This is something that applies to a lot of situations, and actually you know if you’re in an apartment, you don’t want a siren going off all the time when you’re out of the home, especially if it’s not for a good reason. So when i first tried out the zoo’s multi siren here, you know what it sounded like this, so at that point i was pretty sure that this was not my solution, but, as i continued to work with this siren, i actually found a number of ways. I wanted to use it, including the siren, and i found that you might find a pretty good use for this device. The first thing you have to know is that this device requires a custom device handler if you’re using it with samsung smart things, and that was a very simple process. I have a link down below to help you get through that, but you do have to do that now, once you’ve done that this becomes much more than a siren. It includes a temperature and a humidity sensor that become available inside of your hub for use to trigger automations off of. Obviously, you can look at those different components, but the triggering of automations based on temperature and humidity allows you to control things like a thermostat. There are a number of other components as well, because actually this is a small strobe light that you can use to trigger, just that if you’d like now, unfortunately, for me within samsung smartthings, i have not been able to get the strobe to just trigger on its Own, so we have just a little flashing light.
It has triggered the siren each and every time so that’s not quite working for me, but it might work in a different hub for you, there’s also a tamper sensor in here and actually it’s physically located inside of the device. But as soon as you move this thing, you can get notifications and that’s really important for diy security systems and especially for how loud this siren can be. If you’ve ever tried to hang pictures on your wall. Well then, you know that sometimes you get a pretty heavy one and you need a little extra there now. This is definitely not as heavy as some of the bigger pictures, but because they’ve included four lr 14 batteries, which they included in the package. That was very nice, but because of that, and because of the size of this thing, it’s actually fairly weighty for the size, and you have to consider that when you’re mounting it to something in terms of the look and feel you know once you have this mounted On a surface it’s gon na look pretty good. I worry a little bit over time if this might yellow this plastic a little bit but other than that. The look and feel of it is excellent and will fit in with the decor in most homes, especially if i think, like most people. You’Re gon na put this somewhere like the basement, so that that very loud siren, isn’t, just blaring and that loudness actually brings up a really good point about this, because you know, if you want to use it as a siren, you may want to locate this somewhere.
That you know just isn’t going to necessarily wake everyone up, and i think about putting this into a furnace room. Well, the fact that it’s z, wave communicating and z wave plus actually means that it’s going to work in those kinds of environments for a very long time, it’s going to maintain connectivity and actually i’ve literally walked this through my home, while triggering automations triggering sounds triggering Different things on this device – and it has continually maintained connection, so it is fantastic that way. The next thing that i’m going to talk to you about, i think, is the real differentiator from lots of other sirens that i have worked with, and this makes it usable. I think in every home now what happens with that custom device handler? Is you gain access to a whole new set of features, there’s a software component and you go and you connect this into a pc and i don’t have a mac. So you mac folks, are gon na have to figure out your own thing, but right now you have a piece of software that looks like it was created in the 1990s, but it performs a really great function. So what i’ve been doing is putting wav files. My own custom wave files – i can make my own – and i can get my own voice to play out of this thing or i can use other audio files that have been created, plus there’s about 30.
I think 33 already loaded onto the device when you get it, so you have all of this ability to have a number of custom audio files on the device from there. What you can do is use the speaker, companion, smart, app and it’s kind of a funny way to trigger these, but once you understand how to do it, it becomes super, simple and really effective, so whatever trigger you want to use there in that smart app for The speaker companion. Well, then, what you say is custom notification, custom, audio notification and then you put in the number of that audio file. You would like to play and it might take a little bit of trial and error. But that means for any scenario. Inside of samsung smartthings, you can get any audio file to come out of this. It becomes a true customized option and because you can set the volume on the device, you can actually set the volume of how that audio file comes out of this siren. So it is at that point that this becomes so usable in so many ways within the automation section. The multi siren becomes incredibly powerful and it has so many different triggers that you can use to start your automations, and that includes the temperature humidity sensors, that you have plus the tamper alert and the battery. But the alarm can be used to trigger other automations, and actually the dimmer function is one of the most interesting components.
The dimmer function is used in relation to those audio files, and you can think about this from the perspective of your audio files being labeled. As from 0 to 100, and then you just choose the one that you want to play now as a trigger that means, if you play a certain audio file out of this device, then you can start another automation and on the action side, this is your opportunity To either trigger the alarm directly, which is the big siren or you can trigger different custom audio notifications again just using the automations within the security system that i have within smartthings. Well, the options get a little bit more limited here now, of course, you can always use that speaker, companion, applet or smart app to make the right notifications come out of this, but really the only way to use it within the security system is actually to use It as a siren now faithfully that has worked, and you can set a delay for how long you wait for that siren to go off, and you can also set how long the siren will go off for so. You can still use this completely as a siren attached to your security system. I, like that duration thing, so it’s not playing all day while i’m out of the house, one of the things that you might be finding as you do. Your research around the zoo’s s2 multi siren is that it’s us frequencies.
Only now i was turned on to a product by phil who’s been a long time subscriber. He found a version that actually had european frequencies. Now i will encourage you to check out reviews on that device separate from this, but i will tell you that the baseline and the platform here is really excellent and i’m very impressed with this device. So those links are down below you can go check them out. Otherwise, i think you’re going to want to see how we ended up reviewing this, which was actually in an unboxing video, where this is one of the five products that are kind of random. Definitely very interesting – and this was something to behold as i brought it out of the box and tried to set it up. You’Re, going to see a lot of that process and just how it went in the first few moments.