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Honeywell - Wireless Home Automation Kit - White

Model: RCHS5230WF1008WSKU: 6290760

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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    a nice DIY security system

    Posted
    nickcal
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    I’ve had the opportunity to work with lots of different home security set-ups. Some of them are just simple cameras and other include motion sensors for windows. I’ve tried to make my home as secure as possible with the aide of smart devices and connected apps. Since I’ve had a lot of experience with home security systems, I was excited to test out the new Honeywell Smart Home Security Starter Kit. The starter kit is made up of: a camera base station with Amazon Alexa built-in, remote control key fob, two access sensors for windows and doors, mobile app with video and alerts. The Camera Base Station features a 2MP HD camera with 1080p image sensor, 147º wide-angle view, night vision, and motion detection. Audio is captured using a 5W omnidirectional speaker and 3 microphone arrays and 2-way audio and an 85dB alarm are also included on the camera base station. The base station is the brain for the rest of the system. Any motion detected from the sensors are filtered through the base station, which sends the notifications to your phone. It connects to devices through Z-Wave. One of the unique features of the Honeywell system is facial recognition and scheduling. You can program the camera to recognize certain faces and when they should be appearing. For example, if your child gets home from school the same time every day, you can tell the camera to notice that time and face as ‘safe’. That way when they arrive at home when you are gone, the system doesn’t alert you to potential invaders. On the other hand, if your child comes home from school with a friend, the camera will see that person as a foreign face and send an alert to your phone. Setting up the system is pretty painless. First you download the Honeywell Home app. One of the things I noticed right away was that the app will ask for access to your HomeKit data if you are using an iOs device. This is because the app controls all of Honeywell’s smart home products — some of which are HomeKit compatible. The Smart Home Security Starter Kit is not compatible with HomeKit, but it will connect with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Once you have the app downloaded and your account set-up, you connect the camera base by showing it a QR code generated in the app. This is the easiest way I’ve experienced to connect a smart device to an app. This process took a total of about 2 minutes. The door/window sensors are installed with the help of 3M tape. These are quite a bit larger than some other sensors I’ve used, but their battery is supposed to last up to 4 years without needing to change the batteries. The key fob can set the alarm system to one of its four modes — Home, Away, Night, and Off. This is a big convenience when you don’t want to pull your phone out of your bag or pocket when you’ve already got your keys out. Once I had the system set-up, I found that it worked pretty well. I had the camera set up in my living room and I was constantly getting notifications for movement. The door/window sensors also worked well although I did notice that when the door sensor was tripped, I had approximately 30 seconds to disarm the system, while the window sensor caused the alarm to immediately sound. I also thought that the camera provided a very clear image and video captured from the motion that was caught by the camera. I love being able arm the system by telling the voice assistant to do it. It’s a very easy way to make sure your system is ready for any unwelcome guests. My final opinion is that it’s a great do-it-yourself security system but it’s a bit pricey at $450 for the starter kit. I can recommend the system based on its ease of use and successful testing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    HONEYWELL Steppin' Up

