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    Terminal reacted to sparc in Z-wave Locks   
    "These Schlage locks are pretty old, it's probably time to start swapping them out."
     
    Funny, if they were the old 'dumb' locks they would last forever just about, but now that they are 21st century tech they are cr@p in only a couple years.
     
    Makes me wonder if we are really moving forward or just found a way to empty our wallets faster thanks to engineered-in obsolesce .
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    Terminal reacted to AndrewX192 in Z-wave Locks   
    In my experience, the original Schlage locks (e.g. the BE469) aren't very reliable. In my Arcus test environment, I have a BE469 a few feet away from the hub and it's almost flawless, but if you take it say 25ft away, you'd be lucky to get events about the door being unlocked or locked. You can try all sorts of range extenders (I personally use the Ring Range Extender with Arcus, as it has a built in backup battery, but really any mains powered Z-Wave device will work), but I've not had great luck with those and the BE469. Upgrading to the BE469ZP (Z-Wave Plus model) fixes all the issues I've seen with these locks. If you don't want to spend a bunch of money, you can watch eBay for partial / broken locks, and switch out the circuit board.
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    Terminal got a reaction from Otto Mation in Starting up with Hubitat   
    I just switched to Hubitat, I finally gave up on Systronic.  I thought I had read that HE supported the V1 keypads but sadly no, everything else worked so not a deal breaker.
    I am not 100% sold on the V1 device support on Hubitat though.   I was at first, as all my devices migrated over with not a single hiccup.  About 2 weeks in though all my V1 devices stopped talking.  I had to reset and re-pair almost every one of them. Then I had to go back and update all my rules. Luckily I only use the V1 devices in my shop so it's not huge deal. It may have just been a bad device that corrupted the Zigbee mesh. 
    I am still sold on the Hubitat platform, however, as I have started migrating my ST hub over to HE.  I have most of my automations in ST on webcore, and webcore runs on the HE hub.  So I was able to migrate all my pistons over from ST and they run pretty as is on HE.  Apparently they frown upon using webcore on the HE hub but I have seen no down side yet.  I did move a good portion of my simpler automations to rule machne.  RM took some getting used to.  I am starting to get the hang of it now though and it's not too bad.  Webcore is far superior IMO, but RM is okay.
    Using the Hubconnect app I can even tie in a couple of the integrations on my ST hub that HE doesn't support.  Mainly my Leviosa shades and Arlo cameras.  .  I had hoped to use some of my spare V1 stuff to fill in some gaps, adding in some additional motion and contact sensors.  Cheaper than having to buy new stuff.  Until I see how the shop holds up I will keep my House hub V1 free I think. 
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    Terminal got a reaction from ZBMAN in Starting up with Hubitat   
    I just switched to Hubitat, I finally gave up on Systronic.  I thought I had read that HE supported the V1 keypads but sadly no, everything else worked so not a deal breaker.
    I am not 100% sold on the V1 device support on Hubitat though.   I was at first, as all my devices migrated over with not a single hiccup.  About 2 weeks in though all my V1 devices stopped talking.  I had to reset and re-pair almost every one of them. Then I had to go back and update all my rules. Luckily I only use the V1 devices in my shop so it's not huge deal. It may have just been a bad device that corrupted the Zigbee mesh. 
    I am still sold on the Hubitat platform, however, as I have started migrating my ST hub over to HE.  I have most of my automations in ST on webcore, and webcore runs on the HE hub.  So I was able to migrate all my pistons over from ST and they run pretty as is on HE.  Apparently they frown upon using webcore on the HE hub but I have seen no down side yet.  I did move a good portion of my simpler automations to rule machne.  RM took some getting used to.  I am starting to get the hang of it now though and it's not too bad.  Webcore is far superior IMO, but RM is okay.
    Using the Hubconnect app I can even tie in a couple of the integrations on my ST hub that HE doesn't support.  Mainly my Leviosa shades and Arlo cameras.  .  I had hoped to use some of my spare V1 stuff to fill in some gaps, adding in some additional motion and contact sensors.  Cheaper than having to buy new stuff.  Until I see how the shop holds up I will keep my House hub V1 free I think. 
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    Terminal reacted to scunny in Iris GL08_2 Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plugs   
    Can someone explain to me how to use the Iris cameras independent of the Iris servers?
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    Terminal got a reaction from scunny in SystronicRF system is now available to general public   
    Here is a better one.
