On our most recent IoT Podcast episode, Noah called in to our voicemail hotline with a smart home integration question. Noah uses a Wyze Home Monitory System and a Nest x Yale lock in his smart home. He wants to disarm the Wyze alarm system when typing in the numeric code on the Nest x Yale keypad, which unlocks the door.
You’d think that wouldn’t be hard. But it is difficult, if not downright impossible from a native integration standpoint.
I have the same smart lock on my front door that Noah has and frankly, it doesn’t work with much these days. When the “Works with Nest” platform was around, I was able to integrate the lock with other devices. However, that platform was changed to “Works with Google” and has rendered many prior Nest integrations inoperable.
Natively, there’s no current way to connect Wyze products with a Nest lock these days. So we looked into third-party options before coming up short.
IFTTT came to mind and while that automation service does support both Wyze and Nest, it doesn’t support these particular products. You can use IFTTT with Wyze cameras or sensors but not on the security system. And you can connect Nest thermostats with other non-Nest devices, but you can’t use IFTTT with Nest locks.
Google did quietly announce a potential solution at its Google I/O 2021 event last week that’s worth a mention. It’s called the Device Access Console.
We looked into this and found that it’s not ideal. You have to pay a one-time developer fee of $5, for starters. Then you can (theoretically) create a Nest integration on your own but… Google doesn’t provide much in the way of examples or instructions. Still, this may be worth a look.
For now, Noah may want to add a Wyze keypad (or install one if he has it already) near the entrance with the Nest lock.
No, it won’t automatically disable the alarm when the Nest keycode is entered but it would disarm the system with an alphanumeric code. Yes, a second one. It’s either that or use the Wyze mobile app to manually disarm the system on a phone when approaching that door with the Nest x Yale lock.
Our hope is that the “Works with Google” platform ramps up in the near future and that Wyze makes an effort to take advantage of that. For now? A lack of integrations is keeping the door locked on the smart home.
To hear Noah’s question in full, as well as our discussion on the topic, tune in to the IoT Podcast below.
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Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?
Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.
Today, we’re running through 7 of the best smart heating thermostats and systems, comparing features, benefits and what type of home they’re most suitable for.
– 7 day, & 5/2 day scheduling with a pre-configured schedule included
– Choice of up to 4 time periods a day
– Minimum On-Time & Cycle Rate settings ensuring compatibility with many boilers
– Table stand for ease of positioning
– Alert messages to assist fault-finding with a fail-safe mode
– Wireless technology makes upgrading easier and the installation time shorter with less wiring involved
– Homes that require high levels of automatic control that provide significant energy efficiency for a wide range of boilers and systems.
– Single Heating Zone Control
– 7 Day, 5/2 Day, or 24 Hour Control
– Programmable Room Thermostat
– Easily Programmed With The Associated App
– Homes that are just starting to take the first steps into using smart home heating
– Homes that need a single heating zone control
– Homes that have either combination or standard boiler systems
– Touch-screen interface simplifies scheduling, changing and overriding temperature
– Location-based programming (geo-fencing) adds an automated layer of control, adjusting the customer’s home heating based on their location
– Scheduling features include 7 and 5/2 day bespoke scheduling with up to 6 time periods a day
– Simple flip-up wiring bar for easy access and an easy-to-install boiler or zone valve interface
– Direct wall mounting or wall-box mounting
– Optimisation features include optimum start and stop & delayed start boiler control. Allows the thermostat and boiler to work more efficiently together
– Homes with any boiler and almost every heating system
– Homes with 230V on/off OpenTherm appliances (gas boilers, combi boilers and heat pumps)
– Ability to control water temperature and heating
– Self-learning functions to make every experience a unique one, helping it to understand your home’s needs
– Using a smart weather compensation feature and weather data, the vSMART can tell your boiler how hard it has to work to get your home to your required temperature
– You can connect multiple vSMART controllers to one app
– Homes with Valliant ecoTEC system/open vented boilers
– Households that want to be able to control water temperature from anywhere too
– A 7-day full programmer that gives great flexibility offering up to three on/off switchings per day
– LoT display, providing text feedback that gives help and programming hints
– Automatic Summer/Winter 1 hour time change
– Choice of 3 different built-in programmes
– ‘Holiday’ button
– Homes with heating and stored hot water in complete systems
– Homes with older gravity circulation stored hot water systems, where there’s no interlocking control valve
– Households with different heating needs from day-to-day
– One channel thermostat system with two radiator thermostats to start zoning your system
– Smart heating & hot water control
– Quick & simple to install using an industry-standard backplate
– Easy Zoning with the addition of extra Wiser Radiator Thermostats
– Homes with combination boilers
– Households that want to start a zoned system to control individual zones within the home
– Automatic time and temperature control of domestic heating premises
– Optimum Start, Optimum Stop and Delayed Start
– No installer links or switches on the back of the unit means no adjustment is required for combi boilers and most central heating systems
– Scheduled maintenance alert
– Automatic Summer/Winter time change
– Up to four independent time & temperature settings
– Auto, manual, holiday, override and off (frost) modes
– Domestic premises
– Most central heating systems and combi boilers
For more smart home heating controls, check out our full range today at MonsterPlumb. If you’re not interested in smart technology when it comes to controlling the heating and water temperature in your home, take a look at our selection of heating controls and valves.
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