I'm not new to automation, but I'm new to the current generation of stuff; used to do Elk, UPB, etc. New house, new strategy...
My challenge of the day is monitoring my driveway. I have a 200' driveway and I get mail and visitors who don't get along with my dogs and I want more notice. I bought a Guardline wireless sensor and installed it over the weekend - and I picked this because the receiver can give 12V out or traditional contact closures. I figured it would be a piece of cake to hook this into a door sensor with external contacts, but that's proving more difficult than I expected to find the right product! I prefer to use Zigbee or Wifi because I want to be able to move the receiver around the house without having to do the z-wave retraining.
My goals are 1) Mobile alerts to any trigger - simple iOS/Apple Watch alert. 2) Nice-to-have but not required - Alexa alert (similar to how Ring alerts Alexa) - this helps because I have speakers throughout tied to Echo Dots so the alerts play throughout the house.
I'm assuming I can do the alerts via Hubitat - it'd be nice if I can customize alert types and tones depending on type - I haven't done much with my HE yet though so I don't really know...
Here's the question finally - is there a good recommended sensor that's either Zigbee or Wifi that'll take external contacts and is known to be reliable with Hubitat? It'd be nice if it's small enough to permanently affix to the receiver - but it can be separate if need be. I'd appreciate any suggestions. If there's a better way that's not using HE I'm OK with that too - I kicked around Monoprice Stitch or something like that if need be. Unfortunately, I don't have my security system in yet or I'd just do an input there - but I'm looking for something I can get up quickly.