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by phil4
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:40 am
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Lowe's AlertMe System
Replies: 5
Views: 10501

Re: Lowe's AlertMe System

I love the fact Iris is all heavily about security.... yep that think that AlertMe seemed to abandon in favour of going green. Good to see someone else thinks security is a good use of it too, I hope AlertMe pay attention.
by phil4
Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Hardware and Hacking
Topic: AlertMe Hub - Yes, it's Linux
Replies: 34
Views: 56445

Re: AlertMe Hub - Yes, it's Linux

I'd guess that depends on whether a) they've made any changes and b) whether what they changed was GPL'd in the first place, and finally c) they've been asked, and refused.

I'm unsure if all those criteria have been met yet.
by phil4
Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: General Use
Topic: Major problems at AlertMe
Replies: 25
Views: 13167

Re: Major problems at AlertMe

Similar to you, last incident I think was Tuesday, hub dissapeared and reappeared later (a few hours as I recall). No internet problems (checked and that was working), so odd, but also not great that the SIM card backup didn't kick in either.
by phil4
Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:02 am
Forum: General Use
Topic: Major problems at AlertMe
Replies: 25
Views: 13167

Re: Major problems at AlertMe

Look at who's running the show now, ex-bosses of Tiscali, a nice big ISP. They're never going to worry about individual customers, we'll just be a number (as in "number of existing customers") on a graph and a source of income. Provided they can sell to new customers and exploit new markets, the onl...
by phil4
Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: General Use
Topic: Major problems at AlertMe
Replies: 25
Views: 13167

Re: Major problems at AlertMe

Looking at post times etc, looks like it was down for in excess of 2 hours. Regardless of the cause it's pretty much unacceptable. This isn't ADSL, or the milkman, this is supposed to be either a home security system, or a home automation system. In both cases it needs to be working 100% of the time...
by phil4
Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: General Use
Topic: Major problems at AlertMe
Replies: 25
Views: 13167

Re: Major problems at AlertMe

Looks to be down again. Can't log in, just hangs. Same on iphone app.

Logs suggest it started about an hour ago.

Not good, pain in the arse.
by phil4
Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:04 am
Forum: General Use
Topic: Major problems at AlertMe
Replies: 25
Views: 13167

Re: Major problems at AlertMe

Looks like they have the same problem again today, hub emailed at 3:20am saying offline, all internet fine, but can't log in to secure.alertme.com This is getting a bit troubling for what is fundamentally something they want running your whole house! Not good when for in excess of 3 hours it can't a...
by phil4
Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Hardware and Hacking
Topic: Configuration load failed??
Replies: 8
Views: 11100

Re: Configuration load failed??

I don't disagree on the faulty hub theory. However when I started with my system I got nearly no errors, as the system has grown (still nothing like yours, perhaps 1/3rd the size), the number of errors has gone up. Now it's almost a certainty, but if left it sorts itself out eventually. Keep pesteri...
by phil4
Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:37 am
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: The New Dashboard that never was!
Replies: 3
Views: 9545

Re: The New Dashboard that never was!

It's not all bad. We get the "Smart Dashboard", from the classic dashboard, it's the icon of the computer screen, top right under the "my Account" menu item. I think it's the dashboard the energy only hubs get, and it's notionally the same as the British Gas one.... EXCEPT - It doesn't have any secu...
by phil4
Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: General Use
Topic: Major problems at AlertMe
Replies: 25
Views: 13167

Re: Major problems at AlertMe

Yep, same issue, through the night, on off on off on off etc. etc. I was up early enough this morning to witness the hub offline. Network was up, internet ok, could even go to secure.alertme.com, but hub offline (and not on GRPS either). Rectified itself a few minutes later. In a way, hung by their ...
by phil4
Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: General Use
Topic: Hub constantly goes offline
Replies: 8
Views: 5686

Re: Hub constantly goes offline

I did have a lot of problems with the hub, but not quite as you describe. For me, if I ever had to reboot the router (Draytek 2820, then Sonicwall TZ210), the hub would stay offline. The typical scenario was losing my net connection, router rebooted, hub stayed offline (and I didn't notice) for days...
by phil4
Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Hardware and Hacking
Topic: AlertMe API version? Still v2?
Replies: 18
Views: 21003

Re: AlertMe API version? Still v2?

