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Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit Installation and Setup Guide

The Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit: DIY Smart Security Made Easy

This article is designed to guide you through transforming your traditional wired alarm system into a fully integrated smart home-controlled and monitored system with our Conversion Kit. With clear, step-by-step instructions, you'll discover how easy it is to enhance your home's safety and control with our Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit, even if this is your first foray into smart home technology.

 

Product Information                                                                                                     1

Key Features and Benefits

  • User-Friendly Installation: Quickly replace your current system with an intuitive setup process.
  • No Installer Code Needed: Simplifies setup by removing the need for specialized access codes.
  • Hassle-Free Integration: Seamlessly works with your existing system's sensors and sirens without complex reprogramming.
  • Smart Automations: Utilize existing sensors to create intelligent automations for enhanced security and convenience.
  • Scalable Design: Modular system that grows with your home’s security needs, allowing for limitless expansion.
  • Access for Everyone: Grant system access to unlimited users, making it easy for all household members to monitor and control the system.

Important Information

  • Keypad Compatibility: Traditional keypads will be deactivated; consider replacing them with wall-mounted tablets for enhanced functionality.
  • Monitoring Services: While traditional professional monitoring is not supported, U.S. customers can opt for Noonlight, a comprehensive Internet-based monitoring service.

What’s in the Box?

Your Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit includes the following items:

12 Zone Kit

  • Alarm Panel(s): Quantity varies with the kit size (photo shows a 12-zone kit)
  • Piezo Buzzer: Comes with jumper wires (quantity: 1 for 6, 12, and 18-zone kits, 2 for 24-zone kits)
  • 12V Power Adapter: Provides power to the alarm panel
  • Power Splitter Cable: Included with 12-zone kits and larger (not part of the 6-zone kit)
  • Installation Accessories:
    • Konnected window sticker
    • Sheet of wire labels for easy identification
    • Adhesive-backed standoffs for mounting
    • Mini screwdriver pen for assembly
    • Welcome card containing instructions and information

Identifying Your Boards

board comparisonAlarm Panel Board

  • Supports up to 6 input zones
  • 12V AUX power output for auxiliary devices
  • Built-in switched output for directly connecting and controlling a siren or strobe (left in the illustration).

Add-on Board

  • Accommodates an additional 6 input zones
  • 3.3V signal output to connect a piezo buzzer or relay module
  • 5V+ output for powering a 5V relay module or DHT sensor (sold separately, right in the illustration).

Kit Configurations

  • 6-Zone Kit: Includes 1 alarm board.
  • 12-Zone Kit: Comes with 1 alarm board and 1 add-on board.
  • 18-Zone Kit: Contains 1 alarm board and 2 add-on boards.
  • 24-Zone Kit: Features 1 alarm board and 3 add-on boards.
  • 24+ Zones: Inquire at help@konnected.io



Table of Contents                                                                                                        2

Setup Overview

The following steps provide an overview of the steps involved in the setup of your Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit:

After the initial setup, you'll be able to seek support and join the Konnected community for additional help and inspiration.

 


Installation Step 1 - Network Connection                                                                  3

Connecting to Your Network

Method #1: Konnected Mobile App (Recommended)

  • Download: Get the Konnected app for iOS or Android.
  • scan the code below for iOS
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  • scan the code below for android
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  • Power 1 Konnected board at a time (steps will be repeated for additional boards) with the included power supply. 
  • Launch: Start the app and select 'Add New Device'.
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  • Setup: Follow on-screen instructions to enter WiFi details and finalize the setup.
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  • Confirmation: Look for a non-blinking blue light on the board as a success indicator.
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  • Multiple Boards: Repeat for each board you have.

Method #2: Built-in Setup Page (6 Zone Panels)

  • Power On: Connect your board to its power supply.

  • Board’s WiFi: Join the WiFi network konnected_XXXXXX when the blue LED blinks slowly.

  • Web Setup: Navigate to http://192.168.4.1, select your WiFi, enter the password, and save.

  • LED Indicator: A non-blinking blue LED signifies a successful connection.

  • Reboot: Use the REBOOT button or power cycle the device.

Method #3: Forcing a WiFi Connection (6 Zone Panels)

  • USB Power: Connect the board to USB power.

  • Join WiFi: Connect to the board's WiFi network with a device.

  • Manual Setup: In a browser, go to http://192.168.4.1/setwifi? with your network details.

  • Verify: A turned-off blue light means the board is connected. Check your router to confirm.

