I’m trying to understand exactly what the “panel” is, though. From what I can tell, the “panel” is just a manually-created entity that allows for arming/disarming, and various scenes/automations are based on that… So, based on the status of the “Panel,” I can do whatever I want (call the cops, send a text message, sound a siren, etc.).
So, it’s just an Entity, and doesn’t necessarily have any functions, in and of itself, other than arming/disarming.
Are there any benefits to going with some other type of alarm panel, be they hardware or software?
There’s a good possibility I’ll be selling the house in the next couple of years. My idea was to build a setup that can be converted into something “regular people-friendly” to leave behind for the buyers/next owners. My existing Honeywell panel (which came with the house) does support Z-Wave with an Add-On., so when I move I can leave this behind with working Z-Wave sensors, and just take my HA instance with me.
Is there a list of some Z-Wave and HA-friendly panels to consider?