My opinion of the Lowes Iris system has changed considerably since I first reviewed it. I would even call it “most improved connected-home system of 2014.” Iris has come a long way since I first reviewed it, but it still uses the same hub.
If you were an early adopter, that means you don’t have to buy a new control panel to take advantage of any of the new features.
Lowes has added door locks, irrigation control, leak detectors and water shut-off valves, smart water heaters, garage-door openers, in-wall electrical outlets, and more to its Iris collection. Lowes remains protocol agnostic and its management seems willing to add any tech that it thinks would be beneficial to its customers.
I’m going to take a fresh hands-on look at the Iris system in the coming months and will write an all-new review then.