Final Steps:

Once the network is connected, proceed with the device discovery via the Konnected Mobile App and integrate with SmartThings. We recommend completing the wiring of the board prior to integration steps, beyond an initial bench test. 

Support and Resources

Should you encounter any issues, reach out for support:


Installation Step 2Wiring ID                                                                                     4

Identifying Your Wiring

Proper identification and labeling of your existing wiring are paramount for successfully installing the Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit. Follow these steps to ensure accuracy:

Documentation

  • Photograph Your Setup: Capture high-quality images of your current alarm panel, wiring, and any zone lists or diagrams you have.

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Labeling

  • Use Provided Labels: Apply the included label stickers to each wire, noting their corresponding connections for easy reference.

Wire Identification

  • Recognize Wire Types: For a comprehensive guide on wire labels such as AC +/-, Aux +/-, Bell +/-, Data, Zones, and Telephone, please refer to our detailed 📄 Identifying Your Wiring documentation.
    • 2-Strand Wires: Typically used for sensors.
    • 4-Strand Wires: Commonly connect motion detectors and keypads.
    • Red/Black Wires: Usually indicate power connections.

AC Power Caution: Never attach AC power wires directly to the Konnected board.

Pre-Installation Testing

  • Bench Test: Conduct a preliminary test of the Konnected device with your smart home platform to ensure integration and functionality.

Mounting and Positioning

Location

  • Near Existing Wiring: Install the Konnected Panel, which can easily connect to your wired sensor wires or the original wiring panel.

Enclosure Options

  • 3D Printed Enclosure: Consider a tailored enclosure for a secure and neat fit.
  • Reuse Metal Enclosure: Alternatively, you may repurpose the enclosure of your old system. We've found that WiFi signal interference from metal enclosures is often insignificant.

Installation

  • Mounting Options: Secure the device using magnetic or adhesive standoffs.
  • WiFi Proximity: Position the panel within a good range of your router to ensure a robust WiFi signal.
  • Interference Precautions: Avoid placing the device near high-voltage wiring to minimize potential interference.


Installation Step 3 - Wiring Door and Window Sensors                                            5

Wiring Your Door and Window Sensors

Introduction

When setting up your Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit, it's important to connect your door and window sensors correctly. These instructions will guide you through the process.

Sensor Types

  • Normally Closed (NC) Circuits: These sensors are inactive (closed) when the door/window is closed and active (open) when the door/window is opened.

Connection Steps

  • Zone and Ground: Attach each sensor's two wires to a zone and the ground (GND) terminal on the Konnected board.

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  • Serial Connection: For multiple sensors in a series, link an end-of-line resistor between the last sensor and the return wire to the panel.

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Important Notes

  • All Doors and Windows: Verify they are closed before testing your setup.
  • Avoid AC Power: Do not connect any AC power wires to the Konnected board.
  • Bench Test: It's recommended to test the setup with your smart home platform before final installation.

For a full walkthrough, including diagrams, visit our Konnected's Wiring Guide.

 


Installation Step 4 - Wiring Your Motion Sensors                                                     6

Wiring Your Motion Sensors

To integrate motion sensors with the Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit, follow these instructions carefully:

Connections

  • Power Connection:
    • Red Wire: Connect from the sensor to the AUX+ terminal on the Konnected board.
    • Black Wire: Connect to the AUX-.
  • Signal Connection:
    • One Wire: From the sensor’s alarm circuit, attach to a zone terminal on the Konnected board.
    • Second Wire: Attach to the GND terminal.
  • For Multiple Sensors:
    • Each motion sensor requires a separate zone terminal.

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Please refer our 📄 Motion Sensor Wiring Instructions for detailed wiring diagrams and further instructions.


Installation Step 5 - Wiring Your Siren                                                                       7

Wiring Your Siren

Connect your siren to the Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit with these steps for a secure and functional setup:

Connection Guide

  • Positive Terminal: Attach the siren's positive (red) wire to the 'OUT' terminal on your Konnected board.
  • Negative Terminal: Connect the siren's negative (black) wire to the 'GND' terminal.

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Power Specifications

  • Ensure the siren's power rating does not exceed 2A (ampere) and 20W (watt).
  • For 12V sirens: These can be powered directly from the board without additional power sources.

For full wiring guidance and illustrations, visit Konnected's Siren Wiring Instructions.



