Smarthome tested with the Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack

Smarthome tested with the Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack: pack

  • 1 x XT1 Plus control panel with accessories
  • 1 x motion detector V2
  • 1 x window / door contact V2 with accessories
  • 1 x short instruction
  • 1 x wall bracket
  • 1 x 9V DC power supply

For many today, alarm systems are just as much a part of normal home furnishings as the control of heating and lighting via smartphones. In both cases, a central unit is required for this, which must be integrated into the domestic network and serves in the background. It is mostly served via app or browser on the PC.

So what could be better than combining both? The mode of operation is similar - the central unit communicates with individual components such as light switches, motion detectors, heating thermostats or cameras via WLAN or radio.

LUPUS-Electronics has been taking this combination for quite some time and deservedly made a name for itself. With the Lupusec - XT1 Plus Starter Pack we have today a small basic equipment in the test, which will fulfill their alarm function and at the same time make life smarter. Certainly not without reason, LUPUS-Electronics calls the XT1 Plus itself an alarm smarthome system.

Packaging and delivery

Externally, the set of LUPUS Electronics appears rather plain in a uniform orange. Many information is not visible at first glance. The front is adorned with pictures of the individual components and on the floor is described as an example what the Lupusec - XT1 can do. On technical data and colorful eye-catcher, which should show how great the content is, is completely dispensed with.

Smarthome tested with the Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack: system

Very tidy and clear packaging content.

Who needs that too? The topics smarthome and alarm system need much more than colorful pictures and some technical data on the box. Anyone who flirts with such a system and considers a purchase, should deal online with the various offers. Just looking at the box is not enough.

But first let's open the box and as expected it stays simple. A dark gray rigid foam keeps the components clearly visible and prevents any damage during transport. The Smarthome central unit, motion detector and door / window contact components are easy to remove and the accessories are hidden underneath. But do not mess - under each part is also the accessories that belongs to this part. This pleases as well as the fact that was dispensed with superfluous bags and boxes. Only dowels and screws are in small bags, so they do not fall through the box.

Overall, I find the accommodation very useful. Finally, it avoids waste and all small parts are still well sorted.

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Manageable content - yet nothing is missing for the right use.

Smarthome tested with the Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack: starter

Under each component is the required accessories.

Also, the scope of supply or the accessories is limited to what is really needed. There would be for the central office a wall mount, a network cable and a power supply. Dowels & screws, an alternative adhesive attachment and an adapter for corner mounting and also the window / door contact are sufficient with parts for screw or adhesive fastening. There is no more than a quick guide and nothing more is not needed.

The first impression of the Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack

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The mounting rail guarantees a precise fit and includes tamper protection.

White, white, white - this describes the color design of all components from the dowel (partially) to the Smarthome center. White is neutral and white fits well into almost any interior design. White dirty but also easy and if that is the combination with the rough and matte surface of the XT1 Plus? Probably not if it is not attached to the wall and instead is connected lying down.

Dowelled on the wall, she is even more enthusiastic about it. Everyone knows the problem, if technical devices are to be hung on screws by means of oblong holes. Since the screw depth must be corrected a few times so that the screw heads can be threaded well and still the device as tight as possible sitting on the wall, then to determine that the screw distance is not so accurate and both screws can not simultaneously thread. The last time I attached my router, I solved this problem with a mounting plate from the 3D printer. This is screwed directly to the wall and the router hooked on two noses with the correct distance. If the model is replaced, it is only necessary to print a new plate with a different nose clearance, which can be re-attached to the existing dowel holes.

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Thanks to the fuse, the power supply remains in place.

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The cables can be connected and removed discreetly.

This principle also uses theCentral office of the Lupusec - XT1 Plusand even combines it with sabotage protection, which strikes as soon as the panel is removed from the mounting plate.

But back to the base unit itself. It looks in its symmetrical and rounded shape very simple and shows neither controls nor any LEDs or other signaling devices. Even the cables can be concealed and routed through the wall when wall-mounted. Thus, the XT1 Plus can be installed very discreetly.

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Subtle small - but no possibility to pan.

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With sabotage protection against unauthorized dismantling.

Just as subtle is themotion detector fasten to the wall or in a corner. Instead of a device for pivoting, it has a triangular mounting device, which makes it possible to fix in obliquely or exactly in a corner. Protection against sabotage is also present here.

Compared to other models also fallsWindow / Door Contact relatively small. This can be fixed by means of screws or, as usually the better choice, by means of adhesive pads. In both cases sabotage is prevented with a small button on the back.

Smarthome tested with the Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack: starter

The window / door contact impresses above all by a small size.

Smarthome tested with the Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack: smarthome

When mounted with a corner bracket, sabotage protection is maintained.

