Sorry for the Novel
Reviewed on 10/09/2015
I don't usually write reviews on products. But there was such a lack of information out there about these that I felt the need to put something out there. Being an electrician by trade I had a ton of questions. I put these in my home where I had an interconnected system that was starting to false alarm constantly. Installation was easy enough, take down the old smokes and these go up on the boxes that are there from interconnected smoke detectors. So the big question a lot of people seem to have is when one goes off do they all go off, and the answer to that is no. What does happen is that the alarm goes off locally where the issue is but then the Iris Alarm steps in and the siren starts blasting and the keypad beeps whether the system is on or off. So is this considered interconnected? I would say so but only when used in conjunction with iris. This set up is similar to what you would see in a non residential building where there are smoke detectors that go back to a central system that sound off sirens in the building. These are also seen in homes with burglar alarms that have smoke detectors attached to them. I don't really see the necessity to have all the smoke detectors go off in the house at the same time as the iris siren. But then again I live in a regular size house without a West Wing.
Another great feature about using these with the iris system is that it becomes an addressable system where you can label each of the smoke detectors. So if there is a false alarm you'll know exactly which one went off, unlike your typical interconnected smoke system where one goes off they all go off and you have no idea which one was the problem. Those of you that have had the 2 AM wake up call due to a bad smoke detector know exactly what I'm talking about.
If you're somebody that actually tests these like you should, when you push the test button, the alarm that you're pushing the test button on will go into alarm but the siren will not go off and you will get an email from Iris telling you that specific one is being tested. I personally did this but I also did a smoke test. When the detectors actually detect smoke/CO you will get all the alerts on the system. You'll get the local alarm going off, the siren, a text message, an email, and a call from iris. I would assume a call to the fire department if you have that set up. At which point you will have to shut the alarm off at the keypad or the app on your phone or iPad.
Overall I like them and it makes it easy to add detectors later down the line if you need to.
Works with Nexia too
Reviewed on 06/29/2015
Purchased this ZCOMBO to use with my Nexia Home Intelligence system. Connected to the bridge immediately. Cost is better at Lowes than on Amazon.
needed z wave to hook up to nexia
Reviewed on 02/04/2015
I had been looking for a smoke detector that would hook up to nexia.
It was easy to install and to link to Nexia.
Installed it and did a test with some smoke and it worked great.
You can set it to let you know if when it sends a signal every hour, that if it fails to do that it will let you know.