Making Legacy Home Security Setups a bit Smarter With Konnected

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One of the "gaps" in my  smart home setup at the moment is the burglar alarm. The burglar alarm I have in the house is functional and if you set it off it'll make plenty of noise and drive my neighbours nuts!

But it's not "smart", which means that I have no way of monitoring it when I'm out of the country or simply not at home. I had looked into a number of different "smart" alarm systems but they all involved replacing my existing system in its entirety. That seemed a bit wasteful, as the old system needed to be upgraded, not replaced entirely.

So when I stumbled across "Konnected" on KickStarter I was delighted. Now I know it's a Kickstarter project and that they are notorious for delays in delivery (or simply running out of money and not delivering at all!), but I can happily wait a few months. They're promising a delivery date of February 2018, which they're probably going to miss. But that's fine. I can wait.

Why is Konnected so interesting?

Because it works with legacy home security installs. You don't need to throw out all your existing sensors, but what's more is that you can add to the system using some of the newer home security gadgets available on the market. And it's not insanely expensive either. All you need to give your security setup a significant upgrade is a Samsung SmartThings hub and the cost-effective Konnected alarm panel.

I've already got a SmartThings hub so adding the Konnected panel to the mix when it arrives in a couple of months shouldn't be hard (hopefully!).

Here's a video that explains how it all works:

It'll integrate directly into the Smartthings mobile app's home security screen

Konnected works with Samsungs Smartthings hub

I also like the idea of using an old (or cheap) tablet as a control panel, which would be a nice upgrade for my house. I've got a very old iPad mini that might be suitable, though I suspect it might be too old! Either way a cheap tablet won't break the bank and there's some very slick in-wall iPad mounts that you can get. I really like how this one looks, for example:

ipad wall mount

Using something like Action Tiles I could provide myself with a one stop control panel for most of the house, which wouldn't be a bad thing!

While I'm waiting for the Konnected to be delivered I'll explore my wall mounting (and powering) options!

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3 Responses to Making Legacy Home Security Setups a bit Smarter With Konnected

  1. Dexter Psychedelic December 14, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    Hey hey 🙂 greetings from Dublin, I did exactly the same, action tiles, but Fire 7 tabled, and also added Hikvision cam with live feed on the tablet.
    Let me know when you figure out how to run hue scenes from action tiles easily.

  2. Michele Neylon December 14, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    Did you get a wall mount for the tablet and if so, which one?
    I am still playing around with Action Tiles and I haven’t got my Nest camera hooked into it all yet, though it’s on my list.
    I don’t have the Hue kit – I’ve currently got one LIFX, which works pretty well. I’m keeping an eye out for discounts to get a couple of more, as they’re very pricey.
    Thanks for your comment
    Michele

  3. Dexter Psychedelic December 14, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/A3J6al2Fc6bilHfg1

    My wall mount is https://office.needa.ie/3m-command-white-adhesive-poster-strips-pack-of-12.html?ppc_keyword=&gclid=Cj0KCQiA38jRBRCQARIsACEqIetTiPWMGo4pvyEYqOClIKeJqurTziFqhwqeD6SWCntX0HvOmQSpd3YaApyBEALw_wcB

    pm me on FB if you have any questions https://www.facebook.com/d3x0r

    I have smart things 20+ hue lights with automation , 2 movement sensors and logitech harmony with kodi on pi3 🙂 all synced 🙂

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