Lowe’s Iris hub works ok, but too slow
We had the Orbit Water Valve sort of working with Smartthings but it was unreliable. So, I repurchased the Iris hub and, yes, I provided my credit card against what I think is right. Figured I needed the orbit to work and give a chance to provide a fair test of Iris.
The install was very easy as was entering the credit card info. You get to choose which level of service. I chose the premium that was two months free. Aside from better controls you also get voice control.
The scripts that control the water valve work well. Very clear scripts though not robust as I would expect. For the control of the orbit, the script sets up nice but isn’t easy to navigate. Once I figured out the peculiarities of the script, the valve works as advertised.The orbit valve itself is very nice. We use it to fill our two outdoor fountains as they run low. Just pick the number of minutes to run and wait a ridiculous amount of time for Iris to talk to the server and on comes the water. We chose to use the manual script instead of the automatic script for our fountains, but the automatic watering script worked very nicely when we tried it.
The voice control was limited and worked on the scripts Iris controls. Irrigation is not one of them so I was not able to test this feature.
I also picked up a motion sensor and button. They installed very easy and the simple script we set up worked fine (except for the annoying lack in response thru the server). The button is actually rather cute. I am going to try switching it over to smartthings hub to control the lights.
Overall the experience is ok but no local control if broadband is down and way too long to wait for commands to execute thru the server puts this at the bottom of choices for the hubs we’ve tested.
We will probably cancel the premium service after the two month trial as we really don’t need it. Suppose if we used for security it might be worth it.