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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 6:42 PM
2 years ago
As of right now, the best solution for garage doors would still be the regular Entry Sensor. You can install the main sensor piece on the frame, and the magnet on the moving parts of the door. So long as the two pieces can be at least 2" from each other, the sensor will be marked as "open".
There are a couple of things to think about when installing on a garage door:
EDIT: @Freeman8704 brings up a great point. If you only want to know if the garage door is open or closed, you can set that Entry Sensor to Secret Alert. You'll get notifications when that sensor is ever opened, but it can never trigger an actual alarm.
@davey_d Great to see an official response! You may also want to add into the official solution that you CAN disable the alarm countdown on the garage door with entry sensors installed, if you only want to monitor whether they are open or closed. You can find this feature for any sensor in the keypad settings. And that way you don't have to run inside and remember to disarm before the siren goes off.
3 years ago
@captain11 This seems doable, but how do you keep the alarm from going off while you’re getting out of the car and going into the house?
@Vinff7 Great question but not a great answer. As of now, SS does not have a garage door sensor, so there is no software accommodation to support this process in away mode, at least easily. When my system is in home mode, its easy. Both entry sensors on the garage doors are set to instant trigger, alarm. This works as our entry/exit settings for home mode are set to 0/0. No issue.
For away mode, both garage doors are set to secret alert only, so its up to me to recognize the push alerts. Sorry for the bad news. BTW, marked improvement on Etsy where someone came up with 3D printing a plastic hinge setup for the entry sensors. They were perfectly, better than the hinges.
In the meantime, I do hope SS dev is working on garage door sensors that will be fully integrated into the system.
Assuming you have to disable the alarm to leave the garage door open. Can just the garage door be easily disabled and not effect the entire alarm system? How many steps does it take at the control panel to disable garage door sensor?
@lucid The garage door sensors work great, unfortunately, Simplisafe does not have any software configurations that will make it work perfectly. In my situation, the two garage door entry sensors are set to instant trigger and alarm in home mode. When my wife and I go to bed (all bedrooms on 2nd floor) the entry/exit delays are 0/0 so in this scenario it works perfectly; we don't expect anyone to enter our home or garage. As you can easily imagine, the issue is away mode. If we are leaving for vacation, and gone for a week or greater, I do go in and manually set the garage door sensors from "secret alert" to alarm on the phone app. Yes, I will be the first to say not ideal but until SS officially comes out with a garage door sensor, this is the best I have figured out.