Howdy… I’ve been a satisfied Iris user for going on 2 years. I signed up for a version 2 hub right away but never actually upgraded because I have everything working how I like so I didn’t want to break it LOL! I’m now being gently encouraged by the app (via a pop-up and big red banner) to upgrade or die by 6/30. After reading up on the “upgrade” I’m thinking they killed a couple things that I rely on plus there have been gaps that have annoyed me (no IFTTT or Apple Watch support) so I’m looking at my other options… Smartthings appears to do most of what I’m looking for and will work with a lot of my current hardware so I’m thinking about jumping ship. Before I take the plunge, I want to make sure I understand what I’m getting into…
- 4 old school door/window sensors that all chime on my keypad when opened
- big keypad with speaker
- 1 GE hard wired outlet that turns on/off as I come & go
- 1 smart plug that also turns on/off as I come & go
- 1 key fob that tells Iris when I come and go
- 1 GE hard wired light switch
- 1 GE outdoor light module
- 1 utilitech water sensor (still in package)
- 1 utilitech glass break sensor (still in package)
From what I’ve been able to gather so far, I think my GE stuff should be good to go. I think the smart plug will also be ok but I’m not sure. I’m pretty positive my door/window sensors would be useless as well as the keypad and fob.
To replicate what Iris does now I’m thinking I need the Smartthings hub, fob and compatible door/window sensors. What I’m not sure about is if the utilitech sensors should just go back to the store, if I need a different smart plug and if I need something to provide the audible chime when the doors open. I don’t want or need anything loud like a siren, I just like knowing when my kid opens the door to go out and play w/o asking first etc when I’m in a different room… Also I have several text alerts set up (one of the things I think Iris v2 will kill), one for a shed door that isn’t locked and shouldn’t open very often and another for when my smart plug turns off/on so I know it shuts off when I leave (I’m paranoid LOL). Can I still get the text alerts with Smartthings? Also will I still be able to have the plug and outlet automatically turn on/off as I come and go? Thanks in advance and sorry for such a long post!