Yale Sync test Smart Home Alarm: an alarm connected to Alexa

Our opinion on the alarm kit Smart Home Sync Yale

Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm

Smart Home Sync Yale-Starter Alarm kit with integrated keypad with Alexa

Price as of: May 24, 2022 13 h 01 min

Finding protection for your home is not easy. Should we opt for door / window or motion detectors? Cameras ? A complete alarm system with siren? At a time when summer migrations to other horizons are daily, we are going to present you a connected alarm very complete to secure your home with the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm and its starter kit.

Offered from 199 € on Amazon. Fr, the connected alarm from Yale is here composed of a motion detector with animal recognition, a door opening sensor, a keypad and of course the base also acting as an indoor siren.

Yale, a brand created in 1840 by Linus Yale Jr. during the design of its pin lock, was acquired in August 2000 by ASSA ABLOY, world leader in door opening solutions, access control, identification technologies, and entrance automation and hotel security. The group is present in 70 countries.

Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm: an all-inclusive Wi-Fi alarm

Unboxing

It is on the top of the 26.5 cm side cabinet that we discover the heart of the system, the alarm center. Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm. Small touches of yellow characteristic of the brand embellish the visual. The elements composing the starter kit are shown in the image and we notice two tablets, one Philips Hue, Yale partner for a few weeks; and the other mentioning " Works with Amazon Alexa » and that, for Les Alexiens, is necessarily great!

So you will be able to arm and disarm Yale Sync alarm by voice, with a security code for disarming of course. The different specificities are repeated on two of the sides.

Inside, it is a pre-cut tray in the shapes of the main devices which reveals the accessories.

All the parts are in white ABS / polycarbonate plastics, apart from the power adapter which swears a bit by being black, but it's pretty classic.

The Yale Sync kit Smart Home Alarm contains:

  • A Yale Sync central,
  • Un keypad,
  • Un opening detector for door or window,
  • 3 3M double-sided adhesives for fixing the door / window opening detector, one of which is thicker in the event of a badly proportioned joint,
  • Un movement detector,
  • Un AC adapter with 2 interchangeable plugs supplied: UK and EU,
  • Un Ethernet cable with a length of1.5 meter,
  • 3 kits screws,
  • Le installation manual,
  • 2 stickers "Alarm".

Let's take a closer look at each device:

Yale Sync power station Smart Home Alarm

It is a square with rounded edges of 9.5 cm side by 3.3 cm thick skates included. It is made of two materials, with a smooth upper part and on which the fingerprints are visible while the lower part with the logo is matt white.

The upper face has 3 LED operating indicators corresponding to:

  • Connection to the server : Green led
    • Fixed : everything is OK
    • Blinking : pairing mode / network search
    • Extinct : Wi-Fi problem
  • Problems / faults : Yellow LED
    • Fixed : system fault, problem with the application. Nevertheless, this also occurs after triggering the alarm. Either you wait it will turn off after a certain time, several hours, or even count 24 hours, or you do a reset to turn it off. If you don't see a specific problem, be patient, it's just a visual that we certainly don't like to see. The LED also lights up if you open a module, for example to change the battery. Once the cover is closed, the LED goes out.
    • Turn signal : electrical problem (power cut, low battery)
    • Extinct : everything is OK
  •  System Status: Red led
    • Fixed : fully armed system
    • Turn signal : system partially armed
    • Extinct : System disarmed

On the underside, there are four small non-slip silicone pads placed at the edges as well as the loudspeaker of the siren which will deliver 100dB and label with the serial number (included in the QR code). You will need to report these numbers for alarm recording in the app.

Yale Sync power station Smart Home Alarm is able to support up to 40 devices and offers a radio range of 200 meters in free field.

On the rear face, the different connections with the On / Off button which will also serve in case to reset (unplug the jack plug, then put the button on Off. Wait 30 seconds and put the button back on On and put the power back on). In the middle the DC 9V / 1A and Ethernet sockets. On the right the button LEARN is not detailed in the manual but it allows you to initiate the Wi-Fi connection, the green button flashing after pressing LEARN for a few seconds. You will have to exit the application to re-enter the password and reconnect.