Hi, nothing I ever saw saying there was any later version. In fact practically nothing at all about the API whatsoever.
by phil4
Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Hardware and Hacking
Topic: AlertMe Hub Firmware
Replies: 2
Views: 2379

Re: AlertMe Hub Firmware

As I found out, it can be even worse than that, as AM throttle API connections.... in reality this means you can only check on statuses of things every so often. For example, one app I wrote checked every 10 seconds as to the power being used, any less than that and the API would lock me out. AM are...
by phil4
Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: General Use
Topic: GPRS Signal - How's Yours?
Replies: 5
Views: 2840

Re: GPRS Signal - How's Yours?

Yep, that's the firmware I'm on currently also. To be fair since I moved to BT Fibre, I've not really had many outtages to test it with, but previous months/years weren't as great. Hopefully it's now sorted.
by phil4
Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:56 am
Forum: General Use
Topic: GPRS Signal - How's Yours?
Replies: 5
Views: 2840

Re: GPRS Signal - How's Yours?

Unfortunately I've find GPRS to be one the weak points of the system. Considering it's single purpose, and despite always having a signal, it's rarely actually worked correctly. Either it didn't fail over to GPRS when an internet connection was lost, or it didn't go back to it's normal broadband whe...
by phil4
Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Any alternative systems ?
Replies: 5
Views: 11358

Re: Any alternative systems ?

Interesting on the webpage: "With its beautiful touch-screen control panel". Doesn't look like a touch-screen control panel to me.... not even the one in the brochure. Interesting too that they have a few features AM don't. And indeed some that AM Really should have by now (time controlled for examp...
by phil4
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Hardware and Hacking
Topic: .net Starter
Replies: 1
Views: 1686

.net Starter

As there are no examples for .net coding, I thought I'd share what I learned about using the API in .net. Please take the following as purely a hint if you've no idea where to start. I doubt it's perfect, there's one or two drawbacks I've not solved, but I hope it at least gets someone started. So: ...
by phil4
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Hardware and Hacking
Topic: Arm/Disarm
Replies: 0
Views: 10592

Arm/Disarm

The simplest little program, but one I use twice a day! It allows you to set your alarm to Night mode, and take it back out. http://www.uu3.co.uk/downloads/ArmDisarm.zip It's a simple command line program so you could conceivably use it for may things, but I use it to auto-set my alarm to night mode...
by phil4
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Hardware and Hacking
Topic: AbsenceArm
Replies: 0
Views: 9697

AbsenceArm

Ok, second up, a small application to arm the alarm (Away) when any number of the keyfobs have left the building (can be set, to one, two or three). This is slightly more flexible than the site's all or nothing approach. An example would be if, like me, you have a spare keyfob, but don't power it of...
by phil4
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Hardware and Hacking
Topic: SmartPlug Timer
Replies: 0
Views: 9648

SmartPlug Timer

Ok, a very quick and simple application to turn the smartplugs on or off. Perhaps useful if like me you want to use your computer's timer to turn them on/off at certain times, or perhaps trigger from something occuring on your PC (turn a lamp on when you get an email for example). (Yes, it's called ...
by phil4
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: Hardware and Hacking
Topic: Level Monitor
Replies: 1
Views: 1459

Level Monitor

I thought I'd share another little app I coded that find useful. This is a very quick and simple application to turn the smartplugs on or off if their power usage drops below a certain level for a period of time. Perhaps useful if like me you want to turn a device off after a period of non-usage (eg...
by phil4
Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:16 pm
Forum: Forum Support / Development
Topic: Attracting Users
Replies: 6
Views: 15207

Re: Attracting Users

Not a twitter expert, but could we tag onto alertme's own formal tweets? Cheeky (tweecky) I know, but wonder if possible, might help.
by phil4
Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Going back to original security system!
Replies: 43
Views: 51220

Re: Going back to original security system!

