Disclaimer: This is NOT the Blink approved SmartApp, but that one isn’t free which is why I created my own. Blink hasn’t made their API specs public so I was unable to implement a lot of the features that are in the paid version.
Thanks so much for creating a free version, doing so solidified my decision to purchase the smartthings hub. I successfully installed the device handler and smart app and now I have control of blink cameras via Echo. Thanks again
In the options section of the Blink System Connector SmartApp, you can enable “Integrate with Smart Home Monitor”. If that’s enabled, the cameras that are enabled will get armed when SHM is set to “away” and disarmed when it’s set to “stay” or “disarmed”.
At some point I’d like to add the ability to enable and arm specific cameras based on the status of SHM, but I have a few other projects I’m working on right now.
You can already do all of this using the new SmartApp CoRE. The documentation hasn’t been written yet, but if you run into any problems just post what you’re trying to do and someone will be able to help you out.
Thanks, also how often does SHM check for location and is the a way to change it or make it better. I purchased the hub specifically to control the blink cameras and only had the hub a few days so not really familiar with the settings yet. Thanks again.
When I leave home, it takes about 15 - 20 min for SMH to arm/away. Is there a way to have it do this sooner or is it phone specific. I set the location for my hub as small as the circle would allow me as well if that makes a difference.
Hello @krlaframboise thank you for creating this DH/SA.
My question is, is there a way to arm/disarm the individual cameras using Routines?
It seems possible, because it appears as “light or switches” under the “Turn On Lights or Switches” in Routines, but my experience is, it arms/disarms ALL the cameras together, even if i just checked one or two from a 3 camera system.
For example, on my Goodnight Routine, i want to arm my living room and kitchen cameras, but not the bedroom. So i have those 2 cameras set to turn on, and not the bedroom. But if the bedroom camera is Enabled, then it arms it as well.
I think the ability to arm / disarm individual camera’s is on @krlaframboise’s list of things to do…
Waiting for this feature as well… for now, i have removed the battery from our bedroom foyer camera and plugged it into a zwave switch/USB adapter combo which only turns on in Away mode, enabling the camera…
I’m pretty much a newbie with Blink, so I could be confusing terms. I though arming was for the whole system and cameras can be enabled or disabled individually. I’m using @krlaframboise’s DTH and CoRE. CoRE Pistons enable and disable cameras based on various factors - or at least that’s what I think I’m doing.
In the next version, which I haven’t finished testing, I’ve replaced the “Enable SHM” setting in the SmartApp with a setting for “Armed (stay)” and “Armed (away)” that allow you to choose the cameras to arm for those modes.
I don’t use SHM so I’m thinking of adding one of the options below to the next release of the DTH, but I haven’t decided on which one so let me know what you think.
Modify the camera devices so that the Switch Capability enables/disables them instead of Arming/Disarming the system. You’ll still be able to arm the system through the camera by using it’s Tile or using it’s custom command.
Create a new DTH for the Sync Module and have its Switch Capability Arm/Disarm the system. It would also provide information like the wifi signal strength and possibly some other information about the individual cameras.
This option will make it easier to enable/disable specific cameras using Routines, Smart Lighting, Core, SHM, etc. while the system is already armed.
Add a mode option to the camera DTH that allows you to specify which modes to arm the individual cameras.
This setting would override the SmartApp setting for SHM.
This option will provide an easier way to control the cameras based on location mode.
Thanks, Kevin - really looking forward to it. I’ve updated both DTH and the SmartApp, but when I try to enable the dashboard, I get the dreaded Android “An unexpected error occurred” (red banner). This comes from either Enable Dashboard or the backdoor Dashboard Settings -> Enable Dashboard. Just me?