Envisalink or Konnected?

My wife and I just built a new home and I hired someone to install a wired security and fire system. I did not want a monitoring service, but I did want to be able to control it remotely and receive updates on my phone when an alarm was triggered or set, he used envisalink to do this.

Well after jumping into the whole smart things stuff with door locks, light switches, and some other sensors in the house, i want to integrate ST with my DSC alarm panel and the alarm’s sensors. There seems to be 2 main options, alarmserver and envisalink, or use the Konnected device.

The alarmserver seems a little more complicated than what I was hoping to have, and the user interface does not seem as friendly, but I already have the envisalink installed. Should I keep the envisalink and go with alarmserver, or go ahead and buy what I need for konnected?

If I go Konnected, should I keep the envisalink installed, or remove it completely?

I’m actually experimenting with my Envisalink and Alexa integration via their skill. Your zones and sensors become devices in Alexa, and technically can be used in scenes or when you voice control your device.

I’ve been looking for a good integrated solution since I got that device a few years ago, and AlarmServer was a bit more than I wanted. With Eyezon and ST part of my Alexa, I’m curious as to what I can really do.

I literally just started with this a day ago, but got held up due to Dorian wreaking havoc all around me yesterday. Hopefully I’ll get to playing around with this soon

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With alarmserver + envisalink (that I use) you keep your alarm system intact regardless of SmartThings.
With Konnected you move wiring from your alarm system to the konnected board and wire konnected board output to your alarm system. So you’ll have one zone on DSC for 6 zones (Konnected board has 6 inputs). You loose zone identification and you need more than one konnected board if you have more than 6 zones.

You can get that with EyesOn app on your phone.

Thank you, I currently use eyezon, and I think the user interface has a lot of room for improvement.
So, right now I have 16 zones on my DSC panel, are you saying by switching to konnected, I would need 3 Inputs, and it would make my panel not functional any more?

For example, right now if an alarm is triggered, it will till me the zone that triggered the alarm on the panel, but if I use konnect, it wouldn’t be able to do that?

Thank you for the help, I am very new to all of this.

I used Envisalink and the Eyezon app for years. It worked well. But I was looking for a little more functionality and Konnected offered that. Yes, currently Konnected only offers 6 inputs per module. I had a wired system and easily converted to Konnected. I absolutely love the Konnected system. I now have it all integrated into ST, webcore and ActionTiles. I did not like the DSC keypads and now I use Amazon Fire HD pads.

Yes, it does. And I have my system set up so that Alexa and/or house speakers announce which sensor triggered the alarm. And I get the same notification on my phone.

I liked the Envisalink system. I would convert to Konnected again without hesitation.

28 sensors with EyesOn and AlarmServer running on a Pi3. Works beautifully!

Bonus: Professional monitoring that has absolutely nothing to do with ST!

Bonus2: Can still automate via ST, which I do, and it’s cheaper when you have over 16 sensors.

Bonus 3: AlarmServer is super easy to setup. Just connect 2 wires and an ethernet cable.

@Brandona
You have now the 2 options well described by @rontalley and @Pantheon.
If you want to keep your DSC system intact, alarmserver is the solution. If not, Konnected will also do the job but you introduce Alexa in the process to know what zone triggered when. Also, the more cloud systems you introduce the less reliable a system becomes. It’s also more expensive at $99 for every 6 zones vs $50 for a Raspberry Pi + $50 for a display.
Decision is ultimately yours.

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