Hi. I can see that this topic has been peripherally covered many times in the past, but not necessarily recently or with an answer that meets my needs. So my apologies if I’m re-hashing already answered questions, but if so a link to already discussed solutions would be greatly appreciated!
Basically I moved into a home that was wired to the 9s in 1972. Built-in quadrophics, in-wall toasters, etc. - and discrete hard-wired magnetic sensors on every door and window. This makes is great if I wanted to go with a traditional security system such as ADT, but I really want to use ST and the Smart Monitor to monitor the house. Does anyone know of a good way to aggregate all these discrete sensors into SmartThings? I suppose I could take a dozen or so MiMoLite boxes, but that doesn’t seem elegant. Right now I just have ST Multipurpose sensors on each egress but they look pretty bad compared to the stealth hard-wired sensors (see pictures).
Does anyone know of a ‘traditional’ alarm panel that will play nicely with ST that can replace the ancient system I have? My main criteria is that I want to know “the kitchen door has been opened” and not just "some door or window has been opened’ when an event occurs. I’ve heard ADT Canopy might be providing a similar service but haven’t been able to find any information on what that actually is online and I fear it’s vaporware at this point - if anyone has any experience with that and whether it might meet my needs I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The other option I’m considering is running all the old security wires into an Arduino Thing Shield. This should be able to distinguish one open/close from another but might get kludgy. It’s also way above my technical skill level so, while I have the hardware I’d really need to find someone to help my program it (and I’d be willing to pay of course). I’m located in the Kansas City area i that helps. The other killer app would be a door chime whenever a sensor trips when the system isn’t armed. I don’t want to wake the neighborhood every time a door opens but I would like to know if my toddler has stumbled outside. The other (potentially) relevant piece of information is that I have an Arlo Pro unit (with siren) - but there doesn’t seem to be a way I’ve found to trigger that siren from SmartThings.
Thanks in advance! If you’re in Kansas City and want to get some hands-on experience helping me set this up I’d love to talk. Otherwise if you have any great suggestions on how to connect individual hard-wired sensors to a ST security system I’d love to learn from your wisdom.