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Steve White

Director of Engineering, IT, and Operations by day, Iris enthusiast by night.

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Engadget picks SmartThings as the top Smart Hub

Engadget today published results of their research of the top 20 Smart Home systems and named SmartThings as it’s recommended pick.  The news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who uses Iris, but the real shock was that Wink was named runner-up.  Sadly, Iris did not even get a mention.  No system is perfect, but Samsung has chosen to open… Read More »

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 »

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 »