Got the Blink system earlier this year and was eager to get it plugged in with SmartThings. After some research and coming up pretty much empty handed, decided to use what I found (thanks to MattTW and terafin) and build a simple option. The included SmartApp and Device Type provide basic integration for the Blink camera system with the following features…
View status of the monitoring system
Arm/disarm the system
Integrate with SmartThings Smart Home Monitor
** Update 03/12/2021 **
The short story is that this integration is NO LONGER BEING MAINTAINED; please feel free to clone the repo and carry it forward!
The long story is that ever since ST rolled out the new app and basically broke support for tons of integrations (including this one), I waited, waited and tried many times to find a good enough solution for all of us to enjoy. Unfortunately that never came and I decided earlier this year to explore other home automation options… and I found one that fits the bill perfectly… Home Assistant. The system is stable, flexible and growing in the way all of us had hoped ST would. The great news about Home Assistant is that there are tons of integrations available, including support for this one: Blink - Home Assistant. For those of you who are worried about your Z-Wave/Zigbee devices, what I have done is continue to use the ST Hub as the Z-Wave/Zigbee bridge and use the Home Assistant - SmartThings integration to control everything. I can’t tell you how happy I have been with the Home Assistant platform, capabilities, community, everything… it’s pretty amazing. If you’re like me and frustrated with the current status of ST, give it a look… you won’t be disappointed. It’s been a lot of fun!
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I don’t know about this, but I believe this is what you’re looking for:
[/quote]A lot of developers, including myself, have spent time developing SmartApps and Device Handlers that we post for the community to use for free.
IMHO this is supposed to be an open source community so I refuse to pay people that are trying to make a profit off of something that so many others are doing for free.
BINGO!!! Couldn’t agree with you more @krlaframboise… this is why I pulled this SmartApp together to meet my basic requirements for Blink camera integration. Just fyi… I used these other two projects as reference:
@JvH thanks, but as @krlaframboise said, this is a slippery slope and I refuse to donate any $$ for something that is built on open-source community development. Before SmartThings, I had Indigo and Vera Edge and the biggest issue I had with those platforms was that I had to pay some developer for almost every other plugin/adaptor/connector. Yeah - there were some device plugins that were free, but you still have to pay for many of them.
SmartThings is open-source and community driven… and I’d rather keep it that way.
I wasn’t trying to start a war. You have an opinion, it’s a fine one. Clearly a lot of people don’t hold the same opinion as you (see RBoy’s thread). I don’t hold the same opinion as you (if one wants to get paid for ones work and people are will to pay them, then why not?). It’s great that a lot of developers put their stuff out there for free but I think it’s a little naive of you to expect that to be the norm.
At the moment, ST is community driven and most of the SmartApps and Device Handlers are free. As soon as ST makes it easier for developers to charge, I’m sure that will change, but at the moment free is the norm, so that’s not naive at all.
All you guys have valid points and I also do not want a war… just difference in opinion. As I stated earlier, if I had found SmartThings trying to nickel and dime me at every turn, I would have gone with openHAB or just bit the bullet and gone with Control4. These are interesting times for home automation and right now I’m fully committed to ST, in large part due to the openness of the community.
Super weird… still working for me, but everything I can find online points to something going on with the hub or the cloud. Before I go off and add a bunch of debug, can you tell me if this app works??