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    Terminal got a reaction from pavalov in SystronicRF system is now available to general public   
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    Terminal got a reaction from Vettester in SystronicRF system is now available to general public   
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    Terminal got a reaction from calvinroberts in System backup   
    I don't think there really is at this point.  I asked about this back during the beta testing.  As I would like to keep my own copy.  The guys are very responsive but I would like to have a ready to pop in backup of the SD card.
    What they said back then was, they keep hourly backups of your system and 14 days of a nightly backup.
    They said they would offer the ability to download a system backup directly from your CS at some point, but that point has yet to arrive.
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    Terminal reacted to SystronicsRF in System backup   
    The approach adopted for backing up and recovering the system is outlined below. 
    We are currently intervening at the point when the automated recovery is started, mainly to monitor the process.  This intervention will be removed in due course.
    To date, only @Terminal has needed to recover his system.  Apart from needing to remove and replace the batteries in a few devices, his system was recovered 100%, and he was able to continue using it without any loss of data, settings, or history.
    Automatic Backup
    All of the settings, the current data & the logs are backed up hourly, daily, weekly & monthly to the user’s secure area in Cloud.  The backed up content is retained for up to 12 months, depending on the period covered by the backed up content, after which time it is deleted automatically.
    Manual Restoration
    If the system needs to be restored, a Micro SD can be flashed, and the Raspberry Pi can also be replaced, if the user wishes to do so.
    The Pi is booted up, and the USB network adapters are re-attached to the Raspberry Pi.
    The version of the backed up data to be restored is selected, and the automatic recovery is initiated. 
    Automatic Recovery
    The selected version of the Control System is downloaded, and all of the backed-up data, including the device profiles and the historical data is restored automatically.
    All of the device connections, the Apps, Activators, Actions, etc. are all restored automatically.  This leaves the Control System fully functional, without any further manual intervention, and its operation continues where it left off.
    USB Memory Device
    The Iris camera video recordings are being saved to a memory device plugged into one of the Raspberry Pi’s USB ports.  This can be anything from a memory stick to a hard drive. 
    Once this facility has been released, this same USB memory device will also be made usable for the local storage of the system back-ups, which removes any reliance on the Cloud.  The complete back up set, covering all time periods, requires about 2.5GB.
     
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    Terminal got a reaction from calvinroberts in System backup   
    So the SystronicsRF system has at least one huge, IMO, advantage over my ST system.  For some reason the SD card on my system crashed.  It would not boot and I was dead in the water.  I bought a new SD card installed the a new control system then SystronicsRF was able to put my system back just as it was before it crashed.  All my rules and devices came back just as they were.  I had to go around to some of my V1 sensors and remove and re-install the battery, which could be a bit of a pain on a large system but beats the crap out of starting from scratch.
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    Terminal reacted to RonLh in SystronicRF system is now available to general public   
    I've been a Beta tester for the SRF system since Iris died last spring.  I've got 78 devices, including all my old Iris stuff and many new items running nicely.  Everything is working pretty solidly now.  There were some (expected) issues during the early Beta phase and, as others have said, SRF is excellent in responding to issues.  I'm amazed at how many devices work with the SRF hub vs any other system.  
    The concept of using a configurable Pi for a hub vs a fixed hub such as all others use is that it's more likely adaptable to future protocols as devices hit the market.  As it stands now, I'm running four different interfaces to devices in my home (legacy Zigbee; modern Zigbee; Z-Wave; and WiFi).  With the ability to buy a configured Pi, the system becomes accessible for the average user that may not want to build their own hub (which is quite simple).  The cost of the software, given the broad capabilities is frankly quite a bargain.  I've got thousands of dollars in devices, so I'm not thinking the cost of the software is an issue as it's less than the cost of a single deadbolt.  No recurring monthly costs is more significant.
    When Iris died, I switched my summer camp (which was all Z-wave) over to Hubitat to gain some insight into how that system worked vs SRF.  I initially thought Hubitat had some pretty good capabilities, especially the configurable dashboard, but SRF has now far surpassed their approach to dashboards and allows me to build exactly what I want with a multitude of panes, including power meters, video streams, switches, graphs, and many more.
    It takes a little while to get used to the conventions used by SRF, but once you get the hang of it, the control possibilities are wide open.  I've been able to create some complex conditional actions that would have been impossible with Iris.  I think one of the strengths of the SRF system is that it would be a very powerful tool for professional automation installers to build custom system from, while retaining the ability for average users to manage their homes.
