I thought I’d post this here for everyone as a reminder to not do what I did…
A few weeks ago it was 11:30 at night and we were just getting ready for bed when this scumbag entered my front yard and stole all of my patio furniture.
On a normal night I would have gotten a notification of my gate opening or that a person was detected on my security cameras (using SightHound Video) however, my phone was on silent.
I missed it and he got away. I wish I had a better story of Smartthings saving the day but I don’t.
So just a reminder to everyone using Smartthings for notifications… Make sure your phone is on and you can hear it at the very least. On the iPhone it is incredibly easy to flip one switch on the side and mute all notifications.
I’ve since added a Z-wave siren (though not always practical to set it off every time I have a visitor) and I have a few tablets scattered around the house that are always on full volume and speak notifications from smartthings.
I’ll also be adding some Hue bulbs to flash and change colors on certain events.
I knew of this weak link and had a plan to use Sonos for notifications but was struggling to get it setup and working. I have it working now but I’ve found it to be very unreliable and doesn’t always work consistently so I’ve gone the route of using old tablets and light bulbs instead.
So hopefully someone can learn from my mistake… Redundancy in notifications is the key and having a notification device that can not be so easily muted by the simple flip of a switch as it is for the iPhone.