I’m fairly new to Smartthings but am rapidly getting up to speed.
I’m posting here to ask for help in recommending a how-to or device set up that will meet my requirements for a doorbell system:
- outdoor video camera: must integrate with blueiris NVR software since I want to record all video locally rather than on a public cloud
- doorbell button: when the button is pressed by someone at my door, I should receive a notification on my phone - ideally with a quick way to pull up the video and ability to converse via phone… and also be able to hear an audible sound/chime throughout my house notifying me of a visitor
- doorbell chime: ability to place multiple units throughout my house so I can hear the chime. would like to use this same speakers for security alarm purposes as well.
- 2-way audio speaker: I should be able to activate this from my phone and converse with whoever is visiting. Ideally would be able to see the video at the same time I am conversing.
I have been researching various options. It seems I am at a fork in the road:
Option 1 - buy a doorbird doorbell. Buy multiple Aeotec Siren 6 devices. This option is expensive (particularly the doorbird) and i’m a little unclear if I can get the doorbird to integrate with the Aeotec Sirens to use as a doorbell chime. I’m also not very keen on this option since I’m basically stuck with the doorbird for life, e.g. I can never upgrade the camera or the sirens, etc. However, doorbird does integrate with blueiris from what I can tell so I would be able to record video that way. I can’t tell if I would be able to get the audio working through blueiris and interact via my phone - so I may just have to use the doorbird app (not a deal breaker).
Option 2 - use an reolink camera (or other camera, I happen to like reolink) and the Aeotec Siren 6, a zwave button of some sort (maybe the aeotec doorbell button?) … and then some sort of 2-way speaker device (i have been unable to find a device so far). I’m really not clear if there is a way to integrate these all together that would allow for me to meet my requirements above. Again, I’d want the button to activate a notification on my phone, the chime on the Aeotec Siren 6 devices throughout my house, and allow me to see the video at my front door and be able to have a two-way conversation with whoever is there.
Is anyone aware of a project that did something like option 2? Option 2 is more work to get set up but provides more flexibility in the long run and also helps me learn how to do more with SmartThings … and if folks recommend option 1, is it possible to integrate the doorbird button to activate the Aeotec 6 alarms? I did find a post that seemed to indicate I could fire off a url from doorbird that could run a webcore piston.
Any help is very appreciated!