DIY WATERPROOF SmartThings Contact Sensor - Outdoor Z-wave & Zigbee Door Smarthome Automation



After searching for an affordable outdoor, waterproof contact sensor compatible with my SmartThings hub, I came up empty-handed. So I decided to DIY my own. Watch the video above for all the details on how to make your own. It's easy!


Required Components


Zigbee or Zwave Contact Sensor


This is the Samsung Smartthings Multipurpose Sensor that I used (LINK).



Small Waterproof Enclosure Box


The sensor was put into this waterproof box (LINK). I bought the 2 pack of boxes because I plan to use the other also. If you only need one box, it's a bit cheaper to buy just one (LINK).






Are There Really Any Waterproof Outdoor Sensor Options?


In the video, I say that I found a $100 sensor solution (Honeywell 5816OD Outdoor Wireless Magnetic Contact), but upon closer investigation, this is not a Z-Wave or Zigbee sensor that is smart home compatible. It is a wireless sensor compatible with Honeywell security systems. Do not buy this. It will not work with your SmartThings or other smart home systems.


Why Do I Need A Waterproof Outdoor Smarthome Sensor?


The reason that I needed this waterproof Smartthings compatible sensor was to use outside on a package Dropbox. this way I know when UPS, FedEx, UPS or a client drops off a package. I can then check the Ring doorbell camera to see who it was.



The products shown here were purchased by me with the intent to use. I did not receive any free items, and I am not being paid or compensated for this review. The video and description may contain affiliate links. If you click on a link, I may receive a commission. Money earned helps to support my channel and bring you more informative videos about engineering, crafting, and DIY.

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