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  1. SystronicsRF

    SystronicsRF

    These devices have been profiled for use with the new SystronicsRF system, and devices of each type have been paired to the system, and are functioning correctly. The finalized profiles will not be available for some of these devices for downloading until Monday. First Alert Smoke Alarm First Alert Smoke & CO Alarm GE Light Switch GE Dimmer Switch GE Duplex Outlet GE Plug-In Switch – Indoor GE Plug-In Switch - Outdoor GE Fan Switch GE On Off Relay Switch Iris 1st Generation Range Extender Iris 1st Generation Smart Plug Iris 1st Generation Door Sensor Iris 1st Generation Motion Sensor Iris 1st Generation Senior Pendant Iris 1st Generation Security Keypad Iris 1st Generation Security Key Fob Iris 2nd Generation Smart Plug Iris 2nd Generation Motion Sensor Iris 2nd Generation Security Keypad Iris 2nd Generation 4 Button Key Fob Iris Garage Door Controller Iris Indoor Water Sensor LeakSmart Leak Sensor LeakSmart Water Shutoff Valve Leviton Decora Smart Switch Leviton Dimmer Switch Cree A19 Light Bulb Linear Dimmer Switch NYCE Tilt Sensor Osram Lightify A19 Smart Bulb Osram Lightify A19 Tunable White Light Bulb Osram Lightify PAR38 Flood Light Bulb Osram Lightify BR30 Flood Light Bulb Osram Lightify 4 Button Switch Radio Thermostat CoA Thermostat - Deferred due to additional work required on Actions related to heating system. Utilitech Flood Sensor Utilitech Glass Break Sensor Utilitech Indoor Siren In addition to the profiling that was undertaken prior to the start of the Beta Test Program, this profiling has been ongoing for just over a week. The aim is to profile all of the devices that are currently being used in conjunction with the 1st Generation Iris devices. The next stage is to complete the profiling of the 2nd and 3rd Generation Iris devices, together with more GE devices, and other commonly used devices, before moving onto the Schlage and Kwikset door locks.
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    SystronicsRF

    We should perhaps explain that we have not just suddenly shown up to address the needs of 1st Generation Iris users. It is an ideal opportunity for us, and for the many Iris users looking to retain their existing, and often very large, 1st Generation systems. We have been developing our home automation system for more than two years. It’s also underpinned with decades of experience in the design and development of online systems, and high performance, mission critical, control systems. Addressing the needs of the 1st Generation Iris users is just the first stage, albeit a very important one. As can be seen from our website, and from earlier our posts on the forum last year, our system already handles the more modern HA and LL ZigBee devices, and Z-Wave devices. Our attention only shifted fully onto the 1st Generation Iris systems last year, with the news that Lowe’s was looking to sell the Iris brand. We are certainly doing our best to meet the end of March deadline, with the help of the Beta testers, but we’re also in it for the long haul.
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    SystronicsRF

    Quote from a Beta tester: “I got envelope today, but the SD cards had been sliced out of the envelope. The anti-static sleeve was cut open at the bottom as well as the side of the envelope, I look forward to the download.”
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    SystronicsRF

    We have added four more videos. Each video page includes links towards the bottom of the page to the other video pages. If you go to the installation video, then you can reach the others in this way.
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    SystronicsRF

    Our responses to your posts are triggered by the arrival of email alerts. We have just realized that we are receiving these emails about 4 hours after the comment was posted. This means that we are out of phase with the discussion, and our last post was superfluous.
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    SystronicsRF

    Not sure what's happening, but: 1. You need to be logged in as a registered website visitor. It will recognize your account as being for a Beta tester. 2. The link to the video page is only in the email that we sent to you. 3. You cannot navigate to it from within the main website. 4. The attachment shows the page.
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    SystronicsRF

    Apologies. We had not added every Beta tester to the list of those with authorized access. Everyone who has supplied their address, for the SD card, should be authorized.
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    SystronicsRF

