Konnected Alarm Panel – Make Your Wired Alarm Smart

I was browsing Kickstarter the other day checking out some of the cool geeky and tech ideas people are implementing when I came across the Konnected Alarm Panel.

“Revive Your Wired Alarm System: Connect your existing wired alarm system to a smart home security system using SmartThings or Home Assistant. No more monthly fees!”

Currently, I have an openHab based Home Automation system connected to my DSC Alarm. This required the purchase of a $110 EnvisaLink EVL-4. One big con of the Envisalink is it only has Ethernet. I tried running it off of a wifi to ethernet bridge for awhile but it would lose connection frequently and eventually I had to bite the bullet and run an ethernet cable. I was able to do this myself, but if I had not been able to it would have cost me additional money to have a professional run it.

EyezOn Envisalink EVL-4EZR IP Security Interface Module for DSC and Honeywell (Ademco) Security Systems, Compatible with Alexa
  • TAKE CONTROL - The EnvisaLink allows you to view the status of and even control your alarm panel through a standard web-browser or smart-phone. VOIP Friendly
  • FULLY UPGRADABLE - As new software features become available the EnvisaLink is easily upgraded over the network and automatically keeps itself up to date
  • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS - Through the built in TPI (third party interface) the EnvisaLink is already compatible with many major home automation systems and numerous 3rd party Android and iPhone apps
  • ENVISALERTS SERVICE - With the addition of the free EnvisAlerts service your control is enhanced and can be extended to anywhere in the world

Last update on 2021-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Right away, one advantage of the Konnected Alarm Panel is it uses WiFi. Their concept is so simple it is genius, remove your existing Alarm Panel and connect the sensor wires to Konnected.

I really like that this is based on the NodeMCU – ESP8266. As you know we use this in out WiFi Garage Door and it has been rock solid! https://www.wemustbegeeks.com/esp8266-nodemcu-wifi-iot-garage-door-opener-relay-with-cayenne/

I think I will let the Konnected Creator, Nate Clark tell you about it himself:

Requirements:

Right now in order to use your will need either a Samsung Smart Things or your Home Assistant install(free open source). What, no openHAB support??!?! I know, I already yelled at Nate about this and this is something we’ll both work together to make happen.

Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Hub 2nd Gen.
  • Your smart home needs a brain, so get started with a SmartThings Hub. It connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together
  • Add smart devices and put your home to work. Choose from a wide range of compatible devices, including lights, speakers, locks, thermostats, sensors, and more
  • Use the SmartThings app or Amazon Alexa to control your smart home. Teach your house new tricks by telling it what to do when you’re asleep, awake, away, and back home
  • Power: In-wall power adapter with about 10 hours of backup power from 4 AA batteries (included) Communication. Protocol: ZigBee, Z-Wave, IP. Range: 50-130 feet Operating Temperature: 41 to 95°F. Compatible Brands: Honeywell, Philips Hue, Kwikset
  • Requires an internet-connected Wi-Fi router with an available Ethernet port, plus the free SmartThings app for Android (4.1 or later) or iPhone (iOS 9.0 or later)

Last update on 2021-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Right now I am thinking the Konnected Alarm Panel and a Smartthings will be a great present for my inlaws. For them, I need to Keep It Simple and this will be a great combo.!

We’ll have our hands on an early version of the Konnected Alarm Panel and will update this post after we install it.

Konnected already has this installed in 500 homes and are now looking to expand production via a Kickstarter which ends in just a few days. Go ahead and check out their Kickstarter campaign!

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nateclark/konnected-alarm-panel-revive-your-wired-alarm-syst?ref=home_recommended

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