This is my first post … sorry if its a bit of a venting session.
I’m feeling like a lost dog in high weeds when it comes to motion sensing. I’ve tried two motion sensors integrated with the SmartThings hub and I’m no closer to having what I’m shooting for than when I started.
My initial idea was simple I thought. I wanted to improve lighting in a closet by triggering the lights on when either closet door opened.
I planned the project in two phases. Phase 1 was to use a motion sensor and Leviton Z-wave light switch to automatically turn on existing lights in my home’s master bedroom closet. I started Phase 1 about three months ago and so far zero forward progress and about $150 invested (two motion sensors and Leviton Z-Wave switch).
I began by purchasing a Belkin WeMo Motion. I selected that motion sensor with the idea that it had a movable sensor on a cable that I could easily try mounting at different locations/orientations and because it was AC powered.
In Phase 2 of the project I planned to replace the two existing light fixtures with duplex receptacles and plug a LED light strip into one of the new receptacles controlling its on/off state with a new Leviton Z-wave switch. I planned to plug the AC powered WeMo motion into the other (non-switched) receptacle so it had constant power for motion sensing. The Belkin device would always be looking for the doors sliding open, tell SmartThings hub I see motion and the SmartThings hub would then tell the Leviton Switch to turn on the lights.
When I could get that to happen, Phase 1 would be successfully completed. Phase 1 began with the purchase of a Belkin Motion device.
The Belkin product’s been a horror story. It took many tries to get that device to finally be seen using Belkin’s own app!
Once I finally did manage to get it going with the Belkin app I was then able to add the Motion as a new Thing via the SmartThings’ app. After several days of successfully testing the Motion device and many notifications lighting up my cell phone when residents walked by I unplugged the Belkin sensor to move it to the closet. Wow was that a mistake. Once I plugged it in again I was back to square one. The Belkin App said WeMo Motion Not Detected all over again.
So if I have a power outage …. well having to uninstall the Belkin app, reinstall it and wrestle the Belkin tech over and over again …. that’s seriously ugly. In hindsight, I should probably have done more research before buying the Belkin product.
Next was the quest for an AC-powered alternative to the Belkin Motion. I found the Aeon Labs Multisensor 6. This time I read many reviews and did what I thought was enough due diligence researching that device thoroughly. The Aeon device even gave me a second option of using sensed light in Lux as another way to trigger the Z-wave switch that’s non-existent with the Belkin Motion. Everything looked good so I bought one. With that purchase I was into Phase 1 cost-wise for over $100 dollars to just sense motion and/or light and I’d not even started buying Phase 2 LED strip lighting yet.
Last evening I successfully paired a new Aeon device with my SmartThings hub and started experimenting. My first test was to use motion sensed by the Aeon Gen 6 gizmo to turn on/off a Philips Hue Go. That experiment was a total failure. I could never get the Hue Go to trigger … not even once. I could see the device via SmartThings app and see that it detected light level changes via its Lux value so I investigated by looking at settings. Seems the Aeon’s minimum time interval between conversations with the SmartThings hub can’t be tweaked to less than once every 8 minutes even though the device is running on AC. I understand a minimum of 8 minutes on battery to conserve power but on AC … what’s up with that?
If I was using the Aeon device to detect an intruder I could be shot to death in 8 minutes folks and I would never have known someone had invaded my home!
So now to my question for the SmartThings Community. What the heck brand of motion sensor out there can actually do anything useful??
The Belkin is junk if it can’t come back up and be recognized again by Belkin’s own app after a power outage. Likewise what’s the Aeon good for with a minimum chat time limit of 8 minutes AC or battery?? I want the possibility of a motion trigger in place continuously not one ever 8 minutes or longer. I honestly can’t think of anything useful I can do with that.
What can give me an instantaneous triggering of the Z-wave switch by sensing motion or light increasing in the closet and what brand of motion sensor can detect an intruder without giving him 8 minutes to murder me???