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Old 08-12-2018, 03:09 PM   #1
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The smarthome discussions, the wireless thread, and my neighbor putting in cameras, etc got me thinking. I've been trying to research for some time, DIY home security using a smart hub (SmartThings, Wink), and components such as motion sensors, glass break sensors, window and door sensors, and cameras, giving you the ability to get smartphone alerts, and to check in real time. There's a seemingly unlimited amount of ways you can configure them, and almost all use the common languages like Zigbee and Z-Wave. The thing is, its hard to find any information on actual systems people have configured, or hardware people have used. I'm going to bite the bullet on components slowly, but I'm curious to know who else has gone down this path, what you've tried, products and deals that you've found.

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Old 08-13-2018, 12:44 PM   #2
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The smarthome discussions, the wireless thread, and my neighbor putting in cameras, etc got me thinking. I've been trying to research for some time, DIY home security using a smart hub (SmartThings, Wink), and components such as motion sensors, glass break sensors, window and door sensors, and cameras, giving you the ability to get smartphone alerts, and to check in real time. There's a seemingly unlimited amount of ways you can configure them, and almost all use the common languages like Zigbee and Z-Wave. The thing is, its hard to find any information on actual systems people have configured, or hardware people have used. I'm going to bite the bullet on components slowly, but I'm curious to know who else has gone down this path, what you've tried, products and deals that you've found.

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Ring and Nest got into this space recently. Nest products while expensive tend to get good reviews. I have Ring cameras and think their packaged solution might be my next system after my current one kicks the bucket
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Old 08-13-2018, 12:52 PM   #3
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I started to go down that path. I have some Insteon home automation things, but then my home insurance company told me I had to get a commercial, externally monitored system. So I have that now and am working my other smart home features into it.

The SkyBell doorbell cam is neat. You can easily install that yourself into your existing doorbell system. It has motion sensor notifications or just set it for the button. It's nice to know if a shady character rings your doorbell to see if anyone is home.
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