Aeotec Siren 6

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Proconductor: Ateotec
Category: Actuator
Type: Siren
Technology: Z-Wave More
Installation difficulties: Bassa
Ease of use: Alta
Availability: Amazon
Review review: 1.0

Aeotec Indoor Siren - Package

FIATO AL TROMBE

There are still not many sirens for alarm use with a domotic soul: Aeotec he knows this and with his "Indoor Siren" solution he tries to fill that gap. Aeotec Siren 6 it's a small mains powered siren unit (low voltage, including transformer) equipped, as a large part of the components of the line Aeotec Home Automation, of support to the proProtocol Z-Wave More.

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Being an actuator mains powered, it also acts indirectly from repeater Z-Wave, therefore its installation indirectly helps to expand the radio range in the prohome (or in the environment in which it is installed). Moreover, it supports the S2 safety standard, which is expressly designed to avoid tampering with operating frequencies Z-Wave, ensuring that the unit can always work, even in the presence of ill-intentioned people.

Obviously his adoption takes his presence for granted of a network Z-Wave already defined, which can be achieved thanks toAeotec Z-Stick or similar components which support this prostandard tocollo.

Characteristics

The unit shows up small, compact, made of light colored ABS plastic. The dimensions are compact, 7 cm. on the side, for a weight of about 100 grams. On the back it is positioned entrance reserved for food as well as the button pairing, while the front is totally dedicated to the acoustic exit cone of the siren itself, as well as to a plate that hides some LEDs which we will discuss later.

Aeotec Indoor Siren - UnitThe siren (expressly designed for indoor use) can be mounted both on the wall as well as freely appobjected on flat surfaces; it goes without saying that a positionnamened in places that are inconvenient and unreachable both among the councils of the promanufacturer (and one of ours), especially where the siren is used as a deterrent anti-burglary system.

But what exactly does this siren do?
Well… it sounds.

It does - and this is also obvious - in the face of the engagement by the domotics, where home automation, as we will see below, is understood as theHUB to which it is connected via proProtocol Z-Wave and where they are wired the functional logicsnamento of the security system and / or other type of notification (flooding, smoking, etc.).

Regarding the sound pressure (measured by us) is about 90db at a distance of half a meter against the declared 105db - so nothing explosive - but still noisy to the point of being perceived by the immediate neighborhood as well as by any occupants. Aeotec Siren 6 also has LEDs luminosi (about 1000 the lumens declared by produttore) hidden, as anticipated, on the front, able to alert us also visually in case of alarm.

With a backup battery, the unit can operate even in the absence of power up to four hours. More sirens can live together without proproblems on the same environment and on the same network Z-Wave. An anti-tamper seismic sensor concludes the functional picture.

Finally, the siren can be used (at the same time as ordinary use) as bell for entrances thanks to the support of theAeotec Outdoor Button (also Z-Wave): 16 different ringtones for a wireless bell.

Aeotec Indoor Siren - Button

Compatibility

Z-Wave More

As with any component based on proProtocol Z-Wave, the analysis in terms of compatibility it must be carried out in relation not so much to the direct compatibility that the component offers (physiologically nothing) as to that indirectly guaranteed by personal domotics at which the net Z-Wave - on which the component is attested - is managed.

If we consider - as we find it right to do in these cases - the possible compatibility by integrating the component into a personal HUB(as appromerged in the following paragraph), then this compatibility is maximum, as the adoption of personal HUBprovides compatibility to all smart speakers, ad AppHomeKit to IFTTT and much more.

Nb inDomus has tested the actuator in real use conditionsnamento a dongle Z-Wave Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5. No malfunctions were detected during the testsnameno loss of connection.

Domotics integrability

In terms of home automation integrability, Aeotec Siren 6 presents lights and shadows.

HOME ASSISTANT

Usually with Home Assistant manage a network Z-Wave it's pretty simple; once this network has been defined (for example, with the help of Aeotec Z-Stick or similar) add a node like Aeotec Siren 6 theoretically it would be immediate. Unfortunately today this is not possible due to component obsolescence Open Z-Wave used by Home Assistant in 1.4 version. Given the compatibility of Aeotec Siren 6 with the 1.6 version, such integration will not be possible until Home Assistant don't update to this version of Open Z-Wave (of which, obviously, we will give you news not appena available).

HOMEY

Homey it's a personal hardware HUB equipped with antenna Z-Wave, which allows to manage networks of this type: one would therefore expect to be able to integrate the siren without proproblems. But no: theapp Homey "Aeotecno supports, to date, this siren (but only the previous model), so today it is not possible to integrate it with Homey. When the component is updated, proprobably this will be possible.

openHAB and Domoticz

Su openHAB e Domoticz, Unlike Home Assistant, natively support the management of networks Z-Wave and of the OZW 1.6 support, therefore with these HUB it is possible to integrate the actuator.

HOMEBRIDGE

Homebridge, BRIDGE software to make compatible with AppHomeKit devices that are not natively compatible with this standard do not seem to have a plugin that can be managed directly a network Z-Wave: it is more natural to imagine the availability of a plugin that allows Homebridge to dialogue with others HUB able to manage the component. This is the case - and it's just an example - of the plugin "homebridge-zway“, Which allows you to connect Homebridge with a server instance Z-Way, a software component that allows you to manage a network in its entirety Z-Wave starting from USB or similar antennas (eg. Aeotec Z-Stick).

Practically:

  • you install Z-Way;
  • an antenna is configured on it Z-Wave (Eg. Aeotec Z-Stick) and consequently defines the profirst network Z-Wave;
  • let's get in theAeotec Siren 6 in the network Z-Wave appen defined;
  • connects Homebridge to Z-Way through “homebridge-zway";
  • at this point theapp "Home" will see the accessory Aeotec Siren 6 as single buttons that can then be associated with actions.

It works, but it makes more sense to manage the network directly Z-Wave from a HUB How Home Assistant o Homey and then through them "expose" the entities Z-Wave ad Appthe HomeKits.

HUBIntegrabilitàNote
Home Assistant✖️Support not guaranteed for obsolete version of Open Z-Wave in use by Home Assistant
Homebridge (Appthe HomeKits)✔️Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave via Z-Way and its integration plugin
openHAB✔️Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave.
Domoticz✖️Theapp "Aeotec"Of Homey does not support this siren model.
Homey✔️Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave.

Evaluation

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Aeotec Indoor Siren - BoAThe components Aeotec solitamente excite us, this siren, instead, conquers little more than enough.

It is well built, sound pressure is not crazy, but valid; altogether it is a rather simple actuator (but on the other hand one cannot expect too much from a siren). Definitely integrated into the propria domotica can guarantee a series of functions, starting from the use as a deterrent anti-burglary system to arrive at that as a domestic doorbell. We certainly like the presence of the seismic sensor anti-burglary and the possibility of acting as a repeater Z-Wave.

Certainly adherence to the S2 safety standard it's a big plus of this component: it is an important guarantee with respect to the reliability and minimization of the possibility of tampering by the bad guys.

If you need a siren that sounds when it's needed and it's safe, surely Aeotec Siren 6 is the case proprio. But let's not expect anything more than this.


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