So I have a decently sized SmartThings eco-system with Kwikset deadbolts/levers on all external doors, contact sensors on all external doors, multiple dimmers and fan switches throughout, Smoke and CO tied in (through Ecolink sensors), EcoBee integrated, all along with Echo/Tap devices. I also have a Guardian security system that’s hybrid hardwire/wireless. Doors (3) have wired contact sensors, I have a couple hard wired glass breakage sensors (3), and about 5 wireless window sensors.
My 3 year contract renewal is coming up in two months and I’m not sure if I want to keep paying them $45 a month. However there doesn’t seem to be anything out on the market that’s any better. I’m patiently waiting for the Blink product (http://get.blinkforhome.com/blink-home-security/) but I don’t want to wait forever. I’ve looked into the SmartThings + Scout but I’ve heard nothing but bad about the service. I don’t feel I get much from my current alarm system, the cell modem goes offline all the time and needs to be rebooted and if I want to add a sensors or make any changes they require a technician visit which is a minimum of $150. They also keep all the “master/installer” codes so you can’t do anything yourself. It also just looks very dated even though it was new 3 years ago.
What options are there? Is there a security system that will tie into SmartThings so the two can share info? It would be great to bring all those existing hard wired connections into SmartThings but I don’t see that happening without a Uno and a bunch of programming or buying a lot of contact sensors that have external inputs (Ecolink?) which would get expensive. That and the wireless window ones might be proprietary to the system I have. Or do I go with a new alarm panel and move some of my stuff off of SmartThings to a panel that supports Z-Wave and then SmartThings is for lack of a better term degraded into a glorified lighting system through Alexa?
Anyone make this transition with any advice?