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  1. Thank you for the response. As you pointed out, Hubitat has evolved with the mobile app, and I completely missed what it could do. I'm going to tackle Rule Machine again, but the Rule Machine 4 and 3 interfaces and drop downs were confusing tonight for something that seemed really basic and simple. If contact sensor A is open for > 5 minutes, then send notification/message/text to phone/device "Freezer Door Left Open". Seemed simple enough when i said it aloud a few hours ago.
  2. Well, I feel even more dumb than usual. If you are like me, and apparently living under a rock, the Hubitat Notifications App (which I did not have installed) makes this about as simple as Iris made it, and will send a notification to your phone, or repeat the notification until you do something.
  3. I've had basic lighting rules running for months after switching to Hubitat from Iris. Got all my devices recognized, but did not have time to do anything other than a dashboard and install the new app on my phone. I have managed to make sure the hub is updated regularly, and the app, but I have not had time to sit down with at length. I work in IT, and figured I could figure it out. I believed I really liked Hubitat, and was looking forward to work slowing down, and spending some evenings getting Hubitat to automate more things, some basic security with the Iris components, etc. So t
  4. Thought I would follow-up with a "almost a month" review of the Ring Doorbell. Simply put, this thing had paid for itself several times over. Besides knowing when Amazon stuff arrives, we can tell if the delivery person actually set the package under the porch overhang. It's motion notices have worked as presence detection for various people visiting our house that sits way back off the road during the day, so it helped sell my wife on a gate for our long drive way. I've used it as a paging system several times for my wife who may not hear a knock on the front door. The mo
  5. I have worked with some Zigbee mesh networks as part of my day job, so I was deliberate in placing the Iris Zigbee plugs around to insure the keypads, contact sensors, and motion sensors all stayed connected. I used the 4 WiFi plugs to fill in for seasonable things, like Christmas tree lights, the woodstove blower, outdoor patio lighting, etc. Since converting to Hubitat, all of my former devices (excluding the WiFi plugs) stay connected to the Hubitat hub, which is now only 4 feet from where the Iris V2 hub sat.
  6. I'm in a similar boat, but smaller, I only have 4 to replace. I am still researching, is power monitoring important to you, or you just need it to work? Or do you need the Zigbee repeater function? I'm going with GE for an outdoor smart switch, but still trying to decide on the other.
  7. Mike, Best of luck to you and the whole Iris team, I truly hope all your future endeavors are rewarding. And don't forget your towel. 😉
  8. This is a great idea....I finally removed the last device from the Iris V2 hub tonight, and I have much of what I needed running on Hubitat, but there are still "gaps". I'll keep checking this forum, looking for solutions, regardless of platform, to solve the need.
  9. You do have to be more aware of the Zigbee and Zwave ranges with Hubitat, but I needed to correct my dependence on WiFi plugs anyway. For the cord, I used a 10 foot phone charging cord, and re-worked my Ethernet cabling as part of switching from Iris.
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    I am about 75% migrated to Hubitat, and while there is a learning curve, simply slowing down to think and read has solved all the issues so far. And the "Dashboard" you can send to your mobile devices to control the functions you preset may not look flashy, but it works. Since I configured what the "buttons" display, I can read climate in several locations from the single dashboard view, and turn things on and off. And I have a dashboard for my wife that only shows what she wants to see and activate on her phone, but she can open a more general one if she needs to. Yes, its di
  11. After having my Hubitat hub up for a few days, I started my migration tonight, doing about half my Iris stuff, with least important first. I followed the good advice of un-pairing one thing at a time via the Iris app, then letting the Hubitat hub find the new contact, keypad, switch or sensor, and naming it the same as it was in Iris. Because I knew I was dealing with Zigbee, I made a point of adopting a plug-in switch/repeater that was on a simple schedule as one of the first things. It went pretty smoothly, I did have to reset the Iris V2 keypads though, but I needed to change batteries an
  12. Finally got a few minutes last night to fire up the Ring Doorbell and test it a bit. Added the apps to my phone and the wife's, and the WAF was almost immediate. I have mentioned that she has hearing loss, but was.......i guess "thrilled" is a good match, with the Ring Doorbell, to the point I could not finish working out how to mount it last night. She was working in her craft room, apparently enjoyed using the Ring Doorbell to keep track of other things going on on the other side of the house. We have Android devices, and she kept mentioning how cool it was to get the motion aler
  13. And probably the best tip you can get for helping yourself migrate to Hubitat....use the forums! https://community.hubitat.com/ They do have a person on Support, but the forums are active, and they are very willing to help Iris "orphans". Make sure you read up on Zigbee and Zwave, and get a basic understanding of which devices your are migrating use what type of communication, it will help you transition.
  14. I decided to delay installing the Hubitat hub, and look at the problems Iris solved, and at least outline how I can solve it with the Hubitat environment before starting. The notification challenge is a concern, and part of getting the security setup to work acceptably without presence detection based on a mobile device is also. We counted on those phone calls in a alert scenario and the notifications for other scenarios, so that either human interaction would occurs, an automatic response happens, or the event is just logged....or all three of needed. The phone call from Iris saved the
  15. I answered my own question about the sensors by pairing them, they match the firmware of the rest, and they are V2 contact sensors. I choose to delay standing up the Hubitat hub just yet, I realized I have more questions that need answers.