Easily Make Existing Smoke Detectors SmartBy - 09/20/2015
Smart smoke detectors are all the rage. Really, smart everything is all the rage. But it’s not always smart to go smart. Many new homes come equipped with connected smoke alarm systems that work in unison and are properly placed. To replace an existing 5 alarm setup with a smart setup can easily cost over $500. And for what? So that you can get notices on your smart phone? If you are in a position where ripping and replacing makes little to no sense, the RemoteLync by Kidde is for you.
How Kidde’s RemoteLync Works
RemoteLync works off of your home’s Wi-Fi and plugs into a standard wall outlet. Once installed it listens. That’s its job. To listen. It ignores everyday sounds and is trained to recognize the exact sound make by smoke and CO alarms. If your smoke alarm goes off, RemoteLync will use your internet to send you a message direct to your smartphone. Voila! For $99, you’ve made your existing smoke detectors smart.
Kidde’s supports an app for iOS and Android though you can also receive alerts on your PC. If you are not around to receive the emergency notice, you can have RemoteLync call others on your behalf. It can be programmed to call your trusted circle or even 911 if detects an alarm.
- One device can cover multiple floors of one average sized home.
- Listens for the sound of a smoke or CO alarm.
- Works with iOS and Android phones and tablets as well as PCs.
- Works with all UL-approved smoke and CO alarms manufactured after 1999.
- Plugs into a wall outlet and uses Wi-Fi
- No Monthly fees.
Reviews of Kidde Remote Lync
As awesome as this all sounds, reviews of RemoteLync are mixed.
On HomeDepot.com, where 72% of buyers would recommend this product to a friend, one user shares that he thinks the price is outrageously high compared to what you get. He adds that including a built-in CO sensor as well as battery backup would improve the overall value and security value of the device.
A few users across multiple sites voiced concerns about reliability. To me, these are the most concerning comments. After all, what good is a device that doesn’t work? Though some users tested the device successfully, others had problems getting RemoteLync to connect and stay connected to Wi-Fi.
On the other hand there are several users that give RemoteLync 5 stars adding that it’s easy to use and affordable. The included mobile app is currently rated 5 stars on Google Play and is not rated on iTunes.
What do you think? Do you think RemoteLync is worth a try? If so, you can buy your own RemoteLync here.