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  1. GraemeCracker

    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    Actually, I remembered I have a Netgear powerline ethernet setup and a spare powerline ethernet adapter, so the only pain now is to disconnect my hub where it's installed up in our wiring closet and move it near the doors. Thanks for the suggestion, it triggered my memory.
  2. GraemeCracker

    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    Making the switch to Hubitat. So far so good. Most thing have been switched over, or replaced. I swapped out all my V1 smart switches with IKEA TRADFI switches. I was reimbursed $35 for each switch and these are $9.95 at IKEA! My OSRAM RBGW controller came over, as did my GoControl thermostat. I know my Orbit sprinkler is likely to be junk, but I'm going to use the Iris Web Portal event log to try to reverse engineer the communications and build a driver. Assuming I have time left! The last big things to migrate are my door locks. These will be a pain because they require secure ZWave and need to be close to the hub, so I either take them off the door or get a really long Ethernet cable. I like the integration with Alexa better because you can create groups that respond to on and off vocal commands. With Iris it was a scene, and Alexa could only run (turn on) a scene. So I night I used to says "Alexa, turn on good night", to turn off all my lights. Now I have an All Lights groups (which uses Zigbee broadcasting!) and all I say is "Alexa, turn off all lights". I'm a programmer, so I found Hubitat fairly easy, but I think it will be less intuitive for non-programmer types. Not to say it is obscure, but it is not as easy as Iris was. So far I'm very happy with Hubitat.
  3. GraemeCracker

    Anybody got their pre-paid Visa card from Lowe's?

    My automatic redemption for $455 has arrived and been activated. The activation web site is working. I just did my manual redemption last weekend for $70 more, so not expecting that for a bit. Time for a shopping spree. Based on everything I've read I'm going with Hubitat. I may look at RFSystronics later, but I need something that I can migrate to quickly and relatively easily and supports the majority of my big ticket items (Schlage and Kwikset door locks, lots of GE switches and outlets). Ironically the one item that spurred me to by Iris in the first place, the Orbit Sprinkler Timer, doesn't seem to be supported by anybody, so I'm in the market for a new one. If anyone is using Hubitat to control a sprinkler system, can you tell me which you are using and how you like it?
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    Here is the link to the SmartThings Iris Orbit thread. It goes back to April 2014!! And no one has got it to work reliably.
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    Are there any plans for SystronicsRF to support the Orbit sprinkler. I read a long thread on the SmartThings forum about people trying to get it work over the past four years with very limited success. There is something very proprietary about how it communicates and I guess only Lowe's knew how. I wonder if the release of the Arcus open source might shed some light into that. I see that SystronicsRF will be extensible via C# code, but will that go down to the driver level or just the rules? I'm excited about it, because I am a C# programmer, but it looks like the programming is done through their IDE. That's a nice touch, so users don't have to install Visual Studio, but if we have Visual Studio, can we still code and compile extensions in Visual Studio? I've worked with other software in the past that claimed to support a language, but only through their IDE, and that usually resulted in significant restrictions.
  6. GraemeCracker

    What Platform Should I Migrate To

    Any plans to support any WiFi sprinkler systems (Orbit, Rachio, Etc.)? I see you support my GoControl thermostat, my Schlage and Kwikset locks and you have an RGBW controller. Any plans to support the GE OSRAM RGBW controller? Any plans to support Ring (V1)?
  7. GraemeCracker

    Iris is Officially Done

    Thanks, I was looking at those. I didn't get the sense that either was supported by anything other than their own B-hyve app with an optional Alexa skill. I want to integrate into a whole house system of some sort.
  8. GraemeCracker

    Iris is Officially Done

    Yeah, it showed up on mine too, that's why I'm worried it won't be supported anywhere else. I guess I can buy a new one, along with a hub of some sort, with the $445I'm getting back. Fortunately, many of the other items on my redemption list were not being used anyway (FOB's and buttons mostly).
  9. GraemeCracker

    Iris is Officially Done

    Yeah, this sucks! Two questions. 1) As with others, I did not screen shot my redemption (it's $445 I think), but more importantly, it listed the devices that are not compatible elsewhere. Has anyone found a way to get the redemption list again, so I can easily figure out what I need to replace? 2) My primary reason for starting with Iris was to control my sprinklers. I have the Orbit Sprinkler Timer. Does anyone know if this is supported elsewhere?
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    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!
  11. GraemeCracker

    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.
  12. GraemeCracker

    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.
  13. 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.

  14. GraemeCracker

    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?
  15. GraemeCracker

    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.