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    IRIS Being shut down by Lowe's??

    If there is one last feature Lowes could give us before ditching IRIS, that would be IFTTT in my opinion. It will give us room to adapt to new changes or transition out to another system. I hope the IRIS team is listening...
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    Iris Hub Bandwidth Usage Change

    I also got a good estimate at the official IRIS forum. What's interesting is that your large number of devices really push the numbers up a lot. I forgot to clarify I wasn't considering cameras in my question. But 5-6MB per day is not bad for a camera. What do yo mean by idle? 5-6MB without recording any videos at all?
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    Warning About Version 2 Hub Resets

    Belated update: I had to get a new hub. The old hub went into such a deep coma not even a factory reset could bring it back. 5 months is really a short time, but I’m going to write it off as being part of the statistics. Just a curious tip to close this off. Just before the hub died, I was installing a new 1st gen contact sensor. It was already paired previously with no issues. I was putting it into a tricky spot, and I had to experiment how much leeway I had with the dots being out of alignment, so I was waiving the magnet in front of the sensor for a couple of minutes up and down, back and forth. I must have done it couple dozen times, sometimes opening and closing the sensor on fractions of a second. The hub disconnected about 2 minutes after that and never came back. I just don’t believe in such coincidences. I suspect the hub did not react well to such numerous and rapid openings/closings, and somewhere inside the software a stack got overflown crashing it for good. The moral of the story, kids, don’t trying anything creative with this evolving technology. A small step just too far off to the left or right out of the straight path of DYI automation is all it takes to mess up your entire system
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    Iris Hub Bandwidth Usage Change

    OMG... Tens of GBs of data, are we serious? I’m planning to use IRIS at a vacation place which does not have broadband internet, so I plan to use a mobile internet router. I want to get SIM card with a minimal data allowance sufficient to run the hub, so I need to know IRIS data requirements: - How much data does the hub transmit while sitting idle (I assumed it should be very small...) - How large each firmware update is, and how often it gets pushed Do I really need an unlimited SIM data just to run IRIS? I find that hard to believe.
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    Warning About Version 2 Hub Resets

    After five months of steady performance and no issues my hub died today. The lights in front went out and the hub disconnected from the network. Put in fresh batteries. With technical support on the phone, did the simple reset by holding the button less than 3 seconds. Then did the big reset by removing the batteries, disconnecting from power, and connecting the power back while holding the reset button for 10 sec (apparently, this kind of reset reverts to the previous firmware without disconnecting all the devices - did anyone know about this??). Anyway, nothing worked. They told me I need to replace the hub. Interestingly, the lights at the network outlet at the back of the hub are on. The hub still gets warm so it’s definitely alive inside. Any ideas before I walk into the store and get myself a new one? (other than the full factory reset - if I have to do the full reset and re-pair all sensors, I would rather get a new hub anyway).
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    Smoke Listener

    Is there a smoke alarm listener that works with IRIS? For those who have existing interconnected smoke alarms, it's way cheaper and easier to install a single listener, instead of having to change all of them. I founds this link but it has never been released: https://www.centralite.com/products/smoke-listener
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    Opinions: how reliable is IRIS for security?

    Thank you for all your comments. I was mostly concerned about situations when I'm away for an extended time and my sensors just disconnect from the network and don't come back on their own, and there is no way for me to fix it, so the whole system becomes useless in the most critical task of keeping the house safe. Or not being able to arm the system when I'm rushing out the door. It seems like those kind of issues are relatively isolated and overall the system is pretty reliable. If I have just one or two sensors disconnect couple of times a year, that is tolerable (although I've also heard an anecdotal example of someone buying a 100ft cat5 cable so he could walk the IRIS hub around the house to re-connect the sensors, which sounded terrible). I also like the fact that you can specify 2 devices to trigger an alarm, although I think this idea need to be improved to be more configurable as opposed to just specifying the minimum number of sensors.... for example, if my front door sensor it tripped, that alone should be enough to sound the alarm, but if a motion sensor is tripped, then you would want to wait for one more device to trigger, etc.
  8. I’m considering getting IRIS because I really like it’s potential, flexibility, and affordability. But I’m mainly looking for a system that gives me reliable security monitoring, and I want to understand if the current IRIS version is a good fit for that. I realize this may be nuanced and subjective, but please share your opinions (note: I’ve posted this to the IRIS official community, and got a good reply from an IRIS tech, but no user opinions so far….) To be specific, I will compare IRIS to Abode and SmartThings, which I consider to be DYI systems with a similar set of features at affordable price. Abode is limited with automation and supported devices, but it’s well thought-out for reliable and dependable security, and it just works out of the box in an “arm it and forget it” kinda way. SmartThings has superior automation and integration, but users complain that it’s unreliable… e.g. often failing to recognize sensor open/close status, delays in arming/disarming, or in communicating notifications to the app, etc. Where does IRIS fit in that spectrum? Browsing the forums, I see issues with devices disconnecting from network, not receiving push notifications, etc. So, I get an impression IRIS is more like SmartThings – great for automation, but less so for security. In my case, I’m away often and for long periods, and I need a system that will arm when I tell it to, will not be sending me constant false alarms (especially if I use police pro-monitoring), will keep most sensors working, and will not require me tinkering with it every week to fix issues. It doesn’t have to be great, but it needs to be reliable in the basic security/usability aspects and not cause me major headaches while I’m away. I’ve got a good reply from an IRIS tech and it looks like IRIS has a lot of intelligence to gracefully handle some issues, like requiring more than 1 motion sensor to trigger before an alarm, or letting me arm the system even if some sensors fall offline, and adding them automatically later when they come back… Still, how isolated or widespread are this kind of problems with IRIS? Is Iris a good solution for me?