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  1. GraemeCracker

    Are we going to be able to change colors with Echo?

    A little late, but better late then never. I am able to control the color of a Lightify RGB strip controller via Alexa (and Iris). I can say "Alexa, set colored lights to red." and it happens. I tried red, green and blue. The red was spot on, the blue was a little green for me, but I'm not using the native Lightify strips, I rewired the Lightify controller to work with my existing RGB strips (the Lightify strips are RGBW). Now what would be nice would be if Iris supported color cycling. My old RGB strip controller (IR based) allowed my to select different speeds and patterns of color cycling. I don't think the Lighify (Osram) controller supports this, but I'll do a bit more research on it. *** edit *** I see from the suggestion link that it is more the ability to set a color via rule that you're looking for. I agree, that would be great!
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    Presence Rule that Would Improve Fob Detection

    It makes perfect sense that the FOB "pings" periodically, but two minutes doesn't make useful sense. Using Zigbee, its range if probably 100 - 200 feet, but unless you have a long walk from your car to the front door, that range is irrelevant since you'll be driving, and you can go a long way in your car in two minutes. The ping period needs to be configurable (with tons of caveats and disclaimers about battery life) to a period that is just slightly less than the time it normally takes you to park, lock up the car and walk to the front door. I have, however, programmed scenes that lock and unlock the door and attached them to two of the FOB buttons, and I have my phone get push notifications when the door unlocks, so if I don't here my phone beep, then I can press the button to unlock. A better idea might be a "FOB" that is plugged into your car's cigarette lighter (or USB if you have one) and is a full time Zigbee transmitter. That way Iris knows when your car is home.
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    List of Unsupported Devices that Work with V2

    I decided to return the Apollo controllers and get the Lightify. I finally got mine hooked up and boy is it sweet! I had to do a bit of custom wiring because the Lightify uses 5 wires, and I had four wire strips. What's really cool is asking Alexa to set ceiling lights to Red and it happens! Thanks for the suggestion. Not only does it work (well!) it's only $60 including the strip, and the Apollo one was $90 just for the controller. For my white only strips, I realize I never really dim them, so I just put a smart switch in front of it and leave the controller on. p.s. if anyone is wondering, the Lightify five pin plug wiring is V+ (where the little triangle is), then Red, Green, Blue, White. My four pin plug wiring was V+, Green, Red, Blue.
  4. Is the Iris API documented anywhere or did you have to reverse engineer it?  I'm interested in seeing if two different hubs, like Iris and Smart Things can be made to talk to each other, maybe through IFTTT.

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    2. GraemeCracker


      I working in a Microsoft environment and discovered that the SignalR library we use is a Microsoft c# Web Socket library.  We use it for bidirectional communications on our in-house developed web apps.  So I do have a little experience with it after all.

    3. thegillion


      Nice what do you do if you don't mine me asking ?

    4. GraemeCracker


      I'm a hands on IT director at a mailing, printing and fulfillment company in Sacramento.

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    List of Unsupported Devices that Work with V2

    An update, this does not work with Iris. It shows up as an unknown device. I'm going to grab myself a Smart Things hub to play with this. I figure using Alexa, I can control Iris and Smart Things with voice, the only down side would be not being able to include each other devices in a single scene, or drive each other's rules off of them. It would be nice if there was someway to get hobs to talk to each other? Is there documentation for the Iris API, or has it been reverse engineered?
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    Echo Plus

    I also see that it only supports Zigbee and WiFi, but not ZWave. That's problem for what I'm trying to do.
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    iRobot wants to sell Roomba-generated maps of your home

    They've corrected the story to read share data, not sell data. If you allowed it, it could share the data to your other smart devices (cameras, motion detectors, etc) giving them more information to work with. Very interesting concept actually.
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    Echo Plus

    Has anyone used this yet? Does it work with most Iris compatible devices? I'm seriously considering switching hubs for Iris, but there's a lot to choose from these days. As you said, combining the Echo with a Hub means one less device (two less if you include the fact that it has a wireless speaker), and I would think possibly better integration between the hub and Alexa.
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    List of Unsupported Devices that Work with V2

    thegillion, thanks, I'll take a look at those. Too bad they sell the controller by itself, I already have strips purchased and installed. I have two set of strips for uplighting sitting on top of our fly crown molding. One strip is RGB, the other high intensity white, so I need two controllers, one RGB and one just a 12V dimmer.
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    List of Unsupported Devices that Work with V2

    Has anyone had any success finding a ZWave LED strip controller that works with Iris? I found this: I suppose I could try it and if it didn't work, that might be the straw that moves me off the Iris hub onto something else.