Low-cost siren and touch screen

I think Terry’s point was that you don’t get control of ST devices through the touch screen, so it doesn’t take the place of a tablet running AT or another dashboard.


You may also want to look at the ADT Tools Smart app for some additional integration with the panel. It expands many actions that are based on ADT Activity.

@tgauchat was right in that the panel doesn’t allow you any control of the Smartthings side unit. If you want to control that you need either something like Action Tiles, or a mobile phone with the Smartthings App.

As others have mentioned as well though anything configured in the ADT Alarm side is visiable to smart things to act on. The only real limitation is that you can’t use non dual logo’d sensors to notify ADT. If you are going to use it as a self monitored solution though that isn’t a problem. I would still use ADT Sensors when you can just so you don’t prevent yourself from having that option. They are generally very affordable.

I have been using the ADT Panel for about 6 months now and am very satisfied with it. Let me know if you have any questions


I was in hopes that I would not have to go buy all new equipment just to get a touch screen and siren. Does anybody have a recommendation for a cheap siren on eBay and touch screen?

I don’t ever recommend buying electronics on eBay as in most cases the manufacturers will not honor the warranties and there are a lot of counterfeit and misdescribed items. :disappointed_relieved:

That said, I’ve already given you what I believe will end up being the least expensive options: a cheap android tablet running one of the free dashboard smartapps and one of the under $35 zwave sirens that we’ve already discussed. Just wait till one goes on sale and you can probably get it for around $25.

Or get the gocontrol zwave security bundle which has their siren plus four more sensors. At a typical sale price of $75, that’s $15 per device, as long as you can use the other sensors. :+1:

If you want to go cheaper than that, you’re probably going to have to buy something zigbee or WiFi from a Chinese seller with no real guarantees of compatibility.

l’m setup actiontiles for now.
How to add live video to actiontiles?

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I forgot to mention, if you already have an Amazon echo device, including a dot, you can use an Amazon routine (not a SmartThings routine) to have the echo device play any sound file of your choosing from your Amazon music library, including a siren sound.

You can probably buy a siren sound file for about $.99

So that would be cheaper than buying a standalone siren device if you already have an echo of some kind.

Tagging @tgauchat

Yeah…that was kinda my point too. That’s what you get when you try and post too late at night. :wink:

There’s a whole bunch of info on the ActionTiles forum on live video.
I’m using a MotionEye setup for my IP cams at the moment and it works great.


it is a iCamera2. it work in smartthings. So how would I get it to work in actiontiles?

SmartThings doesn’t offer an API or stream access to connected cameras, so ActionTiles can only embed MJPEG feeds or JPEG snapshots from cameras or transcoders which supply them over local network URLs. This does happen to include the amazingly low priced yet versatile Wyze Cam! https://youtu.be/xA5U-wp4eKc

For more information, start by visiting the ActionTiles Support Forum, please…


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I got actiontiles work for now thanks for the help all on actiontiles!!!

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how would I install a FortrezZ Siren

Right now Lowe’s has the Utilitech Siren on clearance for 8.75. Check brickseek.com to see if it is discounted near you. Two of the stores around me have it in stock and for 8.75

That one is listed as not working with SmartThings. Does it?

Yep. :sunglasses:

( it’s actually a rebranded Everspring SE812 )

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You literally beat me by 50 seconds to the same link… :slight_smile: https://support.smartthings.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000215546-Utilitech-Wireless-Indoor-Siren

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Talking is faster than typing. :wink:

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( I think this was the first siren that ever had an official DTH – it was really popular back in 2015. )

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Somebody should tell Lowes that then. In their chart it’s listed as not. I should know better than to trust their listing.

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