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Feb 12, 2017
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What to do with existing window and door sensors?

Hi guys,

So my new built home came with preinstalled window and door sensors..came with limited time free home monitoring...I have cancelled monitoring service after free service was over.

Now I am left with sensors....all it does is it make low beeping sound when door opens or closes....

I am contemplating few options...

- easiest is getting monitoring service with cameras from ADT or Rogers etc but this has monthly cost
- buy nest or similar camera..one time charge but I don't know how I can make use of sensors that I already have
- buy home security system...don't know anything about this..help...heard Samsung smart hub is an option...don't have much detail


My main goal is to use existing sensors to get notified of any break-in ..also use cameras....and control all using a monitoring system ...is there such system?

Please shot some ideas ...I will appreciate it

Thanks
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Aug 26, 2002
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If your sensors are currently hooked up to a home security system (like a DSC) then you could get an Envisalink module for it and link it to Samsung SmartThings Hub so you can self-monitor.
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Jul 29, 2013
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Check out konnected and smartthings.

Essentially allows you to tap into existing analog alarm systems and bridge into smartthings for a digital alarm system for self monitoring.

Then you can use smartthings to build automation rules for you.
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Zearus007 wrote: ..
My main goal is to use existing sensors to get notified of any break-in ..also use cameras....and control all using a monitoring system ...is there such system?
https://www.aartech.ca/

RFD's place to shop for home security stuff
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rvs007 wrote: If your sensors are currently hooked up to a home security system (like a DSC) then you could get an Envisalink module for it and link it to Samsung SmartThings Hub so you can self-monitor.
Is there system that works with Homekit?

I have an old ADT system installed but home monitoring was cancelled with the previous owner. I left it on as it was a good to know that if a door or window was open. But after a year the alarm would go off randomly. So I decided to just unhook the battery and unplug it. The existing analog sensors are there. I'm just undecided if I want to rip out all the wiring and sensors.

Been wondering what my options are. I'm kind of stuck with Homekit as many of my smart devices are compatible.
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akswun wrote: Is there system that works with Homekit?

I have an old ADT system installed but home monitoring was cancelled with the previous owner. I left it on as it was a good to know that if a door or window was open. But after a year the alarm would go off randomly. So I decided to just unhook the battery and unplug it. The existing analog sensors are there. I'm just undecided if I want to rip out all the wiring and sensors.

Been wondering what my options are. I'm kind of stuck with Homekit as many of my smart devices are compatible.
I'm not aware of any modules that work with Homekit directly. But there is an indirect way to integrating the system into Homekit, by running a Homebridge server (using a Rasbpi3) which will expose the alarm sensors to Homekit, allowing you to control them using Siri/Home App. It's not a plug & play solution but if you're comfortable with a computer, you shouldn't have any problems getting it setup.

First you should check is what panel does your ADT system have inside. If it's a DSC, then Envisalink should work with your system.
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akswun wrote: Is there system that works with Homekit?

I have an old ADT system installed but home monitoring was cancelled with the previous owner. I left it on as it was a good to know that if a door or window was open. But after a year the alarm would go off randomly. So I decided to just unhook the battery and unplug it. The existing analog sensors are there. I'm just undecided if I want to rip out all the wiring and sensors.

Been wondering what my options are. I'm kind of stuck with Homekit as many of my smart devices are compatible.
Yes, the honeywell lyric works with homekit. It's super neat. I have it set up and works amazing with automations and scenes.
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snipe2014 wrote: Yes, the honeywell lyric works with homekit. It's super neat. I have it set up and works amazing with automations and scenes.
The topic at hand is specific to analog home monitoring systems like ADT, where there are sensors at doors and windows to indicate they've been open.

The Honeywell Lyric is a Smart Thermostat. Yes it is compatible with Apple Homekit. But so is my Ecobee3. There are many devices out there that are Apple Homekit compatible. I have a few of them.
I'm just looking to see if I can integrate my existing home monitoring system (ADT) with Apple Homekit as there isn't a specific built system right now.
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anyone have an opinion on konnected vs envisalink?
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BenK wrote: anyone have an opinion on konnected vs envisalink?
Konnected is more complicated to install and is meant for homeowners with pre-wired sensors around the house, but no "brain" for the security system. Konnected becomes the new brain for the security system.

Envisalink is an add-on module that connects to an existing (and functional) home security system, but will allow you to control and get notification on your security system's status, and thereby giving you the ability to self-monitor and not have to pay a monitoring service.

I looked into both and got opinions on both when I was trying to integrate my existing home security system into SmartThings and I ended up with Envisalink because the implementation is much easier.
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akswun wrote: The topic at hand is specific to analog home monitoring systems like ADT, where there are sensors at doors and windows to indicate they've been open.

The Honeywell Lyric is a Smart Thermostat. Yes it is compatible with Apple Homekit. But so is my Ecobee3. There are many devices out there that are Apple Homekit compatible. I have a few of them.
I'm just looking to see if I can integrate my existing home monitoring system (ADT) with Apple Homekit as there isn't a specific built system right now.
no you can't. There is no alarm system that can be integrated with homekit except the lyric
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Feb 12, 2017
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Any idea how to get konnected device in Canada...I see they are US based startup and price is in usd + shipping
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snipe2014 wrote: no you can't. There is no alarm system that can be integrated with homekit except the lyric
What???
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Regarding the Envisalink.
Is the self-monitor software portal free to use or is there a cost ? I believe it's called Eyez-on right ?

rvs007 wrote: Konnected is more complicated to install and is meant for homeowners with pre-wired sensors around the house, but no "brain" for the security system. Konnected becomes the new brain for the security system.

Envisalink is an add-on module that connects to an existing (and functional) home security system, but will allow you to control and get notification on your security system's status, and thereby giving you the ability to self-monitor and not have to pay a monitoring service.

I looked into both and got opinions on both when I was trying to integrate my existing home security system into SmartThings and I ended up with Envisalink because the implementation is much easier.
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TAZ99 wrote: Regarding the Envisalink.
Is the self-monitor software portal free to use or is there a cost ? I believe it's called Eyez-on right ?
The app is free and allows you to check the status of all your zones, arm/disarm the system, and send commands to the panel remotely. You'll also get notification of all alarm activities on your device as well. The optional EnvisAlarm service is an professional off-site monitoring service available to you if you want that feature. I think it's $8.50/month.
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rvs007 wrote: Konnected is more complicated to install and is meant for homeowners with pre-wired sensors around the house, but no "brain" for the security system. Konnected becomes the new brain for the security system.

Envisalink is an add-on module that connects to an existing (and functional) home security system, but will allow you to control and get notification on your security system's status, and thereby giving you the ability to self-monitor and not have to pay a monitoring service.

I looked into both and got opinions on both when I was trying to integrate my existing home security system into SmartThings and I ended up with Envisalink because the implementation is much easier.
to integrate Envisalink to SmartThings, do I need to be running something called AlarmServer off a separate PC/rpi?
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BenK wrote: to integrate Envisalink to SmartThings, do I need to be running something called AlarmServer off a separate PC/rpi?
Yes, it's a small python script that communicates between Envisalink and SmartThings. A Raspberry Pi is perfect for that (and that's what I'm using to run AlarmServer).
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Is only DSC wired be connected to envisalink or DSC wireless sensors too with DSC control panel?

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