AT&T's Home Automation, Security Hits 6 More Markets
After a few initial delays, AT&T back in April announced
the launch of their new "Digital Life
" home automation and security platform in fifteen markets: Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Boulder, Colo., Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Riverside, Calif., San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and select areas of New York and New Jersey. This week they announced six more
: Orlando, Providence, Virginia Beach, Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse.
$30 a month and a $150 installation fee nets you a fairly stock home security setup that provides 24/7 home monitoring, while another $10 a month and an additional $100 installation fee provides up to three carbon monoxide and glass breaking sensors.
A flurry of additional home automation features can be purchased for $10 each, ranging from sensors that can tell if you've got a water leak, to remotely-manageable thermostats. AT&T is saying that they plan to offer their Digital Life platform in fifty markets before the end of this year.
While ISPs have been lusting after the home security market for years, their success on this front is uncertain. While Verizon, Comcast and others have launched home security services, they generally keep the number of users close to the vest. Clearly they see ample opportunity here, but it's primarily with higher-end customers with oodles of disposable income, given much of this functionality can be done with do-it-yourself kits much less expensively.
There's also the added question of whether you really want AT&T in charge of your Internet, TV, home phone, wireless phone, home security, home automation, and bank account
, especially given the company's record in regards to consumer privacy and respecting surveillance laws
| || |said by KA3SGM:That is not true. It is very common to have line voltage thermostats. I just looked at an upcoming job today that will require 4 of them. said by IowaCowboy:
I cannot get the heat control because if you put 240 volts through a 24 volt thermostat, you'll have a spark and flame show.
No thermostat nowadays directly controls the AC power.
They don't have a simple 24v coil relay/contactor that can be added specifically for that purpose??
For that same $150 install fee, and 12 months of service... you could get a NEST, and then, along with a little time, easily wire up your own security system, or, even a home automation system. wifi controllable light switches are not that hard to install, and their price is going down, as well as their ease of setup going up. You can get relatively cheap audio sensors that will trigger when a window is broken, and you can get a company like ADT to provide you with basic service for something like $10 per month stand alone(so its not tied to your ISP, and its contract free). This service, as well as any other home automation service from ISPs, just seem like they are aimed at people who do not know any better, and also at people that are gullible and easy to fool. 99% of the time, when someone breaks into your house, the police response time is about 5 minutes(assuming that your company actually calls the police, and the police listen, sometimes they don't call, and sometimes police take longer because its a security company thats calling them, i know from experience). That is enough time to do a "smash and grab", which is the most common form of break in, in which they grab whatever they can see and carry in the next few minutes, and get the fuck out. home alarms and glass break sensors are not going to stop a smash n grab, and never will, and the people that do them are not afraid of a noisy buzzer in your house. What you really need is several train horns to go off(and keep going off), because them things are fucking loud, and would probably blow out eardrums at close range, and scare the crooks more than anything(ideas are forming in my head). Your neighbors will hate you when you have false alarms(and you will hate yourself too), but its likely the volume will raise suspicion and alarm others to the break in, which would discourage theft even more. The other thing, is that you could simply get shatterproof windows, with an embedded wire mesh, if you are that paranoid. Insurance is there for a reason.
Re: Att not worth it. Check out the Iris system from Lowes Fixed the title.
I am satisfied with the Iris system.
Easy to setup. Simply plug it in your router with no ports to configure. Go to the Iris website, put in the ID number for your Iris base station, your email and cell phone. Does not work with google voice.
Installation of devices is similar to pairing bluetooth devices. Large selection of devices too. Good prices.
I didnt buy it for home automation but it does that too. I bought it just for the alarm. Works as advertised. Motion sensors look and feel of quality.
The base station does not actually dial out. When the alarm is tripped, it sends a signal via your broadband or optional cellular modem, to the Lowes\Iris company who then call, text and email you. The only difference is it wont call the police and you wont get an insurance discount.
Power or phone line cut? No problem. It has a battery and optional cellular backup.
I dont tust the ebay wireless alarm systems. Prefer a wired system but since my local ADT, Brinks and Greystone are all using and installing wireless systems that require monitoring, and do not offer cellular in the $35 monthly fee, I feel this system is right for me. Plus, Any issues I can return to Lowes.