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Alarm Feature Request

New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request - Sensor Placement Main Door

Would love the ability to control door sensor placement ( Main Door) by Mode. For example, if I have the alarm in Home mode (I am home right) and would like the exit delay on all or some door sensors. When the alarm is in away mode I want the alarm to sound as soon as the door opens. This would prevent false alarms as to when my wife forgets to disarm the system to let the dog out the back door and that sensor is set to secondary door. From what I have found If I change the sensor setting to "Main Door" to trigger the dealy that door has the delay no matter what mode the system is in.  I don't want all or certain doors to have a 30-sec delay when I am in away mode. 

 

Thx

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New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request

Time of day control for an indoor lamp on a GE outlet (all devices really)  and then off.  I want to be able to turn on a lamp plugged into a GE outlet at night to make it look like I am home.  

 

Other alarm systems allow me to control it based on alarm state as well: If the alarm is armed, then turn the outlet for the lamp on at sundown and turn it off at 11 PM .

 

This is a REALLY powerful idea to keep intruders away and should be really simple since Ring Alarm already has 'time of day' for some functions, and it has control of the GE outlet!

 

 

 

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New Neighbor II

Re: Alarm Feature Request


@BGorgas wrote:

Time of day control for an indoor lamp on a GE outlet (all devices really)  and then off.  I want to be able to turn on a lamp plugged into a GE outlet at night to make it look like I am home.  

 

Other alarm systems allow me to control it based on alarm state as well: If the alarm is armed, then turn the outlet for the lamp on at sundown and turn it off at 11 PM .

 

This is a REALLY powerful idea to keep intruders away and should be really simple since Ring Alarm already has 'time of day' for some functions, and it has control of the GE outlet!

 

 

 


In general, those are features of the devices themselves and not the alarm system. You could create schedules with their individual apps or automation with Alexa, Google or HomeKit.

 

Now, one feature of Alexa Guard is that it can randomize lights on/off when the system is armed. Look at "Away Lightning"

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New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request

Not all devices have dedicated apps, they all require a hub unless they are WiFi based. I have multiple devices that are paired directly with the Ring alarm. Yes, it is possible to set up routines, etc. through the Alexa app but you are still relying on an external service to provide these actions. It adds a point of failure that isn't necessary. I came home and my lights weren't on and later found out the scheduler I use for lighting was having "connectivity" issues to Ring.

 

It would be simple to expand Ring to include schedules, routines, actions based on events, etc. This would create a very powerful smart home hub since the unit has WiFi, Z-Wave, and ZigBee protocols built in. No need for extra hubs, bridges, apps, or services to fail.

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New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request

I see that Ring has IFTTT integration; does IFTTT have access to Ring Alarm functions allowing it to control the GE outlets ? If not, again that seems to be a really simple feature to add since the 'connection' is already there between Ring and IFTTT.

 

I'd rather not add something like Alexa into the Ring Alarm process.  There are a lot of security conversations/concerns around Alexa.

 

To the previous note: This is a security system.  The less we can rely on YET ANOTHER internet based "thing" to do something, the better.

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New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request

Currently IFTTT doesn't have any triggers other than for the doorbell. I use SimpleCommands for my light schedule and that gives access to most devices on the hub. However, I am still relying on an external service for my needs and has failed me once for a few days already. FWP, I had to actually had to use the light switch or app to turn on my lights.

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New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request

Thanks for the "simplecommands" note.  I guess that SimpleCommands is no better or worse than IFTTT !

 

It's funny that SimpleCommands has access to the Ring Alarm GE outlet devices and IFTTT (and probably other services) do not.

 

Do I need an Alexa account to work with SimpleCommands and Rin Alarm  or can I just setup a SimpleCommands account and link to my Ring Alarm  ?

 

Less is more on this stuff ! 

 

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New Neighbor II

Re: Alarm Feature Request

Simple commands routines can run autonomously. They can be triggered by ring sensors and/or used as "scenes" within an Alexa routine.  I'm not sure that you would actually need an Alexa device to use the Alexa app - probably do, but Amazon devices are cheap (currently $25 for an Echo Dot), fun  and useful 

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New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request

SimpleCommands is completely seperate from Alexa, so no Alexa needed,. Their service connects directly to the Ring API. The thing I like about it, is that they also have a SMS service that so you can receive text messages on sensor events, instead of just a notification from the ring app. You can also set it up to only alert on a schedule, so in a way you can add another "mode" of self monitoring.

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Neighbor II

Re: Alarm Feature Request

Simple Command also allows you to see the battery percentages, which I would like the Ring app to do itself.
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