We are using three door sensors with a hub and aeon siren. The primary purpose of this system for us is to arm at night so that we are alerted if we have an intruder. We have been using it for about 8 months and I’m at my wit’s end because of the false alarms in the middle of the night. For whatever reason it works for months at a time with no issue and then we’ll have a false alarm where it says the door is open for a second. We have tried new batteries, adjusting placement, etc. to no avail. It has happened with all of the sensors so I’m starting to think it’s not a hardware problem. The easiest solution I can think of would be to have a delay of 3-5 seconds from door opening to alarm going off as that would get rid of the false positives, but from what I have read that’s not an option.
Does anyone have any suggestions? If I can’t get rid of the false alarms we are going to have to scrap the system because it’s terrifying to be woken up to that every so often.
Thanks, Ron. I’m afraid that is probably far beyond my capabilities. We bought this because it was marketed as a plug and play type solution and I would not even know how to begin implementing your solution which is probably exactly what I need! I am fairly tech savvy but I don’t know anything about this system.
Click the My Locations Tab at the far left upper corner
Will probably have you log-in again
Click the My Devices Tab
Click New Device on far right upper corner
Name: Contact 1 Virtual (Whatever you like here)
Label: Contact 1 Virtual (Whatever you like here)
Device Network ID: contact1 (Again can be whatever you like)
Type: Simulated Contact Sensor
Hub: Your Hub
Done! Easy as that.
Follow the instructions here on how to install custom code for Smart Apps
CoRE is here:
Direct Link to CoRE code:
Select All and Copy
Now you are ready to paste this into the IDE section under My Smartapps/New Smartapp/From Code.
More info onCoRE is here including a link to the wiki.
The easiest thing is “SmartRules” with this app you can say…
If this door contact opens and stays that way for a period of time then operate the siren
Unfortunately the minimum delay is 1 minute but at least it will probably reduce the false alarms.
SmartRules is an IOS app that you link to smartthings (Available on itunes app store)
If you’re using all the same device and all of them are having issues then I would suspect either an install problem or some kind of interference. Are your doors metal? Can you post a picture of how you have them installed?
Thanks. I don’t think it’s an install problem because they work for months at a time and then one night go off. It’s not happening every day. I can post a picture when I am home to take one but I would think if it was an install problem it wouldn’t just not happen for months then happen three times in a week when nothing has changed as far as the installation. Doors are not metal.
I would look deeper into interference as suggested by @Automated_House. Possible your neighbor just installed a new WiFi router with the same channel. Maybe move your ST hub to a new location just in case.
Ron- I am so close yet so far. I got CoRE set up and working in my ST app and my virtual contacts are created but when I start to program in your code in CoRE it only gives me the options for 1 min, 2 min, 3 min, 4 min, etc. There is no seconds option. What am I missing? Thanks again for your help.
The timing in SmartThings isn’t accurate enough to be trusted down to seconds. Hence why when you send a command to turn off several devices, they may turn off in different order. IMO, the CoRE solution isn’t a robust one. I would focus on find a contact sensor that works. I don’t know if its been mention yet, but how far are they from the hub? I would spend the $20 and test out an Iris contact sensor. If it has problems, then i would say you have ZigBee interference issues.
Well what good is having it be set up for a minute? No home intruder is going to leave the door open for a full minute. Most alarm systems allow you have a delay in the seconds range so that if you accidentally open the door you can disarm.
I don’t really want to spend more money on this system that hasn’t worked well at all because it’s like throwing good money after bad at this point. If I can’t get what I have to work I’m going to rip it all out and get a professional system installed as much as I don’t want to because I’ve already spent far more time on this than I should have.