Smartthings Home Security (SHM), a POSITIVE review.
I have had monitored security for the last 25 years. When I built my last home, (2002), it was prewired for an alarm system and I opted for monitored security with an established regional company connected via a landline. The basic package came with, 1 motion, 3 doors, siren, and keypad. I added another keypad, 2 motion, 1 glass break, fire alarm, and voice response….that cost me $679.00 along with a $35.99 monthly fee (5 year contract). So, for 14 years it has cost me just under $7,000.00.
My SmartThings setup is, ST Hub, 2 motion, 3 in jam doors switches, fire/CO2, siren, Minimote, and one electrical outlet….about $400.
I live in a two story house in a small suburb just outside of a major city….not rural, but certainly in a neighborhood with “close homes” and low crime. I looked into the ST setup because I wanted to eliminate my landline, and the monitoring company was going to charge for installing a cellular connection along with a monthly increase.
My thought, (probably get some criticism here), is that I’m not overly concerned with what happens when me or my family is away…I have insurance, and personal valuables are in a safe deposit box. What I am concerned about is someone coming in while we’re asleep, or that one of us might walk into the house with an unwelcomed guest already inside.
All of my doors have sensors, and there is a motion sensor at the bottom of each staircase…bedrooms are all upstairs. So yes, if someone breaks in and immediately runs upstairs in 10-12 seconds, I may be in a jam….but if it takes them over that, then I’ll win the confrontation. With ST/SHM notification and text messaging I’ll know if I’ve had an intrusion prior to entering the house.
So far, (about a month), arming/disarming is at most a few seconds. I’ve not had any false alarms, I do test it occasionally, and it has passed every time. I keep a Minimote by the bed and it arms and disarms using the standard buttons app, executing a smart routine. I can also give my neighbors the remote should I need them to check on the house when I’m out of town. The only other thing I’ve done is to add a receptacle in the garage hooked to a small red light that gives me a visual conformation that the alarm is “armed” when I pull in.
Considering my perceived needs, the investment, and ease of setup,
I am thrilled with how it’s working….and more importantly so is my wife.
One final thought, is that I am trying to stay away from any “custom code”, (not that it’s a bad thing), but since I purchased this to replace an alarm system….not necessarily the home automation side of it.
Sorry for the lengthy post, that’s just my $.02.