Nice writeup. Like you I had an Iris system with all 1st gen components. I also had a Smoke/CO sensor, Schlage deadbolts, water leak detector and garage control, all of which were not reimbursed. My gift card from Lowes was over $700, so I had plenty of money to play with. However, I wanted one common system and chose the Smartthings with the 2018 hub.
I decided that a camera was not really needed for Smartthings but still wanted one, so I got a Wyze camera on Amazon for $25 and it’s working great. I just want to know how bad things are in the house if the alarms are tripped before I call for police/fire.
My current Smartthings includes:
4 of their latest Door sensors (one configured for the garage overhead)
3 Smartbuttons to turn on and off the various lights in the house (Philips or Cree bulbs as well as smart outlets)
First alert Smoke/CO from the old system
Schlage Deadbolts (2) from the old system
Water leak detector from the old system
Alexa! Oh how I love this. I used it with Iris too but now I have more capability.
A very little bit of work in the Classic IDE app based on solutions I found
Although it’s not as easy to program as Iris was (which it really wasn’t), I listed out what the Iris system did and attacked each of the requirements one at a time.
What I really like about Smartthings is the presence sensing of the mobile phones to enable or disable the alarm automatically.
What I have Alexa doing is to alert me to door openings, when the front door opens she says “Front Door”…similar for the Garage and back door. I have it playing on both of my Alexas.
Alexa can also lock the locks, turn on and off the alarm (through using some tricks with a virtual switch) as well as handling all of the lights. Because of all of the features I am using I rarely have to go into the App.
The one thing I don’t have right now is garage door automation since the Iris garage door controller essentially failed on me. I don’t really need it through the app but I am installing a Chamberlin control to allow me to control it through their app. I will be able to use the Chamberlin app or Smartthings to see the state of the door since I have a Smartthings sensor on it.
I’m really liking Smartthings so far.