I installed the HMS 1 year ago with 10 entry sensors, 8 motion detectors, 10 CamV3, 1 PanCam, 1 Doorbell cam, 1 Thermostat and 3 climate Sensors. To answer your questions:
A: yes and no. You can have 5 of your cams in the home monitoring tab of the app and they will show video from that tab, but I find it useless because I have the same thing in the home tab. It really doesn’t add any functionality. It does let you set a push notification specific to each of the 5 for motion, person, co² alarm and smoke alarm. The cams and notifications WILL NOT trigger an alarm and Noonlight has NO access to the video.
A: Unsure. That’s a question for tech support or someone who is using V2 successfully with the HMS hub. I have V3.
A: No. Cameras will not siren or chime when motion is detected as a function of the HMS. the cams have sirens that can be triggered, but I have not found a way to get a routine to trigger them from an alarm activation. I have asked for that in the wishlist. If the HMS is activated by an alarm… A door\window contact sensor or a motion detector… The HMS hub will siren and alert Noonlight who will then send you a text and call you. The app will also send you a notification of an alarm. If you disable the alarm in the app, or thru Noonlight with your safe word… No police. If Noonlight doesn’t get a cancellation they will send the popo. Noonlight is phenomenal. I usually get their text and call before the app notifies me. All within 30 seconds of the alarm.
A: Again, no camera can be used to trigger an alarm. Cams are only there as a passive recorder. If you get a notification on your phone for a motion alert and see something that need police, you can then hit the panic button on the app monitoring tab to trigger a silent alarm. If you are home, the keypads have a silent panic button on the side.
A: The app let’s you set up ‘home’ and ‘away’ modes and you get to select which sensors are on during these modes. When I am home and active, my indoor Cam is off, outdoor cams on, motion and contact sensors off. You will still hear the contact sensors chime the HMS indicating an open event, but no alarm. Same with motion sensors. Both of these chimes can be disabled so you never hear them. I disabled mine for the motion sensors because I don’t want to hear a bunch of chiming walking around the house. When I go to bed, I set the system to home which activates all the contact sensors to ON and on of my motion detectors in the Garage. I can walk around because all the inside motion sensors are off. If I open a window or door, alarm goes off. When I am in away mode, all sensors are active. I don’t have a pet, but I have read that the motion detectors are pet friendly. They can be mounted in such a way as to look out and up instead of out and down.
A: I am not sure what the exact range is, but these are radio frequency sensors. Not wifi. My house is relatively small, but the hub and the sensors outreached my last wifi router which wouldn’t reach the garage. I had to install a new mesh router and an extender in the garage to support my furthest cams.
a: The system is NOT perfect, no system is. But it is evolving very rapidly. I love my cams and the HMS. I am very glad I went with Wyze because of their development and customer involvement in improving features. I constantly tweak and upgrade when new feature and hardware are developed. There are a lot of pros and some drawbacks. If you are not tech savvy or don’t like to DIY, probably not going to be satisfied. Remember, This is a low cost DIY system experiencing massive growth and development. Because of multiple technical ecosystems, cross compatibility is not always possible. I have Alexa and like the integration, but it could do more. It will in the future as the Wyze and Alexa elves cobble out more features.
My motion detectors and contact sensors have always set off the alarm when triggered. I have had several false positive alarms when the motion sensors fell off the wall (screw them in or buy 3M gorilla adhesive) or when I stupidly set the alarm to away and went to bed only to set off the motion detector getting up to go. I do feel safe having it and the ability to trigger a silent alarm from my phone or the keypad
As for the security of the monitoring… Noonlight is incredible. They are FAST and WILL send the police if you don’t cancel the alarm or give them the safe word. They will not wait. And having the Noonlight monitoring also gives you a discount on your homeowners insurance policy.
Hope this helps. Good luck.