After receiving the 2nd generation range extenders, I’m still not sure what the improvement are. It’s been said that it was to enhance the Z-wave devices, but I can’t seem to make a clear distinction on the enhancement.
After a while I started to think maybe they sent me the wrong range extender by mistake and it’s still the first generation. So I had to void the warranty and open them up to take a look inside for any changes.
Does this email message look familiar to you?
Do you get this way too often?
I’ve receive this message for my GE dimmer light switch all the time, but it didn’t bug me to much consider it’s just a message and the light switch would disconnect and reconnect pretty quickly. Sometimes though it does take a little while but it didn’t happen that often. It’s always been on my to-do list to figure this out one day. Continue reading
Another surprise in the mail today from Iris.
So it seems if you have the first generation range extenders, then be expected to see one of this in the mail soon. Here is the letter in PDF format.
Also one of my commentators Scott had received his today too, and must of found out more about the new enhancements.
“For those that have the range extender expect a free replacement from Lowes. The newer hardware is supposed to enhance the z-wave devices. It’s my understanding that any IRIS customer that currently owns a range extender will receive the free replacement. I received mine today.”
I’ve recently purchased some Iris components from Ebay and it seems if the devices are paired with another Hub before, then you may need to reset them so it can be added to yours.
You may also try resetting if your having general issues trying to add devices to your Iris hub too.
From my past post about devices disconnecting. I’ve suggested to use either a range extender or smart plug which can also acts like a range extender too.
Even though both cost the same price I can see how some people may say how the smart plug would be a better value because of the additional features.
That statement can be true but they may not know that the range extender also comes with a internal battery. So the answer really depends on what devices which you are trying to extend the range for.
If you’re using the range extenders for the motion sensor, siren, door/window sensor then I would suggest you get the range extender and not the smart plug. The reason for this is because if you ever lose electrical power then these devices can still work for you. While the smart plug will just stop working.
With in a few a week after I’ve paired my basement window sensor it seems to disconnect/reconnect once a week or so. When reviewing the device setting I’ve notice that the signal strength was full bars.
I’ve thought it might be related to how cold the basement is because batteries normally don’t run well in very cold temperature. Later I find out that it would disconnected during warmer days too.
By this time I’m thinking that the window sensor is defective. I had a spare motion sensor which I was still deciding where to install, so instead of replacing the window sensor I stuck on the motion sensor in the same room as what I thought was the defective window sensor.
One week later I would either have the window sensor or the motion sensor disconnect, but never both. To get them reconnected again I would take out the batteries and put them back in. I then check the signal strength and both would be full bars. Now I’m just confused.