Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm

Test 10/2019

  • Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm - front
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  • Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm - back
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  • Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm - boxed
  • Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm - alarm
  • Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm - detail
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  • Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm - detail3
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  • Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm - menu
Test seal: Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm, Rating 8.5

last modified: 12.11.2019, 10:18

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All rating criteria details:

Reliability 35%
Scope of the set 30%
Handling 15%
Range 10%
Installation 10%
Tested by: Jonas

Jonas

Resumee

The alarm system Smart Home Starter Set Alarm from Homematic IP is very simple and intuitive to operate and commission. However, the motion detector can sometimes be tricked and the scope of delivery is only sufficient to secure a small part of your home.

Pro

  • Expandable with many other Homematic IP products
  • Sabotage protection
  • Control via App
  • Emergency power supply

Cons

  • The siren could be more annoying and louder
  • Few components included

360° View

A reliable, easy to use starter set that could be a bit more extensive.

General information

The alarm system Smart Home Starter Set Alarm from Homematic IP is delivered in an illustrated packaging with information printed on it, which is easy to open. The respective device units are individually packed and provided with the necessary accessories. Each unit has an operating manual which is available in German and English, illustrated and easily understandable. The alarm system can be conveniently controlled from anywhere with the help of the app.

Scope of delivery

  • Access Point (LAN cable, power supply, mounting accessories)
  • Alarm siren (3x AA batteries, mounting accessories)
  • Window/door contact (2x cover flaps, 1x AAA battery, adhesive strips, reflector stickers, mounting accessories)
  • Motion detector (2x AA, mounting accessories)

Optics

The devices are all kept mainly in white.

Commissioning

To set up the access point, you must first download the corresponding "Homematic IP" app. The application is available for iOS and Android. After downloading it, plug the power supply into the wall socket and connect the LAN cable to the router. You will then be prompted to scan the QR code on the bottom of the device. If the LED is blue, you can confirm this in the app and start taking the first steps towards a safe home. The device was not able to connect directly to the server, after several attempts and following the instructions of the application it finally worked after a few minutes. This is not unusual as it may take some time until the access point is registered on the server.

menu overview
In the menu you can manage the different devices.

Teach devices and add rooms

Once you have successfully put the access point into operation, you can connect the other devices to the main unit and assign them to the appropriate rooms in your home. In the menu of the app, you will find the menu item "Learn device". If you have inserted the batteries and supplied the devices with power, the devices will connect automatically. Then you have the possibility to set the location of the device and individual settings can already be made.

Function

In the settings, you have the possibility to customize the different devices individually for your needs. For example, you can set how sensitive the individual devices should react to changes in the environment. In addition, you can choose between full protection and envelope protection, or completely disable the alarm. You can also manage the voice control in the settings.

Motion detector

The motion detector has a detection angle of approximately 105°. As soon as a movement is detected, the siren sounds an alarm within a few seconds. It is possible that certain movements may not be detected by the device. With large, long and slow steps I was able to remain undiscovered for a certain time in the detection angle of the motion detector. However, it has to be said that only in exceptional cases have I managed to trick the sensor and the motion detection is otherwise very sensitive and reliable.

Window/door contact

In order to fasten the sensor, a double-sided adhesive strip is included in the scope of delivery. When placing the sensor, make sure that it is placed in the upper third on the side of the window/door handle. The infrared sensor must also point in the direction of the window/door leaf. The optimal distance between the device and the window is 3 mm. As soon as the window or door is opened, the siren sounds the alarm.

Alarm siren
As soon as the siren sounds the alarm, red LEDs light up.

Alarm siren

As soon as the alarm has been activated and a movement has been detected, the siren immediately sounds the alarm. The volume at a distance of one meter is 89.3 dB.

Connection

With a distance of 25 meters to the base with lightweight walls between the devices, the connection works flawlessly. At a distance of one floor with concrete construction, the connection, unfortunately, can not withstand.

Safety

The devices all have sabotage protection, which immediately notifies you when someone starts fiddling with the sensors.

We have evaluated about 300 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 65 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are a good 30 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.6 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 65% positive and 30% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Motion sensor
  • Remote control
  • Easy to install


The following points were noted negatively:

  • Server problems
  • Temperature is inaccurate
  • Access Point not reachable
Manufacturer Homematic IP
EAN 4047976533480
Scope of delivery Access point, alarm siren, window/door contact, motion detector
Quality impression Good
Additional warranty -
Width Access Point: 11 cm, alarm siren: 12.6 cm, window/door contact: 1.3 cm, motion detector: 5.3 cm
Height Access Point: 2.5 cm, alarm siren: 4.7 cm, window/door contact: 10.0 cm, motion detector: 7.0 cm
Depth Access Point: 10 cm, alarm siren: 12.6 cm, window/door contact: 1.8 cm, motion detector: 3.3 cm
Weight 1400 g
Connectable sensors
Coverage angle 105°
Range About 25 meters for lightweight walls
Remote control Via App
Emergency power supply No information available
Acoustic alarm sound 89,3 dB
Battery type Motion detector: 2x AA, window and door contact: 1x AAA, alarm siren: 3x AA
Batteries necessary
Batteries included
Alarm siren
Motion detection
Smoke detector Available separately
Window/ door contact
Sabotage protection
Packaging Simple, printed with information
Quality of instructions Good
Manual language GER, GB
Scope of the set
Installation
Handling
Range
Reliability

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Questions

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2019-11-12
Is it even possible to operate the system, i.e. the starter kit, without CCU?
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AskGeorge.com
Yes, but then only Homematic IP devices can be used.
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2019-11-12
Can I use the thermostat in conjunction with the Access Point to set the desired temperature, but not measure it?
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AskGeorge.com
The thermostat measures the ACTUAL temperature but does not display it.
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2019-11-12
Can Homematic IP devices (thermostats, window contacts, etc.) be operated with rechargeable batteries or do batteries have to be used?
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AskGeorge.com
Batteries must be used.

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