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    #16
    anybody have any updated ideas on integrating a Z-Wave security system into my pie HS4 setup?

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      #17
      Originally posted by taylormia View Post
      Here's my "Goodnight" Event that uses the Envisalink plugin for our DSC PC-1864 alarm to turn off all lights and monitors and arm the alarm system. The event can be triggered by an Alexa routine by saying "Alexa, Goodnight" which requires the "Homeseer SmartHome" skill.



      I had a similar event with HS3. now with HS4 it isn't working. What device are you using for VIRTUAL GOOD NIGHT? Alexa only seems to discover devices and not events, so What device are you controlling from Alexa as Virtual Good night. A switch?

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        #18
        "Virtual Goodnight" is a HomeSeer Virtual Device not an Event. Alexa will discover virtual devices. The "Virtual Goodnight" device is used a trigger. When it is turned on with an Alexa voice command, it checks for a condition i.e. if the Alarm is in Ready state....and then performs the actions i.e. turning off lights and arming the Alarm.
        Btw, I have stopped using HomeSeer for the last two years and moved to Home Assistant which is so much more powerful....and is free and open source.

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          #19
          A lot of slightly older(or cheaper) wireless alarm systems actually use 433MHz.
          I accidentally added my old Verisure system to my HS3 setup... Yeah, it was that easy to add. '
          I still have it listed, with the 'Arm Home - Min', 'Arm Away - Max' amd 'Disable' buttons. Never actually tried if they worked, though.
          (Last change is listed as the day I upgraded to a new model)

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            #20
            I've been looking at the Qolsys panel and it has some great features. I have read that it can be setup in HS4 as a secondary controller. Does that mean i could use some of these features (GEO fence, arming, disarming, etc) and be able to pass that status back to HS4 to then act on those? I really like the features of this panel and it would certainly fill some holes in Homeseer. Thank you.

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              #21
              I just happened across this thread and thought I would add another suggestion for the DSC panel. You can do 16, 32, 48 or 64 zones. I have a 64 zone system covering smoke alarms, heat rise sensors, glass break sensors, motion sensors and of course a lot of door and window sensors. The DSC plugin works very well with homeseer but I don't do any voice activation though I see no reason you couldn't. The control panels are touch screen as well and look good. The downside is that it is a professional system and a bit more complex. I also use the EyesOn module for the DSC panel which gives another way to see status and control the alarm panel. Hope this was helpful.

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                #22
                I have a Cytech Comfort II. Initially talking to HS via a plugin but that was limited and the plugin is not going to be developed. Then I moved onto MQTT and it allows two way comms for anything the panel can do. I am now happy!

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                  #23
                  We have a DSC Powerseries 1864. It's an old fashioned system but it doesn't require any subscription and HS supports it natively (except they STILL Rupp rjh have not fixed the issue that you can't track if a zone is secured or open, plain ridiculous). I our case we don't use the DSC panel. Instead, we have some wall mounted tablets that replace the security panels and the thermostat panels. In addition, if you enter the correct code on the door lock it will automatically disarm the security system.

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