    I'm convinced this is the best approach for my use and am sticking with it for the long haul.
     
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    Terminal got a reaction from pavalov in SystronicRF system is now available to general public   
    So they have finally released a public version.  I am pretty happy with it.  I think there are a few devices they should have gotten working first, but overall it works really well.  The device availability is still a bit limited but they are very open and responsive to adding new things.  You can go to their site to read about pricing and such.  The cost point is a bit higher than the others since along with the software you have to buy the PI hardware and Zigbee and Zwave network adapters.    If they keep progressing as they are, I believe I will eventually move most of my home automation to their system.  
    My system has crashed twice but each time Systronics was able to reload my system back just as it was.  I wrote about this in another thread, which is a big advantage over Smartthings.  Whic is my main home automation system now.  I dread the day my ST hub crashes.  I only had to remove a couple batteries to get a few of the V1 devices to reconnect.  They say I am the only one that this has happened to and no one else has reported anything like this in the forum so I believe them.  I think it is the environment my system is in.   It is in my shop office which is insulated but not until recently was it cooled.  It has been a hot summer and it would get upwards of 90 in the office sometimes.
    I have since added a portable AC unit that I can turn on and off via Wifi.  It is not controlled directly by the SystronicRF CS, but I monitor the temp and the CS tells me when the temp is getting too high by  sending me notifications.  I then can turn on the AC wherever I am via another app on my phone
    I have asked the Systronic guys to look into adding something so you could control a remote device via their system and they say they are working on it.  So hopefully in the near future I will have teh AC totally automated.  One thing that is good about this system, the guys seem pretty responsive to problems and will fix things pretty quickly.  It hasn't been running long enough this last time to tell if the cooling has fixed the issue or not.  It ran from Feb till June, approximately 4 months with no issues.  Then only about another month after that before it crashed again.  I then added the AC and it has been up a couple months now.  It's starting to cool off some, so hopefully it will be ok now.
    This new release is supposed to support the V1 cameras.  I personally have not tried it as they still don't have the process totally automated,  I am looking forward to checking it out once they get it working.  It will make your camera totally independent of the cloud, you can save all you videos on a USB stick on your PI.  
    It supports almost all of the old V1 hardware.  It also has customizable dash boards, that I use quite extensively for general day to day monitoring.  It probably would have been better for them if they could have been at this point when Iris shutdown, but as we all know Lowes kind of surprised everyone with that one.
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    Terminal reacted to SystronicsRF in SystronicRF system is now available to general public   
    Thanks for your very balanced review.
    Just one point on your AC.  I think this is the unit that has IR control.  We did buy a WiFi / IR hub at the time, which looks identical to yours.  It’s one of those technologies that we are keen to move ahead with, because it opens up a whole new area, for us, of IR appliance control.  For now, we need to stay focused on our To-Do list, so it might be some time before we can get to it.

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    Terminal got a reaction from SystronicsRF in SystronicRF system is now available to general public   
    So they have finally released a public version.  I am pretty happy with it.  I think there are a few devices they should have gotten working first, but overall it works really well.  The device availability is still a bit limited but they are very open and responsive to adding new things.  You can go to their site to read about pricing and such.  The cost point is a bit higher than the others since along with the software you have to buy the PI hardware and Zigbee and Zwave network adapters.    If they keep progressing as they are, I believe I will eventually move most of my home automation to their system.  
    My system has crashed twice but each time Systronics was able to reload my system back just as it was.  I wrote about this in another thread, which is a big advantage over Smartthings.  Whic is my main home automation system now.  I dread the day my ST hub crashes.  I only had to remove a couple batteries to get a few of the V1 devices to reconnect.  They say I am the only one that this has happened to and no one else has reported anything like this in the forum so I believe them.  I think it is the environment my system is in.   It is in my shop office which is insulated but not until recently was it cooled.  It has been a hot summer and it would get upwards of 90 in the office sometimes.