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    greenrita
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    For a number of years, I have been anxious to cut the cord to eliminate the annually rising cost of my conventional security subscription service. Although Honeywell doesn’t allow a full divorce from the expense of a monitoring solution, the monthly subscription is a fraction of what I currently pay. And, so far, I don’t see a need to subscribe for full cloud storage; so, I subscribed for a trial period to test features available on the Honeywell basic plan ~ $14.95/mth. Depending on the status of your psyche about emails and tech related tasks, the increase in independence from an expensive monitoring service requires an increased level of interaction to establish parameters and preferences. To minimize frustration, I scheduled a block of time to integrate this new set of app management duties into my already hectic life. As happened to me, a couple of snags required calls to customer service. New tech is always a trade off when we sacrifice our privacy for convenience. So, I was pleased that when I did not want 147 degrees of 1080p HD coverage of my activities, I was able to rotate the cuff over the camera to protect my privacy and turn off the microphone. But, I found that when the base station is unplugged, the back-up battery keeps coverage running for hours, good for when there’s a power outage but not good if you want to disable the base station or the very intense alarm and don’t have time for a 911 tech call. And, when the battery fully discharges, your solar/wind install kicks on that power wall for the 'total smart home prepper few'. LoL! Though I have 3 doors I’d like to cover, I mounted the set of 2 access sensors that come with the unit at my back and front doors to compare to my existing service. Voice recognition of humans is already afforded via Alexa and Amazon; but, looking forward to a fix so I can stream music and cell phone service. For those with animal companions, I learned a forthcoming upgrade will deliver ‘audio detection analysis’ to give barking dogs a pass and, I suspect, your birds, cats, komodo dragons, et al. Moreover, I learned another new upgrade will be able to segregate the audio of your smoke and radon alarm as ‘not intruder’. But, for those sensitive to EMFs (electro magnetic fields), bear in mind that, to quote the manual: “the system complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 cm between the radiator and your body.” But, every “body”, dependent on blood type genetics and your current load of environmental toxins, has variances in tolerance for EMFs. So, know your limits before adding another load, especially if you are trying to sleep near the base station. The price point is ball park with the competition; but, looking forward to the updates that will make the base station compatible with other expandables such as the Apple Home Kit and other popular potentials. With the promised downloads installed, the start-up price is worth getting off the my more expensive monthly contract, especially with included features i.e. facial recognition, geofencing, sounds and lights to deter intruders and the ability to support multiple viewers via the app from any location. To side step the expense of add-ons, I have to evaluate the compatibility of cameras I have on hand with the Honeywell platform, something I should have thought about before signing on. But, when fully integrated with the basics, the separate purchases required for 1 additional door contact and 2 windows may still be a better deal than my long term contract.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Starter System For Basic Home Monitoring

    Posted
    DotNetJon
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    I've never owned a home security system before, so this unit is my first attempt at setting one up myself. The package contains the base station w/ camera and Alexa functionality, 2 window/door sensors, and a 4 function keyfob. I personally think the price is a bit high for what you get, so it would be best to wait for a sale in my opinion. I was surprised to find only 2 sensors... would be a better deal if they had 4-6 included in the kit. I actually had a business trip planned a couple days after receiving the kit, so I was excited to test it out on my trip! The night before my trip I got everything setup and configured in less than a couple hours. I had a bit of trouble with making the sensors fit correctly on one of my doors, because of the way it was built, but other than that, the setup and configuration were very straight-forward. I downloaded the app on my Android phone, setup my account with Honeywell, and setup the Amazon Alexa to my Amazon account without any issues. I already have an Alexa, so that part was painless. The app lets you configure the base station, and setup the door/window sensors. There are 4 modes the security system can toggle between: Home, Away, Night, and Off. The Geofence capability is nice, and very easy to setup so that when you are within a certain area it automatically switches the system to Home, and Away when you are outside the defined area. I did find the minimum area to be a bit large (about a 2 block radius for me), and wish it could be smaller so when I'm at the neighbors across the street it would see me as away. Just have to remember to set it to Away manually using the app, or keyfob, or using a voice command through Alexa. So, back to my business trip! It was very cool to know when motion was detected in my house! It was also an extra sense of comfort being able to check in and "talk to" my pets through the app. I decided to subscribe to the $4.99 plan so that I could have a 30 day video history and 1500 video clips. First month is free, so I can cancel in a month if I don't feel it's necessary. The free plan allows 24 hours of video history, and there is a $14.99 plan for 60 days, 3000 clips, and unlimited extra cameras. The video clips record automatically when in Away mode, and are 30 seconds long. The app has a nice history view where you can review all the notifications, and video clips in chronological order. You can adjust the base station volume using the app, setup the wifi connection, add/remove users, devices, and change settings like whether or not the camera is on is Home and Night modes, change the Entry/Exit delay in 15 sec intervals up to 60 seconds so the system gives you a bit of time to open and close a door before sounding the alarm. I plan on adding a couple outside motion detectors and a few more window sensors. The video was fairly clear, although sometimes not the easiest to see on the phone screen. It would be nice to be able to set the length of the motion detected clips to longer than 30 seconds. I think overall there are many things that could be improved upon in the application, but it does the job fairly well. There is facial recognition, but it was a bit tricky to setup and took several attempts at certain angles it wants you to position your face at while it's mapping it out. You can add individuals and get notifications when that person is detected. If I had to recommend this to a friend, I would tell them to look at a few options before deciding on a system. For my needs, it is better than what I had (nothing), and offers some pretty neat / useful features! So far I'm enjoying the system, and am looking forward to seeing what features Honeywell adds over time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Off to a Rocky Start, but Ended Up Being Okay

