thejq

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  1. thejq

    SmartThings experience so far

    Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I find it very difficult to enter a simple schedule, as easy as Iris was. For example, I just recently moved the thermostat (CT101) and Iris smart plug over to ST. In Iris, it's super easy to setup a 7-day program with 4 switching times/day. But in ST, there's a 5-2 day smart app or the "unlimited customization thermostat" app. To do what I want, I had to use the latter which only provide 1 switching time/day. It takes > 8 different instances of the App to do what Iris can do in one page of schedule. The same thing with the smart plug which need to have 4 switching times/day. Using the smart lightly app, I had to create 4 separate schedules. What I like about ST is its community support for a wide variety of cheap devices and development environment. If I have the time, all of the above can be done with custom code.
  2. If you have Fry's close by, they have the SwannOne motion sensor for $8.99 (30% off) https://www.frys.com/product/9775824 It's quite small and well designed. It uses Zwave, but ST doesn't have a native DTH for it. So you need to go into your ST account and manually change the DTH to either zwave motion sensor or smartsense motion sensor. Also although the sensor has temp sensor, it's not reported by the DTH, but motion sensing works. Other people have also reported disconnection after a while with the older hub/firmware. I have the V3 hub and have not experienced disconnection (fingers crossed) after a 1.5 days. I won't use it for security etc., but for none-critical automation (lighting etc.), it should be fine. FYI, Fry's also has the smart plug https://www.frys.com/product/9775744 for $14.99, but you don't get wattage monitoring in ST.
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    Researching the Ring.

    I believe this is the new motion sensor. Available for preorder for shipping on 04/17 https://www.amazon.com/Introducing-Ring-Smart-Lighting-Motion/dp/B07KXQ3KS5 Dimension: 2.83 in x 2.40 in x 2.32 in After some reading, I think it also requires a new bridge/hub.
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    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    That's the route I took as well. So far, looks like only the Ring camera can be integrated into other systems (eg. SmartThings). Right now I have the SmartThings turn on the porch light when Ring camera senses motion. It would be nice if I can also integrate the Ring alarm sensors (eg. motion, contact etc.) so I don't need to buy another set for automation. But from what I read, it's not happening soon, since Amazon charges $ for security monitoring. If they open up the API, they might loose some of that revenue.
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    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    Got both of mine today also. Already bought Ring camera 2 and security alarm kit from Costco. I'm really glad that Lowe's came through given the circumstance. I think I actually got back more than I spent on my old system.
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    Iris CAMs working on ST

    @dusterp sorry I'm pretty new to ST. Could you write a quick into of how to install this handler and the camera? Or a link for a similar setup? Thanks
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    Researching the Ring.

    No, not if you only get the 10 piece. You need to buy the Ring Video 2 combo for $149.99 which comes with 1-yr cloud service and ONLY from COSTCO, but with the additional 10 piece security system, the bonus becomes 1-yr prof monitored service. So you have to buy both combos (from COSTCO) to get the $100/yr bonus. Since I was going to get the Ring security service any way to reduce my home insurance, it's a no brainer for me to go this way.
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    Researching the Ring.

    Yea, but it's a online deal, so if you have friends/family with Costco membership, you can give them the Iris refund CC (if it arrives in time), they can order and ship it to you directly.
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    Researching the Ring.

    Just FYI, if you're thinking of getting a Ring Video in the near future and the professional monitoring service ($100/yr), Costco has Ring Video 2 w/ Chime for $149.99 which also include cloud recording for 1 year. But if you get it with the Ring Alarm (Costco has one for $219.99), you get the first year of monitoring service for free too. So essentially the Video 2 costs just $49.99 more. With monitoring service, you can also reduce your home insurance (about $250/yr for me). Seems like a great combo system for people want/need prof monitoring service.
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    Iris is Officially Done

    Thanks for the feedback. I didn't know about the local execution limitation which I think is important. All the other limitations I can live with, since I don't intend to invest in ADT only sensors unless they are on fire sale. I'm going to cancel my Amazon order now.
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    Iris is Officially Done

    Understood. The way I see it is that at least it includes a ST hub which is normally $65. According to someone on the slickdeal site, the included sensors can be made to be controlled by the ST app. It also has CO/smoke alarm and siren built in. The touch screen with time and weather is also a bonus. For $35 more it's well worth it.
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    Iris is Officially Done

    Amazon has the SmartThings & ADT wireless home starter kit for $100 today. Not sure if it will fit your bill, but it's a cheap way to get started with ST and some ADT security devices. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077JRBSSZ
  13. I had the same experience. I added all V1 devices last night. On hold for >1 hr. I had to first complete the redemption, then "level 2" would have to come in to do a manual adjustment. Beside the long time (for which he repeatedly apologized), the process was painless. 2 cards will be mailed. I'm glad that Lowe's was able to do right by the users.
  14. Excellent info. I will add my remaining V1 devices (a camera + 2 WiFi plugs) tonight and call tomorrow to have them included in the redemption list. Hopefully it will all work out.
  15. So you add the devices then call? or call then add the devices? Thanks for the info.