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Geolocation / IFTTT custom modes / improvements

Hi,

 

I am genuinely excited to see geolocation and IFTTT has been implemented, and yes I know its still 'Beta' but while it is still work in progress i would like to suggest a couple of improvements....

 

1) You need to support multiple devices. it makes no sense to have the cameras arm as I leave for work, only to get tons of videos of my wife leaving 10 minutes later.

You need to check for all devices to be out of the area before arming the cameras.

 

2) It should be possible to schedule 'geolocation' control.

 

Currently geolocation cannot be included in the schedule, which means i need to change the mode manually if like me you set them on during the night when you go to bed.

 

 

3) IFTTT - support 'custom' modes.

Currently you can only choose the standard armed or disarmed modes, you need to include for custom modes as well as being able to select gelolocation mode..

 

This would mean you could use the 'do' trigger to change mode quickly, helping to ease the pain of issue 2.

 

 

Overall though i have to say i am impressed with the additional functionality, but please Netgear, keep us informed of what you are working on!!!!

 

Kind Regards

Nick

 

 

171 Comments
Initiate

Hi - same requirement on my side: I really need IFTTT triggers for custom modes, not just the built-in Armed and Disarmed Modes. Everything is configured in custom modes in m setup and not beign able to trigger them really limits my integration options.

Fledgling

This would really help me and also push Arlo in the right direction from it's competitors!

 

Big +1

Novice
I know you can arm and disarm arlo pro with IFTTT but I am interested in setting modes with voice. Any suggestions?
Guide

I was thinking the same.  Just got into all this and was disappinted to see that IFTTT have removed the capability for individuals to create recipes in favour of the applet approach Smiley Sad

 

As well as the Life 360 integration (which works much better than the native geofencing for my requirements), I was pleased to see a few applets that allow Alexa to arm/disarm Arlo.  Interestingly, I can find an 'official' Arlo applet to arm but not a reciprocal applet to disarm it (although there appear to be a few alternatives).  I'd really like the option to arm Arlo using a custom mode but alas I can;t see anything that will allow me to do that just yet.  One for the future perhaps?

 

 

XJW Apprentice
Apprentice

Arlo have done enough for them to claim they have an IFTTT interface, but it is so limited that it is almost useless.

 

When do you plan to provide a useful IFTTT interface ?

Guide

+1 to enable custom or scheduled mode. Like other, I am using Life360 as it provides a much better solution for geofencing - it's just that I'd like to have more granular control over my cameras & movement detection than Armed provides on its own (I unable to turn off  movement detection and notification within the configuration for a single camera).

 

It's 2019 now - this thread started mid 2017. I appreciate that IFTTT have moved the goalposts a little by removing the ability for individuals to create recipes but you'd think that it wouldn;t be too difficult to expose an API to provide what we need?

Arlo Employee
Status changed to: Future Consideration
 
Apprentice

It's been ~2.5 years.

This seems like an easy fix.

 

Can anyone from Arlo respond ?!?

 

Follower

Allow Smartthings and other partner integrations to turn on any modes available in Arlo app. The Arlo API has a limitation that doesn't allow partner integrations to enable any modes available in the app. This will be a great feature to have as it enables the Arlo camera range to work as part of a Smarthome.

XJW Apprentice
Apprentice

@DawnM

 

Has this progressed ?

 

"We might consider it some time in the future is not much in the way of an update.

 

It's been open for several years.  IFTTT integration is largely useless for many of us without it. 

 

Disarm mode does not allow you to leave outdoor cameras on when you are at home.  A basic use case.