First Alert adds Apple AirPlay 2 support to Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector

in General Discussion edited February 2020
First Alert on Tuesday issued a software update that adds AirPlay 2 support to its Onelink Safe & Sound smoke and carbon monoxide alarm-cum-speaker, fulfilling longstanding customer requests for integration with Apple's audio streaming technology.


Announced in a press release, the new capability is rolling out now to Onelink Safe & Sound owners. Once the unit is updated, users can stream audio from compatible devices like iPhone, iPad and Mac.

With smoke alarms typically installed in every room of a home -- with larger spaces necessitating more than one unit -- Onelink Safe & Sound makes for an ideal AirPlay 2 platform. Depending on a given installation, users can leverage Apple's wireless protocol to play back and control audio content on a per-speaker, room-by-room or whole-house basis.

AirPlay 2 also allows playback synchronization with other compatible speakers, as well as Siri voice control.

First Alert initially promised AirPlay 2 integration when the device debuted at CES 2018, saying compatibility would arrive "upon availability." The company went silent on the topic for well over a year, sparking rumors that the project was dead in the water. Hope was revived last October, however, when beta testers posted screenshots showing the system at work to Reddit and other outlets.

In its review of the Safe & Sound, AppleInsider lauded First Alert's integration of HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, but dinged the device for poor audio quality over Bluetooth. AirPlay 2, with its Wi-Fi audio capabilities, might address those early gripes while adding utility to the nearly two-year-old system through new streaming options.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    Surely poor sound-quality is more likely to be a result of poor speaker/enclosure design than bluetooth vs wifi? Sure, bluetooth isn't as high quality as wifi, but you're unlikely to notice a significant difference when you're looking at a speaker in a small plastic enclosure.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    As someone who has owned them from the beginning, I can only say FINALLY!  As afar as sound quality, they are ok not great but they fulfill their intended use for background music. Having several of them throughout the house playing music in sync on all of them makes for a nice background. If I want to critically listen, I use the regular stereo. 
  • Reply 3 of 6
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 1,739member
    Maybe I should install mine.  I bought one last Fall but have not installed it yet.  
  • Reply 4 of 6
    mike1mike1 Posts: 3,026member
    I presume this needs to be hardwired. Lots of tech and features for a single 9-volt battery. ;)
  • Reply 5 of 6
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    So is Airplay bigger than Home? What a disappointment of the latter.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    razorpitrazorpit Posts: 1,796member
    Damn, Costco was blowing these out just before Christmas. I was going to pick a few up but didn't because at that time they didn't release AirPlay like they said they were going to. I figured if they hadn't by that time they never were going to. Oh well...
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