The Yale Sync keyboard

Rectangular in shape, with rounded angles to soften its appearance, it measures 11 6.5 cm x cm x 1.5 cm thick and is also slightly domed on the front side.

We find :

  • The 10 number keys, with a small rounded point as a marker on the 5 for the visually impaired.
  • 2 keys (( )) that surround the 0 and are used for panic function. As on the Ring Alarm v1, justpress 3 seconds the two buttons to trigger the alarm. For'Stop, press the open padlock and type your PIN code
  • The 3 function buttons:
    • Armament, closed padlock
    • Partial arming, closed padlock with an open padlock. Partial exclusion detection of one or more devices is done in from the application in the menu Parameters / Alarm parameters / Device. Operation to be repeated on each device concerned.
    • Disarmament, open padlock (the 4-digit PIN code will be required to confirm the order).
On the back, do not forget to remove the plastic tab protecting the CR 2032 battery :

The motion detector

Trapezoidal in shape, the Yale Sync motion detector QUOTE 9 cm side x 6 cm depth. It can be placed up to 30 meters from the base. A sufficiently large distance that allows to consider its installation in dependencies, but we did not have as much distance at our disposal to test this.

Yale thinks about pets because this “PET PIR” model ignores our four-legged friends and only takes into account the movements emanating from individuals over 25 kg. It must be installed at a height between 1,8 and 2,1 meters and in a place with sufficient setback. On the back, a plastic tab here again protects the 3 AAA batteries included.

The door opening sensor

Le Yale Sync aperture sensor presents, on its front face, a connection / pairing test while on the back an anti-tear spring is present and will send a notification if there is no more contact with the support. On the side, a plastic tab protects the CR 2032 battery supplied.

Technical Sheet

  • Brand : Yale
  • Model : Smart Home Sync Yale - Starter Kit
  • Contents of the pack : central x1, door opening detector x1, motion detector x1, keypad x1
  • Materials : ABS / Polycarbonate
  • Color : White
  • Food : sector
  • Input: 100-240V - 50 / 60Hz 0.4A
  • output : 9V-1A
  • Batteries included : yes, CR2032 x2, AAA x3 for accessories
  • Backup battery life : 6 hours
  • Use Case : interior -10 ° - 40 °
  • Humidity : up to 70%
  • Radio range : 200 meters in open field
  • Alarm power : 100 dB
  • Number of accessories taken into account : up to 40
  • Radio range : 200 meters
  • Compatible : Amazon Alexa, Apple Wach, Philips Hue *, soon to be Google Home
The quality of the materials is very good, the finishes do not suffer from any defect. The soft and harmonious shapes of the different modules are very pleasing visually. The bi-material aspect is successful, but the shiny part is very sensitive to fingerprints, which is a bit of a shame although it is an alarm center that you will not have to handle well often.
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Installing and Using Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm

 

Installing the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm is very simple and does not require special skills.

Start by connect the ethernet cable to your box (or your Mesh system), connect the power supply and flip the switch on the back to "On". The Yale alarm center will emit a short beep.

Alarm recording must be done in the one hour delay after switching on, otherwise use the " reset " indicated above.

Install the app Yale Smart Living Home available Android (Version 4.2+) ou iOS (Version 9+).

Before creating an account which, after all, would be normal at the start of the process, here you have to start by clicking on: " register a new system ", then " start the installation wizard". It's a step by step for each step.

At the third, you are invited to ccreate an account with the information :

  • E-mail address,
  • Password. It must be composed as indicated in the help section (?) top right of: 8 characters with at least one upper case, one lower case, one number and one special character.
  • Serial number the alarm (it is located below the control unit with the QR code),
  • Fill in a 4-digit PIN code administrator.
  • Indicate a phone number, it will be useful for SMS. 

You can read the privacy policy and terms and conditions before clicking on " finish " and " To confirm »The creation of the account.

Remove the battery protective tabs on each device. On the keypad, an LED positioned above “2” will flash blue for 3 seconds. On the door detector, the LED is located in the center of the large module and, for the motion detector, in the lower corner.

Then, you will have to pair the devices of the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm. To our great and equally good surprise, this will happen very quickly in a single operation for all devices. A very appreciable feature!

