Possible to use this with DoorBird?

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Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:44 am
mpovolo offline
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Possible to use this with DoorBird?

So my DoorBird system has the ability to make HTTP calls and also wiring for NO/NC to trigger things like gates and door locks. I was wondering if I could use either of these two with this plugin to drive notifications and actions, perhaps even wiring the NC/NO to the input/output of the Pi.

thoughts

thanks

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Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:14 pm
lanbrown offline
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Re: Possible to use this with DoorBird?

This doesn't answer your question about using piBeacon but I too have thought it would be nice to know when the relay is triggered. I did contact DoorBird support (I would suggest you do the same) asking if this is planned for a future API addition. They mentioned in the future adding RFID and keypad information. If they added it, then you could just get the information direct from the DoorBird or the DoorBird plugin. Just a thought.

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Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:47 pm
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Re: Possible to use this with DoorBird?

So I came up with something that may help you too. In doorbird you can use http calls. So you could do an http call over to Indigo, but what I did is an http call to IFTT using channel maker. My http call invokes an IFTT recipe which plays a door bell sound on my Sonos.

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Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:05 pm
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Re: Possible to use this with DoorBird?

That's a clever method. I did contact DoorBird support and asked that they provide a notification via their API. In the end, that would be a much cleaner way to accomplish this. This way the DoorBird plugin would know when the relay was last triggered and Indigo could trigger directly off of that. It would also be more local in terms of handling the entire thing (except the possibly the Sonos part for you.)

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Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:49 pm
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Re: Possible to use this with DoorBird?

You can already do this (play a doorbell sound)with the DoorBird plugin, and Sonos without needing IFTT, trigger on the doorbell and an action to play a local file using the sonos plugin. I am not sure I understand the use case on the relay can be triggered by the app, when you are happy to open the door. DoorBird can then notify that the relay is energised so no need for the PI. Not sure if this still works, but I had it working some time ago prior to the DoorBird plugin, I just had no need for it.

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Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:42 pm
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Re: Possible to use this with DoorBird?

I don't see any event logging when the relay is energized though. You can create the relays as devices in Indigo because of the plugin, but mine just have an old date listed on the relays. You can control the relay via the plugin, but in my case the plugin doesn't know the actual state of the relay.

If I use the plugin to energize the relay I see this:
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Dec 24, 2018 at 4:40:47 PM
   DoorBird Debug                  actionControlDevice Called
   DoorBird Debug                  Doorbird.check_status() called
   DoorBird Debug                  Doorbird.energize_relay called
   DoorBird                        Relay 1 energize command sent


If I use the app, I see nothing in the log. Using the plugin, the date and time are updated for the relay, just not when performed via the app.

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Tue Dec 25, 2018 1:07 pm
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Re: Possible to use this with DoorBird?

I just took another look and the old “dooropen” functionality was deprecated before support was added to the new UDP version of the API, so currently not possible to be notified that the relay has been energised by an app user or the API. It used to be possible that the user pressing the door open button could trigger an action in Indigo, now it is only possible to initiate an open event.

Another example of their “Germanic support”

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Tue Dec 25, 2018 1:24 pm
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Re: Possible to use this with DoorBird?

That might add it back in; that is why I contacted support. If they get enough requests or it makes sense, they can add it back in. It wouldn't be hard for them to create another UDP event.

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