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MarkKane
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Posted - 06/09/2019 :  9:18:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All,
New to the forum, but a frequent admirer.
I have a new home (built in 2001) and is pre-wired with to all 30 doors/windows for an alarm. I’ve avoided ‘hub’ or Zwave hubs in favor of smart home tech that’s WiFi based to use with Echo/Alexa, but am really intrigued by Konnected which requires a hub like SmartThings to operate. No have a few questions:

First off, can anyone help deciphering how homes are prewired? I see all the sensors and 2-wire door/window and 4-wire motion wires at their respective ‘ends’, but there are 2 areas in the bedroom and again in the garage where there are electrical covers that contain that particular areas’ sensor wires and are all disconnected. Btw, the wired sensors have never been connected. The main panel area appears to link back to a central hub in the closet by the front door. I only find 9 of the 30 sensor wires there. There’s an old Ademco Vista 10p panel in the closet linked to wireless sensors (silly), and I got a few sensors working by linking them to the panel.
Shall I wire-nut the wires together (the bedroom and garage ‘zones’) for combined ‘zones’ back to the main panel or am I totally missing something here?

Secondly, does anyone use SmartThings or is that hub-based system a dying breed of smart home tech? I’d like to incorporate Zwave wireless sensors for water leaks into this security smart system. Which hub is recommended now...3rd Gen?

Thanks all!
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