I suspect their statement is half true. I suspect they got all the info, support and help they needed for AM while also getting another firm to develop the devices. And I suspect that while they didn't make them, AM helped BG every step of the way, probably even changing the website and server softw...
by phil4
Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Going back to original security system!
Replies: 43
Views: 51220

Re: Going back to original security system!

I guess we all need to remember that Pilgrim isn't some knight in shining armour, he's the founder, and probably still a shareholder in the company. As such it's his duty to sing the company song, to toe the line, and to tell us just what we've already been told. That's not to say he's lying, just t...
by phil4
Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:39 am
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Watch AlertMe Signups
Replies: 2
Views: 8081

Re: Watch AlertMe Signups

using: https://support.alertme.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=5503&dp=passthru&task=forum&AMName=AlertMe&CUST_MOBILE_PHONE=# You may need to log into secure.alertme.com first. There is a section at the bottom: Forum Statistics Since the Forum was created, 1096 Discussions, 4791 Replies, and 7008...
by phil4
Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Watch AlertMe Signups
Replies: 2
Views: 8081

Watch AlertMe Signups

If you use your old link to the old alertme forums, it helpfully tells you how many new customers they've signed up each day. 8 so far today for example. This is in the stats section, mixed in with new posts etc. I suspect their support system autocreates the accounts when they process the signup. 8...
by phil4
Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Going back to original security system!
Replies: 43
Views: 51220

Re: Going back to original security system!

And nope, I've not contact PB, anyone else?
by phil4
Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Going back to original security system!
Replies: 43
Views: 51220

Re: Going back to original security system!

So the long and short of it seems to be: - New interface, 7 months away, at best. - No new devices. At all. So as already mentioned, either - BG have taken the AM stuff, and run with it themselves (ie. behind AM's back), or - AM have assisted BG and are just spinning us all along. I suspect the late...
by phil4
Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Going back to original security system!
Replies: 43
Views: 51220

Re: Going back to original security system!

I didn't notice any mentions on the BG site about it being a trial.

As you say, all words, nothing of any real substance.
by phil4
Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Going back to original security system!
Replies: 43
Views: 51220

Re: Going back to original security system!

Sounds like complete flannel to me. Regardless of whether the BG stuff is actually compatible.... I doubt they'll ever release any of it for regular AlertMe customers, likewise the new forum. Talk about infuriating and how to piss off your customers.... I'm guessing they just think we're clueless sh...
by phil4
Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: General Use
Topic: CR2 Batteries
Replies: 3
Views: 3079

Re: CR2 Batteries

I've got mine all from Ebay of late, not that they were that cheap.

The thing that made Ebay cheaper was the lack of the hefty AM delivery charge. Don't forget that when you're buying from AlertMe.
by phil4
Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:00 am
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Going back to original security system!
Replies: 43
Views: 51220

Re: Going back to original security system!

I'm sure technologically they'd work, but I suspect there will be some artificial reasons it won't. Such as either the interface not working with them, or AlertMe support not supporting them. As a quick expirement I tried logging into AlertMe via the BG link, using my alertme u/p, and unsurprisingly...
by phil4
Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Grumbles and Gripes
Topic: Going back to original security system!
Replies: 43
Views: 51220

Re: Going back to original security system!

Awww man, that hacks me off. So loved alertme when it first came out... sure it wasn't perfect but things seemed to keep moving in the right direct. Support staff were great. And then over the past 2 years, it's slowly stopped. There's been not a lot new or exciting in ages. And indeed some of the i...
by phil4
Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: Forum Support / Development
Topic: Welcome to the AlertMe Users' Forum!
Replies: 5
Views: 10092

Re: Welcome to the AlertMe Users' Forum!

Well, a simple "thanks" from me for putting this place together.