Vision Z-Wave Wireless Shock Sensor Review
A multitude of actions can trigger this Vision Z-Wave Wireless Shock Sensor - from knocking, to breaking glass, to opening something. To use, secure your vibration sensor to any flat surface (such as a wall, door, or window). Once a vibration strong enough to pass a certain sensitivity threshold is detected, the device will send a signal and alert you of any vibrations affecting the surface you’ve secured the device to.
This device comes with the main unit and a mounting clip (which allows you to screw the main unit into the wall). You’re also provided with double-sided tape and a nail, as well as a CR123A battery. Here in the WigWag office we like to use adhesive putty (not included), which is another great alternative if you don’t want to bore holes into your wall or risk leaving tape residue. Below is a diagram of the different mounting option.
The sensitivity threshold that I mentioned in the opening paragraph is actually configurable, making it a great sensor choice for a variety of situations. If your device is set to be too sensitive, you may receive false alarms as your sensor can pick up the vibrations of other things you aren’t monitoring.
If your device isn’t sensitive enough, you may not be notified when vibrations are occurring on the object that your device is attached to. To change sensitivity, simply take the cover off of your device. Locate the sensitivity knob, turning it clockwise to increase sensitivity and counterclockwise to decrease sensitivity.
The Vision Z-Wave Wireless Shock Sensor is also equipped with its own small security feature. Its tamper switch can send you a signal indicating when the cover has been taken off, letting you know if someone’s trying to mess with your security system.
Additionally, it contains an inclusion/exclusion button for pairing it to and removing it from Z-Wave networks. There are also external switch connectors, meaning that you can monitor other surfaces by physically connecting another device to it.
It’s fairly small, measuring in at 74 by 42 by 28 millimeters. It has a similar feel and look to it as the GoControl Z-Wave Wireless Door/Window Sensor does, meaning they would both look great together in your home. The only minor drawback I can see with this sensor is that it’s designed to be an indoor-only device, which suggests that it may not do well in certain weather conditions. If you do choose to install it outside, use with discretion!
Speaking on the technical side of things, the reset time after triggering the sensor is 10 seconds. This means that after the initial vibration, the device will report that there is vibration. After 10 more seconds, the device will check to see if the surface is still vibrating.
If it is no longer vibrating, the device will send an off signal. If there is still vibration, the device will send another signal that there is vibration (and check in again in the next 10 seconds, and so on).
This Vision Z-Wave Wireless Shock Sensor is also capable of letting you know when it’s time to change the battery. If you see a flashing LED, pop in a new CR123A battery. Furthermore, the sensor acts as a repeater, so it can greatly enhance your home’s Z-Wave network. Here's a quick look at the inside of this device.
If you’re worried about intruders entering your house through the window, adhere the sensor to it discretely in a corner. Using WigWag’s Rule Builder, you can take advantage of your monitoring capabilities and pick the perfect alert method for you. If you have a WigWag Relay, log into your Web UI and pull up your Rule Builder.
Set the ‘When’ tile to detect motion, and select a ‘Then’ tile that will alert you of any activity near your window even if you aren’t at home. Both the email and push notification options are suitable for this setting- write up an email to be sent upon activation, activate push notifications that will appear in your notification center, or set both. Below is an example screenshot of what your sensor activity notifications might look like within our WigWag Smart Home Mobile App.
Attach a sensor to your washer or dryer while your clothes are going for a spin. If you open your app, you can view real time updates that will tell you whether or not you machine is currently in use. This can be helpful not only if you want to know if your clothes are done or not, but also if you have multiple housemates and want to see if they’re using a machine.
If you’re curious about the status of your clean clothes but feel that constantly checking the app for updates is cumbersome, set a Rule that lets you know when they’re done. Set the ‘When’ block for no motion to be sensed (assuming your washer/dryer is the kind that constantly vibrates when in use and is stationary when done), and the ‘Then’ block to the notification style of your choice (email or push).
Don’t forget to enable the Rule after you start the washer/dryer, and disable the Rule once you receive the notification that you’re done!
Armed with a Vision Z-Wave Wireless Shock Sensor, you can secure your home while you’re away and keep tabs on motion while you’re there. A WigWag Relay allows you to take advantage of the ‘When’ and ‘Then’ Rule formula, and any user can easily build a Rule sequence with a few clicks.
We’d love to hear how you level up your automation capabilities using this Vision Z-Wave Wireless Shock Sensor or WigWag products, so let us know in the comments!