August 20, 2012 by Steven Castle
Owners of the Nexia Home Intelligence System from Schlage can add some more automation and monitoring to their properties with the addition of a motion sensor and door/window sensors.
- The Schlage Home Door/Window Sensor ($50) remotely monitors doors, windows to ensure they are closed after guests leave. The sensor doesn’t require wiring and has a three-year battery life. $50
- The Schlage Home Motion Sensor ($70) detects motion in the home and can be set to turn on lights for added security.
The Nexia Home Intelligence system, previously known as Link, was relaunched in January and is compatible with more than 200 Z-Wave-based wireless products, including Trane’s ComfortLink II thermostat, Schlage door locks, web cameras, appliance modules and light dimmers. A Nexia bridge unit connects all devices on the Nexia network.
Nexia offers several bundles of products to help get do-it-yourselfers started with home control, including a Getting Started bundle with an appliance module and bridge ($155); a Security bundle with a camera, lock and light control module ($490); a Vacation bundle with lock, thermostat and appliance module ($513); and an Efficiency bundle with appliance modules and thermostat. Nexia’s $9 per month remote monitoring plan provides remote 24/7 web-based access via computer or smartphone with email and text alerts, activity logs and lighting and temperature schedules.
You can also record and archive videos with the Schlage indoor camera.
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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates
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