Goodbye, Iris! Part 2

In the first part of this series we chronicled the instability, the frustration, and inability to achieve any sort of stability with the second generation of Lowe’s Iris. Problems seemed to be everywhere. Some issues were serious, like presence sensors dropping off the system and scenes failing to run to completion. The presence sensor instability had a nasty habit of setting the sirens off at 3am, or… Read More »

Goodbye, Iris! Part 1

After growing increasingly frustrated with the evolution of Iris V2, the IrisUsers family has decided to part ways with Lowe’s.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Iris, and so does the family, or at least we used to.  V1, the original Iris was great, especially for its time; plus it was everything that the new Iris is not.  It was stable,… Read More »

Cellular Service Discontinued by Lowes

Cellular data service for Iris has been discontinued according to a recently e-mailed announcement from IrisByLowes.  The notice warned that on June 30th all cellular backup service plans would be turned off.  It also stated that current USB modems will not be supported but new modems will be free when the replacement service is launched. In their Cellular FAQ, IrisByLowes suggests some costly workarounds for users who want or need to have… Read More »

Save Instant Pack Film – You can help!

Long before there was Home Automation, before computers connected the world, and digital cameras lived in everyone’s pocket, there was the Polaroid Instant pack film camera, an innovation released to the world over 50 years ago.  It’s hard to escape the realization that world is a much different place than it was 50 years ago; it was a time when instant gratification had… Read More »