Yale offers lots of different alarm systems, but this is by far its smartest. Designed for people who are unwilling to fork out a monthly fee for a managed system but are happy self monitor and get push alerts to their smart phone to tell them if and when the alarm has been triggered.
If you’re wondering what marks the difference between a smart and non-smart alarm, well that’s it basically – real time push notifications direct to your smart phone so you know what’s happening even if you’re not at home. Plus, the smart phone app gives you full control over setting and disarming as well as configuring and renaming devices and accessories.
Alarm systems are designed to be functional really rather then attractive and just like other manufacturers Yale have made its sensors and accessories design unobtrusive in a glossy plastic yet robust casing. All sensors and accessories are completely wireless and come with a long two-year battery life.
The wireless window/door sensors are much smaller when compared to most other manufactures designs and are attached either with the provided adhesive pads or fixed by screwing them directly into the window or door frame. Every sensor has a spring-activated tamper switch so if a sensor is dislodged or deliberately removed you are alerted via the smart phone app and the alarm sounds.
The motion sensors are fixed in place via screws and raw plugs directly into a wall there is adhesive mount option. Standard motion detection or pet-friendly sensors are available, pet friendly sensors are designed to ignore movement below a certain height in the room or space, meaning a pets movement will not trigger the alarm when the alarm is set but it’s worth bearing in mind if a pet jumps up on furniture above a set height movement will be picked up and would trigger the alarm.
The full range of accessory’s you can add to your Yale Smart Alarm
Yale alarm door contact / window sensors
Yale Remote Key Fob
Multi Sensor Smoke Detectors
Yale Smart Home Plug
PIR Video Camera
PIR Picture Camera
External alarm box
They system allows for upto 40 different sensors or accessories to be able to be added to a single system and has a range of up to 200 meters so you can safely protect even the biggest of properties and also include out buildings a garages.
Once you’ve added all the sensors and accessories you require you can now set up how you want the system to work.. Yale gives you complete control of each device individually allowing you to set how you want it to operate, based on four main set up modes.
Entry Zone mode means the that alarm activation is delayed in both fully and part-armed modes. This is designed for devices around your front door or any other entry point as it gives someone enough time to get in and disable the alarm like using the keypad.
Burglar mode triggers the alarm immediately as soon as a sensor is activated and works in both fully and part armed alarm modes.
Home Omit mode triggers the alarm immediately on fully armed mode, but the sensor is ignored in part-arm mode.
Home Access mode triggers immediately for fully armed mode, but has a delay for the part-armed mode. These options cover all eventualities, and give you total the upmost control.
You also have the ability to Bypass a sensor or sensors completely, which can be useful if you have a good reason to temporarily not want to use a sensor, maybe your looking after a friend’s pet that may trigger a motion sensor when you’re out. Or have builders working in a set area of the home.
It’s great to see a Jamming mode has also been included, Jamming mode can intelligently detect someone attempting to block the wireless signal of the alarm system and automatically triggers the alarm.
In all the Yale Smart Home Alarm is a very well rounded entry to smart home security, affordable price but with more then enough features and accessories that make its more expensive competitors looking over their shoulders.
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