    I have since added a portable AC unit that I can turn on and off via Wifi.  It is not controlled directly by the SystronicRF CS, but I monitor the temp and the CS tells me when the temp is getting too high by  sending me notifications.  I then can turn on the AC wherever I am via another app on my phone
    I have asked the Systronic guys to look into adding something so you could control a remote device via their system and they say they are working on it.  So hopefully in the near future I will have teh AC totally automated.  One thing that is good about this system, the guys seem pretty responsive to problems and will fix things pretty quickly.  It hasn't been running long enough this last time to tell if the cooling has fixed the issue or not.  It ran from Feb till June, approximately 4 months with no issues.  Then only about another month after that before it crashed again.  I then added the AC and it has been up a couple months now.  It's starting to cool off some, so hopefully it will be ok now.
    This new release is supposed to support the V1 cameras.  I personally have not tried it as they still don't have the process totally automated,  I am looking forward to checking it out once they get it working.  It will make your camera totally independent of the cloud, you can save all you videos on a USB stick on your PI.  
    It supports almost all of the old V1 hardware.  It also has customizable dash boards, that I use quite extensively for general day to day monitoring.  It probably would have been better for them if they could have been at this point when Iris shutdown, but as we all know Lowes kind of surprised everyone with that one.
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    Terminal reacted to AndrewX192 in Iris Instructional Videos Gone   
    FYI: The IRIS Instructional videos disappeared very recently (probably this week). These videos contained valuable information about how to pair and reset devices that wasn't easily discoverable otherwise. Fortunately, I have a backup copy of these videos and hope to get them re-uploaded in a few days.
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    Terminal reacted to pavalov in Marvin Ellison   
    I really am appreciative of the refunds they accomplished for us. But even with the generosity of that program (I got back about 4K), I would much rather have kept the system.  Thankfully, SRF is showing me what potential Iris had if Lowes had not bailed.
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    Terminal reacted to scunny in Nest Gen 3 stainless SOLD   
    You will like it. SmartThings and Alexa integration is flawless.  The new sensor is also much improved.
    Check out beestat.io 
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    Terminal got a reaction from pavalov in System backup   
    So the SystronicsRF system has at least one huge, IMO, advantage over my ST system.  For some reason the SD card on my system crashed.  It would not boot and I was dead in the water.  I bought a new SD card installed the a new control system then SystronicsRF was able to put my system back just as it was before it crashed.  All my rules and devices came back just as they were.  I had to go around to some of my V1 sensors and remove and re-install the battery, which could be a bit of a pain on a large system but beats the crap out of starting from scratch.
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    Terminal got a reaction from SystronicsRF in System backup   
    So the SystronicsRF system has at least one huge, IMO, advantage over my ST system.  For some reason the SD card on my system crashed.  It would not boot and I was dead in the water.  I bought a new SD card installed the a new control system then SystronicsRF was able to put my system back just as it was before it crashed.  All my rules and devices came back just as they were.  I had to go around to some of my V1 sensors and remove and re-install the battery, which could be a bit of a pain on a large system but beats the crap out of starting from scratch.
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    Terminal got a reaction from sparc in Aerotek Dry Contact Sensor   
    Check out this  thread on the  ST community.  Sounds like they have a DTH you can use.
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    Terminal got a reaction from loonytim in IOS update for new app is now avaiable   
    I really hate the new app, but I added some blinds that will only work in the new app and not the classic so I downloaded it a week or two ago.  
    Twice it moved all my devices to one room and I had to go back and re-sort them.  I also have about 20 generic contact sensors that can not be deleted from the app.  They are not associated with any device and why the new app added them when I loaded it I have no idea.  .I called support and it was elevated to a upper level support and I was given a number, but that was over a week ago and have not heard a word from them since.  Hopefully this new app will fix some of this.
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    Terminal got a reaction from sparc in SmartThings and GE Z-wave devices   
    This article gives a pretty good description of the C-wire and what you need to do to if you don't have one.
     
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    Terminal got a reaction from SystronicsRF in Gamma Stage Offer from SystronicsRF   
    They are pretty busy so just give them a bit  It took them a few days to get back to us to start the Beta process as well.  If they sent you the offer you will hear back from them.
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    Terminal got a reaction from sparc in SmartThings and GE Z-wave devices   
    I don't know the exact protocol of what it does but the Z-wave exclude process does not seem to be hub dependent.  It basically removes it from any previous pairing which you would think a device reset would do, but sometimes it helps.  
    Something else you might try is a power reset, if you haven't already.  The paddle switches have a tab you can pull, but you will have to flip the breaker for the toggles.
    I thought of this because I had to re-pair one of mine last night and it took a power reset before it would pair.