Soozicle1

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    Door Chimes

    My car has proximity keys so one of the main functions I want my home automation to do is open the house when I get home, and that way I never have to dig my keys out of my purse. Having to dig around in a purse is one of those things that immediately gets under my skin like hearing someone chewing 😏 so it makes me feel vaguely like ripping off my skin. I just needed to make sure the I'm Home scene is set to run only if the alarm status is AWAY, and make sure I only use PARTIAL when I'm at home so I'm Home never runs if I'm there asleep; I haven't had it happen again since. Since I live alone I also have 2 key fobs in case one loses connection it doesn't fool the system into thinking I've left & come back; I had to do that with Iris, too.
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    A unified forum

    Really? At first I had to work through some bugs but once I got all the functionality back I had with Iris (except native support for calling on alarms), I *love* ST. I love the Geofencing and custom audio alerts (both via Alexa and via the Aeotec Doorbell - Halloween should be fun) so much it makes me wish I had just trashed Iris as soon as v2 came out just for those two things. Of course then I wouldn't have had my new gear paid for by Lowes so... worth the wait I guess! Anyway I'm not doing anything terribly complicated with it but except for a slightly longer delay in lights reacting to buttons, everything runs a lot smoother so I'm really super pleased with it.
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    IRIS in hospice. Family Gathered Around

    I miss those days... sort of. As the youngest in my family every time a tracker alert broke in on the Christmas Eve movie they all turned and looked at me and went "woooooo"... just like they all do to Ruby Sue in Christmas Vacation when Clark claims he heard on the news Santa was on his way in. As an introvert who hates attention, it drove me *insane*.
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    Alarms and SHM

    If it helps any my only disappointment switching to SmartThings from Iris is that ST doesn't have the ability natively to call on intrusion alerts, just push/text. But then I've only had it since the weekend they sent out the notice that Iris was dying so my experience is limited. I've already had two window sensors randomly go missing and have to be repaired so if that behavior continues I might have a different view of it in a couple of months, but other than that for now I'm very happy.
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    New Gear Thanks to Iris

    I got the below, with money left over: 6 new v2 Iris contact sensors 2 ST Multi-Purpose Sensors 3 ST Smart Outlets 2 Iris v2 Keypads 2 Pet-Friendly Motion Sensors (a steal at $15/ea opposed to the only similar one I found for Iris that was $40) 3 ST Buttons 2 Secondary Sirens an Aeon Doorbell The ST Hub TBH I was tickled to death on day-1 just from realizing you could put three programs on one button, so being able to make my own custom alert audibles with the doorbell makes me smile every time I open a door so much sometimes I open a door just to hear it 🤓
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    Door Chimes

    Yeah they are huge, they're really meant to be game buttons like they have on Family Feud LOL. I have the one running my "Let's Eat" routine hidden under part of the centerpiece on my dinner table. You can see it when you look right at it but since it's black and it's underneath in the shadows it doesn't draw your attention when you look at the table. My two cents on the Aeon Doorbell and Alexa: I have a mix of both. I like the flexibility of creating my own MP3s on the doorbell, though once I realized Alexa could announce device status changes it made it mostly redundant. I still use the doorbell to announce alarm status changes and play custom alert tones I've made, which turned out to be a good-not-so-good thing when in the middle of the night last night my ST hub lost connectivity and ran the I'm Back routine when connectivity was restored, opening my garage door and unlocking my kitchen door at 5am when I was home alone asleep and it was still pitch black outside. At least I woke up when the doorbell announced the alarm was disarming, the bedroom lights turned on, and Alexa announced the garage door was opening 😧 Really, ST?
  7. Here's what I think you want to know: The day we got the discontinuation email I went to Best Buy and bought the SmartThings hub, v3 was the only one they had locally. I love the wireless but the lack of battery backup was surprising to me. Otherwise I don't think they offer any functionality difference?? I'm not sure but I wouldn't think v3 wouldn't be compatible with things v2 is. Only Iris'd be that dumb 😏
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    Visa Cards

    That doesn't surprise me. I'm sure you'll have to hand over your first born to get that $300 since it was handled on the side.
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    Visa Cards

    I know, I'm not talking about these. I'm talking about future random deliveries that anybody could pretend to be you and sign up to get notification of. My point exactly. Suhcuhrittee.
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    Visa Cards

    Well if we start having packages get ripped off before we can get home to pick them up, I guess we know who to blame... Lowes!! ALL PROBLEMS IT ARE BELONG TO LOWES! No seriously, they could at least make you validate your phone.
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    Visa Cards

    I can't see why it would. I went through the process within 30 minutes of the notification email they sent out, and I'm still not getting mine until Friday where others here are farther from the distribution center and are getting theirs Thursday. They may have gone alphabetically, too, since my last name also starts with an S. Nah, if Lowes wants a Snickers they can treat themselves to their own candy shelf!
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    Visa Cards

    You sound bitter, Scott. Send me your address and I'll send you a snickers bar. 😝 Just teasin'...
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    Visa Cards

    If you have an ex-spouse who moved to a different county/city sometimes they'll connect you to their address even if you never lived there. In my case I was surprised but the correct answer to all of the identifying questions they asked were "none of the above". Sheeesh, great security there guys.
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    Visa Cards

    Yes I already have that service set up, but it would've been nice that Lowes followed through with the tracking numbers and advanced warning like they said they would.
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    Visa Cards

    I thought they said they would notify us by email with the tracking info? How incredibly inconvenient, but if it *is* them it's good news. I had the money to replace my stuff but it was cash I had already earmarked for a home improvement project I've already started 🤦‍♀️ I don't see much difference between a gift card and a check other than a slight lack of convenience. Just use the card for expenses you normally would use your checking account for and there's the cash. I have $500 in monthly bill pay already going to a credit card # anyway.