Installation Step 6 - Wiring Your Piezo Buzzer                                                          8

Wiring Your Piezo Buzzer

Connect a piezo buzzer to your Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit efficiently by following these instructions:

For Add-on Board Users

  • Dedicated Output: Utilize the dedicated output on the add-on board for the piezo buzzer connection.
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For Alarm Panel Board Users

  • Output Zones: You may connect the buzzer to any of the zones 1-5 on the alarm panel board as these can function as outputs.
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Wiring Steps

  • Positive Wire: Attach the positive wire of the buzzer to the 'OUT' terminal.
  • Negative Wire: Connect the negative wire to the 'GND' terminal.

Important Note

  • Zones 1-5 on the main alarm panel can be configured as outputs if you're not using the add-on board.

For detailed setup instructions, including diagrams, please consult Konnected's Piezo Buzzer Wiring Guide.



Installation Step 7 - Wiring Smoke and CO Detectors                                              9

Integrating Smoke and CO Detectors with Konnected

For information on integrating Smoke and CO Detectors with Konnected please see the following links
Wiring Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Connecting 110-120V Hardwired Smoke Alarms

Connecting Low-Voltage Smoke Detectors

 


Installation Step 8 - Wiring Glass Break Sensors                                                    10

Wiring Glass Break Sensors

Ensure the safety of your premises by correctly wiring glass break sensors to the Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit.

Wiring Steps

  • Zone Connection: Attach the glass break sensor's wires to any available zone on the Konnected board.
  • Circuit Behavior: Understand that most glass break sensors operate on a Normally Closed (NC) circuit, which will open in response to the sound of breaking glass.

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Power Supply

  • Power the sensor using the AUX power terminals on the Konnected board, according to the sensor's specifications.

For a comprehensive guide on proper setup, including visual wiring diagrams, please access Konnected's Guide on Wiring Glass Break Sensors.


Installation Step 9 - Wiring a Relay                                                                           11

Wiring a Relay

Integrate relays with your Konnected Alarm Panel to add smart control to household devices like sprinkler systems or garage door openers.

Steps for Connection

  • Attach 5V Power: Connect the 5V pin from the add-on or Pro board to the relay's VCC or DC+.
  • Ground Connection: Link the GND pin on the board to the GND or DC- on the relay.
  • Output Signal: For the relay's input, connect the OUT pin to IN on the relay.
  • High-Power Devices: For devices requiring 12V, such as alarms or lights, utilize the ALARM +/- terminals on the main board.

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Configuration Tips

  • Ensure most Konnected relays are set to 'low-trigger' for compatibility with your smart home app settings.

Automation and Control

By wiring a relay, you can seamlessly automate and control various devices via the Konnected system.

For additional instructions and further details, please visit here.


Installation Step 10 - Powering                                                                                 12

Powering Your Konnected Board

Choose from multiple power supply options to ensure your Konnected Alarm Panel operates efficiently.

Powering Options

  • Existing Alarm System: Utilize the 12V DC power from your previous alarm system's power supply.
  • Board Specifications: The board is compatible with a range of 6V to 24V DC or 5V via USB.
  • Included Power Adapter: Plug the included power adapter into a standard outlet for a simple setup.
  • USB Powering: While USB is an option for board power, it won't support high-draw devices like sensors or sirens.
  • Multiple Boards: Utilize a splitter cable if you're setting up multiple boards.
  • Reusing Wiring: If repurposing existing wiring, first ensure to disconnect the old system's power and battery.

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using existing wiring for power

Important Notes

  • Use terminal screw adapters for secure connections.
  • Ensure to follow the Konnected Powering Your Board Guide for detailed instructions.



Installation Step 10 - Choose Your Platform                                                            13

Choosing Your Smart Home Platform

Selecting the right smart home platform is crucial to harness the full capabilities of your Konnected system. Each platform offers distinct features tailored to different user needs, technical skills, and privacy preferences.

Smart Home Platform Options

  • Samsung SmartThings
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    • User Experience: Ideal for those who value ease of setup and a wide range of device compatibility.
    • Features: Offers a user-friendly interface, extensive device integration, and remote device access.
    • Considerations: Internet-dependent with less customization.
  • Home Assistant
    Home Assistant 
    • User Experience: Suited for users with technical know-how who prioritize extensive customization and privacy.
    • Features: Offers local operation, strong community support, and frequent updates.
    • Considerations: Requires additional hardware and comes with a steeper learning curve.
  • Hubitat
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    • User Experience: Great for users seeking a balance between user-friendliness and privacy, with local control.
    • Features: Ensures local processing, enhanced privacy, and supports a multitude of Zigbee and Z-Wave devices.
    • Considerations: Has a more complex setup and fewer third-party integrations than larger platforms.
  • Control4
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    • User Experience: Designed for users looking for a premium, professionally installed smart home system.
    • Features: Provides professional installation, high customization, and extensive device support.
    • Considerations: Involves higher costs and less flexibility for DIY changes.