We chose to take the keyboard first since we have to start with a device

Click on "Add a device". Define the action, in this case "I add an alarm accessory" et press keys 8 and 9 since they are the pairing button offices, (either on the function button if you choose one of the other two devices). Keep the keys / buttons pressed for the time indicated either 1 second for these different devices. When pairing mode is activated, the control unit's left “network” button flashes green. Once done, you do not see anything on the application, it continues to spin, but the control unit beeps. You can only go back to the previous pages to check if the taking into account is effective or not.

And there, O surprise, you can see that the three devices are present. It is true that it is a starter kit. Names as shown can be changed.

The installation of the Yale Sync Alarm is not yet complete. As you can see, the installation wizard includes no less than 12 steps.

We still have to test each device , to check their good connection. If everything is ok, all you have to do is fix them permanently to their location. If you wish, you can affix the surveillance stickers.

There you go, the installation is complete! Your Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm appears on the home page of the application. An update occurred during this test, also integrating the state of the opening sensor. Clicking on it now allows you to check its status.

 

On the home page, the alarm situation appears with a large red bell for the "panic alarm" function.

Press 5 seconds above trigger the alarm - same function as the keypad with both ((.)). To turn off, just press on the new red button " Press to disarm“, But you can also stop the siren from the keypad. Although this is an indoor device, believe us, the 100 decibels are fine there and your neighbors should hear it ...

Top right on the home page:

  • Le "? " is an assistance which includes each element of the page and the possible actions
  • La pendulum opens the history of detected actions.
  • La Home, it is available according to the menu where you are located and allows you to return to the home page

You will find these three devices on all the different menu pages.

At the bottom of the home page, if you have a Yale camera like the Yale Light & Siren , a shortcut to the "Yale View" application allows access to live stream from camera. It's very practical, it avoids going out of the application and looking for the other. Note that the shortcut also appears at the top of the alarm mode management page in case of triggering.

Clicking on Menu, you access:

  • Dashboard : returns to the home page with the current alarm status
  • Add device... like the initial configuration
  • Message : these are the important messages from Yale like server updates
  • Parameters : this is where almost everything happens. You will access:
    • Alarm settings :
      • Appareils : you can view your devices and any timers activated in full or partial arming.
        • By selecting a device, you can:
          • Exclude the weapon device
          • Activate a chime : when movement occurs on this module, a "bell" is heard on the control unit. This can be useful if you want to monitor movement in a room, such as a hallway.
          • Define an alarm type :
            • Anti-intrusion : the device is active in partial and total arming
            • Partial exclusion : the device will only be active in full arming mode
            • Partial delay : in partial arming mode, the alarm will sound only after the time defined in: System settings
            • Time delay : same as above for full arming mode
      • Function tests : to check the connection to the control unit, click on “Start the test” and press the button of the desired detector.
      • System settings :
        • Full arming : determination of the entry or exit delay between 10 and 120 seconds and the volume of the Beeps (Mute, Low, Medium and High)
        • Partial arming : Same as above
        • General configuration : allows, among other things, to define the volume of the chime on the control unit between the four possible ones, to activate the hub warning sound, in particular in the event of a low battery of a detector. The other parameters concern the setting of an external siren.
      • Siren settings : settings dedicated to the outdoor siren that can be added.
      • Keypad PIN codes : you can register 10 different users and enter 10 PIN codes, ie 1 per user. Practical, the history allows you to view the one who deactivated the alarm. To delete a user, click on his name, and swipe the screen from right to left, a trash can appears.
    • Users:
      • User Management : you be the administrator system and you can here add new users and assign them access rights or Supprimer accounts.
      • Account Password : to change it
      • Application security : it is possible to activate the unlocking by fingerprint
      • Notification settings : you can receive:
        • SMS alerts (hence the phone number to enter when creating the account) Pay attention to the given format, choose the +33… format without the 0 on your mobile phone. You will be notified in the event of an alert with the title of the module that is the source of the alert. It works very well.
        • Push notifications, you can receive all or just in case of instruction
        • Email alert : good, but it may quickly pollute your mailbox especially when you are doing tests. Proof that it works perfectly.
        • Geolocated notifications : activate the function to receive a notification to activate the alarm, if you forget it, when you leave the area or vice versa, stop it when you return. The idea is very good, frankly and works very well .... but if the smartphone is at the bottom of the bag, not sure to hear the push notification.

