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Can the Nest Doorbell Camera turn on my Porch light?

Umlang
Community Member

I would like the Nest Doorbell Camera to turn on my Porch Light when it senses movement at night.  Can this be done?

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PsychicRabblit
Community Member

I got movement alerts from Nest doorbell to turn off my porch lights controlled by a tp-link light switch.  The main issue is turning off the lights without getting another movement alert from Nest.  The camera software sometimes thinks that the lights going off is a movement.  Using Samsung SmartThings, I was able to to flag the false light movements and force the lights to shut off.  If you have some rudimentary programming skills, it is possible to force SmartThings to create simple programming structures like loops.

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Balthazar_B
Community Member

Well, if your porch light is already controlled via a home automation solution, there *may* be some crazy Rube Goldberg-type way to register the motion events detected by the doorbell and have a downstream process switch on your light (there used to be a way to do this through IFTTT, but IIRC it's no longer supported). Doubt it'll be reliable or supportable, and it would be simpler (and you'd most likely be better off) putting a good fit-for-purpose motion detector on your porch and have it control the light directly or though your home automation system.

Umlang
Community Member

My porchlights are automated, and can be controlled through Google Home.  Oddly enough, the IFTTT worked prior to Nest becoming a part of Google.  One would think that the relationship of Google/Nest would have improved the options available to me with regards to Google Home and Nest Hello.

Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi there, 

 

I apologize for my late response and thank you for all of your patience while waiting for a reply. I can definitely understand how frustrating your situation must be, but I wanted to make sure that your issue was addressed. Do you still need help with this issue? I know that there's been a delay in response since you posted.

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance. 

Best Regards, 

Brad.

Umlang
Community Member

I also have a SmartThings hub, so I am going to look into PsychicRabblit's suggestion.  

Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey Folks.

 

At this time, I'll go ahead and lock this thread. If you're still experiencing problems, feel free to start a new thread and we'll be happy to help.

 

Best Regards,

Brad.

Balthazar_B
Community Member

One would think, but IIRC, IFTTT operated through Works with Nest APIs, which have been deprecated. Unfortunately, I'm not aware that Routines currently has the same capability to access camera events such as motion for process instantiation.

PsychicRabblit
Community Member

I got movement alerts from Nest doorbell to turn off my porch lights controlled by a tp-link light switch.  The main issue is turning off the lights without getting another movement alert from Nest.  The camera software sometimes thinks that the lights going off is a movement.  Using Samsung SmartThings, I was able to to flag the false light movements and force the lights to shut off.  If you have some rudimentary programming skills, it is possible to force SmartThings to create simple programming structures like loops.

This is a work around to, after so much time has passed with the "works with Google" tools, this should be able to be done in the Routines. This many years on, I wonder if I backed the right smart home horse! 

Brad
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi there,

 

Just checking in to see if you still need assistance with this issue.

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance. 

Best Regards,

Brad.