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Alarm Feature Request

New Neighbor

Re: Contact Sensor Size

Kaadray,

 

Agreed! They are downright absurd! SimpliSafe's sensors are tiny and I actually purchased a system over the Ring for the size of the sensors and realized that you don't receive any remote capabilities if you don't pay them $25/month. I took the SimpliSafe back and purchased a Ring.

 

Back to the sensors, the main reason they are so big is that they use a much larger battery than other systems....potentially meaning few battery replacements through the years on "heavy use" doors. Every time you open a door the sensor wakes up and sends its status back to the base station. I have heard complaints on the batteries that are provided, I am new to the system so I can not attest to their longevity. 

 

Being a hardware engineer, I wonder why they need such big batteries....the new Z-Waze chips are designed to draw virtually nothing until there is an event in which they wake and send the command and then they go back to sleep. I have read many negative reviews that spoke of battery usage. Whether this is the battery or shotty programming, IDK....

 

Overall, I am very impressed with the system and its compatibility but there are some things that need ironing. Hopefully since they are Amazon owned now, they will have some decent engineers around to tweak the system, but that may be a pipedream.....

New Neighbor

Re: Contact Sensor Size

Yeah, I'd buy the battery argument expect a) even the non-battery side is 3 times the size of the non-battery side of the wireless sensors from traditional systems and b) the wireless sensors from my traditional system have been in place for 6+ years including on our most used doors w/o a battery swap and Ring is bragging about 3 years battery life with these.

New Neighbor

Re: Contact Sensor Size

First world problems right here. 🙄
New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request

I think the Ring system is useless unless it automatically arms at night and disarms in the morning
New Neighbor

Re: Contact Sensor Size

(responding two posts above, not directly above)

 

Excellent contribtion (is there where I put in the eye roll emoji?).

 

Having an personal alarm system with professional monitoring at all is entirely a first world discussion.

 

You might want to unsubscribe from a "please give us feedback and suggestions" thread if  feedback and suggestions cause your eyes such woes. 

Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request

I don't think so. I press a button at night for home and press one in the morning to disarm. Then I press it again for away mode. Really simple stuff. I'd like it to just read my brain and know what I want, when I want.
New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request

I think that you could improve the Retrofit Alarm Kit.  Currently it is just an adapter for wired contact sensors.  It is to expensive and doesn't have enough features to be considered a true retrofit kit.  It is more of a wired contact sensor adapter kit. 

It could be improved by adding the following features:

1) An option to power motion and glass break sensors.

2) Adding power (or at least a contact that could be used with external power) to drive existing external sireins.

3) Utilizing an external transformer for power with a larger internal backup battery.  More like a wired alarm system.

The Installation guide states that this is an "advanced DIY" project.  That said I don't believe that you need to be as constrained by size or ease of installation.

P.S. I recently installed the Ring dorbell pro and ring alarm kit and am very impressed with both.  I just wish that I could still utilize the glass break and motion sensors along with the sireins from my existing wired alarm system.

Thanks,

Walt10

New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request


@Eagle328 wrote:
I don't think so. I press a button at night for home and press one in the morning to disarm. Then I press it again for away mode. Really simple stuff. I'd like it to just read my brain and know what I want, when I want.

Or just tell Alexa, I'm leaving or Goodnight...

 

Ring is not for everyone for sure. But I wonder how many come in bashing the product just because.

New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Feature Request


@Walt10 wrote:

 

1) An option to power motion and glass break sensors.

2) Adding power (or at least a contact that could be used with external power) to drive existing external sireins.

3) Utilizing an external transformer for power with a larger internal backup battery.  More like a wired alarm system.

The Installation guide states that this is an "advanced DIY" project.  That said I don't believe that you need to be as constrained by size or ease of installation.

P.S. I recently installed the Ring dorbell pro and ring alarm kit and am very impressed with both.  I just wish that I could still utilize the glass break and motion sensors along with the sireins from my existing wired alarm system.

Thanks,

Walt10


I guess it probably related to cost on the expansion kit. A motion sensor retails for $30. Most homes have no more than 2 or 3, so you're better off with a 10 or 14 piece kit to start instead. This kit is best for those with 10+ contacts to cover (I think that's the break even point, or if you want to use hidden contacts).

 

Glass sensors are needed for sure. Would not surprise me if the existing Alexa Guard feature is a beta for a specific device. But echo dots as low as $25 (or even given away) it's a good stop-gag solution for now. Only issue is this only works in Away mode at this time.

 

About an external backup, simply add your own UPS. Even a $50 will give it plenty of extra time.

New Neighbor III

Re: Contact Sensor Size

Plus the 250' range sucks.

 

Is should be at least 1,000'