Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Door/Window Sensor, 2nd Edition (DSB
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- Signal up to 6 associated Z-Wave devices when contact is broken
- 300 foot communicating Z-Wave RF range
- Long 2 year battery life
- Tamper prevention security trigger
- DIY installation with double stick tape or screws
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This 2nd Edition Z-Wave Door/Window Sensor from Aeotec has all the functionality of the original but in a smaller shell with a longer battery life. The Z-Wave Door/Window sensor integrates into a Z-Wave network and will communicate with up to six devices that have been associated with it. This sensor installs on a door frame, window frame, drawer or any object in a home that can be opened and closed. When the sensors contact is broken it will automatically send a command to the associated devices triggering the desired response; turning lights on, setting off the alarm, turning off the thermostat, or any other application that you have programmed. The sensor is also capable of protecting itself as it has a built-in tamper detection system which will sound an alarm in the event someone is attempting to interfere with it. Communications from the Z-Wave Door/Window Sensor are sent wirelessly over radio frequency (RF) with a range over 300 feet in open space. The Z-Wave Door/Window Sensor 2nd Edition is powered by two AAA batteries that will provide enough power for an average lifespan of two years and a low battery alert will let you know when they need to be changed. This sensor is designed for a quick do-it-yourself installation. The sensor is light enough that it can be installed using double stick tape (included) or, for a sturdier fit, with screws (included).
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Aeon Labs' sensor has smallest form factor. Ecolink and Schlage are almost identical. (Their motion sensors are almost identical. I assume that they share the same manufacturer.) Everyspring, in my opinion, is insanely large. Philio is a multi-sensor. Unfortunately, it may not be a good idea to have a PIR motion sensor on the same sensor as the open/close sensor. If I have a curtain or window blind, then the PIR motion sensor will be useless. SmartThings is reasonable in terms of size and form factor, but unfortunately, it is very price. Personally, I will recommend Aeon Labs' sensor because of its form factor.
TIPS: if you have trouble, reset to factory settings by holding z-wave button for 20 seconds. While setting up, you have a 10-minute window after pairing with z-stick to program your software, or it won't be "awake" for programming/pinging.
SUMMARY: I would buy more of these, and plan to, for other uses TBD. I'm also planning to see how long one lasts as an outdoor gate monitor.
This sensor connected to my SmartThings hub easily. I added the sensor to my system sitting at my kitchen table. Then I made the 83-foot trek out to my detached garage and attached it using 3M picture hanging strips to the exterior, outside top corner of the freezer door.
The entire operation took 10 minutes (1 of which was prying the batteries out of the plastic in which they were sealed).
It works very well. I can monitor every time my 8-year-old and/or the husband gets into the freezer to snag an ice cream. The sensor is not obtrusive. I did have to move the magnet a little closer than the 2 centimeters they state works in the instructions. I think they are separated by about 1/3 inch.
(Caveats: I have two Z-wave light switches hardwired into the wall about 5 feet from the freezer, so range is not an issue.)
This sensor uses 2 aaa batterys which it comes with, (since i will be using this in a cold location i will be swapping out these batterys for energizer ultimate lithium ion as those are rated for extreme temperatures). The batterys are easy to replace when that time comes. I like the fact that it comes with screws and double sided tape to secure the sensor.
The reason i deducted 1 star is becouse the shell for the sesor comes apart too easy. Other than that, it seems like a great addition to my smart home project.
I did not have a issues with the product's plastic easily breaking like other users. Unit seemed as tough as the Ecolink. It would take some clumsy handling to snap the case or any other plastic component.
Then the status was froze in 'open' mode. Even after I removed the batteries, it acted like it was open.
Then it took a while to exclude it from the network. Both smartthings and Aeon Labd referred to the other's instructions.
Ok, here's the fix. I removed the batteries from the switch for a while. I logged into my smartthings account via the web. I deleted the unresponsive switch. Then using the iPhone app, I searched for the specific name of the switch. While it was searching, I then plugged in the batteries. Then hit the z-wave button. The app detected it correctly, and I finished the installation.