DoorBird Review

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Re: DoorBird Review

mat wrote:
OR, you could just answer the door when the bell rings :shock: and see who it is :twisted:
Well, in a single family home, perhaps that might work, and then again maybe not for a number of reasons (ever had an Amazon delivery while you are in the bathroom?). But, in a multi-family dwelling or in case of a remote entry, like a gate, it can be quite useful to have the remote ability even while you are at home.

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...My experience with doorbird was short and frustrating. Their support was infuriating...

They can be a little teutonic. Too bad you couldn't work it all out. It really is an excellent product. Though, at their price point it sure should be.

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Well, in a single family home, perhaps that might work, and then again maybe not for a number of reasons (ever had an Amazon delivery while you are in the bathroom?). But, in a multi-family dwelling or in case of a remote entry, like a gate, it can be quite useful to have the remote ability even while you are at home.


Last year when my gout flared up (yes.. gout.. I’ve been spending too much time having banquets with Henry the 8th.. and also at the time we didn’t know it was gout) I was stuck in bed so I ordered a dominos and when they arrived answered the door with my ring doorbell, unlocked the door and got them to bring it up to my bed.


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Computer says no.

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just in case anyone's DoorBird integration has broken: it appears since a software upgrade the newer DoorBird models only support Digest Authentication. Broke my existing integration, but makes it easy to call an Indigo action group directly.

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agame wrote:
just in case anyone's DoorBird integration has broken: it appears since a software upgrade the newer DoorBird models only support Digest Authentication. Broke my existing integration, but makes it easy to call an Indigo action group directly.


Maybe Berkinet will update his script.

https://www.doorbird.com/changelog
New Features: support digest authentication for HTTP(S) favorites,
support default code for D21DKH/D21DKV,
new permanent data privacy settings


I guess "support" is now mandatory.

I did look at the script and not being a script/coding person, didn't really see where to make changes to make it work. I did find what could be added though:
http://docs.python-requests.org/en/master/user/authentication/

Digest Authentication
Another very popular form of HTTP Authentication is Digest Authentication, and Requests supports this out of the box as well:

>>> from requests.auth import HTTPDigestAuth
>>> url = 'http://httpbin.org/digest-auth/auth/user/pass'
>>> requests.get(url, auth=HTTPDigestAuth('user', 'pass'))
<Response [200]>

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yes that script would need updating.

But given it's now possible to directly call an Indigo action group...its almost redundant (especially if using Security Spy)?

My new implementation just strings together a few easily configured actions...using the Security Spy Helper and Image Stitcher plugin to download and stitch togetherthe images (yes you'd need to be using Security Spy for camera management); pushover plugin to stick them in a notification, and the Cynical SecuritySpy Plugin to trigger saving some video.

Given the direction Security Spy is heading (object/face etc recognition in video streams) it will make increasing sense to use a tool like that as part of the picture for managing cameras.

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Re: DoorBird Review

agame wrote:
just in case anyone's DoorBird integration has broken: it appears since a software upgrade the newer DoorBird models only support Digest Authentication. Broke my existing integration, but makes it easy to call an Indigo action group directly.

My DoorBird is still on Firmware 000111 and the changes referred to here are in 000112. When I get the update, I will look into changing the authentication method. Most likely I will want to switch to the "request" module, so it will take a little work.

agame wrote:
But given it's now possible to directly call an Indigo action group...its almost redundant (especially if using Security Spy)?
Do you mean by calling the Indigo RestFUL API directly?

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It still says that firmware is still rolling out; so they are doing it in stages. Eventually you will get it.

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Do you mean by calling the Indigo RestFUL API directly?


Yes I mean its simple to call an action group, or set a variable directly from the DoorBird; and do whatever you want from there. [as indigo's built-in web server requires digest authentication, it wasn't wasn't formerly possible to use the restful API, hence the various work-arounds].

I would add that better still (for longevity) would be to implement Doorbird's new architecture rather than the 'legacy API' being discussed here. However that is way more complex.
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I’ve just ordered a Doorbird and am looking forward to kicking the tyres.

Has anyone started work on the new udp broadcast protocol? If not I’ll give it a go... I won’t bother if someone else has already started.

I’m thinking of wrapping it in a plugin to create a lock device and some sensor devices for the doorbell, motion sensor, etc.

Pete

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I had a play but the encryption scared me back to the legacy API.
The approach you suggest would definitely be the most elegant & hopefully would also have longevity.

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kwijibo007 wrote:
...Has anyone started work on the new udp broadcast protocol? ...

Not me.

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My Doorbird's arrived and I've ben having bit of play with it.

I've figured out the encryption component and can receive events from the unit. Firmware v12 (latest version)appears to only send doorbell pushed and motion detected events. I've done some research and it looks firmware v13 might add door unlocked events.

So I was initially thinking of exposing multiple devices within the plugin. A sensor device for doorbell, a sensor device for motion, a switch device for the IR lights and a lock device for the door strike.

There's two issues I can see:

1. Currently we can't determine when the door strike is triggered (should be fixed in an upcoming firmware release). Currently this makes a lock device fairly useless.

2. We can't determine when the IR Light is on (when triggered by motion or within the Doorbid app). This also makes the IR light device fairly useless. No ETA on if/when support for this will be added.

For version 1 of the plugin I was thinking of exposing just two sensor devices - motion and doorbell. The plugin will include actions for unlocking the door and turning on the IR lights. That way we can still control the door strike and IR lights in a basic manor from Indigo.

I will include more devices in future plugin versions as the Doorbid API evolves.

Any thoughts? Better ideas? Improvements?

Pete

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Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:40 pm
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Their door chime doesn't appear to have an API. What about being able to handle schedules via Indigo. The API does mention schedule support.

Will the plugin will support multiple DoorBirds?

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lanbrown wrote:
Their door chime doesn't appear to have an API. What about being able to handle schedules via Indigo. The API does mention schedule support.

Will the plugin will support multiple DoorBirds?



I've not got my head around the concept of schedules (or favourites) but it looks like they're fairly well supported in the API. What do they actually do?

Yes, multiple Doorbirds will be supported.

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