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One very straightforward solution is to get the $49 Aeon doorbell. This has two parts: a Z wave speaker and a wireless button remote for the speaker. You can use the button as a panic button or a doorbell button. UK Note: this device was originally manufactured on both the US and the UK frequencies, but since it was first released, the UK version has become very difficult to find. So you may not be able to use this option in the UK. Community discussion thread with the device type handler code: [https:// community. smartthings.com/ t/release- aeon- labs- aeotec- doorbell/ 39166]] Amazon listing [https://www. amazon.com/Aeon-Labs-ZW056-z-wave-doorbell/dp/B0182XG27Q/] '''2. Zooz Chime ($30) (US Only)''' The Smartest House listing [https://www. thesmartesthouse.com/ collections/ frontpage/ products / zooz- z - wave- plus- smart- chime- with- alarm- siren- zse33] '''3. Lowes Iris Keypad Model 3405- L with Tone ($49) (US Only)''' As of November 2016, the echo does not have a specific text to speech feature, although the company has indicated that may be coming in 2017. So you will have to use other methods for that for now. You can use the quick browse lists in this wiki and look under either alerts or voice to find those options. [http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index. php?title=How_to_Quick_Browse_the_Community-Created_SmartApps_Forum_Section] All of the devices in this category cost more than the simple alert devices or the Aeon doorbell discussed above so in most cases you would only choose this method if you already had the speaker device for other reasons. '''9. Options using echo for custom text to speech alerts''' Two different groups of community members have created complex smartapps which can use an Amazon Alexa Device for custom voice notifications. One is [[Ask Alexa]] and the other is [[EchoSistant]]. If you choose the $49 echo Dot as the speaker device, this can be one of the less expensive options while giving you many different choices. The only problem is that the technical set up can be quite complex.
→Devices to Make a Chime Sound Once SmartThings Recognizes the Trigger Event
There are many different contact sensors available for use with SmartThings which can detect the door being opened. That part is easy. The question is how do you set up a device to make an audible alert when the sensor send the "door opened" message to the hub?
As of the February 2017, there are a few chime Devices available that work with SmartThings, including one that allows you to upload your own sound files.
There are several different ways to make this work depending on what you were trying to accomplish.
All of these options will require that you also have a contact sensor on the door that you are monitoring, or some other device to notify SmartThings of activity. You will need one sensor per door. These generally cost around $20 each although they can sometimes be found on sale as low as $15.
Once you have set up the basic alert (door opens, sound plays) if desired, conditionals such as time of day, mode, etc. can be added through the usual SmartThings logic.
''1. The Aeon Doorbell ($49)'''
For the purposes of this how to, though, we are only interested in the speaker unit. This device can play up to 99 different custom sound files, so you can make anything you like from a Windsor bell to a spoken notification. It also comes with some built-in sounds including a chime. You can trigger the speaker with a SmartThings command, which means you can play different tracks for different SmartThings events, including a door sensor recognizing that the door is open .
So the solution is fully integrated with SmartThings, gives you many different sound options, and you can use any trigger event that SmartThings can recognize.
Still, once you get this device set up the way you want it, it will solve most of the use cases that people have. You can also use different sounds for different doors.
Note that you need to get the "doorbell" model, not the "siren" model
so you can upload your own sounds.
This is a Z wave plus device, introduced in the second half of 2016, which has 10 built-in tones and an optional signal light. This solution is fully integrated with SmartThings, is inexpensive, but limits you to the 10 built-in sounds. (
The same device is also sold under the Dome brand.)
[[https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-zooz-smart-chime/77152/ Community discussion thread with the custom device type handler code]].
Lowes makes a zigbee security keypad which has a built in tone. There is only one tone sound. Earlier models were not compatible with
smartthings, so check the model number. Same device is also sold for the Xfinity home system.
There are several different custom device type handlers available for it, each with slightly different features. These are available on the quick browse list in the [http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=How_to_Quick_Browse_the_Community-Created_SmartApps_Forum_Section#Quick_Browse_Links_for_Device_Type_Handlers device Type handler section] on the security list.
Lowe's listing [https://www.lowes.com/pd/Iris-White-Security-Alarm-Keypad-Works-with-Iris/999925326]
4. Ring Doorbell with Optional Chime Unit (US AND UK)'''
The ring video doorbell has an official integration with SmartThings and also has an optional plug in Chime unit so it will ring like a regular doorbell as well as giving you phone notifications. The video doorbell itself runs around $180, and the optional plug-in chime is usually around another $25. Both are available from Amazon in both the US and the UK.
Official support article: https://support.smartthings.com/hc/en-us/articles/214288206-Ring-Doorbell
5. Power Failure Alert plus SmartThings power outlet (total $35-$55) (Both US and U.K. Choices, but with different brands)'''
If you want a more annoying sound, perhaps to discourage a family member from opening the door, or you want a solution with A very easy set up, you can purchase a "power failure alarm," plug it into any networked power source that works with SmartThings, and use the official "smart lighting" feature to turn the power source 'off' when the contact sensor reports "door open." That way when the door is opened, SmartThings will turn off the power to the alarm, the alarm detects the power loss and sounds its beeper.
At $15, the reliance controls plug in power failure alert is a good choice for a beeper device when you want a "door open" alarm which is not as overwhelming as a typical security siren, but is still annoying enough to be a deterrent. [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018A30T8Q/]. There are many similar brands as well. You also need to purchase a SmartThings – controllable power outlet, typically around $20. So this specific setup should cost a little less than the Aeon Doorbell, but only has one sound option.
6. Alarm Clock Alert (Price is the cost of the clock, plus $20 for the outlet)'''
Before the Aeon doorbell and the zooz chime were available, some people would use the same set up as the power outage beeper, but would instead plug in an alarm clock of the kind where once the alarm sounds, it continues to sound until you press the button, and if you unplug it in the middle of sounding and then plug it back in again it continues to sound once the power comes back on. So for this set up you just have SmartThings turn on the power to start the alarm clock sounding and turn off again to stop the sound.
For this method you still have to buy all three devices: contact sensor for the door, alarm clock for the sound, and networked power source so that there is something for SmartThings to control. Set up is easy, and you can just use the official smart lighting feature. If you already have a alarm clock you can repurpose, then the cost will be lower than the Aeon Doorbell. But this solution will be limited to only one sound option.
7. Various Text to Speech(TTS)/Custom Sound Speakers (cost varies, but is typically $150 and up)'''
Some speakers have the ability to play custom sounds or spoken announcements, such as Sonos, Bose SoundTouch, or Samsung's Multi-Room Speakers. If you have such a speaker, you can use a smartapp called "Speaker Companion" to trigger sounds from SmartThings events. To install it, open the mobile app, tap on the marketplace icon (asterisk icon in the lower right), choose "smart apps" at the top of the screen, scroll down until you find "music and sounds" and open that. This will then list the officially published smart apps in this category. Look through the list until you find "Speaker Companion" and select it.
8. Android as an Audible Alert (requires an android phone/tablet)'''
The LANNouncer app for android (formerly called Landroid) requires an android device. Set up is fairly complicated, but this gives you a lot of different function options. Essentially lets you use an android device in the same way that the TTS speakers work. Community discussion thread with links to the software [https://community.smartthings.com/t/android-as-a-speech-alarm-device-released-and-updated/30282]
'''Smoke Detectors, including the Nest Protect, Cannot be Used for Custom Alerts'''