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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

 

 

207 Comments
Tutor

I FULLY agree with the Wyze comment. After I purchased 5 Pro2 and 5 security lights, I recommend Wyze to a friend. He has loved them. And for $30 he even has true PTZ. I don't believe he has any sort of API integration though.

 

That being said, the ST stuff works just fine to arm and disarm the cameras just like the integration always has for years that I've been using it. You turn off the switch that is created for each camera. Functionality-wise, I could not ask for more. Would custom modes be great? I guess...but I prefer to have the cameras totally disabled rather than the approach Arlo took with their geofencing.

 

Last but not least, I must point out that before I got the ST-HE-Arlo stuff working, that the geofencing was working just fine with the combined function of the schedule. I know that might not work for everyone, but it seems to address 99% of the complaints in this thread. For me, I wanted granular control over the cameras, and I've got that. No thanks to Arlo, really.

Tutor

Today I'm going to try to execute the python locally, so maybe I can avoid the cloud that much more... Assuming Arlo will respond locally.

Tutor

@scrampker, I think the library is making an Internet request as it needs to authenticate with your username and password.  

Tutor

@Srki I believe to have two hubs, or more than 5 cameras, you must pay the premium fee. I think you only get one location for free. I've not tested this since the ecosystem is so expensive and devs unresponsive.

Follower

@nickmobbs, this is what I have done to avoid getting unnecessary notices from cameras where I expect to have movement:

My set up:  I have 4 cameras, 2 outside and 2 inside.  My husband walks all night long, so he kept triggering the inside cameras (and waking me up!!).  

When we are home at night I wanted the 2 outside cameras armed.  But when we are gone, we want all cameras armed.

I created a Geofencing mode that "arms" on "away" mode and on "home" mode it goes to mode "Schedule"

"Schedule" is set to arm "Night at Home" (Custom mode I created) from 10pm until midnight and from midnight until 5am each day.

"Night at Home" arms only the two cameras I have outside with "if motion" command.

Note that for this to work, both our phones need to be enabled (and have the app installed in them <- I find that every once in a while, my husband's phone gets dropped from Arlo, so opening the app on his phone makes the phone visible to arlo again)

I hope this helps!

Patty

 

Tutor

For me, I disabled all Arlo notifications and use the triggers in Hubitat. This way I can avoid the spam based on modes. For example, if I am expecting a guest, I say, "Alexa, turn on guest detection." Then when my cameras trigger, or my other motion sensors, my Sonos and doorbell will play a message to alert me.

 

Having independent arm/disarm for each camera and notifications has been great. I also have control over the security light notifications as well.

 

If I really wanted to save battery, I'd use Hubitat to control the recording as well. The Arlo algorithm is pretty much crap and I always get a tiny part of the relevant footage.

Novice

The IFTTT interface is useless without being able to control custom modes.   Why hasn't this been implemented.  It would make things so much more powerful and useful.