This project was built around the Arduino combined with a Thing Shield. It’s unfortunate that the Thing Shield has been discontinued. I haven’t pursued other options given I have several working shields.
There are other Honeywell Ademco integration projects on this community that I would advise you to pursue. Alarm Decoder also has a Raspberry Pi appliance they sell that also integrates with SmartThings similar to this project.
Sad to see the ThingShield go, this project is very good and we are very supportive of it over here at AlarmDecoder.
Do you think there is anything we at Nu Tech/AlarmDecoder can do to try and get them to continue production?
I would really hate for this project to die because of a simple piece of hardware going out of production.
Yes, we have an official and fully open source implementation of our own - but as a small team with no outside contributors and A LOT of other things to focus on we certainly aren’t able to keep up the progress that this project has - this is probably one of the best alarm integrations into ST that I have seen. Would be very sad indeed.
I can’t tell if this project is compatible with my current ADT panel (existed in the house before I moved in and I don’t have a subscription to it). I simply want to use the sensors it already has paired with it (3 door sensors and a motion sensor and 2 fire alarms).
It is a Safewatch QuickConnect Plus. It has no wiring except for power and a disconnected standard telephone line. I use it simply for the door notifications right now but would love to use it with smarthings for arming and disarming when I’m gone to use the siren to deter thieves.
I’ve contacted alarmdecoder.com and they suggest that I replace this ‘panel’ with a real panel like a vista 20p but I don’t see how that would be a better option or cheaper than say pulling the whole thing out and buying three door sensors + a motion sensor…
Main question: can I use the Safewatch QuickConnect Plus with this project?
It’s hard for me to say if I don’t want a home security system along with the motion sensors since I’ve never actually had one activated! What I do know is that the wife likes that the Safewatch QuickConnect announces when doors are opened and closed out loud, and I like the thought of a siren going off if someone opened the doors while we were gone. I can accomplish those, however, with a couple few sensors along with Sonos integrations (for announcing) and some rules in CoRE/ SmartThings.
The point I’m making is that there are probably more things that I could enjoy with a security system that I’m not even considering that would make it worth the investment. One that I think is big, is the ability to disarm the system with a keypad upon entering the house. Also, I take it you can fully use one of these security systems without a subscription by using the equipment and this software. I wouldn’t consider it at all if it actually required a subscription to ADT or something similar.
The email I got from AlarmDecoder indicated I could probably do this all for ~200 USD which is pretty doable - especially when you compare it to the cost of an actual ADT subscription!!
Before you make your decision, did you already purchase a SmartThings ThingShield? If not, you will not be able to complete this project until an alternative is available. SmartThings discontinued the ThingShields.
Technically if you didn’t want to use it as a home security system you could use a 20p + 6160RF keypad along with your existing sensors for proximity/motion sensing without even having to program your panel but use your existing alarm sensors - you wouldn’t even have to remove your existing alarm system if you were just using the 20p+radio as a listener.
No, you don’t need a subscription, it is easy to self-monitor based on events - though as @d8adrvn said the ThingShields are no longer produced so implementing this specific project will be nigh impossible until something else is released. That said, there are other implementations that rely on the raspberry pi rather than arduino. This project however is definitely the most full featured and well supported currently.
No the AD2SmartThings device handler is specific to using an Arduino and a Thing Shield. But both solutions leverage the Alarm Decoder AD2Pi board, the difference is the Arduino vs Raspberry PI and zigbee Thing Shield vs REST web services. You may want to post your same question to the other thread I mentioned above to see if anyone using that device has tackled your feature.
To implement it though, its a matter of changing the stay command to use code plus 7 instead of code plus 3. Stan and I implemented this logic in the device handler and have a device preference to determine which one to use. Maybe look at our code as an example.
If you do solve it, you may want to post it to that other thread so others can benefit since again this thread is specific to the other solution.
I experienced a strange anomaly last night. It’s not a problem with this project per se, but maybe one if the Vista experts here, like @d8adrvn@ritchierich@kevin_nutech can help (or at least explain).
At 11:03 last night, the Vista20P decided to switch to battery backup, then immediately realized it was, in fact, just confused and switched back to AC. No problem, except… for reasons I don’t understand, that triggered armedAway. It then reverted to disabled. But that brief foray into armed status triggered all manner of ST events of which I was unaware. Here’s the event log: