As you may know, I really can’t make my big orders until I get my Iris prepaid visa card in, which I hope and pray will be soon, but once I do I will dig in deeper with the deployment.
So yesterday the Ring Video Doorbell 2 came in. Well technically the Video Doorbell 2 and Ring Chime came in. I set them up and made some discoveries that are a bit concerning.
#1. Due to the positioning of my doorbell, my field of view is very limited to the area of about 2" of lawn past my walkway, and over to my garage and down my driveway. I have a GREAT view of the drivers side of my Wifes car though!
#2. I don’t want to EVER install another doorbell button again unless I am moving this thing from a side orientation to a straight forward orientation, which is going to happen when I redo my siding, and I will pay a contractor to do that…
So with my limited field of view, and the fact I want video coverage of all access points of the house, it would appear that I will need ANOTHER camera.
The problem is that the doorway is in a 36" recess and the house and garage are shaped like a giant reversed L if you are looking at the top of my roof with the backyard up, the garage etends to the right down 22’ past the front of the rest of the house. My idea here is to put a Ring Spotlight camera at the corner between the house and garage to catch that part of the yard, one above the garage to catch the driveway, and one by the back door to catch the entire back of the house / back yard…
Now my question is, how many cameras does Smartthings support? And can I trigger the light siren, and strobe on the Spotlight cameras with an ADT Alarm event ?
As soon as the Iris gift card comes in, and of course allowing for a decent buy on them, I am going ot pick up the ADT Smarrthings setup, hub / starter kit and 15 additional contact sensors. Plus the now apparently needed 3 ring spotlight cameras.
Once I get them installed, how do I configure the application / software for, at the current time, self monitoring. I need alerts sent to mine, and my wife’s phone.
How do I set up a pass code / pin so that my housekeeper and brother in law can gain access to the house without triggereing an alarm? And how do I integrate my current Iris 2nd generation contact and motion sensors to log access to my workshop, but not necessarily trigger any sort of alarm?
Lastly, how do I set up my Iris 3rd generation Zigbee smart plug to be able to turn on / off my dust collector (overhead air filter, not the actual giant vacuum type dust collector)?