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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

 

 

Comments
Observer

Dear Arlo team, 

 

Any update about IFTTT trigger for customa modes ?

 

Onlooker

IT HAS BEEN 4 YEARS. This is shameful! I still can't find a simple solution to arm my system with a smart button and then disarm (change to schedule). This is not a huge ask. This is a very simple solution to a simple task. But instead it's impossible. 

Tutor

"We're sorry; you have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service. If you feel you have reached this recording in error, please check the number and try your call again, and again, and again, and again until your fingers wear down to the bone."

+1 for Custom Mode selection.  Why not implement a selection wheel that allows us to select whichever mode we want to activate, custom or otherwise, based on our account settings?  I know this is possible because Ecobee does the same thing in allowing you to switch between homes that are tied to your account.

Aspirant

I'm suprised! I prepared my Domototiz script to trigger a custom mode assuming that all modes were available via IFTTT. When I realized that was not the case I found this idea posted 4 years ago. I can just agree with all disapointed customers on this thread. How hard can it be to make a product complete?

Fledgling

Please, please, please enable Schedule mode for IFTT integration.  Has this idea really been in "Future Consideration" for over four years?  Please get on this Arlo product team!

Onlooker

Paul,

Yup. 4 years. It's such an easy change. I gave up a few months ago after waiting for 3 years. 

Fledgling

@stickler - Did you find a good workaround or did you switch camera solution from Arlo alltogether?

If so, what are you running now?

Onlooker

@Piblip with my setup I just needed one camera on all the time. The front door. The geo never worked. So I reluctantly after years of waiting bought a second basestation used. The front door has its own station. Always on. The other inside cameras I can use on and off triggers with other platforms like smartthings and ifttt, because they can all be turned off and on together. 

Tutor

@stickler if you're using ST you don't need two base stations. I have full automation of my individual cameras with just one.