Works with Yale

If you have compatible products like a camera Yale Pan & Tilt, for example, you can plan to deactivate them together with the alarm when you return home.

The door camera Yale Light and Siren that we recently presented to you is unfortunately not directly integrable. However, you will find an access shortcut at the bottom of the page that will directly open the Yale View app and the live camera feed.

This lack of compatibility is regrettable. Certainly, the shortcut is welcome, but if the management is provided for pan / tilt why not for other models? Will it change? We hope so, because if these devices are of quality, they would make even more sparks together. Yale if you can hear us ...

Updated: May 24, 2022 13:01 a.m.

Philips Hue integration

Recently, Yale and Philips Hue are partners to ensure perfect compatibility and therefore enhanced protection of goods and people. You can now link the two accounts to amplify your protection or at least your information.

From Menu, choose " Works with Yale", select " Philips Hue » and in " Hue lights settings" , click on " Connect Hue account". Fill in the e-mail address given when registering. Give permission Yale to control your Philips Hue lights. There you go, your accounts are linked!

Go back to the app Yale Smart Living Home and you will see that your rooms created in Philips Hue are reported in the Yale application and of course in the two parameters "arming / disarming" or "triggering."

But to achieve that it is functional there are several manipulations to operate.

  • First of all, check that you have activated access outside the home in the bridge settings.
  • From the Hue app, turn on the bulb (or bulbs) that you want to interact with the alarm
  • Return to the Yale app, go to the desired section (Arm / Disarm or trigger):
    • Activate alerts (it's better)
    • Activate the same Hue lights
    • Click on "Save"
    • Come back to the page and click on "Test": Remember to turn off the selected bulb (s) before performing the test. And you will see it / them turn on for a few seconds and then turn off. You visual alert is now operational!
Caution : for the bulbs to go up correctly, avoid accents in the names of your devices. Otherwise, you will get an error message, in English, telling you that the devices cannot be reassembled. We can bet that Yale will resolve this issue quickly.

With Amazon Alexa

Yale Sync power station Smart Home Alarm and its opening detector are fully compatible with Amazon Alexa.

You need to activate the skill Yale Smart Living and link your accounts. The assistant then offers to detect the new devices. It goes very quickly and you will quickly be able to see the Yale Sync control panel and its door / window detector. Unfortunately, the motion detector is not supported by Alexa. It's a shame and the only negative point.

As a reminder, the activation of skills and the management ofAlexa can be done from a computer and not only on the application of the smartphone. Just go to his account Amazon, and go to install the skill in the dedicated section. There, once the skill is linked, the referral to the equivalent of the application is done automatically, otherwise you can access it by typing: https://alexa.amazon.fr/

Back to the skill on our smartphone. Only the DC1 door opening detector appears as a device. We recommend renaming it in the Yale app Smart Home, the name will then go up in the application Alexa. Its status appears (whether the alarm is armed or not) and routines Alexa are possible. Allow less than 2 seconds of latency for the assistant to inform you of the status: it works perfectly!

It works perfectly!

The control unit also appears and you can activate the arming or disarming function by voice command. For the latter it is necessary to activate the function and create a voice PIN code which will have to be re-entered to confirm and validate the action by entering your password Amazon, just to make sure that you are the one creating the code. Note, however, that anyone who has the PIN code will be able to disarm the alarm by kindly requesting it from Alexa. Disarming is done by spelling out the numbers one by one (1,2,3,4) or in pairs (12, 34).

You can ask : 

  • « Alexa, is my cellar door [or name you gave] open?« 
  • « Alexa, is my cellar door [or name you gave] closed?« 
  • « Alexa, weapon [name of your alarm center] ": Alexa recognizes without it being the assigned name. On the other hand, take note that if a door remains open, Alexa will certainly indicate it to you and invite you to go to the Yale application to exclude the device from the arming but until the door is closed, even excluded from the Yale app, it will not be possible to arm the alarm. In addition, there is no separate voice command to request, for example, partial arming. It is very appreciable to have the information of a door that has remained open but why after being informed and having acted accordingly in the application (excluding) it is impossible to connect the alarm vocally?
    On the other hand, via the application, or the keypad, it is possible to fully arm even if the door has been left open.
  • Alexa, disarms Security Panel (Yale for disarming is not recognized) [or name you gave it]. You will need to provide the four-digit PIN code that you will have entered beforehand, security requires, for the deactivation to be taken into account.
The management of the control unit and the door opening detector are fully compatible with our favorite voice assistant.

