Just sharing for the community’s interest:
Bottom line: BRK First Alert Hard-wired Z-wave Smoke Detectors are reportedly in the works, finally. They were due out this summer, but… COVID. They hope to have them by Summer 2021.
I wrote to BRK/First Alert a few weeks back the following:
I’ve been waiting for 6 years after upgrading our home’s detectors to BRK FA hardwired detectors for your company to come out with an option to have a ZWave enabled (smart home) detector that can be HARDWIRED into my current system. You still do not have one!
So many have been troubled by this problem of making your otherwise good, hardwired detectors integrated into their smart homes. Some use a BRK relay and do some fancy electrical work with other Z Wave devices to jury rig an option together, like this:
Others buy a Z Wave device that listens for a smoke alarm, like this:
Why must we go to such great lengths? We want our homes to be smart, using ZWave. We also want the best detectors by you, BRK. So make us BRK detectors that are hardwired (with interconnect) and signal their alerts to ZWave hubs! I’ve waited 6 years. How is this still not a thing? Please get it together.
I laugh out loud at my final sentences on that original email.
I just received this reply from the company:
I do apologize for taking so long to get back with you. Thank you for contacting First Alert support. I will be happy to assist you with your detector question. First Alert is aware of the need for hardwired Zcombo alarms, and I know we are working on that technology. We were due to come out with new technology in May 2020, but that has been postponed until June 21st 2021. If we do come out with this technology, it will be highlighted on our website at that time. We do listen to our customers, and we are always improving.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please respond to this email, or call the number below.
Have a Good Day!
First Alert Customer Service