    We’ve been communicating with existing Iris users in a variety of ways, including the forum, PMs on the forum, the website, and by email. We have been unable to identify you on the website from your forum name. Can you please email me at adrian@systronicsrf.com, and I will get it sorted. We will be adding field to the user’s personal profile area on the website for their forum name, which will help in future.
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    SystronicsRF

    We need a verified email account for security reasons. We've removed your original registration and user account. Please logout (if you're logged in), and re-register. You will then receive a new welcoming email including the link required to verify your email account.
  10. SystronicsRF

    SystronicsRF

    The control system runs directly on the hub, and it exchanges data frames with each device, and controls the devices down to Endpoint / Cluster / Attribute level for ZigBee, and Command Classes for Z-Wave. You will find more on the following pages: https://www.systronicsrf.com/technology/centralised-control.html https://www.systronicsrf.com/technology/device-profiling.html https://www.systronicsrf.com/technology/exchanging-frames.html https://www.systronicsrf.com/technology/developers-user-interface.html https://www.systronicsrf.com/technology/creating-a-profile.html Having this degree of control over the devices, we should be better placed to control devices , such as the Orbit Sprinkler. You can use Visual Studio, but you will find that the IDE / Compiler running on the hub has all of the capability that you will need. It compiles and executes directly on the hub, and entirely locally in a self-contained manner, and without the need for the the application to restart. We use these tools to create all of the profiles for the devices that we test, including those listed on these pages: https://www.systronicsrf.com/devices As I’m sure you appreciate, our To-Do list is rather long. Our first priority is to get the Beta testing under way, which starts with Iris 1st generation devices, and then moves on to other Iris devices. We will certainly schedule the Orbit Sprinkler in, and we’ll get in touch when we get nearer to looking into it.
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    SystronicsRF

    Our apologies. You should have received an email by now with your password. When a visitor first logs in, they are sent a confirmation email containing a link, clicking on which verifies them. We have now made the need to click on the verification email link clearer on the myProfile page, when someone has registered, but remain unverified, instead of just returning them to the home page.
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    Iris is Officially Done

    We've posted an update on the following thread: -
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    System Costs

    That's correct Sparc - we've updated the following thread
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    SystronicsRF

    We were taken by surprise by yesterday’s news, along with everyone else. Our aim now is to protect the March 31st date for having a system capable of handling the Gen 1 devices that can be offered to all existing users. We are continuing with the Beta testing, as planned, but with a shift in emphasis. The original plan was to focus initially on the use of 1st generation Iris devices. That was intended to enable users to gain a complete understanding of the system based on just these devices. Having become familiar with the system in this way, users can then move to their other devices. Starting with the 1st generation devices in this way is not a reflection of the capability of the system, which already handles ZigBee HA, ZigBee LL, Z-Wave, and WiFi devices, it is merely a sensible way of moving forward. In light of yesterday’s news, we intend to extend this approach. The focus will continue to be 100% on the 1st generation devices, until the majority of the Beta users are satisfied that we have a system that can be offered with confidence to all of the users of the 1st generation devices. Only then, will we move onto the other devices. In our view, this is the best way of protecting the March 31st date for most users. We intend to ship the software on preloaded Micro SD cards, so that we can all focus on testing the system ASAP. This shipping will start next week, and we’ve been quoted a 5 day shipping lead time. The original plan was to involve between 5 and 10 people in this Beta testing. We have increased this to 20, on the basis that more people sharing the load should expedite the process. We will be sending invitations to those of you with 1st generation devices who have registered on the website, have shown most interest, and have provided us with details about your system. More details will be provided about the Beta testing to those of you who have accepted the invitation.
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    System Costs

