Hello All! This may sound like an ODD question, but nonetheless, here goes. We purchased our house pre-built around 30 years ago. It came with two hardwired smoke detectors - one on the upstairs hall wall (between two bedrooms), and the other on the ceiling of the downstairs hall between the kitchen, family, dining, and living room. Note, this is a small Cape Cod, <1200 sqft, so the "downstairs hall" is less than 12ft long with 4 entrances on it. Anyway, the layout of the house is such that even the smallest amounts of smoke (like pizza dripping cheese in the oven) or even steam (I've been making waffles a lot, recently) will set off the downstairs smoke detector - photoelectric First Alerts, with the Ring listener nearby. Finally, the question - Lets say I'm making waffles, and the steam sets off the alarm. What sequence do I follow to successfully silence both systems and cancel any response in the least amount of time? Do I head to the back door keypad, enter my house code, and hit disarm, then go to the smoke detector with a long wooden spoon and hit Mute? Or the other way - hit Mute on the smoke detector, and then back to the keypad to disarm it. When it happened yesterday - I hit mute on the smoke detector, then opened the app and hit Disarm (I think) in that. I couldn't think what I should do on the keypad at all. I want to know how to do this quickly & efficiently *before* I activate the Monitoring package I've had for several months now... And I need to let my wife and house sitters know the "best procedure" as well. Thanks.
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Hi All! TL;DR Version - I have Zwave devices from Insteon system. Can I get same level of usuability if I move them to my new Ring system? Background: I current have my house fully Insteon'd with 2 notable Zwave devices - a Kwikset Smartcode 916 and a FirstAlert Smoke/CO2 Zwave. I see that the FirstAlert is in their list of accepted devices, and that another Zwave Kwikset is also. Aside from "warrenty" / "guarenty" status (I understand that none of the existing devices will be guarenteed to work), has anyone out there done this integration? Right now, I'm looking at "Status Quo" - keeping everything on my Insteon system, and maintaining two security systems (one for door LOCK & fire ALARM and second for door & window sensors, freeze sensors, etc - the stuff I just bough from Ring). I would PREFER to move the two Zwave devices to the Ring system, but before I go down that road, I would like to hear if ANYONE out there has done this. If so, I have 3 questions: 1) Will it work reliably? Should I even go down this road. 2) Will I still get extended status - remotely check / change door lock status, battery levels 3) Will I still be able to remotely update the door lock combinations? WRT 2 & 3; I don't need to be able to do them in the way I do them now, I just need to know if there is *some*way* to do them. Thanks and sorry for the long post.
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