What Platform Should I Migrate To
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Yeah, both the phone and fob were gone. But it seems to be working now. Maybe removing the phone from the routine did the trick.

 

 

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Geo location has 10 min delay by default which can be configured if you expand additional options in the rule trigger. By default the hub polls every 2 mins for a fob and Geo. However if you have a delay in the rule that has to be considered. It's there to prevent false triggers.

 

Iris Who?

 

 

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Made the change to ABODE.

Put my Abode system online last thursday night. Here is a quick overview of how it went. I bought the Iota package with additional devices.Unboxed and followed install directions of power up and hook in to Ethernet cable on router. All devices in Iota pack came pre-paired. Installed app and web ui and followed directions. Entered my wifi info and it connected. Proceeded to locate Iota where I wanted it. I am running it wifi for ease of placement. Went around and paired all my Iris V2 smart plugs to system. No problems. Tried to pair my IRIS V2 door contacts and they came up as temp sensors only.  This was stated somewhere else but I thought I would try it anyways. I then proceeded to install the door contacts that came with the Iota pack (1) and extras I had bought. Installed with no problems. I then factory reset my First Alert Smoke/Co Detectors and added them into the system. No problem. I then added a keypad, motion/lux/temp sensor with no problems. You add devices very similar to how we did with Iris. I then added a few lighting schedules and a few CUE programs. I spent around 3 hrs from start to finish and not rushing and eating dinner in the process so it really went smooth. My initial view - Easy setup, nice app and wui, program is easy to use and customize. System 2 is set to arrive Monday and I will be ordering systems 3 & 4 this weekend. 

Thank you Lowe's for treating us as valued customers.

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"Brave New (SmartTHINGS) World..."

Although I've chosen SmartThings as my post-Iris platform, I've only added a few motion and door sensors so far.  Due to some upcoming travel, I decided not to be beta testing a new security platform while I'm out of town.  Once I return, I'll begin migration in earnest.  That said, I did successfully configure the SHM auto-arm feature using both an arrival sensor and my smartphone as triggers.  I was even able to get that Iris garage door controller that I bought back in Nov 2017 but could never get paired to Iris to work.  Pretty satisfied, so far.  

One thing from the Iris world that I am interested in duplicating are the warning/grace period beeps that my two keypads emitted when security is breached.  Unfortunately, I have two V1 Iris keypads and never bothered to pick up any Gen 2 or 3 versions, so I can't bring them over to ST.  And I'm actually ok with operating without keypads, but I do like the audible warning beeps that the keypads offered.  

Any of you SmartThings gurus have any ideas on how to duplicated the aforementioned feature?  I've got 3 Utilitech sirens that I'll be migrating over.  Can those be used to emit warning and full-on breach alarm sounds?

 

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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.

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9 hours ago, GraemeCracker said:

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.  

Get you a wireless access point like this one,  With home automation  You can then move your hub anywhere you can get power to it.  With a small UPS you can move it anywhere. 

I have a couple of these and they have come in very handy the few times I needed to pair something that needed to be close.

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I’ve been moving everything over to SystronicsRF and in the process I noticed something in the Iris app that I found kind of ironic.
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Ring, SmartThings and Hubitat!


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Finally made my decision. Moving over to Ring. They monitor fire/intrusion for 10$ a month, and will work with my current door locks and smoke detectors. Plus, they have a device that can listen to any smoke alarm and trigger an alert. Sounds like they have been pretty aggressive in updating the system. I have SmartThings as well and there is some basic integration right now through some back channels which I only anticipate to get better. Have to see how it goes!

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On 3/11/2019 at 5:00 AM, Terminal said:

Get you a wireless access point like this one,  With home automation  You can then move your hub anywhere you can get power to it.  With a small UPS you can move it anywhere. 

I have a couple of these and they have come in very handy the few times I needed to pair something that needed to be close.

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.

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