SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

 

Introduction

 

The SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor is a small, all-in-one package that performs four functions for the price of one. It can monitor temperature, as well as detect open/close status, vibration, and tilt angle. This adds quite a bit of versatility- a quality that’s not very common in most smart home sensors. Most sensors are designed for single purpose use.

The added flexibility means the sensor can be adapted to different environments. As an open/close sensor, it can monitor the status of a door or window. If you need it to be a tilt sensor, it can tell if you left your garage door open. The ability to measure vibration allows the device to be used as a knock sensor. And of course, if you just want to know what the temperature is upstairs, the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor can do that too.

Due to its versatile nature, the sensor can be repurposed  later on if you no longer need it to serve its original function.

The SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor measures just 1.9″ × 0.6″ × 1.9″. It’s small. It’s powered by a single CR2 battery, with an expected lifetime of 2 years. The device only comes in a white color. This is great if your home’s trim is painted white too. It won’t exactly be camouflaged on a door or window frame, but it will blend in nicely.

Installation is a cinch. Since it’s a SmartThings-branded sensor, it will pair easily with a SmartThings hub. Mounting hardware is also included in the package (screws and 3M tape strips).

 

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  • Battery Life
  • Installation

Summary

The SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor (F-SS-MULT-001/F-MLT-US-2) is an adaptable device that can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you need it to serve as a contact sensor, a garage door tilt sensor, or a vibration sensor, this device is more than capable. Oh yeah, it reports temperature too. Battery life expectancy is 2 years. As with most SmartThings-branded sensor, the major disadvantage is price. However, if you want something that just works, it might be worth checking out.

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Installation

 

As always, the first step to installing any SmartThings device is to pair it with your hub. The SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor is no different. If you’re new to SmartThings, the slideshow below will help get you started:

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Let SmartThings search for the sensor. Remove the pull tab from the sensor’s battery.

Once the device is found, tap Save (you can rename it now if you want to).

You should now see the new sensor in your Things list.

You’ll see that the sensor will report open/close status, vibration, temperature, and battery status.

Once you add it, you will see data start to show up in the Recently tab.

If you want to use the device as a tilt sensor, click the gear icon.

Then select Yes here.



Conclusion

 

The SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor is a jack-of-all-trades. It works in situations where a cheaper sensor won’t, mainly because it has features that other sensors don’t have. Additionally, you can mix things up and reuse the sensor for a different purpose if you need or want to. If you are the creative type or just want a reliable multipurpose sensor, this SmartThings device has you covered.

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