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Reply #45 - Apr 4th, 2017 at 6:14am
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Reply #46 - Apr 4th, 2017 at 10:28am
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I'm wondering if SmartThings will finally start supporting multiple hubs for a single instance?  At the moment, using two hubs requires essentially two totally different instances, and devices can't talk across them (e.g. a motion sensor on one hub can't send an alert to a device on another hub).


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Reply #47 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 5:13am
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Laura finally has a smart phone!

Bob, what smart locks do you have?  Do they have deadbolts?

I know I want to reinforce the door frames, not sure if you did that.

Also, do you have a doorbell camera?
  

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Reply #48 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 8:05am
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I spent a lot of time looking at the various Z-Wave/Zigbee door locks, and finally went with Schlage FE599NX locks.  There were other options, but several had some serious reliability and security issues.  This is the style I went with:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083GJ17G/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF...

I haven't picked up a doorbell camera because they all seem a bit janky so far.  The Ring doorbell is stuck in its own ecosystem, and others like Skybell don't seem to have very good reliability.  I just picked up a Foscam outdoor camera for the front of the house a couple weeks ago, but it is currently sitting in my office waiting for installation.  It integrates with both SmartThings and Synology, so I think that might be a good alternative.  The motion detection seems to work really well, and you can configure it to send an alarm through SmartThings (and to your phone) and to record clips to your Synology when motion is detected.

I ordered the outdoor model with 1440p resolution and power-over-ethernet support (my switch does PoE natively), but there are other models that can provide wireless connectivity if you've got a power supply nearby.  Here's the one I got:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LXWLK3N/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF...


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Reply #49 - Sep 8th, 2018 at 12:30am
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How do you use dead bolts with the Schlage locks you got?  Or do you just use dead bolts when you're home?
  

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Reply #50 - Oct 20th, 2018 at 10:35pm
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Sorry, somehow I missed seeing this post!  We don't have deadbolts, sadly.  We are replacing both of our entry doors next spring, and I'm planning on ordering custom doors that have the deadbolt situated a bit higher up the door than normal.  That will allow me to use both a smart door lock and a smart deadbolt.


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