Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

Yeah, mine hasnt increased in price.
Well, it was a promo price of like $20 for the first year.. then went up to its regular pricing.. but has not changed from that.

Now, if you start adding other devices.. Adding a camera, adding the light controls, etc..  there is extra 'monitoring/control' montly feed associated with it.  That could drive the price up.
But that should have been explained when obtaining the service.

As well should show up as a seperate line on the bill.



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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

Hi,

 

Would it be possible to add a non-Rogers Camera to existing monitoring system?

  

Thank

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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

Hello @AKA_KC

Unfortunately you can not from what I know. I have asked the same but the answer was NO. You need to use the Rogers cameras which they give u. I do hope in the future they enable it.

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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

I am guessing due to the nature of how it interacts with the system.. it needs to be pretty specific.

While any IP camera should work in the case of being able to see it from it, etc... it would need to be able to talk/communicate specifically with the rest of the rogers system.. (specific protocols, etc?) to be able to do its functions like to send video to the system to be sent out to you, etc.



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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

I've recently ditched thermostat, lighting, and water sensor and replaced with samsung smartthings hub. 

 

less than 1 year pay back on cancelling the 3.50/month charge for each one of those services.

 

pearl thermostat works with smarthings, as do a few of the old appliance plug-in switches.


@Gdkitty wrote:

I am guessing due to the nature of how it interacts with the system.. it needs to be pretty specific.

While any IP camera should work in the case of being able to see it from it, etc... it would need to be able to talk/communicate specifically with the rest of the rogers system.. (specific protocols, etc?) to be able to do its functions like to send video to the system to be sent out to you, etc.



@Gdkitty wrote:

I am guessing due to the nature of how it interacts with the system.. it needs to be pretty specific.

While any IP camera should work in the case of being able to see it from it, etc... it would need to be able to talk/communicate specifically with the rest of the rogers system.. (specific protocols, etc?) to be able to do its functions like to send video to the system to be sent out to you, etc.




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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

Yes, there are many other options for most of the things.. wireless switches, thermostats, smoke detectors, etc.. which still work wirelessly, and be able to communicate to, outside of the house, without having to have the rogers system and pay the additional fee.

 

I use about 3 different ones at home, ontop of my rogers system (Wemo, nest, iComfort thermostat).

The ONLY advantage with the rogers system.. is the ability to chain/connect actions.

- Smoke detector goes off, while system in allarmed state? Contact the fire dept.

- If time is > 7pm, when the front door is open, trigger light control to turn on the front hall lights automatically.

Things like that



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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

I'm also thinking of doing the same, as i have stopped 24/7 monitoring but paying approximate $30/month for web access. I have this since 2011..so about time...i understand if i pay $10 or something for web access and wireless self monitoring..

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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

I think the current plans, its $20 for the bassic package.
Automation, and remote access & alerts.

 

Unfortunately  you wont likely really see it any cheaper than that, due to part of that, is the RENTAL of the touchpad. (that is the only part of the system that no one owns)

 

One thing i like about the newer pad, and the monitoring, if you so choose to use it, is that it has 2 way voice.
Now the first contact they try is actually to contact the house touchpad (asking for the security code), before even then calling the first contact, etc.



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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment

Just checking to see if you ever go this working and if so what you replaced the Rogers pad / hub with to control everything?  

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Re: Repurposing Smart Home Monitoring Equipment


I have rogers hardware from SHM, I cancelled service since the system did not work properly, Rogers left the hardware, however i want to use the camera but I hear it will not work with any other service then why do rogers make holes in walls if that does not work with any other device and why do they sell saying it will work with other services, I will complain Office of the Ombudsman that rogers sale man should not false advertise that the Camera will work after 2 year contract term ended.

I hope someone help me to make the camera work without the RSHM .