I am both new to the SmartThings Platform and community and this is my first post. That being said, since integration of the SmartThings Hub v2, I have already integrated 20+ Zwave switches and outlets, (2) Ecobee 3 Thermostats, (2) Schlage Locks, Phillips Hue, Harmony Remote, Alexa with integrating custom API from the community along the way.
I started buying devices about 3 months ago using the WINK platform, but soon decided to change directions by going with SmartThings and having the ability to Geofence with multiple members of our family, as WINK only allows for the Main Member to establish a Geofence, so If you set rules up based on Geofencing and an additional family member is still in the home those activation’s would still take place, which makes no sense! In addition, I liked the idea of the “open” platform. Ironically, I see that Wink recently introduced a new device and it appears they are supporting open development. Interesting. Still I feel like I made the right decision
All this being said, I want to now integrate my Honeywell Vista 20P Alarm System into SmartThings. I know there are a lot of threads based on these integrations, but I was hoping for some community help on deciding what is the best direction for moving forward based on my scenario. If this is somehow a duplicate thread, I apologize in advance.
I am moderately technical and not afraid to take on a challenge or project, but I am NO programmer! I realize that a lot of the API’s in the community were built in an effort to assist other members with “outside” the box solutions, but still a lot of them require the ability to change or edit programming to fit the individuals needs. This is something I don’t feel comfortable doing without a lot of direction.
What I am looking to achieve:
- Integrate Arm/Disarm using “SmartTiles”
- Use Automation Routines to automatically Activate or Deactivate alarm based on presence
- Utilize Hard Wired door/window contacts along with Motion & Smoke Detectors (I also have wireless garage door sensor and looking into getting glass break sensors) in an effort to set up rules/automation with existing hardwired/wireless contacts without having to purchase 3rd party door/window contacts.
- Currently have 17 Zones and want the ability to see activity by zone with the actual zone name associated i.e. Zone 1 / Front Door, Zone 2 Master Bedroom Window and so on…vs. Zone 1, Zone 2 ect and not know what that zone actually represents
- Not a must, but would be nice to have the ability to bypass zones, instant arm/disarm, Turn on/off door/window chimes, would love to have Apple and Alexa abilities to Arm/Disarm
About my home environment…
Again I have a Ademco Honeywell Vista 20P System that is integrated with Cox Home Life for Monitoring; as well, I have 4 outdoor cameras and 1 camera in my home. The camera solution is currently integrated with my Cox Homelife solution, but. I will likely look to integrating a different camera solution that is supported by SmartThings down the road. In my alarm panel, I already have CAT5E wired back to my data closet / No USB support in the panel location (Don’t think that is an issue)
Here are the two solutions I’m most interested in searching threads on the subject that have me most interested:
- AD2SmartThings - Project from @d8adrvn
Regarding this solution, I realize it has the ability use the existing hardwired door/window contacts to set up rules…Think this is done using “virtual” switches if I understand the project correctly.
Couple questions regarding this project:
Can you name the actual zones? I see from the project you can view active zones, but they are generic Zone 1, Zone 2 and so on, but I don’t see names associated. I’m hoping the reason the zones are not listed as a result of just illustrating the project feature
Can you use “SmartTiles” with this solution?
Can this integrate with Home, Away, Sleep automation features?
The alternative Solution I was interested in was Honeywell / Ademco Vista 20P Integration thread from @redloro ::
This solution also looks like it would meet my requirements. I can’t find a lot of solutions using the EnvisaLink module with Honeywell panel. Most are using this solution with DSC Alarm Panels at least from the threads I have found searching the interweb
The advantage I see to this solution is having the ability connect via local LAN
The disadvantages to this solution I see is having a computer have to run in the background 24/7; as well, I heard there can be some delays with commands, as it has to run back and forth between SmartThings, Computer and Alarm Panel and viseversa.
I apologize in advance for proving so much information, but I am trying to paint a clear picture of what I am trying to accomplish and my main goal is in determining which is the best solution with my circumstances. I could not find any strong comparisons anywhere on this subject/comparison…
Thank you in advance for helping me on this matter