Hi, I am considering purchasing a SmartThings hub, primarily for home security. Looking for community input on several topics:
What motion sensor do folks prefer? Is the Samsung sensor generally adequate? I would get several of them to cover a large area on the first floor. No pets. Just looking to have the motion detectors on when we are away.
How are people feeling about the Aeotec Micro SmartSwitch, to be able to trigger/automate existing hard wired lights? I like it better than the GE in-wall toggle switch because the Aeotec device is hidden behind the switch plate. I have several banks of 3-4 switches where I cannot get a larger device like the paddle switches (would have to replace all 3-4 switches, which I don’t want to do at this time).
Has anyone ever ordered from HomeSeer? Are they reliable? The Aeotech micro smartswitch is cheapest there at only $38. Which is also another advantage over the GE switch.
Is anyone using the Aeotec siren yet (http://aeotec.com/z-wave-siren)? Saw lots of earlier posts that it had not shipped yet. The FortrezZ siren is so tacky looking. Other options?
Finally, I am assuming that similar to a traditional security system, I would be able to set up the siren and alerts on a delay from the time motion (or doors opened) was triggered, so that when coming into the house, I would have time to get out my phone and disarm the system??? Kind of clueless as to how that aspect works. Everyone describes trigger the alerts/sirens. No one describes turning them off
If folks have sensors on their garage doors and/or motion detectors in their garage, do you find it easiest to pause in your driveway when returning home, to disarm the system? Or do you wait until you pull in, or what? Just wondering what works best logistically.
Whew, sorry for the novel, but I really appreciate all of your expert help!!!