Terk

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  1. Iris sent me news about Santa Tracker

    Santa Tracker isn't new they just turn it off after Christmas and turn it back on in time for the holidays, so I doubt it takes any of the Developers time each year anymore. I haven't used it yet, but there are many on here with small children and most say their kids seem to enjoy it.
  2. Iris vs SmartThings

    I have many devices in SmartThings as well as Iris and I've actually had very good luck with the phone presence sensors on our iPhones with ST. My wife used to have an Android and that was problematic with geofencing, and since iOS 11 we have to keep the ST app running in the background, but we have had only one false alarm in the last year. Lately ST has made many improvements, but your right the 10 months prior that I was on ST there was little native improvements. Lately though they have greatly improved the number of devices that run local (as long as you don't use community created DTHs for devices like locks, Aeon Labs mini motes, sirens, contact sensors, switches, bulbs, ... Also the only SmartApp that will run local is their SmartLighting app and the Smart Home Monitor (their alarm system). They are missing a natively supported keypad though and their presence sensor fobs don't run locally yet so if your Internet goes down and you arrive home you have no way to stop an alarm until the internet comes back on short of unplugging things and pulling batteries (they are supposedly working on getting the presence sensors to run locally but they really need to get a keypad that they support natively as well. They have also finally gotten the app secured via touchID and their lock code manager (I was never comfortable with having my locks on ST until they got their own lock code manager because I could see the codes being passed in clear text with the community created DTHs and SamrtApps via the logs). One of the many things I really like about Iris is only half there but its better than ST which is when you assign a contact sensor as a Door you can easily see how many, if any doors are open at a glance, I just wish they would do the same for Windows. With the ST Lock manager it does that with your locks so that finally matches up with Iris. I also like Iris's native calling to notify you of an alarm even if it is not monitored whereas with ST I only get push or SMS notices natively and need to use IFTTT to get a call (which I find to be much more likely for me to notice quickly).
  3. Local Processing Is Here

    That all sounds like how I'd expect it to work except the Alarm not turning on from the keypad with the Ethernet cable disconnected. There really should be no reason I can think of for Iris to limit being able to turn it on without Internet, hopefully they know this is an issue.
  4. Push Notification to Alexa

    You mean for Alexa to read the message out loud?
  5. Local Processing Is Here

    I had the same experience on the official forum. They where able to verify local processing made it to my hub for me.
  6. No Local Hub Processing When Offline HUGE BUG/FLAW

    I expressed concern about being able to identify if local processing made it to my hub on the official Community forum and Mike from Iris PM'd me and asked for my hub ID because he said there is currently no way to know from the users side if it has been setup without testing. I sent him my hub ID and he verified that my hub is ready, I plan to test this weekend sometime.
  7. Iris 2.7 email

    I had 1 certified device participating in my alarm, yet I got the Maintenance Notice from Iris about the upcoming 2.7 release on November 12th. Also in the 2.7 release notes it says the Alarm has to be off to get the update. To make sure I get the update I have removed 3 certified devices and turned off my alarm, however any idea what to look for to know it is done so we can turn the alarm back on?
  8. Local Processing Is Here

    It says "Local Processing for Security & Panic Alarms" I wonder if that includes Smoke/CO or Water alarms and local activation of the water shutoff valve in case of a leak?
  9. Local Processing Is Here

    Thanks, it's good to know we need to turn off our systems to get the update (We will only update your system while it is disarmed), and I will need to remove my Hinge pin sensor in order to get the update (Places with a NYCE Tilt Sensor or uncertified devices are currently unable to participate in Local Processing).
  10. Iris vs SmartThings

    Many devices will work local on ST now including Iris door/window sensors GE light switches, some locks as of yesterday (as long as you use their new SmartLock manager), Hue bulbs, Aeon Labs Minimote, and other devices, however the SmartThings presence sensor will not nor will any device that requires a custom DTH so you don't really know what will or won't work locally until you buy it and install it, at least I haven't found a good place to find out what will or won't. You are also really limited on rules if you want to ensure they work locally on ST. Any community DTH you install for added features or to make a device work will cause the device that DTH is installed on to run in the cloud even if the device would normally be able to run locally, and most of the rule engines like CoRE/WebCoRE or almost any other SmartApp will only run in the cloud, I believe the "Smart Home Monitor", the new Scenes feature that also became available yesterday, and the "Smart Lighting" SmartApp are the only things that will work locally currently but at least they do have some things, however they don't have a keypad that works with ST natively (the Iris v2 one will but not locally) and their own presence sensor will not work locally right now so I'm not sure how you go about disabling the system when you get home if it was armed and the internet is currently down.
  11. The SmartThings devices just went on sale recently as they seem to be interested in growing their ADT integrated solution more which has its own set of devices. The Utilitech Water leak detector will work fine with Iris but is a lot more work to install so the convenience of the Iris one provides some benefit to me anyway. Usually Iris's prices are less than Samsung's although there are a ton of others that make things that will work with ST but not necessarily run local (which of course neither does Iris).
  12. Glad it is working again, hopefully it stays that way, even though it would have been nice to know what was causing it.
  13. Constant False Alarms