    We are planning to use the 1st generation Iris devices, for those of you that have them, to get you started, and then move onto the HA devices and the Z-Wave devices. If you have several Gen 1 devices, then you can test out the full functionality of the control system with just these devices, which will minimize your initial outlay. All you will need is a Pi 3B+ (or a Pi 3B), a case, and one Digi XStick. We would recommend also getting a 3A charger at the outset, in anticipation of adding more USB adapters. You can then upgrade to all three networks by adding another Digi XStick, and the Aeotec Z-Stick. You will also then need the USB hub, because the USB ports on the Pi are marginally too close together to accommodate all three USB adapters. Incidentally, we have been running all three networks with the adapters connected via the AmazonBasics USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub.
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    SystronicsRF

    We agree with you 100% about having a dedicated Raspberry Pi. Two years ago, when we started looking into HA, we thought the Pi was just for kids and hobbyists. Not so. It has a similar capability to a desktop computer. Although they are targeted at different markets, both the Pi 3B+ and Intel Compute Stick have a quad core, 64 bit, 1.4 GHz processor, and a Micro SD card. They both show the direction in which the technology is moving, which is changing the approach to HA entirely.
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    SystronicsRF

    The Digi XStick is a fully functional ZigBee coordinator. Each XStick can be configured by the hub processor to behave as either an MSP coordinator, or an HA coordinator, but not both. Hence, there has to be two adapters, one for AlertMe / Iris Gen 1 (MSP), and for more modern devices (HA). We are not familiar with the EM3587, which is used in the Iris V2 hub, but the hub processor could be more directly involved in the coordinator function. Perhaps this is why the Iris hub processor is able to switch between MSP and HA operation. As well as placing less load on the hub processor, having two USB network adapters also shares the load on each adapter, especially for systems containing a significant number of both Gen 1 and Gen 2 devices. The number of processor cores in the hub also plays into this. When a frame of data arrives from a networked device, it has to be processed as a priority by the hub. In the single core Iris hub processor, the current process has to be interrupted to service the incoming data whenever it arrives. With the quad-core Raspberry Pi running multi-threaded programs, the tasks are shared. Other cores can continue to service other USB adapters and undertake other processing tasks, with much less likelihood of them being interrupted.
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    SystronicsRF

    We had recommended the HomeSeer SmartStick as the preferred Z-Wave USB network adapter for use in the USA. This was based on the adapter having been successfully tested, its performance, brand, price, and its availability. A member of the forum attempted to purchase a HomeSeer SmartStick last week, and the only one available was priced at more than $90.00. We had been purchasing them from Amazon (USA) last year for $35.00, but they are now showing as “Currently unavailable” on Amazon. The HomeSeer SmartStick is still available online directly from HomeSeer for $40.00. We were already recommending the Aeotec Z Wave adapter for UK (868 MHz version) use, and we have changed our recommendation to the Aeotec Z-Wave for use in the USA (908 MHz version). It's probably worth mentioning that there is a significant difference between Z-Wave adapters and ZigBee adapters. The interface that is presented by a Z-Wave adapter to the hub is more standardised than that for a ZigBee adapter. This is mainly because the Z-Wave adapters all use the same Sigma chip, whereas different chips can be used in the ZigBee adapters. In practice, every Z-Wave adapter that we have tested conforms to the same interface standard. Most, if not all, Z-Wave adapters should work with the control system, whereas each type of the ZigBee adapter has to be profiled individually to communicate with the control system.
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    SystronicsRF

    Unfortunately, running the new software on the Iris V2 hub is a non-starter. The capability of the Raspberry Pi 3B is far greater than that of the Iris V2 hub, and it needs that capability to function. The main differences are: The Iris V2 hub has a single core 32 bit processor running at 1.0 GHz. The Pi 3B has a quad core 64 bit processor running at 1.2 GHz. The Pi 3B also has a Micro SD card, which serves the function of a hard disk. We’ve added this page to the website, which contains a more detailed explanation: https://www.systronicsrf.com/q-and-a/january-26-19.html
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    SystronicsRF

