My doorbells are actually hard wired back to the system (which is no help sorry). But I will say we really really like having the doorbells on the system. Once on the system they have access to the audio switch and then you can program what rooms get the notification etc etc. You can also program your TVs to switch to the camera if you have them. Very helpful if you are somewhere in the house (or garden) and wouldn't hear a traditional doorbell.
On a similar but slightly different tangent saw commercials for ring.com recently for the first time.
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I checked out SkyBell, Aeon Labs and Ring the night before I posted wondering what others are doing. So far to me they all seems cheapo. I do not want just something double sided taped or screwed to my house z-wave or not.
Here is what my current doorbell is like:
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I have yet to pull off the front plate, but will soon, and see how much room there is behind it. My current thought is to stick a motion sensing z-wave camera with two way audio in there if I can and just front get the whole doorbell idea all together. Maybe something like this [URL][D-Link POE Business Outdoor HD Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera with mydlink-Enabled (DCS-2310L) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0092KZA0E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_N2W6wbHK1GHK6/URL]
For example UPS never even knocks much less rings the bell but this way any motion will set it off. Ideas????
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I bought Samsung SmartThings v2 hub on Amazon a few months ago and brought it from the States, along with five or six GE smart in-wall switches, some motion sensors, a front entry lock, and other stuff.
This week I had a few minutes and installed the switches in the wall.
First impressions, I really like SmartThings. Setup was painless using my phone. Discovered the first few switches easily, everything worked.
Second impressions -- range can be an issue inside a two-floor house with rebar/concrete (as is popular here, but rarely popular in the States).
I knew range would be an issue before I bought the stuff. Z-wave uses a 900mhz protocol which is generally better at range than 2.4ghz, but slower. Which is fine for this type of device. Z-wave is a mesh network, so that each device has the capability to relay commands to its neighbors in a mesh configuration.
This means that the hub itself doesn't need direct communication to ever device on the network, so long as there is a path to follow it can communicate by relay.
The first position I placed the hub worked fine for upstairs devices, but couldn't reliably communicate with the downstairs switches. I installed switches at the top of the staircase and the bottom, so it literally is as close as I could make two of the relay devices in the stairwell, but they don't seem to be able to communicate with each other even though they are about 5 meters apart diagonally (through concrete and rebar).
One obvious solution would be to have a hub upstairs, and one downstairs. And yes, that would allow devices to connect to a 'local' hub. But the issue is with issuing smart commands, for example a downstairs motion sensor couldn't trigger any upstairs lights if they are on different hubs.
I am still going to try and move the hub around and see if I can make it work. Unfortunately, not much time right now so may be a while... and second, this rent house (and all houses here for the most part) have the bare minimum electrical wall outlets. So options are extremely limited on where I can position the hub. Many rooms don't have power on three out of four walls for example, so it's amazingly annoying.
Will update later... but I definitely give a thumbs up so far if you are in a situation where there is no rebar involved.
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