I currently have three Arlo cameras in my home. Two are inside, and one is outside facing my front door. In order to utilize the cameras as motion sensors, I keep them on all the time and use IFTTT and a virtual switch to arm/disarm the cameras depending on whether I’m home/away. This works out well from a security standpoint, but there’s one thing I’d like to be able to do as a convenience feature. I used to keep push notifications on for the outdoor camera all the time. I wouldn’t have it record video if I was home, but I still had it set to send a push notification when motion was detected. This was very handy if I was waiting for a delivery and wanted a heads up that someone was approaching the front door. The downside was it would get repeated push notifications any time I came or left the house. The annoyance of that ended up outweighing the benefits so I turned those off.
What I’d like to do is figure out a way where I could quickly/easily turn on push notifications for one camera without actually arming the system. A typical scenario in which I’d like to use this is if I were to order a pizza and am waiting for it to be delivered. I could turn on push notifications for the camera while I waited, but easily turn them back off once the delivery was made. I wouldn’t want it to record video during this time, just give me a heads up that motion was detected. I feel like this should be possible somehow, I just don’t know how to do it.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. If anyone can think of a better way to handle it, or a way to improve my current method, I’m all ears. First I created a virtual on/off switch. Then I used webCORE to, if the button is on, send a push notification when motion is detected via the camera. Then I can simply turn the switch on or off depending on if I want the front door monitored.I haven’t actually tested it yet, and I’ve never used push notifications via webCORE before, so I’m not 100% sure it will work.