This feels so weird writing this as I haven’t done so since 2015. To get the ball rolling, I thought it would be good to start with a quick update of my current system.


  1. Iris by Lowe’s: 2 hubs and 61 devices
  2. Ring Doorbell: 1 Ring Pro
  3. Arlo: 4 cameras
  4. Alexa: Echo and Echo dot
  5. Hue: 4 color lightbulbs
  6. IFTTT/Stringify: Connect things
  7. Wink: 1 Hub with 2 sensors

As you can see Iris is still my primary system. However I’ve also expanded to other things outside of Iris and I plan on sharing what works in my home in future posts.

Looking forward to the rest of 2017 as I plan on being more active on this blog and at the forum.