Are Honeywell Smokes Compatible w/ Google Home?
UPDATE: Google Home has since been made compatible with Total Connect 2.0. However, you cannot use Google Home with life-safety sensors like smoke detectors. More information on the Google Home integration for Total Connect 2.0 can be found in this document.
No, Honeywell Smokes are not compatible with Google Home. A Google Home device will only allow the panel's current armed state to be controlled using voice commands. It will also allow users to check the current arming status through voice commands. But smoke detectors are incompatible.
When Google Home is used with a security system, all communication must pass through an interactive service platform first. The interactive service basically serves as the middleman between Google Home and the system. The interactive service that is used with the alarm system must be compatible with Google Home in order for this to work. The user can use Google Home to arm their system and check its armed state. You cannot disarm through Google Home, as that would be a security risk.
Most Honeywell Smoke Detectors will ultimately connect with a Honeywell Alarm System that is associated with Total Connect 2.0. This interactive service will not work with Google Home for the aforementioned functionality. But not every Honeywell Smoke Detector is used with a Honeywell Alarm System. Some Honeywell Smokes may be connected with an alarm system from a different manufacturer that is associated with the Alarm.com service. This service is compatible with Google Home.
But remember, the smoke detectors will still not work with Google Home. A user cannot use Google Home to find out if their smoke detector has been activated. If you want to find out if a smoke detector has been triggered, you should use notifications through either Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com instead. These services will both display detailed information for any faulted zone on a security system.
Additionally, some users might want to use Apple HomeKit as an alternative to Google Home. This will generally work fine, but there are some important things to remember when doing this. Although the Honeywell Lyric System is compatible with Apple HomeKit, the HomeKit platform will only display a general Lyric System Alert when a Honeywell Smoke Detector is activated. For that reason, using HomeKit to determine the current status of a Honeywell Smoke is not recommended. Total Connect 2.0 is vastly superior for this job. More information on the differences between HomeKit and Total Connect 2.0 can be found here.
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