With Google Home

Public chat Google Home, it is rather the disappointment. You must install the Yale add-on Smart Living that we find by clicking on « +«  then « Configure a device«  et « Works with Google« . Type Yale, select and link accounts by filling in your Yale credentials. Finally, allow Google to control your Yale devices.

Caution : no PIN code for disarming as this is not taken into account by Google Assistant.
Then, return to the home page and you will see the door opening detector and the control unit appear in the devices. But, although the alarm is present in Google Home, arm / disarm controls do not work and you will not be able to do any routines with the door / window detector. Here too, the motion detector does not come up.

We tried the Google Assistant voice commands following:

  • "Ok Google, set the Security Panel alarm on weaponr ”: proposed by GH but did not work
  • « Hey Google, set the Security Panel to Fully [partially] arm": Is not included
  • "Alarm" (or house alarm) rule on arm " : creates a GA timer for me
  • "Security panel rule on Partially arm" : offered by GH but did not work
  • "Disarms Security Panel" => security panel to a security restriction => does not offer to say the deactivation code
  • and many other unlisted attempts ...
So at present, although present in the application, the Yale alarm is not compatible with Google Home in France.

Daily use of the Yale Sync alarm

Alarm installation Yale Sync is not complicated. The longest is to make the settings according to your needs, as is the case with all connected alarms. The twinning of opening detector with Alexa in routine is perfect and the reactivity of less than 2 seconds is very good (you still have to give it time to receive the poor info).

On the other hand, it is imperative to take into account a one meter "white" zone for the installation of the movement detector. Indeed, it will capture movements over a distance of 1 to 12 meters while leaving your four-legged animals under 25 kg alone.

In the event of a power cut, the yellow LED on the control unit flashes and a beep sounds every 30 seconds. If during the power cut, the chime was activated on a module, it will sound on the control panel, but of course there will be no connection with Alexa to announce an open door. The current returned the reconnection is done instantly. Battery life is 6 hours, which may not seem like much, but the power should not stay that long. It will take 30 minutes to recharge it.

In the event of a failure of your Internet network, you will no longer be able to arm or disarm the alarm either via the smartphone or the keypad, but it will remain active and therefore able to scare away any burglars. It seems that with a remote control (not included in this kit) this is possible, which sounds interesting.

After several weeks of use, this connected alarm convinced us. Integration with Alexa is almost total, but we regret however that the motion sensor was not taken into account in the application. The same goes for the non-integration of the Light and Siren camera, although a shortcut to its dedicated application is present. For the Google Assistant, on the other hand, if the integration is done, it is not yet usable. Fortunately, that was not to take too long to change.

Le Yale / Philips Hue pairing requires checking the registration of devices without accent (as in Anglo Saxon) or special characters for this to work. A subtlety that must be taken into account, but after that it actually works.

The alarm works fine on its own, and that's the main thing, but pairing with Philips Hue brings a significant plus. The various alert methods are welcome and should satisfy the greatest number of users.

In conclusion, Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm is a very good product which allows you to get started in securing your interior with a central siren, a PETPIR motion detector that ignores animals under 25 kg, a door opening detector and a keypad for only 290 € excluding promotion. Other accessories are available to perfect and complete this kit, but it is already on its own effective protection against burglaries. Controllable with Alexa, its pairing with Philips Hue is an interesting option that offers an additional deterrent really interesting. The lack of user manual / settings is regrettable because we encountered some difficulties with the motion sensor before learning that we had not positioned it correctly. We therefore wanted to thank Carla who really helped us to complete this test and, fortunately, because to miss this alarm kit would have been a shame. In short, the Yale Sync alarm is an interesting alternative to the Ring Alarm v2, especially since it benefits from a much more open ecosystem...
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