So, with all the end of the (ST) world chatter going on in other topics, I thought I would post this personal success story I had today.
So I was at Lowes today and I decided to try out an Iris Door/Window Indoor Sensor I saw on the shelf. I have not done any contact sensors yet, so I mostly got it to explore possibilities. It was the cheaper of the 2 Iris branded contact sensors they had, so of course I bought the cheaper one.
When I got home, I did some research on it and found out that the sensor I bought was 1st Gen. Other threads on the forum said there wasn’t any integration with 1st Gen, just 2nd Gen. Undeterred, I paired it to my Iris Hub and mounted it to my front door.
Now that I had my new toy, time to start playing with it and seeing how it could interact with anything. I found rules for sending either a push notification or an email when the sensor was open or closed.
Eureka! Email is connected to the Internet. I have my avenue of Integration!
Fire up IFTTT and a Gmail Recipe to look for subject lines and tada. I can now turn on and off a Virtual Sensor and use a webCoRE piston to lock my front door once the Virtual Sensor is closed. All based from an outdated sensor that has no ST integration.
Yes, it is a minor victory for those established vets that have been in the trenches for several years. But for me, the joy is in the discovery and finding a solution, even if it is inelegant.