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An Iris upgrade

The Iris by Lowe's Second Generation system promises faster response time and easier device pairing than its predecessor.

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The Automation Pack

We primarily tested the Automation Pack, which includes a plug, a motion sensor, two contact sensors and a smart button.

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A smart outlet

The smart outlet lets you connect anything you want with a plug. It'll also monitor the energy usage of whatever you have plugged into it.

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A smart button

You can use the smart button as a panic button, so the system's alarm sounds when you press it. Or you can assign it to a variety of different rules. For example, you can turn on a lamp plugged into the smart outlet when you press the button.

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A contact sensor

Place the contact sensor on your door, and it'll tell you when the door is open or closed. It also tracks the temperature.

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A motion sensor

The motion sensor caught all movement in the family room of the CNET Smart Home over the course of a couple of weeks of testing.

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The app

Get your devices set up, and you can create rules tying them together.

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Customizable alarms

You can also customize your alarm. When it sounds, you'll get a push notification, an email and a phone call.

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