Making Your Selection

Consider what's most important for your smart home experience:

  • Ease of Use: Platforms like SmartThings provide straightforward cloud-based solutions.
  • Customization and Privacy: Options like Home Assistant cater to those wanting a hands-on approach with more control.
  • Local Control: Hubitat offers robust functionality without reliance on the cloud.
  • Professional Setup: Control4 delivers a luxury experience with professional installation and support.

For a more detailed comparison and guidance on which platform aligns best with your objectives, visit Konnected's Smart Home Platform Guide.


SmartThings Integration - Connecting ST and Konnected Cloud                          14

Connecting to SmartThings via Konnected

Integrating your Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit with Samsung SmartThings combines your traditional security system with smart home functionality. Follow these detailed steps to set up your system:

Step 1: Install the Konnected Mobile App

  • Download the Konnected app (if you haven't already) from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  • scan the code below for iOS
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  • scan the code below for android
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  • Ensure your mobile phone is connected to your home's 2.4 GHz WiFi network.

Step 2: Connect Your First Device

  • With only one device connected to power, follow the in-app guide to "Add New Device." (skip this step if you've already done this in the "Connecting to Your Network" section)
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  • Watch for the blue light on the device to blink and then stay solid, indicating a successful connection.
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Step 3: Register the Device in the Konnected Cloud

  • In the app, select your device and choose 'Register in Konnected Cloud.'
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  • Create a Konnected Cloud account or sign in, verifying your email as prompted.
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  • Select the server region that corresponds with your SmartThings account's AWS (Amazon Web Services) region.
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  • Complete the registration to link your device to the cloud.
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Step 4: Set Up Zones in Konnected Cloud

  • Add and name each zone in the Konnected app, specifying types like "Door" or "Motion."
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  • Configure inverse states for NO detectors, duration for switches, or sensor polling intervals.
  • Sync the configurations to your device by tapping 'Sync to Device.'
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Repeat Steps 2-4 for each Konnected Board


Step 5: Link SmartThings to Konnected Cloud

  • Open SmartThings, tap '+' to add a device, and search for Konnected under 'By Brand.'
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  • Sign in to your Konnected Cloud account, ensuring no auto-capitalization errors in your credentials.
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  • Assign your Konnected sensors to a location and room in SmartThings.
  • If any device shows 'Checking' or 'Offline,' reboot the Konnected board.

Step 6: Configure SmartThings Home Monitor

  • Ensure that you have added all sensors and devices in the Konnected app, including sirens or strobes.
  • In SmartThings, navigate to Life > Home Monitor to set up 'Armed Away' and 'Armed Stay' modes.
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  • Define responses for intrusions and set up siren delays as needed.
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Step 7: Customize SmartThings Home Monitor

  • Set up notifications for security, smoke, or water via Life > Home Monitor in SmartThings.
  • Invite household members to the app for shared control.
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  • Configure presence sensors and automate arming/disarming with Member Location as a trigger.
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Step 8: Additional (Optional) Feature Setup

  • For smoke and CO alerts, configure your sensors in Life > Home Monitor > Fire icon.
  • For water leak monitoring, use the Droplet icon to set up leak detection.
  • Link your Konnected setup to Noonlight for professional monitoring services.
  • Specify which alerts Noonlight should monitor and conduct tests as needed.

Now, your Konnected system should be fully operational within SmartThings, enhancing your home's security and convenience. For any additional questions or detailed instructions, visit the Konnected SmartThings Setup Guide.


 

Home Assistant Integration                                                                                      15

Integrating Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit with Home Assistant via ESPHome

Unlock the potential of your Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit by connecting it to Home Assistant, offering a powerful and customizable smart home experience.

1. Preparing for Installation

Before you begin, ensure you have the following:

  • A computer or laptop with Chrome or Edge browser installed.
  • A data-ready Micro-USB cable.
  • Access to your home's WiFi network or an Ethernet connection if using the Alarm Panel Pro.

