I’m interested in purchasing a home security/automation system, and am undecided as to which platform I want. I have no equipment so far, so I’m completely open as to which platform to get.
I do not want ADT because it’s expensive, and you have to pay a monthly fee. Wink looks great, but the online reviews are pretty bad. Vera looks to be the most capable, but may be too technical for my family.
I like the features and simplicity of Smart Things, although I absolutely do not want to pay another monthly bill for a “subscription based” service (I opted towards a Foscam over a Dropcam for this reason alone).
I understand that in April 2015 Smart Things will begin charging a subscription fee for “Premium” features, such as text-message based alerts and “DVR” capabilities. I am not interested in either of those features, as long as push notifications with the app work.
My questions are:
- Is the subscription fee only for the new hubs?
- Will old hubs be affected by the conversion to a subscription-based service?
- Will I still be able to get push notifications without a subscription?