Smitho

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  1. I'm "stopping by" my parents house tonight to migrate them over to ST. Their hub is already setup, (I did this last weekend while visiting) so I just need to move their stuff over from iris and pair the replacement devices they purchased to replace their V1 stuff. I got all my stuff migrated over and have a pretty good understanding of the system, so it should go pretty smoothly. For my install the IDE shows 79 devices. I've got a handful of virtual switches, harmony activities, and other weird stuff in there, so the real number is closer to about 65, but that doesn't include the sensors a
  2. I like that, with announcements, you can pick and choose which devices get the alerts. I might change my ring motion alerts to happen as alexa announcements so I can keep them from playing in my daughters bedroom.
  3. There are only a couple of actual water heater manufacturers... almost all water heaters are the same rebranded units. I'm thinking there may be some differences in the firmwares that are keeping them from communicating. I'm almost wondering if I could replace the control panel from one out of a kenmore water heater (they look identical) and it work... I believe everything else is just thermostats and elements... all the brains are in that control panel and the wifi module. But at this point I don't think I want to spend much more time or money on something that could have the plug pulled
  4. I purchased a ring alarm (and a bunch of extra sensors), video doorbell pro, flood light cam, and stick up cam from best buy. The alarm came with a free echo dot, the doorbell was $50 off and came with a free dot, and the flood light cam was $30 off and came with a free dot. So all together I saved $80 and additionally got $120 worth of echo dots for free... because I wanted the extra dots I opted for this over the costco promo, because it seemed like the best deal. Looks like they still have the free echo dots, but don't have the sale prices at the moment. Definitely worth watching thei
  5. Update: This didn't seem to work out for me the way it did for the other guy. I can't seem to enable grid mode on the water heater after switching to the kenmore controller. The little icon never appears on the screen like it does with the iris controller. I almost wonder if I could plug in the iris controller, enable grid view, and then swap controllers, but I'm afraid to try plugging and unplugging this while the water heater is powered up.
  6. My biggest complaint about ST is the way all your automation rules are so disjointed into various "smart apps". I feel like they could give us a basic rule engine that takes the place of the smart lighting app as well as various other apps. Its annoying how I can go into smart lighting and make a lot of the rules I need, but have to jump out and setup one or more instances of another app (such as "button commander", or "notify me when") to accomplish other basic tasks that existed as a built in rule for iris. Its a minor annoyance though, given how powerful the system is overall... More than
  7. I had a "emotional moment of silence" just before clicking yes. 😂
  8. This weekend I completed my migration to smartthings and so far I can say I am very pleased. In one weekend I've already been able to do MUCH more on smartthings than I ever could on iris... Observations so far: (1) Pairing devices was pretty much seamless. At the recommendation of others, I set up the v3 hub with the new app, then switched to the classic app for the remainder of my setup. I had an issue with a few z-wave devices that would not pair at first. I tried excluding them via the iris app, but the only way I could get them to pair was use the exclude function within the smar
  9. I'm thinking they will expose their contact and motion sensors to smartthings and alexa at some point, but not the other way around (not let you use smart things sensors in ring) I'm hoping for official integration between the alarm and smartthings eventually, but in the mean time I set this up and it seems to work great! https://github.com/asishrs/smartthings-ringalarmv2 It was a little bit of work to setup... I wouldn't suggest it to someone who isn't really tech savvy, but I would guess most people in this group could handle it just fine. Remember though, smartthings has "home modes"
  10. This was a Schlage BE469. Everything with the new lock looks the same, but it seems to lock much faster and the sticker on the back of the lock shows a much newer firmware version. My lock is probably about 15 feet from the hub, almost line-of-sight in the same room (but the hub is a little bit hidden). It's interesting that when your lock disconnected it seemed to take other things with it. I would assume because these things are battery powered they don't act as a repeater. It's just interesting that this only happened after adding the ring hub and changing locks (and moving the new lo
  11. I got 2 cards that covered the total amount of my self redemption last Friday. It was a little over $2,000 so they split it evenly between 2 cards. I noticed USPS informed delivery shows another delivery from the same place (ARROWEYE SOLUTIONS / ENDICIA) scheduled for tomorrow, so this should be the card from the manual redemption process where I called in. This has been a bitter/sweet process. Its fun getting new gear... Its nice that there are some new capabilities that I did not have with iris, but the other edge of the sword is that there was a level of integration between the alarm a
  12. I've had a stable iris system for a very long time. Aside from a flakey door lock (which was purchased 2nd hand) I've never had an issue with devices dropping offline. My deadbolt has given me issues over the years with adding access codes, and on a couple of occasions it has stopped communicating with my iris hub and had to be re-paired. Last Saturday I got a ring alarm system and set it up that night... after I had everything else working I removed my door lock and tried to set it up with ring but it would not transfer access codes. Knowing it was supposed to be supported, and it's been
  13. Smitho

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    I ended up getting a ring alarm system with a bunch of extra contact sensors, a ring pro doorbell, floodlight cam, and stick up cam (and 3 extra dots). I already had 2 dots and an echo. Now I have a dot in practically every room of the house. Still waiting for all my smartthings stuff to arrive.
  14. Whether they steal a phone, or a keyfob, the result is the same. Only difference is they probably don't know that the phone is used to disarm an alarm system... However, the keyfob might be pretty obvious in what the purpose is. Again, what percentage of intrusions have this much forethought... if they are that determined to break in your home they are going to find a way no matter what.. The most likely scenario is that a drug addict notices you aren't home, breaks a window and grabs a couple valuable things before running off... Very rarely is there that much planning that goes into a
  15. I've looked and I cant find anywhere on their website you submit feature requests. The geofencing limitation is stupid. Most intruders are simple smash and grab situations... I think it would be much more likely that you forget to arm your alarm and someone breaks in than someone steals your phone, hopes you don't realize it, and then goes to your address to break in. If a criminal put that much thought into it, they could just as easily camp out somewhere near your home and listen for you to verbally give alexa your pin number to disarm the alarm, or watch from across the street with binoc