Hello, Smart Home: Sid & Kokil

When Sid and Kokil first moved to their new neighborhood, they heard some strange noises from the surrounding hills late at night. They turned to SmartThings to help monitor and secure their home from unwanted visitors–including the wild coyotes in the area (eek!).

Take off your shoes and check out their smart home!

Check out the other videos in the Hello, Smart Home series.


Want to recreate Sid & Kokil’s smart home setup in your crib? Here’s how:

Optional:
• Wall-mounted iPad

How to: Get Notifications When People Come & Go

Sid and Kokil use SmartThings to stay connected to each other and their kids. They do this two different ways: The first is that Sid and Kokil use their phones as presence-sensing devices. The second is that they give their school-aged son a SmartSense Presence sensor that he keeps on his backpack. Both options will allow you to get a push notification on your smartphone whenever people leave and approach home.

Here’s a post going in to much more detail about you can set this up to stay connected to people, pets, and cars, and here’s a video showing you can set this up:


How to: Get Notifications When There’s Unexpected Entry In Your Home

Sid and Kokil keep open/closed sensors on all of their ground-level windows. Whenever they’re not home and the windows unexpectedly open, they get push notifications on their phones letting them know someone has just opened their windows. Here’s a quick video showing you how you can set this up with SmartSense Multi, Open/Closed, or other SmartThings-compatible devices:


How to: Trigger Your Door to Unlock/Lock When You Come/Go

Sid and Kokil have a Kwikset lock on their front door and basement door. They can lock and unlock these doors with a simple tap of a button in the free SmartThings app. They can also trigger it to automatically unlock and lock when their SmartSense Presence sensors or their smartphones come and go. Here’s how:


How to: Automate Your Garage

Because Sid uses his smartphone as a presence device, his garage door automatically opens whenever he arrives, and closes behind him after he drives away. Here is a detailed post showing you how you can do this, and here’s a video showing you how to set this up in the free SmartThings app.


How to: Trigger Lights to Turn on When There’s Motion

Sid works a lot from his home office and has set the overhead lights to turn on automatically whenever there’s motion. To do this, he keeps a motion sensor above his door frame angled down toward the desk, and has purchased a few SmartThings-compatible light bulbs. Then using the free SmartThings app, he has set the lights to turn on whenever his Aeon Labs Multi-Sensor detects movement. Here’s how:


How to: Use Foscam Cameras with SmartThings

While Foscam is not officially supported by SmartThings yet, lots of developers in the SmartThings Community have figured out how to use it with their SmartThings setup. Full disclosure: It does take some technical know-how.

Sid says that he was able to do this by using the Foscam universal device as the device type in SmartThings. He provided the local IP address of the camera and set up the camera/router with a static IP address.

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  • Hi, what app is running on that Tablet?

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    Where can I find this within SmartThings?

  • Ron Anthony Quinn

    “Sid says that he was able to do this by using the Foscam universal device as the device type in SmartThings.”

    Where can I find this within SmartThings?

  • misa

    This is a warning!!!!!!!

    Do not use ST for any automation where you cannot verify the results in person every time (clearly defeats the purpose of using ST). This system is outright dangerous. Saying this system is a joke is being generous.

    For over a month, my wife and I kept finding our front door unlocked and garage door open in the morning. After blaming each other for several weeks, we eventually figured out that ST was the culprit.

    We have now verified that ST does indeed delay the automation that should occur upon arrival for hours until my family is fast asleep.

    It is absolutely irresponsible (even criminal) for SmartThings to claim that their system provides safely and security, when in fact, it places individuals and families at extreme risk. It’s just a matter of time before ST is sued for causing direct harm or contributing to personal loss and/or injury.

    ST is clearly and fully aware of these problems based on endless postings on ST’s community forums and the companies own half acknowledgments and apologies for the same.

  • misa

    Don’t be fooled by these made up marketing stories! Following is just one problem from a boundless list of problems with ST.

    Do not use ST for any automation where you cannot verify the results in person every time (clearly defeats the purpose of using ST). This product is outright dangerous. Calling this system a joke is being generous.

    For over a month, my wife and I kept finding our front door unlocked and garage door open in the morning. After blaming each other for several weeks, we have now verified that ST is indeed the culprit. The system is delaying the automation that should occur upon arrival, and unlocking the front door and opening the garage when my family is fast asleep.

    It is absolutely irresponsible (even criminal) for SmartThings to claim that their system provides safely and security, when in fact, it places individuals and families at extreme risk. It’s just a matter of time before ST is sued for causing direct harm or contributing to personal loss and/or injury.

    Do not trust this company!!!!!!

    ST is clearly and fully aware of these problems based on endless postings on ST’s community forums and the company’s own half acknowledgments and apologies for the same.

  • lucy Smith

    After blaming each other for several weeks, we eventually figured out that ST was the culprit.Casquette Snapback

  • lucy Smith

    Full disclosure: It doestake some technical know-how.Casquette Obey

  • Moral Max

    Full disclosure: It doestake some technical know-how.Casquette Huf