    We have endeavoured to answer the questions raised by OhioYJ, Wlepse, EyeRuss & Sparc on January 19th and 20th, 2019. As the content is fairly long, these answers are on the following page on the website. https://www.systronicsrf.com/q-and-a/january-21-19.html
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    SystronicsRF

    Our apologies. Now fixed. We had added a popup to encourage visitors to register, which was interfering with the device selections.
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    SystronicsRF

    We have given priority to the older ZigBee devices, which have either been abandoned by their suppliers, or are about to be abandoned. The more modern ZigBee devices, which are either Home Automation or Light Link, are much easier to handle. The Z-Wave technology is fundamentally easier to handle, and the standards have not changed much over the years. If you go to this page https://www.systronicsrf.com/devices, you will see that we have currently integrated with a range of devices from different suppliers, including Samsung. As we are interfacing directly with the devices, we don’t plan to integrate with any other home automation system. We are also trying to gain a better picture of the devices that are in use, so that we can prioritize the addition of more devices. If you would like to go to the https://www.systronicsrf.com website, and register, which just needs your name and email address, we will send you an email with your password, and a secure link. These will give you registered user access to the website. This includes your secure personal area. There is also a degree of commonality between products from different suppliers, because the electronics in many of them are manufactured by either Centralite or Computime. Once you have logged in, or clicked on the secure link, please click on My Profile link adjacent to the search box in the header. This will take you to your profile page. There are two buttons lower down this page. The first one takes you to a page where you can describe your use of the system. The second one takes you to a selectable list of devices, from which you can pick the devices that you use. If you would like to select, or add, your devices, then we can advise on compatibility.
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    SystronicsRF

    We are getting close to releasing a Beta version, and we will contact you directly by email this week with our suggestions for getting you started. Following your prompt, we have only just looked at the “Iris Shutdown” thread. It does seem that Lowes has much bigger problems than Iris within its core retail business, along with many others in the same sector. The prospect of any sale, especially one that meets the needs of existing users, also seems fairly remote. The notional benefit to any potential buyer must surely be more than offset by the implicit financial burdens and risks, and the need to commit precious management resources. This must also be very evident to Lowes. Lowes announcement may be no more than managing the expectations of existing users. A non-sale is likely to result in a gradual run-down of the business, and the eventual disappearance of the brand. Hopefully, they will try to minimise the impact on existing users, by extending support as long as possible, if only to avoid further damage to the Lowes brand.
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    SystronicsRF

    There is no radio interference between the network adapters when they all plugged into the USB ports of the Pi, but they are a tight fit together. It may be worth using a separate USB hub to avoid the strain that this puts on the USB connections of the Pi. We have added a section entitled “USB Hubs” to the following page, which gives more detail, including our recommendation for a suitable USB hub. https://www.systronicsrf.com/installation/hub-configuration.html
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    SystronicsRF

    You are correct that ZigBee and WiFi don't use the same frequencies, but it is a bit more complicated. The following diagram shows the relationships. ZigBee channels are numbered 11 through 26, because channels 1 through 10 are allocated to the sub-gigahertz band. The channel numbering for ZigBee and WiFi don't correspond. as shown in this diagram. However, you can select different channels for each ZigBee network and for each Wi|Fi network, as shown. Bluetooth is different, because it hops across all of the frequencies across the entire 2.4GHz band in a pseudo-random fashion. It has the potential to interfere with both ZigBee and WiFi. Fortunately, the transmissions on all networks are all very short pulses, so the likelihood of any interference is small. For example, an average ZigBee frame takes just over 1 millisecond to be transmitted, and they occur relatively infrequently. The relative strength of the Bluetooth signal, and its proximity to the devices, also determine the likelihood of any interference. We will cover this in more detail in a separate area within the website. Initially we had similar concerns, for now, we have been running multiple Raspberry Pi 3Bs stacked on top of one another, with multiple network adapters in each Pi, and each controlling a separate ZigBee or Z-Wave network, continuously for many months. We have never encountered any interference between these networks.