    Posted
    Steve62305
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    First thing I’d like to mention is many of the other reviewers knock this system for not being something that it never said it was, a full-blown, monitored security system like ADT. It says right on the box “Starter Kit” and “Self-Monitored System”. It’s for DIYers, it doesn’t cost thousands of dollars, it’s expandable by purchasing more very reasonable $39 sensors, and the subscription is optional. For me, all indications are that this is an affordable foundation for building a pretty decent, self-monitored, security system. And if you live in a small apartment with one entry door in the front and one window to a fire escape in the back, then this starter kit is all you’re going to need. For me and my home, I like the system well enough that I’m going to invest $234 in 6 more sensors to finish outfitting all my ground floor windows and doors. Like most new products this starter kit wasn’t born mature. For instance, the included instructions are lacking an assortment of helpful information. One missing piece of info caused me an unnecessary call to Honeywell Tech Support. The instructions cover the Lights and Sounds of the base station, but make no mention of the LED inside each sensor. The first of my two sensors connected correctly to the base station. The second sensor’s internal LED rapidly flashed red from the moment I pulled the dielectric tape from the battery compartment. There was no mention of this LED anywhere in the instructions and other than removing the battery, I could find no way to make it stop. Being at a loss for what to do next, I called Honeywell tech support. Who, BTW, was very, very helpful. There is also a little, white, round button on the side of each sensor and it’s not mentioned in the instructions. I’m guessing it’s maybe a reset button. Also, the meaning of the blue light on the base station is not mentioned in the Lights and Sounds section. The instructions make no mention of how to pick up and complete the installation process if the initial process fails for some reason. Finally, nowhere is it mentioned if the system can communicate with multiple installations of the Honeywell Home app. Given the Geo-Fencing feature it makes sense that it would. However, I went ahead and tried it on a second Android phone and it worked fine. Same with an iPhone. All notifications are sent to each phone and each phone can control the base station. Operationally, this is a pretty decent DIY, starter, security system. Lots of nice features. Excellent audio and decent video. I absolutely love that it is completely wireless (except for line power to the base station). Physical installation couldn’t be easier, just plug in the base station and then peel and stick the sensors to doors and windows. I’m hoping the sensor’s advertised 4-year lithium-ion battery life comes true. But, I would imagine that actual battery life will depend on the frequency of the sensor opening and closing. The battery in a frequently opened front door sensor will probably need to be replaced long before the battery in the sensor on a never opened basement window. Overall, we’re very happy with this starter security system and we plan to immediately expand it with more sensors. Other than the instructions needing a thorough review, I have no other reservations in recommending this Honeywell Smart Home Security starter kit to others.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A solid hardware-based security suite