    I'm guessing you have checked the motion detectors for spider webs? Do you have any cameras in those rooms that you can have record on motion and look at when the event happens? Maybe try replacing the battery if you haven't already. The strange thing is that the system shouldn't alarm unless more than one motion detector is activated within a few (maybe 5) minutes of each other.
  14. Water heater temperature adj on app

    That is good information, I think I saw someone else post something about this in the past but I didn't pay a lot of attention to it at the time. Thanks.
  15. I had a light I added a while back, I think I had called Kitchenette light but Alexa would always say a few things share that name when trying to turn it on even though there was nothing else with kitchenette in the name so I renamed it to kitchen bulb and it started working. Frequently I still get the a few things share that name when I talk to quietly or when I say lights instead of light. Alexa doesn't seem to want to chance turning on/off the wrong light so if it doesn't think what you said matches 100% then it seems to say there are too many choices.
  16. My hub seems to reboot frequently or at least I think that is what it is doing, I don't have the cellular modem service anymore since it doesn't work when running off the internal battery backup, it would if you used a UPS instead of the AA batteries. It is never down when I try to access it so it has never been an issue I was worried about but anytime I look at the up time it seems to be less than half a day (right now it says 3 hours 20 minutes). I also had an issue a month or so ago where my hub kept disconnecting, it turned out to be an issue with the small switch I have in the family room servicing the hub and some of the AV components. A reboot would bring that switch back online for a while but it kept happening so I replaced the switch and haven't had that issue since.
  17. Ring Pro issue

    I have not had the issue yet but I have seen many others with the issue discussing it on the "Ring Users Group" Facebook group
  18. Iris App Version 2.6.0

    Yeah, I'm sure your right, although it is frustrating when you can look through your surveillance camera and see the door wide open and nobody in the way but you cannot shut the door so it has to wait until you can get home or get someone else to stop over to push a button. Luckily with v2 the GDO has been more stable than on the v1 hub, I just wish I could say the same of my Schlage and Yale locks.
  19. Iris App Version 2.6.0

    It would also be nice at least on a garage door to still be able to try to close it again. The door already has a bunch of protection features but in and if I'm away and open it to let someone in then go to close it when they leave but it jams (most likely because they wheren't completely out of the garage yet and where interrupting the sensors) it is likely that in a few minutes it will be clear and it would go down if the app would let you try again.
  20. Logitech Harmony Smart Control and Alexa

    I use it pretty much every night to turn on Netflix which turns on the receiver and TV, and sets the appropriate settings on each, then I also use it to turn it all off occasionally. I use the remote to move around and select things and mos of the time to turn it off as well. I also have one of my ceiling fans on it via IR but if I ask Alexa to turn that fan or light on when I'm watching TV the Harmony turns off the Entertainment center which I haven't found a great way to avoid with the limited power options they give.
  21. Osram bulb experience?

    I had the same experience, bought the OSRAM hub and updated firmware and they have been solid since, this required removing it from Iris joining the OSRAM hub update the firmware then remove it from the OSRAM hub and move it back to Iris, unfortunately you will need to cycle power a few times to the bulb to do this.
  22. Cortana to control Iris

    In the meantime, you can supposedly connect Cortana to your Alexa account so you can tell Cortana to ask Alexa to turn off you light. I haven't tried this yet since Cortana is disabled on my work machine and I have an Echo dot next to my Windows 10 machine at home.
  23. New echo to be smart home hub

    Thanks, I guess that doesn't sound too interesting even if it had both Zigbee and Z-Wave since for a while at least, I'm sure it will be missing many of the scheduling and rule handling options I rely on.
  24. New echo to be smart home hub

    I saw the + is supposed to have a smart hub integrated but I couldn't find any information on what smart hub it had, anyone know?
  25. The Arlo Q+ cameras are POE so can connect via Ethernet or WIFI, both the Arlo Q products offer 24/7 recording with a premium plan, however they record 24/7 in the cloud like Nest cams so they will use a lot of your internet bandwidth, the Q+ cameras have a micro SD slot so they can record locally but they still always record to the cloud if it is available. I have the Arlo Q+ products in my house for the free motion cloud recording and I have Unifi G3s (POE Ethernet connection only) outside recording 24/7 locally to the NVR in the house with time stamps on the video. That way if something happens outside in front of the cameras I have it all even if it was too far away to trigger motion recording, but if someone breaks in and steals or destroys the NVR I still have the motion recordings of them making their way to the NVR in the cloud. I have to use two separate apps depending on outside verses inside but I can access both systems remotely via those apps with secure communications and streams, the Arlo systems have 2-way auto, the Unifi systems only have a microphone so I get audio with the video in the recordings but I cannot talk through that system. I'm sure there is a way I could copy the motion clips to a cloud storage drive using the Unifi cameras since they record at the same time as the full time recording clips but I already had most of the Arlo cameras and they work great.