Wow, last week the most I’d really heard about is smart thermostats… Now I’m here, and somewhat buried in devices! Id love it if someone could confirm a few things. I have a vague idea of what I need, so some confirmation would be nice! This is all for a vacation home so I don’t want to go crazy. Though its always tempting!
I figure I’d get the SmartThings Smart Home Starter Kit. The only question I have on that, is are all the sensors battery powered? I’m not planning on running new wires anywhere.
Moisture/leak sensors are what lead me here, I was looking at Insteon ones, because the battery is about 10 years. Are the SmartThings ones similar? I’m looking at getting about 6 of them.
I’m looking at getting one of the Kwikset Locks Deadbolts. I see its offered as both Zwave or Zigbee. I believe smartThings is compatible with both? Is there any preference? I notice online at least that the Zwave ones are about $70 cheaper then the Zigbee, and that the SmartThings shop seems to be selling the Zwave ones.
I just hear about the Ring Doorbell which looks quite cool, but it doesn’t seem to be supported by SmartThings. Is there any kind of doorbell/video recorder that is?
There is an existing home alarm in the house. Is there a SmartThings alarm which I can just replace the existing unit with? The existing one has dial out.
Finally (I hope!) Is there a small camera or two that I can use, that will either do alerts and record, and is pan/tilt compatible?
I’m replacing pool pumps in the house and sticking in an EasytouchPentair system, though I dont think I particularly need that integrated with this. The only other thing that would be nice is if my (soon to be installed) Nest thermostats also worked with it, but I gather thats a little harder to set up.
Like I said, this is all VERY new to me at the moment so if there is anything else thats interesting that people think is handy for this kind of set up, I’d love to hear about it. How does range on these little devices work? I’m looking at putting the hub upstairs, are things like leak sensors going to have the power to reach from every little crevice in the house?
Just double checking, there’s no monthly fee for this?
Does the hub use much data on its own for updates etc? I’m setting up cheap 1gb a month internet for when I’m not there.
Many thanks for any tips, tricks and ideas, I’m looking forward to this!