    Posted
    Kris1973
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    HARDWARE: I'm impressed by the fit and finish of the hardware. The door sensors provide multiple mounting options with extenders for the sensors and holes to mount with screws if desired (screws not included). The camera base station is a nice unit. It works well and looks nice when placed in a central location in the home. The key fob has been of little use to us, as we use our phones to control the unit, but it seems to be of good quality and has excellent range. SOFTWARE: Here the picture is less rosy but it's easy to update and improve the software (hopefully). I found the default setting of alerting on every sensor trip (every open and close of the door, for example) to be very intrusive on my phone. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a way to set time of day (or any other) limitations on these notifications: It's either on or off. We have also had a two scary moments where the house has been empty, but the camera has alerted us to the presence of a "person" in our home. We returned to find no sign that anyone was in our home and the camera's saved video for the event also shows no indication of an actual person or indeed of any of the reported movement. These glitches aside, I have been able to configure the device to add a little peace of mind without the expense of a full security service subscription or the annoyance of constant alerts on my phone as family members check the mailbox - it just takes a little work with the default settings and reviewing video of the occasional false alarm. We haven't taken advantage of the paid Honeywell service to augment the capabilities of the system yet as we haven't seen the need. However we may consider the expense once the movement and person-recognition features become a little more refined in the software.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Honeywell Support

      Hi Kris1973! We truly appreciate the time you took to share your feedback and to give us the opportunity to make improvement for future products. We take your customer experience very seriously, Honeywell is committed to constantly improving and this would not be possible without your voice. Thank you again and have a great day. Honeywell

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Potentially most comprehensive security system

    Posted
    TechBuyer
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    There’s a lot of DIY home security on the market now but many rely on the cloud and other devices in a smart home ecosystem. The Honeywell Smart Home Security System is a good start into consolidating devices but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. +Setup is simple and still relies heavily on your smartphone, in fact you need a smartphone to not only set this system up, but to also get the most out of the system. +Good motion detection, facial recognition and alerting. You will want to make sure you have facial recognition for all household members as well as setting up their phones with the Honeywell Home app. +Geofence allows the Security Hub to change settings based on proximity of your smartphone, so if you leave the house it will change to away mode once all household members have left. The downside is if you leave your phone at home, it may not turn on to away mode. +Alexa and Security voice commands work well giving you another $50 echo dot type device in the House. +Video resolution is good and not too laggy. There’s still a lot of negatives and kinks that need to be ironed out. -When manually changing modes, you can’t cancel or interrupt the process. You can reduce the default 60s but it’s annoying you can’t cancel the change and switch modes. -Expensive, the security hub is a nice unit but the key fob is too large to be useful and has the same functions as the phone app. The entry detection sensors are nothing special and competitors sell 2 for the same price. -Lights on the base are obnoxious and constantly flash green. May be able I change this but I didn’t see how. -Alexa music is not enabled yet. The hub recognizes the commands but no music plays and the app says the feature will be available later. -Storing video requires a $5 per month or $50 per year subscription. Local network storage options (NAS) would be ideal. -No mounting hardware or mounting holders like Linksys Velop. Honeywell clearly recommends mounting on a shelf or table but the option to sit it on a wall fixture would be ideal. I expect Honeywell will continue to make improvements as this is clearly one of the most advanced Security Hubs with the most upgradability and functionality on the market with Alexa and Google Home enabled. It will be interesting to see if other options come out that are as good or better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Handy and useful

    Posted
    Bappy
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    Honeywell solution is good and basic with additional sensors for doors and windows. The base station has a built-in camera microphone and speaker, the speaker is Alexa capable for Amazon services. I have not used that function. The camera has a wide field of view with a clear HD picture. It can send you alerts when motion is detected along with alerts for when the sensors detect that a door or window was opened. Initially I had a problem with one of the sensors which required me to remove the battery and reset it before I was able to use it successfully. Overall this is a pretty good starter solution for those that want to basic home security system that is expandable with additional sensors and cameras. It was very easy to set up, you must download the mobile app to set up the system. There is an optional face detection feature available so you can determine when known people are detected. In addition you can have everyone in your family download the mobile app and set a geofence which will turn the system on and off depending on if a person is within the geofence. Tough order to have my kids use this feature as it increases the “creepy” factor from what they told me. But overall I think it would help as they never are without their mobile device and away mode you would cut down on false alarms or the need to manually engage. The System also comes with a key FOB which you can use to control the status of the system . Overall I found system to be pretty well integrated basic security camera with the additional functionality of having sensors that you can add for windows and doors. My wife found it pretty annoying that every time the door opened the system chimes but I found it functional. Also found it appealing that The system would log door entries where sensors were installed along with of course logging motion. I would recommend this as a basic system and I’m thinking about buying one for my elderly parent so I can keep tabs on them both visually and when they open an entry door. Pros: - nice looking device - more capabilities than basic security camera systems - polished mobile app - expandable with addition sensors and devices - geofencing capabilities Cons: -would be nice if you can pan and zoom camera, although it has a wide field of view - sensor setup can be tricky.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very versatile-- so many features in one!

