I’ve been asking the community questions over the last few weeks as I continue to expand my STs cover in my home. I’ve gotten great responses so far. I’m still stuck in between two minds as to whether I shell out money on a Professionally installed alarm system or to stick with Smartthings.
To me SmartThings covers about 90% of what I want an alarm system to do (And has other attractions which a standard system doesnt allow for - integrations to IFTT or Philips Hue lighting for example)
Where I see SmartTings lacking is the following areas
- The prevalence of external sirens/alarm boxes (There seems to be a lack of supported models)
- Presence Sensor tags are unreliable (I posted before how my wife’s sensor’s battery showed 0% battery after only a few days). Note, when they battery is working I do find them reliable in terms of enabling/disabling the alarm
- A delay on the alarm activating (If you dont have a presence sensors or it malfunctions you’d rather not have the alarm ring when you enter home. Like a standard alarm, can you delay the onset of the ST alert notification and provide some reminder to the person who just entered the home that the alarm must be disabled?)
So far I have a number of motion sensors and multi sensors installed in my home, and they are working as expected for now. I would like to stick with ST as I have already invested in it. I understand others have concerns about any downtime for ST but I could live with that. Sticking with ST would also allow me to install Smart Sensors for Smoke, Fire and Carbon Monoxide alarms.
Any pointers for alternatives to Presence Sensors, suggestions on good compatible external alarms and options on disabling/setting the alarm if you do not have a working presence sensor?