable. Radiolocation has the primary allocation and Amateur Radio has the secondary allocation, both services are active in this segment of the spectrum.
  12. What material are the boxes in the wall, metal or plastic? I went through this for a long time before someone here asked that question of me. My problem switches were all mounted in metal boxes which effectively shielded them on all sides except the front face, and on one of those I had a SS cover plate so totally enclosed in metal which is grounded and basically like a faraday cage. It seemed that nothing got out. Was a PITA but I changed out a couple of the boxes (the single gang boxes), and the others I places a V2 plug-in smart switch somewhere in view of the front of the box and close to the problem switch. This gave the GE in-wall switch a chance to get a signal out to a device that could act as a relay to the hub. So far (knock on wood) its done the trick as I haven't had a problem in over 6 months, and I used to complain about this every few weeks it seems for about 18 months. That was my situation, may or may not help you. But I'd suggest you look for problems other than the obvious if this keeps happening.
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    UPS backup referal

    I use APC units of various sizes and have for years on everything. The only thing I will look for next time I buy one is a UPS that will let you turn off the alarm when the power fails so you don't have to listen to the darn bleeping for 3 days non-stop. I use a separate UPS for my alarm system and another to backup the video system plus a third for the network and cable modem. They are all co-located on a rack with all the LAN, video, alarm and HA equipment. When the power goes out and all three get to singing it will drive you nuts. And that doesn't even take into account the two units for computers and another for the TV, Tivo box, and audio equipment, but those I can shut off if I'm home. All the critical stuff is in the basement so it's not too loud but you still hear it. I like the units with power conditioning built in so that excess voltage (spikes), brown outs (sags), and frequency fluctuations are controlled/isolated from the equipment by the UPS. In a way you are running off the UPS 24/7 and the UPS is being powered off the mains. You get filtered, steady power output. Cost a bit more but not that much.
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    Batteries Depleting Rapidly

    If it wasn't for the battery status page on John's web portal it would be a PITA to keep track of all the batteries.
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    New Products in 2018?

    The last app update mentioned that support for Leviton switches had been added. That's progress as far as it goes. Hope we see support for additional brand devices soon. I know we've given them a long list of wants here in various threads.
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    Iris update causes the Gillion's portal to fail

    TG, without this Iris loses a lot of functionality. I can again check all my battery levels at a glance again, among other features that were sorely missed. Glad you got it working again.
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    Cover Magnet Issue

    Do you think the heat may have softened the adhesive enough that the bond to the magnet failed? They were probably not thinking of overhead use when they designed them. Some 5 minute epoxy might solve this.
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    Amazon Cloud Cam

    I see Amazon now has a camera available. Saw it for the first time when I logged into this morning. There is a one day deal for Prime members for $89
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    Amazon Cloud Cam

    I was thinking you could probably use the Amazon camera without the cloud. I believe you can get a free subscription but video is only saved for 24 hours, a paid subscription gets you 30 days or longer. I'm thinking it's as a way to increase the user base for their cloud services. Selling services with a steady predictable income is better than a one time sale, the camera is just the vehicle they use to hook you into Amazon Web Services (their cloud).
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    Refreshed V2 Devices

    If it were more like my GDO keyfob from Chamberlin, which is only about 3/8" thick and ~1" x 1.5" and has three buttons and uses a CR2032 coin cell that would be great.
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    Refreshed V2 Devices

    Doesn't really matter to me. The keyfob is still big and clunky and not something I want to have in my pocket. Fits in a women's (or mans too I guess) purse OK but not gonna ride well in my pants pocket on a key ring. Even the V1 keyfob is too big for my taste.
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    Dumb ceiling fan to smart

    Good point. I had checked for that possibility when we moved in, but no luck. Some one was really thinking forward when they wired those rooms for a fan not knowing if they would be installed or not. Thoughtful electrician or maybe it was specified in the plans.
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    Dumb ceiling fan to smart

    I have the same situation with 5 fans and would love to enable them all under Iris.
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    V1 Motion Sensors for $12

    1st gen contact sensors and motion sensors worked great for me, I have no problem getting more at this price. There are newer versions of Z-Wave and ZigBee protocols that will no doubt be included in the next generation devices. When they come out then these devices won't stand a chance of selling (at least the way I see it), so they are unloading old stock now while they can still get something more than cost for them is my guess.
  25. I was in Lowes today and stopped by the Iris display just ot see if anything new had popped up. Sure enough it did. They had some V1 contact sensors and also motion sensors for sale alongside the current V2 devices. The 1st Gen devices were marked at less than half the price of the current devices. The motion sensors were marked at $14.99. I've been wanting a couple more so I figured at that price why not as the V1 sensors have always worked well for me. When I got to the self-checkout register and started scanning my items the motion sensors rang up at $12.74 each. That was unexpected as the price tag on the shelf had the $14.99 price. Anyway, if you're looking you might want to check out your local Lowes and see if they have any of the V1 contact switches or motion sensors.