    Posted
    DarR
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    I have experienced multiple alarm systems, from old school ones to new ones-- this one rolls in most of the good features you find in different home security systems. 1) easy to install. plug and play, including sensors. no need for in depth technical knowledge to put this together. instructions are grandparents-safe. 2) built in camera and siren. no need for separate items. just this simple kit itself will suffice in a basic house with two entry points. the camera itself has facial recognition. camera is also clear. 3) app is simple-- you can arm and disarm through your phone and it can link your phone to the system so it can automatically arm/disarm as you enter your residential area (geofencing) 4) built in alexa - if you are an alexa fan, this one has it too- on the same device! 5) talk remotely through the device-- it acts as an intercom! i was checking out the camera as i was in the bedroom when i saw my 6-year old son wiping his dirty hands on the couch! I spoke through the camera that i caught him doing it and he hears this through the device that's 10 feet away from him. 6) voice commands - you can arm / disarm the system through the fob, a phone, or your voice! i could have given this 5 stars but the internal logic is still buggy (and i already reported it through honeywell support). all of these can be easily fixed through a software update-- however, right now, it still has these glitches (at time of me writing this) so just be aware to avoid frustration. a) when i turn off the system or disarm it when i get home, i expect the motion detection to turn itself off. it does not. my phone blows up telling me that there is a person detected at home-- of course! i didn't want to turn off my notifications because those actually come in handy when im away from home (to get alerts while away from home)-- i have to manually disable motion detection after disarming or turning the security off. the app is simple but it does not have the flexiblity to customize device behavior depending on mode. b) adding it to google home / assistant is not working. i dont think there are commands available that link it to google assistant. not sure why it is currently advertised that it can be connected to google.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty neat product

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    AsiaLovely1
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    When you think of wireless security usually Honeywell doesn’t come to mind when you’re shopping around so I was skeptical . But this product impressed me. Setup was very easy, the mobile app hasn’t given me any problems, it’s very discreet In my opinion (I have it setup on my kitchen island facing the door), the key fob is nicely constructed and sleek, very customizable via the app, clear sound when using the microphone, clear crisp pictures. This is overall a good buy. My only problem is with the door and window sensors. They aren’t made that well comes apart easily and hasn’t worked yet it always says my door is open when it’s closed and vice versa. But I have the motion sensor on until I can get the door sensors to work so I can see whenever there’s any work being done in my apartment or the leasing staff comes in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to Setup, Easy to Expand

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    TheHodster
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    The Honeywell Wireless Home Automation Kit is an easy to use, easy to expand home security system. The kit consists of a wireless base station with camera and two sensors. The base station setup was extremely easy and can be performed through the Honeywell Home application in IOS or Android. The unit can also be controlled through Alexa or Google Assistant. In operation, the system performed well. We live in NC and during the recent hurricane Florence we had to evacuate for over a week. During that period, we were able to monitor our home through the base station camera and the remote application. The starter kit retails for $449 and does not require a monthly plan. I consider the price a little high for a starter kit. Also, if you want to have additional cameras, you incur a $14.95 per month cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Could take it or leave it - has perks and quirks

    Posted
    JayDubsFL
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    Setup was fairly easy but I seem to be having connectivity issues. These issues could stem from the unit not liking my wifi router (Currently am on an ASUS AC3200), but I'll be trying my backup on soon (Netgear AC3200). I can see this unit causing great frustration for someone who isn't technically inclined, but if you enjoy tinkering this unit may be the one for you!

    I would recommend this to a friend