My migration experience from Iris to Hubitat
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This is a cross-post from my post in a poll on the General forum that may be of interest to those considering Hubitat...

The shutdown got me off my feet and over to Hubitat and Ring Alarm.  I'm using Hubitat as the main hub with a relay triggering a single contact sensor on the Ring Alarm for its professional monitoring service.  I've spent a lot more time on the migration than I wanted but everything appears to be running well and I now have the flexibility to implement rules and automations that were never possible with Iris.  I have been able to take over every non-V1 device over to Hubitat::

  • Iris v2 motion sensors
  • Iris v2 contact sensors
  • Iris v2 buttons
  • Iris v2 keypads(+)
  • Schlage lock
  • Utilitech (Iris) sirens
  • Lutron Caseta switches, dimmers, and (Pico) remotes
  • Orbit (Iris) water valve(*)
  • Dome siren(*)
  • Dome water monitor(*)
  • Smartthings presence sensors(*)
  • Qubino relay(*)

(+) Works with Hubitat but no longer using.
(*) Newly added post-migration.

For professional monitoring, I soldered the Qubino dry-contact relay to a single Ring Alarm contact sensor.  The Ring Alarm is configured with 0-sec entry and exit delays.  Hubitat manages all the entry and exit delays and when it detects a security event, it toggles the relay after the entry delay elapses to trigger the Ring Alarm.  I no longer use any of the Iris keypads and now use a Pico remote to arm the alarm and a valid lock code on the Schlage lock to disarm.  I also have Alexa TTS integrated into Hubitat so that there are verbal notifications:

  • when the alarm is armed home, armed away, and disarmed;
  • for the entry and exit delays;
  • when the garage door is opening and closed; and
  • when the pool water level is too high (Dome water monitor integrated into the skimmer that triggers the Orbit water valve to discharge water via the cartridge filter).

Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this solution.  Hubitat has its quirks and I found the Hub Safety Monitor (HSM) and Motion Lighting components to be poorly thought out.  Much of the effort was spent on implementing HSM and Motion Lighting, discovering all the quirks and trying to address or work around them, and finally implementing the functionality I wanted using the Rule Machine (RM) instead.  I should also note that a number of key integrations between Hubitat and the Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, Ring Alarm (to sync armed home, armed away, and disarmed states), Alexa text-to-speech (TTS), and Chamberlain MyQ (garage door opener) are dependent on community-written apps and drivers made available for Hubitat and/or Smartthings.

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Thank you for taking the time to post this.  I'm eager to move too, but trying to give Vera a chance to showcase their strengths.  I will admit, I am reading a lot of good things about Hubitat.

If we can get event notices to mobile phones (alarm triggered, environment for temp change, door left open, smoke detector triggered, etc), presence from fobs, and arm/disarm from keypad, I am 80% there.

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6 hours ago, fms72 said:

 Hubitat has its quirks and I found the Hub Safety Monitor (HSM) and Motion Lighting components to be poorly thought out.

The unintuitive design on each of those apps was intentional as to follow their SmartThings counterparts.  The idea is that it eases the transition from SmartThings to Hubitat, which was their original target market.

Welcome to the club!  My experience with Hubitat has been good overall too.  The first few weeks were terrible, but that was due to their Zigbee stack not being optimized for the number of Zigbee devices (~180) I have.    Their devs created some special hub builds for me to help tweak the stack and I split my 400+ device meshes across two Hubitat hubs, all linked together to a third hub acting as a controller.  I've never had a faster or more stable home automation platform.  Ever.

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On 2/8/2019 at 7:32 AM, IrisUsers said:

The unintuitive design on each of those apps was intentional as to follow their SmartThings counterparts.  The idea is that it eases the transition from SmartThings to Hubitat, which was their original target market.

Welcome to the club!  My experience with Hubitat has been good overall too.  The first few weeks were terrible, but that was due to their Zigbee stack not being optimized for the number of Zigbee devices (~180) I have.    Their devs created some special hub builds for me to help tweak the stack and I split my 400+ device meshes across two Hubitat hubs, all linked together to a third hub acting as a controller.  I've never had a faster or more stable home automation platform.  Ever.

I asked Iris to use 2 hubs for hard to reach areas. Titled the thread 2 hubs 1 cup. A little dirty humor, but still a great idea. Glad someone decided to implement it. 

 

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On 2/11/2019 at 10:58 PM, tread said:

I asked Iris to use 2 hubs for hard to reach areas. Titled the thread 2 hubs 1 cup. A little dirty humor, but still a great idea. Glad someone decided to implement it. 

 

You can do it out of the box in Hubitat using the built in Hublink app.  Love the thread title btw. 

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My Hubitat  is on the way! I keep getting these moments of Deja-Vu as I read up on the Hubitat community. So many ideas I threw at Iris are available on Hubitat. Feels like the guy reviewing the wish list at Iris works for Hubitat.  I dread getting 90+devices and 164 rules over to the new platform, but am excited for the benefits I wished for. 

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