I am trying to spend some time creating documentation at Arlo Assistant at Things that are Smart.com right now. There is no doubt there is a fair amount of setup. And unfortunately there isn’t a one size fits all setup.
The way to setup the cameras depends on which ones you have. The gist of it though is you want the Arlo Cloud to have the cameras in a mode that will allow them to be enabled for motion and audio detection, but limit their recording and notifications. I have a setup explained on things that are smart.com that I used for my arlo cameras.
To create the virtual swtiches follow the below steps
- In the IDE go to the My devices page
- Click on the “+ New Device” button in the upper right
- Provide a Name, Label, and Device Network ID. They don’t have to be anything specific, just let them be unique from other devices you have. I would make them the same though.
- for the Type click in the drop down and scroll down until you find virtual switch or momentary button. And select that.
- Click on the location and hub drop downs and select your location and hub.
- Click on “Create” you should now have a new device out there.
If that device does not work you can also use the virtual device i am using for it from here ADT Tools virtual button. Just remember if you do it will be at the bottom of the type list when setting up the virtual device.
I really wish the IFTTT thing wasn’t needed. It complicates things. I have been tweaking it as I have been going trying to make it bullet proof. So what you will need is the virtual switch or a virtual button device in the IDE. Then to create the recipe in IFTTT. To create the recipe in IFTTT you will need to have it linked to both your Arlo Cloud account and Smartthings. Once that is done you will want to log into IFTTT either on your mobile device or the web. On the web click on your user name in the upper left and click on “New Applet” From the mobile app click on the icon in the lower right to display your Applets, and then click on the bit + in the upper right corner of the screen. At this point you should see “If +This Then That” Click or tap where you see the “+This” and you should be taken to a screen to select your service. Select Smartthings(or search for it if is not visible) and you can select the Smartthings Trigger. Now select “Switched On”. Now you will need to select the Virtual switch you created in smartthings and click on “Create Trigger”. Now you will go back to the If This Then That display, but the + is next to That. Click on “+That”. You are again selected to select the service, but this time you will select Arlo (or search for it if not visible). Select the option for “Start Recording”. You will be taken to another display that will give you the option to select a cameras and set how long to record. I set this to 10 seconds. Now select “Create Action”. You will get a Applet Preview where you can name it, and click on Finish.
Unfortunately it is hard to say if you should or not. Arlo Assistant will certainly allow you to trigger actions based on SHM Alarm Mode, and you could set your routines to trigger virtual switches for them to define how/when things will happen. I am also still tweaking the app allot. to find the best balance of functionality and complication of setup. You are more then welcome to try it out though as it can’t hurt anything.