The installation of Lupusec - XT1

When the battery is released and all cables are plugged in, the Lupusec - XT1 Plus starts with a soft beeping, which will continue to be reported the next time. This signalizes a (not yet) charged battery and as soon as the charge state is perceived as sufficient, it falls silent again.

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After the first start an update follows.

Before the actual installation can be started, the IP of the Lupusec is needed. Who is practiced in dealing with the router, find these there. Inexperienced, however, can use the free software"Lupus IP Finder" from which the base station can be called up immediately in the browser. This is followed by the language selection, possibly an update with a restart and then a password change is required.

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Important: change the default password!

To be able to use the Lupusec - XT1 Plus not only in the domestic network, is additionally theSetup of a DNS server necessaryprovided by Lupus. The decor is not "on the side" done, but requires some experience and patience. If you have the opportunity and an experienced person in the circle of acquaintances, you should ask for help. After all, the DNS server, the router and the Lupusec central office are supposed to communicate with each other later - something someone has to tell them. However, if the service is sufficient at home, you can do without this step for the time being.

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The installation is completed quickly.

This completes the basic installation and the Lupusec is ready for use. Of course, it needs signals that it can process, for which different sensors can be added. To test the Smarthome system, we have a motion detector and a window / door contact available.

TheAdding the sensors is a breeze, One click on "sensors", "add", "start" and the Lupusec is already in search mode. Press the connection button on the sensor and the Lupusec confirms the connection found. Immediately all further existing sensors can be added, which finally only have to be confirmed. This is fast and requires no special knowledge.

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"Third-party cameras" are easy to integrate.

Network cameras from different manufacturers can also be integrated - assuming they have a web interface.

This means that you can not only view the live image via an app or software, but also open it directly in the browser via a URL. Not all network cameras and unfortunately also the models available for the test do not offer this.

In the test of Lupusec - XT2 Plus, however, it was shown that it is possible.

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Sensors are added immediately.

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Start the sensor search with two clicks.

The Lupusec XT1 Plus as a smart home system

It should be obvious that an alarm system can sound an alarm, and LUPUS Electronics has already proven this in other tests. They have also proved that their system is perfectly capable of evaluating signals, linking them and creating regular program sequences.

When it comes to smarthome but also terms, such asAmazon Alexa, Osram Lightify, Philips Hue or heater control, The effort to test the latter is unfortunately too big, so we are limited to Alexa and the combination with different RGB illuminations. Just light is good for quiet alarm signaling or to create different moods.

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The combination with Alexa, Philips or Osram makes SmartHome perfect.

The motion detector does not always have to trigger an alarm. Sometimes it is completely sufficient if colored light signals a detected movement. Be it to expand the baby monitor or, to recognize that the dog is sitting in front of the door and from the garden back into the house. Ideas and meaningful implementations are sure to be endless.

Connect to Amazon Alexa

This requires two skills -"Lupusec Alarm" and"Lupusec Smarthome", In the later operation, however, it is not necessary to distinguish between the two skills. In order to connect Alexa with the Lupusec - XT1 Plus, permission must be granted in the Alexa app. It takes a few steps to do this, but the app manages it pretty well.

The Smarthome center must also be allowed to connect to Alexa, which can be found under the settings. At least now is also theSetup of the DNS server and a port release necessary.

Whilst connecting to someone who deals with it more often is not that complicated, I would have liked a complete step-by-step guide. A guide to the DNS service can be found in the user guide and information on connecting with Alexa only with Google in the FAQs.

Alexa and Lupusec XT1 Plus in cooperation

Preliminary: What I miss is a compilation of possible commands or questions with which the SmartHome system can be used and queried. Maybe this is somewhere to find a list that can be accessed from the center out, but would be desirable and would save a lot of time trying out.

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Alexa requires setting up the DDNS server.

So I succeeded only after a consultation with an employee to turn the alarm system sharp. Alone"Alexa... switch Lupusec sharply" is not enough for this. Alexa also wants to know which area should be activated. If this is not mentioned, Alexa does not ask for it, but counters with an error message.

The correct command is:"Alexa... make Area 1 sharp with Lupus." Now Alexa responds and asks for authorization control according to the authentication code, which had to be deposited at the connection setting. Only after the announcement comes the acknowledgment"The system was successfully armed." Also for defusing is asked for the authentication code, which is extremely useful. Of course funny are the walking answers from Alexa. So she acknowledges the deactivation ever"Oki doki." Using Alexa is fun.

