I’m very new to this community, so I’m fine if you tell me to look at some other posting(s).
I have a log cabin about 60 miles away that I’m starting to rent out a lot. As a result, I’d like to have a lot more information about it than I can now.
Here are the items that I want to monitor and what I’m asking is what are people using (specific model and make) and why they chose that. I’m somewhat technical, but not interested in doing programming or deep integration tasks. I basically want to control the SmartThing Hub from my web browser from home. I have a Windows Mobile Phone, and I’m glad to see that there is an app for Windows Phone (not usually considered) but I mostly just want to work from my computer.
Here are things I want to be able to do:
Change the door entry code from afar! I have new renters and want to have a code assigned to them that only works for the time period of their rental. Schlage? Kwikset? Yale?
Turn the heat up or down It takes 12 hours to heat the place up and the cost of heating when no one is there is incredible. I simply want to know the temperature, and turn it up or turn it down.
Do I use NEST? Honeywell? GE? I have a simple “White-Rodgers” thermostat now with a standard furnace, blower, etc. Do i have to worrry about wiring or anything?
Turn off some appliances in case the renters don’t Bunn coffee makers, the water pump (in case a pipe freezes and bursts which has already happened 3 times), turn off / on some lights remotely to make it lived in, etc. I seem to like the “plugs” that plug into an outlet already as re-wiring outlets isn’t too interesting to me, but is this the right way to do it? What if I have it programmed to “off” and the renter wants to turn it on and the power outlet is turned off by me?
Are all the doors closed? The front door I’d like to know is closed and locked (see changing codes above) but there are 3 other doors, two are sliding doors that we lock with a piece of PVC pipe, one is a conventional type door (glass) and the final one is a garage door. I was just going to use the SmartThings SmartSense multisensor, is that the best choice?
Can I see who came to the door? I’d like to see who came to the cabin door, whether they entered or not. I’d like to have it recorded and notify me if someone is there. I’ve read alot about cameras, but it doesn’t look like SmartThings was the right hub to buy for this? I’ve got wireless Internet and of course would like to use that, much easier than dragging cable, but I’ll do it if that is the only way.
This is a lot to ask I know. Any or all responses would be greatly appreciated.