Below are 4 questions from a newbie about to purchase.
What a great community! I’ve been reading and researching for that past year. Waiting for new releases. I’m a week or so away from ordering Ezlo Secure for two sites- I’m pretty much sold on this so not looking at competition.
I live in Canada and both Currently have Vivint systems that are expiring their termed contracts. Very similar with sensors door/ window/ smoke/ water/ thermostat, deadbolt door locks and 4 video cameras (1 doorbell and 3 outdoor cameras) with a local hard drive storage unit. Essentially for those who don’t know Vivint- it’s their version of a fully automated home setup with a monitored home security system.
I’ve decided that I don’t need monitoring, just that I can get notified of security issues, view live video, access to recited video and a general status check.
The difference really is the connectivity- house A has a 300mb/s coax internet and good Cell reception
House B has okay cell reception but no internet.
Both houses are hundreds of miles away from each other so I can’t extend house internet.
Both houses through Vivint allow me to access full control and video (live and playback). House B just is laggy on the video playback as it all goes through cell.
Here are my 4 questions and I thank you in advance if you can add knowledge on any of them:
Ezlo Secure- does the Sim Card need a phone number with texting service? Does it also need a sim data plan? I’m wondering if it compares to Vivint in service where it uses cell data to transmit. If it does … does anyone have any MB usage info so I can adjust the cell plan accordingly? I’ve read some Vera Secure posts what identified major bills from older posts. OR, do I really need to get a home internet system like star link for house B
I can’t find what is accessible on the new Ezlo secure if you have a SIM card, or if you also have internet service. I assume that both sim cell and internet lan will give you a ‘no holds barred ‘ system. I’ve downloaded the app but I need a hardware to setup. Just looking for functionality insight here.
from the current setups I have what if any are able to be reused into the Ezlo secure module? Will I require to pay the Ezlo setup assistance fee to walk me through this? I know the various systems that Ezlo supports… is there a specific cheat sheet for porting a Vivint system? Maybe a secret list someone might have? I see Vera secure setups that ‘took over’ most Vivint devices… fair to assume that Ezlo secure will be capable of accepting those similar devices?
4). Has anyone written a how to guide ( I can’t find one on this site) to setup this kind of remote property setup guide and basic kit of parts? Please point in the right direction if you have. I will be making a how to guide to open share here on my process in ordering, setup and usage for a newbie like me when I’m done. I know loads of people have posted they used Vera secure for these types of properties, I looking for more recent info on the Ezlo as I am planning for what I will be purchasing. It would be great to have a section for those of us who are / will be utilizing Ezlo Secure for this specific need.
I’m paying $120 a month CND for each site and just want to get rid of the monthlies. And yes I know I was stupid for entering a three year contract on both sites- no need to be mean to this newbie. Help me learn the way of Ezlo.
Thank you very much and I can’t wait to get this all going!