A reliable, easy to use starter set that could be a bit more extensive.
Homematic IP Smart Home Starter Set Alarm
last modified: 12.11.2019, 10:18
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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.
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)
The devices are all kept mainly in white.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Scope of delivery||Access point, alarm siren, window/door contact, motion detector|
|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|
|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|
|Smoke detector||Available separately|
|Window/ door contact||✔|
|Packaging||Simple, printed with information|
|Quality of instructions||Good|
|Manual language||GER, GB|
|Scope of the set|
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