Looks like Monoprice has a new Z-wave plus device which is a shock detector. No reviews yet but I just purchased it to give it a shot. Anyone use the old one they had? I plan to use this by a baywindow that I have near a door. Any other uses for a shock detector?
I’m curious how sensitive this thing actually is. I have a somewhat unique use case for this in mind. I was thinking I could attach this to the drain pipe for my sump pumps very close to the pump so I know if one has died and I can swap it before I have a basement flood. I have a leak sensor near the well but by the time the water reaches that it’ll be too late.
Wouldn’t it be just as easy to put another leak sensor by the sump pump , or it in an area that is always wet ? Place the sensor on top of a board or something so it will only go off if water is 1" deep ?
I know I can NOT put one by my water heaters or boilers, simply because I have boilers. I have drain pits under the boilers so when I flush the tanks out every couple week I just drain it right onto the concrete floor and it goes into the hole. I know I would forget to move it before draining.
Just bought one of these and will try it out as a doorbell sensor (attach to the doorbell ding or dong) to then notify me and take action if the bell is rung. I have been using an ST-Multi sensor (using the vibration part). However, I started having an issue with it recently along with the ST changes made regarding ZigBee firmware updates - i.e., it’s causing a lot of false doorbell activations. This causes specifically programmed (via CoRE) lights to come on at 100% for 5 minutes before returning to their previous state. Of course, this happens in the middle of the night, so it’s a pain. Anyway, since this Monorpice sensor is Z-Wave, I hope that it won’t suffer from similar false positives like those for Zigbee firmware upgrade attempts.
The Monoprice Z-Wave Plus Shock Sensor arrived today and I installed it as I detailed above. Since it’s Z-Wave, I should now avoid the issue with the ZigBee Firmware updates and attempted updates that cause my ST-Multi to false-activate - and my lights to come on at all times of the day and night.
Anyway, the new sensor paired quickly and without issue. Monoprice says its a Shock Sensor but ST and CoRe say it’s a contact switch - and you have to watch for the contact switch to report an ‘open’ condition. I didn’t load any special device handler - don’t even know if one exists. But I only wanted it to sense vibrations from the doorbell and report back on that as well as battery % reading. It does those things.
So far, it’s working well and fully integrated into my CoRE pistons and other smart apps. I’ll let you know if anything changes.
PS: Forgot to mention that there is a sensitivity adjustment and I set it to nearly fully sensitive and it seems to work just fine.