The start of your Smart Home

How do I know what I need?

Well, that’s exactly why we’ve put together this Knowledge Base. It is absolutely natural to feel overwhelmed when looking for the perfect device - there are so many things to consider. They all can have different technical specifications, connection types, sizes, colours, cable lengths.

When it comes to Smart sensors, here’s what you should look out for:

Does the colour, size and design match your interior?
How will you be connecting the Smart sensor?
How will you set it up?
Since you’re already here – congrats, you’re on the right path! In the article below we have put together a list of most important things to consider. We can’t make the decision for you, but we will try and be with you every step of the way.

Why do I need a Smart sensor?

If you’re not sure how to start your Smart Home journey, a Smart sensor is the perfect place to start. It’s a small device that sends a notification to your phone every time it’s triggered. Be it from opening a window, door or even the refridgerator. However, it’s only when you use it on it’s own. Once you start connecting other devices to the sensor, the results are almost magic. We can even call our sensor the gatekeeper of your Smart Home. Imagine opening the front door and in that moment everything begins: heating, lights, music. It’s like you never left. All that happens because a little device attached to your door gets triggered and sends signals to the rest of the Smart Home Ecosystem.

Intrigued? Keep reading! We have so much to tell you!

What is a door/window sensor?

A Smart sensor is a small device that comes in two parts and is then attached to a door or a window. The main (usually larger) piece is attached to the frame and the additional (usually smaller) piece – to the window or door.


How is a Smart sensor used?

A Smart sensor can be considered as a starting point to your Smart Home experience and used in a lot of different ways. But the main function remains the same – informing you once the sensor is triggered. This device can let you know every time the window, door, closet, drawer or even the refridgerator is opened. Once it has done that it can also trigger other smart devices connected to it. For example, when you open your fron door after a long day at work and the sensor is triggered it can then send a signal to a Smart Socket that will switch on your heater, TV and desk lamp. Imagine coming back to a warm and lively home!

How does it all connect?

It is very important to research the ways your new device would connect to your phone and other devices. Smart sensors can come with a few different connection types. Such as: Zigbee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.  There are pros and cons to each of those types.

Zigbee & Z-Wave

 If you choose the ones with Zigbee or Z-Wave connection you’ll have to purchase an additional Smart Home hub. It’s a central control device that all your Smart Home devices would have to be connected and then you would connect to the hub through a mobile app and control it from there.

Bluetooth

 If you choose the ones with a Bluetooth connection, you will save some money by not having to buy an additional hub, but the control distance will be limited to about 10 meters.

Wi-Fi

And finally, our personal favourite, devices with Wi-Fi that connect to your existing router and can be controlled remotely. The only drawback that we could come up is that if your Wi-Fi is down, so is the sensor.

How will a Smart sensor look in my home?

Since the sensor is not something that can be easily hidden in the closet or behind furniture, it is very important to choose the right design. Make sure that the design is sleek and discrete  and the colour matches the interior. For example, the ACME Smart door/window sensor is a small, white device that can perfectly blend in with a window frame.

How do I install a Smart sensor?

Some sensors are fixed to the doors and windows using double-sided  sticky tape while others are fixed with screws. Our advice is to pick one with the double-sided sticky tape. This way you won’t have to drill permanent holes in your door or window frame.

Can I use a Smart sensor instead of an intruder alarm?

We do not recommend relying solely on a Smart sensor to keep your home safe from burglars, but it can be used as an additional precaution. Some sensors come with tamper-proof detection. It means that if someone tries to remove the device it will alert you with a notification to your phone. Also there are devices that show security history i.e our ACME door/window sensor lets you track your home security trends by showing you statistics about window and door activity and check if your windows and doors are open or closed.

How do I get notified?

Some sensors come with a built-in alarm that will make a sound every time the sensor is triggered. While others will not make a sound themselves, but will notify you by sending you notifications to your phone instead.

How long does the battery o a Smart sensors last?

Knowing how long the battery will last and being notified when it’s about to be out of charge is essential for a Smart sensor owner. Always check what kind of batteries the device uses before making a purchase. Also, find out how long is the battery life and how easy is it to replace them. For example, the battery charge level for an ACME door/window sensor can be tracked by using the Smart Life mobile app.

How would I control a Smart sensor?

When choosing a smart device, the mobile application is super important. If you’re a first-time user, make sure that application is not over-complicated and covers all your needs. For example, all our ACME Smart Home devices are controlled with the Smart Life application that is really intuitive and simple to use.  

Google? Alexa? Help!

Many of us now use a virtual assistant of some kind to make our lives easier. When looking for a Smart Home device you might want to check whether or not it is compatible with any of the virtual assistants. In case you were wondering, all ACME Smart Home devices can be controlled with the help of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Hopefully this was uselful and made your decision making process easier! If you’re still unsure about what to choose, drop us an e-mail on letstalk@acme.eu

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