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  1. Keen Smart Vents

    Good to know. Maybe I’ll snag one from eBay. Thanks for the insight, all! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Keen Smart Vents

    Yeah, I saw the price increase too. I also found a CNET review that said Keen had implemented updates that fixed a number of the previous issues. That said, there’s NO WAY I’m paying 100+ for a product with flaky connectivity. There are a few products that work directly with Nest. Maybe a solution exists there... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Keen Smart Vents

    I finally got around to pulling the trigger on a Keen Smart Vent, only to discover that they are no longer listed on the Iris product page or the general Lowe’s site. Anybody know why or have any experience with them? Thanks! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Nest now compatible with Iris

    Hmmm. I purchased and installed a Nest today. Installation and pairing with Iris and my Echo went well. And while I can control my temp settings via the Iris app just fine and even have the Echo tell me what the current Nest temp is, the Echo will not change the temp via voice command. If I say "Alexa, set thermostat to 82 degrees", she replies "I'm not sure what went wrong." I spoke with Iris tech support and they ultimately were not able to resolve the issue. Is anyone else experiencing this issue or have any ideas?
  5. Avoid the new keyfob :(

    After several years of solid service, my girlfriend's V1 key fob needed to be replaced. So I gave her my working V1 fob and purchased a so-called "Smart" fob (henceforth referred to as the "Dumb-Fob") . The hub detected the Dumb-Fob easily enough and I changed the device name to something more relevant. However, upon looking at the "Devices" list, I noticed that there was no device icon next to the listing and the details page showed 'Unidentified Device'. So, I removed the device and attempted to re-pair it. Unfortunately, I was unable to re-pair the device, despite numerous resets and hub reboots (both on my own and with tech support). Initially, I found the Iris-produced re-pairing instructional video on YouTube and followed it. The video stated to remove and re-insert the battery, then press any button 8 times. I had already tried this, but did so again to no avail. Tech support indicated that the battery may have been the culprit, however the battery tested fine with my tester. After replacing the battery yielded no result, I exchanged the Dumb-Fob at my local Lowe's. The experience with the replacement Dumb-Fob was exactly the same - only this time, tech support instructed me to reset the device by removing the battery and - with the battery still removed - press any button FIVE times (not EIGHT, as the video instructs). The exact same result occurred as did with the first device: unable to pair. In fact, despite the button backlights showing initially when the battery is seated, they never lit again despite multiple button presses. Again, tech support suggested the battery but - luckily- this time, I had a fresh battery to test and that produced the same negative result. It's not the battery that's garbage, it's the device that's garbage. I was also curious about the disparity of button presses that tech support advised during both calls. A quick check of the Iris support site revealed that the video states EIGHT button presses, but the written instructions state FIVE. Seriously? I asked tech support if there were any V1 fobs laying around (because those old things actually WORKED) but - of course - they didn't have any. In the end, they just ended up sending me out yet another Dumb-Fob which will probably be just as useless as the previous two. I'm really getting tired of dealing with this V2 garbage. Has anyone else experienced similar issues?
  6. A mistake that surprises no one... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Lowe's presence at CES 2017

    To be perfectly honest, Iris not being at CES doesn't bother me much at all. When Iris participated at past shows, they showed off a bunch of stuff most of which took over a year to make it to market and some never made it at all (i.e. soil sensor). I'd much rather see them keep their mouths shut about any vaporware they may have floating around and complete the still-ongoing V1 parity (including but not limited to a solid, usable web interface, offline processing). I'd MUCH rather have Iris improve its communication to current users regarding upgrades, outages, and progress on the much-documented and highly-lamented bugs and lack of parity. Unless Iris wants to showcase improvements these things, I could care less about their presence at CES...
  8. This is interesting - but disappointing. I deployed the original Arlo wireless cameras this summer and really like them. And I'd LOVE to use them with my Iris system. I'm disappointed to read that they only work with the Pro version.
  9. Oct. 26 iOS app update 1.14.1

    I, too, have noticed non-responsiveness from the app. My issue is with the Iris thermostat. I can successfully change the temp setting via my Echo, but not via the app. If I change the temp via the app, the app does not reflect the new temp setting (ex. current temp is 64. I manually change to 68. Temp reading remains on 64.) And this is not simply the app misreporting the current settings (i.e. the command goes through and the app is just not refreshing the screen), the app does not appear to be executing the command. So, right now, the only way to change is via my Echo (and, I assume, manually from the thermostat touch panel (which, I admit, I haven't confirmed)). All of this has been going on for nearly a week.
  10. For those wanting to try Echo

    Disabling/re-enabling the Iris skill within Alexa brought everything back. This actually happened a few months ago, but I forgot what I did to resolve the issue. Everything is as it was. Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
  11. For those wanting to try Echo

    I just returned home after a one-day business trip. Upon returning today, Echo control over my Iris devices (lights, thermostat). I'm getting "Sorry. The device or group is not responding. Before leaving yesterday, I muted all of my Echo units - but I don't know if that had anything to do with it. Is anyone else experiencing this issue? Sent from my iPad Air 2 using Tapatalk
  12. For those wanting to try Echo

    Wow - really?? I've got 4 Echo's and 2 Dots deployed overall and a 3/1 Echo-to-Dot deployment on my 2nd floor. The ESP feature worked in all tests. Are all of your devices on the same SSID? Sent from my iPod touch using Tapatalk
  13. For those wanting to try Echo

    FYI For those of you with multiple Echo units, it looks like Amazon pushed out the update that allows the Echo unit that hears you the best to be the only one to respond. I have three Echo units on my 2nd floor and shouted commands within earshot of all and, each time, only one responded. Very nice.
  14. Firmware updates

    Lowes has got to do a better job at communicating these firmware updates and/or at least giving us a choice as to when/if to implement them. Yesterday evening, during dinner, my alarm scene (the one that runs when all key fobs are away) ran all by itself - shutting off all lights (including the one in the dining room where I was eating) and activated all motion sensors and cameras. Not the end of the world in that case, certainly - but what if I was out of town and some erratic behavior or false alarm occured as a result of a forced update? Lowes has got to understand that people are not only using this system for lights and thermostats, but for real security - and you just can't willy-nilly push updates out that can potentially screw with a user's security environment without notification. Even Apple (and I assume Android) allows you to choose to apply updates when it makes the most sense to the user which - to me - is a lot less mission-critical than the safety and security of my home. Do better, Lowes! Please!!
  15. Firmware updates

    A few questions for all... 1) How do you know/see that a device firmware has been updated? 2) I've noticed over the past few days that certain devices have been acting flakey. Lights don't pop on when motion is detected. Last night I noticed that several partial-mode contact sensors did not trigger the alarm when the alarm was armed. Upon reading that there had been updates pushed out, I now figure that this may be the cause. Has anyone else noticed erratic behavior from their devices?