Okay so the scoop is I have more or less decided on the ADT Smartthings rig as it offers for the most part what I want in a smart home and security system, so I now need to crash course on how do I set it up not just hardware but software as well…
The hardware intended to be put into play.
ADT Smartthings home security starter kit. Hub, 2 door and window sensors, 1 motion sensor.
15 @ ADT door and window sensors. 2 set up on hinges (see pic of my 1st generation Iris sensor setup below).
Ring Video Doorbell 2. Hard wired.
2 @ Ring spotlight cameras (wired).
Ring floodlight camera.
5 @ ADT Smartthings smoke detectors
2 @ ADT Smartthings smoke / Carbon monoxide detectors (living room where the fireplace is, and garage).
ADT Keychain remotes x2. 1 for my wife, 1 for our housekeeper. I don’t really need a panic button.
2 @ Iris 2nd generation contact sensors. I know it can’t trigger an ADT alert, but it SHOULD be able to at least monitor / log events such as access from the house to the garage / workshop.
1 Iris 2nd generation motion sensor. again garage workshop. The point of these will be to play “where’s the cat?” She likes to sneak into my workshop and hide quietly, ends up locked in the shop when I go to bed. Angry cats are no fun!
2 sets of 3 way Zwave switches. 1 set hallway, 1 set main vanity.
6 Zwave dimmer switches. 1 for each bedroom, 1 for living room, 1 for dining room.
6 Zwave 3 speed reverssible fan controllers. Master vanity, master bedroom, living room, front, mid, and back bedroom, and kitchen.
Zwave light switch in the following spaces.
Back porch. This will have the Ring floodlight. Should I bypass the switch all together?
Front bedroom closet.
Iris 3rd generation ZigBee smart plug.
2 @ Utilitech Indoor Zwave sirens.
Honeywell WiFi smart thermostat
2 @ Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers.
The switch / hinge configuration I am running because I wasn’t sure Iris would be around, and sadly I was right, but here is how I am using a regular door / window sensor as a tilt sensor.
Requirement #1. Monitor and trigger alert events in the event that there are any intrusion, fire or CO2 events.
Requirement #2. On all triggered alarm events, turn ON all lighting visible from the outside of the house. So the back porch, spotlight cameras, front door light, kitchen, each of the bedrooms, living room, and master bedroom and bath lights. Also Trigger all available sirens, so the Utilitech sirens, the one on the hub, and the ones on the Ring devices. Cancelling the alarm should turn the noisemaking devices off but keep the lights on.
Requirement #2. Control HVAC from within the automation app. I don’t want to dig into multiple apps to say lower the temps and speed up the ceiling fans.
Requirement #3. Set up various schedules / scenes such that lighting comes on and off throughout the house when we are not there, that would simulate presence. This is also where the smart plug comes in. Use the smart plug to control a radio.
Requirement #4. Integrate voice control, in a secure fashion within Alexa. I would like to just say "Alexa switch master fan to medium, or high and speed up my fan over my bed etc…
Requirement #5. Have some method, probably a keychain remote that allows for access for our housekeeper, that I can disable on an as needed basis. Our housekeeper is a luddite that barely uses a flip phone. Not quite Amish, but certainly not a smart phone user, so smart phone app is unacceptable for her access…
Requirement #6. A smart plug for Smartthings that can handle 15 amps constant, 20 amps continuous for my overhead air filter in my workshop. The controls on it are hard to reach for me. Need recommendation on smart plugs that will stay on the market FWIW…
Nice to have #1. Integrate my Iris 2nd Generation keypad. This would be awesome for access for my housekeeper…
So with all of that long wided explanation… What apps would I use and how would I go about configuring this mess? Not asking for specifics, but more generalities on how to integrate my stuff, and how to configure / setup my system and app to meet my requirements…
I understand that there are multiple SmartThings apps, the old, and the new, and I guess there is an ADT SmartThings app…
In case it matters, I am going to be using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9.