Connection with Philips Hue and Osram Lightify

Easier than Alexa can bePhilips Hue and Osram Lightify Add products. youare treated like own sensors and added as well, Unfortunately, I also lack a clear documentation here. If the accessory is purchased new, there are no problems - activate the sensor search, turn on the corresponding lighting from Philips or Osram and they are already recognized. Although the lighting of Osram is also called Hue, but since the name is then freely changeable, I see no problems here.

However, it becomes problematic if the lights have already been used and have been connected to a transmitting unit (Osram Gateway or Hue remote control).Each lamp can only ever establish a connection and therefore must first be reset. This also means that lights connected to the Lupusec XT1 Plus can no longer be controlled by other remote controls. But that is generally the case and is not due to the Lupusec. It is a pity, that there is nowhere to be found a clue. After a few attempts Google finally gave me the appropriate information and instructions for resetting the lamps.

Scenarios and rules with the Lupusec XT1 Plus

The possibilities of Lupusec are more than extensive and suchtremendous tool can not be operated with three clicks. That is fact and many will be overwhelmed with the establishment. So it takes time to get used to it and actually "play" with the software.

Simple lighting tasks can be directly with aCreate rule, For this purpose, a condition (eg movement by motion detector) is linked to an action (light on). But that could be any other motion detector and is still far from Smarthome.

Smarthome tested with the Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack: starter

You can create rules that can be grouped and activated in profiles.

Smarthome tested with the Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack: starter

In a scenario, different processes can be programmed for one or more devices.

Smarter it will be, if the lighting can be activated simultaneously with the alarm system or other rules. The XT1 Plus offers the possibility to create different groupsin different profiles activate. At night, for example, you want the light to switch on discreetly during movement, while during the daytime the window and door contacts are controlled and the alarm is triggered.

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blue lighting for the door contact

Genuine and beautifulfascinating smarthome begins when the motion detector activates a soft warm light in the morning, which shines bright white during the day and changes to a signal color during a call. Then turn blue again because someone has turned on the hood without opening a window or it is in the nursery again too hot, because the children have played on the thermostat. Now we have arrived at a point where simple smarthome solutions are simply overwhelmed. Not so the Lupusec - XT1 Plus.

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red lighting when moving

To program correct processes, there arethe possibility to create scenarios, Here a variety of tasks can be done. During the test of the Smarthome system from Lupus, we used three processes that are similar but allow an interesting spectacle. Work was done with the motion detector, the window / door contact, the link with a Fritz! Box and a Philips Hue RGB lamp.

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green lighting on call

The scenarios run as follows:

  1. turn on Philips Hue (or other lighting)
  2. activate the color red
  3. change the luminosity to 100%
  4. switch off the lighting after 30 seconds (variable) again

This scenario was created with three different colors and assigned to three different rules.

If the lamp is also used for general lighting, it can also go back to the "normal" light color with the scenario or continue to glow with 10% in the signal color to point to confirmation on an incident. Possibilities are endless, the test shown is just an idea that can be implemented with just a lamp.

Conclusion: Lupusec XT1 Plus Starter Pack - Smarthome in the test

First of all:The Lupus - XT1 Plus is not a 1-click alarm system or a Plug & Play Smarthome system. Who thinks he buys the XT1 Plus Starter Pack, plug it in and it works is on the wrong track and should resort to a simpler system. Rather, LUPUS-Electronics provides the basis for a comprehensive solution that also wants to be mastered.

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Lupus promises with the Lupus - XT1 Plus"professional smarthome alarm system for everyone", which can be 90% signed after our test.So far, we had no other system in the test, which can be used so extensive and above all configure. The XT1 Plus actually unites oneperfect alarm system with a customizable Smarthome system.

Regardless of whetherAmazon Alexa, Fritz! Box, Philips Hue or Osram LichtifyWith the XT1 Plus, all systems could be combined to create scenarios that could be adapted to any situation. Already one RGB lamp is sufficient to represent endlessly many input signals from the motion detector, telephone call or alarm signaling differently.This is Smarthome!

What is so extensively usable is correspondingly complicated, which can hardly be avoided.Many functions inevitably entail many menus and setting options. Which brings us 90% approval. That the Lupusec - XT1 Plus "for all" is, can not be signed so completely. In order to be able to use the Smarthome alarm system properly, it requires a good deal of expertise and, above all, fun to try out.Beginners could easily reach their limits hereand not everything is to be taken immediately from the operating instructions. Partly Google had to try to find the right setting or function, at least as far as the smarthome area is concerned. Here Lupus Electronics may like to improve and maybe create a separate manual for linking with the various "third-party products". If it is fun to deal with such things and willing to invest time, the Lupus - XT1 Plus likes to give and receive 5 starsone of the most comprehensive systems that connects an alarm system with Smarthome.

Review: Riccardo Düring

Photo Credits:
  • all pictures: Riccardo Düring

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