2. Flashing ESPHome Firmware

New in 2023, Konnected provides pre-built ESPHome firmware for an easy start.

Flashing Steps:

  • Access Flashing Tool: Visit install.konnected.io/esphome on your browser.
  • Connect Device: Plug in your Konnected device using the Micro-USB cable.
  • Choose Firmware: Select the appropriate build from the drop-down menu.
  • Install Firmware: Click 'Connect', choose the device serial port, then click 'Install Konnected Firmware for ESPHome'.

3. Connecting to WiFi

For WiFi-enabled devices, follow these steps to connect to your network:

  • Power Device: Plug in the Konnected device using the power adapter or a powered USB port.
  • Join Device Network: On your computer or mobile device, connect to the network named 'alarm-panel-xxxxx'.
  • Select WiFi Network: A pop-up should appear for WiFi configuration (or navigate to 192.168.4.1).
  • Enter WiFi Details: Choose your WiFi SSID, enter the password, and save.

Note: The Konnected App is not required for ESPHome & Home Assistant setup.

4. Adding Device to Home Assistant

Home Assistant's ESPHome integration should automatically discover the device on the network.

Adding Steps:

  • Check Notifications: Look for 'New Devices Discovered' or go to 'Settings' > 'Devices & Services'.
  • Configure Device: Click on the discovered ESPHome device and then 'Configure'.
  • Assign to Area: (Optional) Add the device to an Area in Home Assistant.
  • Finish: Click 'Finish' to add the Konnected device and its zones.

5. Creating Your Alarm System

Utilize Home Assistant's alarm control panel and automations, or install the Alarmo integration for a comprehensive alarm system.

With Alarmo:

  • Alarmo Integration: Provides a full alarm system setup within the browser.
  • Installation: For Alarmo installation instructions, visit Alarmo on GitHub.

6. Renaming Zones

After integration, customize zone names in Home Assistant to reflect their purpose in your home.

Renaming Steps:

  • Access Devices: In Home Assistant, navigate to 'Settings' > 'Devices & Services'.
  • Edit Zones: Click on your Konnected device and rename each zone according to its location or sensor type.

Conclusion

Your Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit is now successfully integrated with Home Assistant, providing you with a flexible and intelligent security system. Regularly maintain and update your setup to keep it running smoothly.

For additional support and resources, visit the Konnected Knowledge Base.


 

Hubitat Integration                                                                                                    16

Integrating Konnected Alarm Panel Conversion Kit with Hubitat

Connect your Konnected Alarm Panel to Hubitat for localized control and automation of your home security system.

Preparation

  • Hubitat Elevation Hub: Ensure you have the Hubitat Elevation hub set up and running on your network.
  • Latest Hubitat Firmware: Confirm that your Hubitat hub is updated to the latest firmware version for optimal compatibility.

Installation

  • Install Konnected Drivers: Access your Hubitat dashboard and navigate to 'Drivers Code'. Import the Konnected drivers specifically designed for Hubitat from the Konnected GitHub repository or from the provided URL in the Konnected integration documentation.
  • Add Konnected Device: Go to 'Devices' and click on 'Discover Devices'. Select 'LAN' and allow Hubitat to find your Konnected Alarm Panel on the network.
  • Configure Network Settings: If your device isn't discovered automatically, you may need to manually configure the network settings. This involves assigning a static IP to the Konnected device and inputting it directly into Hubitat.

Device Setup

  • Assign Zones: Once the device is added, you'll need to assign each zone on the Konnected Alarm Panel to corresponding sensors in your home (doors, windows, motion, etc.).
  • Name Your Devices: For easy identification, name each sensor appropriately in Hubitat, such as 'Front Door', 'Living Room Window', etc.
  • Create Automation Rules: Utilize Hubitat's built-in apps like Rule Machine or HSM (Hubitat Safety Monitor) to create automation rules for your security devices. You can set up alerts, sirens, or other actions based on sensor triggers.

Testing and Validation

  • Test Each Sensor: Ensure each sensor is working correctly by triggering it and checking if the corresponding action is carried out in Hubitat.
  • Validate Automations: Test your automation rules to make sure they perform as expected in different scenarios.

Final Steps

  • Save Configuration: After testing, save your configuration and ensure that all changes are backed up.
  • Mounting: Securely mount the Konnected Alarm Panel in a central location for best connectivity to all sensors.

For further assistance and advanced setup options, please refer to our detailed 📄Hubitat Integration Guide on the Konnected support site.