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    SHM and Motion Sensors

    lol. Smart Home Monitor, Smart Thing's attempt at Home Security Monitoring. What I am learning as I go is that with the dual apps, each iteration of SHM only communicates with that particular version of the app and they are not synchronized. Kind of a pain. When you switch to use the latest app, you lose the ability to easily configure the SHM to and lose a bit of functionality. I'm trying to be proactive and use the new app even though I've been using the old one for a few years now. From what I have been reading is to set up a scenario where your SHM alarm will trigger when multiple motion detectors are tripped, you have to aggregate that data by creating virtual motion sensors in zones where they create their own event when tripped that triggers the SHM to alert of an intruder. I'm going to try to fumble my way through that over the next couple days and see what happens. Apparently doing so is very easy in the older app, and quite a bit harder in the new one.
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    SHM and Motion Sensors

    Have any of you had luck decreasing the sensitivity of motion sensors using SHM? They are REALLY sensitive which is great, but I would like to be able to have two or three of them triggered before my alarms go off. Iris used to do this easily. I'm not finding an easy solution in ST yet. Thanks!
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    SmartThings and GE Z-wave devices

    I had 4 of 9 of my GE Switches and Outlets pair without problems. The other 5 needed to be "Removed from the Z-Wave network" three to eight times before they would pair with my ST v3 hub. Now they're all working great. I have 5 First Alert Smoke and Combo detectors, 4 of them paired without issue, the last one required the multiple removal thing before it would pair as well. On the V3 hub, for whatever reason, I have had better luck pairing devices with the new App than the old one. With the V2 hub (at another location) the old app pairs better. Good luck!
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    I'll Shed a Tear

    I started today... The migration from Iris to Smart Things at my office. I've been using ST at home since the botched launch of Iris V2. I'm comfortable with ST, it does some great stuff. It's not IRIS. I curse the world who gave us Iris V1 and then took it away. I curse the business people for not spending the resources to keep it going and develop it further. I hate that I promoted this system at every turn, boasting about its abilities and how much it made my life easier... sigh. IRIS V1, was amazing. V2 got there, eventually. I did get locked out of the clinic a few times when the Schlage door locks all stopped working and lost their codes. I had to drive an hour or so to find the key. Put my schedule that day back a good two hours. Inconvenienced a dozen people, who are still probably angry we made them wait. It happened again a month later, this time I had the key, under a rock, I'm not telling where. The cameras worked great on V1, like everything else, on V2 they caught the tail end of whatever was going passed. V1 was stable, It was a good system, it let me do what I wanted, made me feel secure. V2 didn't, Then it did, many months ago. Motion sensors tripped, wife and kids spring awake because IRIS was CALLING my phone. Bad for them, good for me. Look, another false alarm. That's better than no-alarm at all... I guess. I lost my webpage, gained an app; Lost a lot of functionality, but gained an app. Nearly lost my mind, but hey, that app... And then there was the migration... oh you sweet, sweet migration. You didn't work. Not at all. You cost me a lot of time and frustration. I still have a box of devices that wouldn't upgrade to 2 point Oh Yeah. Lets promote a 3rd generation, why not, the first was so great, the second was on its way... oh kay, nevermind. We're shutting the whole thing down. Our bad. Send you a credit card, make it right, make you whole, except for the hole that is left by those of us who used V1 and learned all that a system could be. I curse you Iris for giving me bad times and good, I shed a tear for what we lost. lol. The migration so far has been pretty smooth. The new generation ST app is a bit weird and not very well done. I like the older one better, its easier. Unpairing devices from Iris has never been smoother. Pairing them with ST is going well too. I hate that I have a box full of stuff that was awesome until someone decided to upgrade a wonderful platform. Its a darn shame. Those of you switching, do your homework. The logic evades me between versions of hubs. V2 is robust and powerful, V3 less so on specs. I suspect its just to keep production costs low as opposed to versatility. To me, an upgrade should be exactly that, not a circus. I've really enjoyed this forum and all the help that you guys provided all of us. Cheers
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    Is SmartThings ADT dead?

    what a chit-show this is. Good Lord! I just had two ADT Smart things systems in my amazon cart, paid for them, read this and then cancelled them.
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    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    It does. The only thing that I know of that a ST + Amazon/Google assistant integration doesn't do is unlock doors. smart. lol. I can only imagine people shouting "Alexa Unlock Garage Door" from my porch.
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    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    I will have to investigate the Scout option. When I had set up my smart things system the Iris V1 keypads were not compatable and it would not allow me to use my iris devices as a security system. I haven't explored it any further than that, but now that I know Iris is out, I will see what I can find out. What I liked about the Iris system was that it would send me and automated call if there was an alarm triggered in my office. Need to see if that is available on ST now.
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    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    I've been happy with Smart Things, except I haven't been able to get it to do the security stuff I would like.
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    March Shut-Down

    Hi Everyone, It's been a while. Today I received the official end of life announcement for Iris by Lowes. March 31, 2019, if you haven't seen it yet. I'm pretty angry about it, but the reimbursement is a nice gesture for screwing over so many of us. At any rate, I'm using Smart Things at home and it has been working well. What I need is a system that will use my Iris devices and will easily allow me to do the security stuff that Iris did. Have any of you found a comparable and compatible system? Thanks! <sigh> - Tim
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    Smart Things?

    I too am very happy with my ST install in my home. I'm 'meh about my IRIS setup in my office. Its been working as long as I don't pay much attention to it. For example, I went to test my 5 First Alert smoke/CO detectors on Tuesday... I tested each one, and 4 of 5 went from battery level "OK" to "0%" and then started beeping to have the batteries replaced. -- I replace them about every 3 months. Not a single alert until after I tested them, then the emails came. Tuesday I also disconnected a smart-plug that had a small heater attached to it. Thursday morning I got an alert that it had been disconnected from the system. They're small things... Until they're not. I have been slowly migrating my office away from relying on IRIS. My cameras are now a stand-alone unit. My thermostats are now stand-alone units. I use IRIS for door locks, lighting control and a motion controlled alarm at this point. I do feel that they have been making some progress, just not in the areas that are important to me. oh well.
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    all 4 of my cameras disconnected simultaneously

    Check your hub/router that they connect to. Every once in a while mine will drop off. They do about the same time the router update's its firmware. Sometimes they don't reconnect.
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    My iris grade is...

    Have you guys gone to the Lowes Website and looked at the reviews of the Iris Hub? There are 14 of them. Both of my reviews (one before and one after the website "upgrade") are not there, as I am sure many of yours aren't either. I'm not cool with that.
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    My iris grade is...

    I'm at a C. (Today anyways) Like others commented. The awesome potential is there (or was there in V1), but the roll-out and pace of improvements has been so poor it is embarrassing. I haven't expanded my system since we were forced to upgrade to V2, so I am spending zero dollars on Iris products (except the mandatory $10 monthly fee for it to function) whereas I have spent another small fortune outfitting my home with Smart Things and compatible gadgets. The nice thing is that my system has seemed much more stable now a days, so that does make me happy-ish.
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    Initial Release of Web UI Coming Later this Week

    Huge step in the right (back where we came from) direction. Thanks Lowes! A glimmer of hope...
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    This AM

    I had to move one of my First Alert detectors at my office because the steam from an autoclave would set it off (Autoclave was about 10 feet from detector). Fortunately when it did set off the alarm, the office was empty of clients/patients so it wasn't too scary. That was on V1. I don't know if it would set off all the sirens on V2.