Video doorbell without cloud?


#36

What’s your beef with mqtt? (Just curious).


#37

Not against MQTT itself, but I’d like to limit the gateways and middleware.

And, with my configuration, adding USB keys or devices (bluetooth for instance) is complicated. HA runs on a virtual machine, amongst other on a large ESXi server. Adding USB devices might get unstable (problems after reboot).

I managed to have mostly direct-WiFi devices : broadlink SC1/MP1, WiFi thermostat…
I couldn’t avoid a gateway for door sensors, but the Xiaomi is integrated well.

So I’d like to have WiFi direct.


#38

Any luck to integrate this to HA?


#39

No I never figured it out :0(


#40

I did get it going.
I hacked the ‘ding dong’ and put a ASP in it. I detect when the LED lights (when someone rings doorbell) and then send a MQTT to HA.

If anyone is interested ill put on github


#41

Yes please, and instructions with pretty pics and/or videos.


#42

An example would be awesome @DotNetDann!


#43

OK I have put up the project.

Hope it helps


#44

So these chinese doorbells don’t send their image out to the cloud?


#45

Which one in particular?


#46

Dunno, which one would be best? :slight_smile:


#47

I found this yesterday which say it allows RTSP (in the Q&A at the bottom) so that could be used to get the video into HA. You could always block the device from sending anything out of your network. It’s not a doorbell but could be used as the video side of things and then use another device for the button. It has 2-way audio but I’m not sure how best to integrate that into HA yet. I don’t think HA has that ability for now.


#48

Hi,

I’m using this one https://www.gearbest.com/ip-cameras/pp_1693842.html . It is using onvif standard so you can connect to the camera using HA without a problem. You can buy it also on amazon https://www.amazon.com/Retekess-WD-613-Doorbell-Intercom-Working/dp/B074FP81X7 . The set also includes a chime that uses the RF 433 standard. When some press the button of video doorbell it sends a code via RF 433, you can use sonoff RF bridge ( https://www.gearbest.com/home-smart-improvements/pp_1824899.html?wid=1433363 ) to grab that code and use it as a trigger in HA (for example to use it for taking a snapshot from camera and sending as a notification to your smartphone using for example “Telegram” app )


#49


My setup. Xiaomi cam with custom firmware and a xiaomi zigbee push button. The cam is 24/7 recording on my home server. When the push button is pushed a couple of esp8266 with piezo buzzers beep. A snapshot of the image is then send to telegram.

It has cost me about 20 euros. The cam is powered trough a small usb cable.


#50

I’m still yet to see a setup that brings 2-way audio into HA… As far as I know this isn’t yet possible, not even 1-way audio from the camera, but from what I’ve read on the Zoneminder forum they are hoping to have audio in the next release. I wonder if we can get that audio into HA once it happens?


#51

Batteries or need wire? That’s the feature I like from ring. The battery lasts months and I don’t have a good way to get power to the door.


#52

This looks like a really good, connectable model. How’s the app?

And I’m guessing it “phones home” to some server somewhere in China, right?


#53

The app is not so good. It is called iCam and you can read few reviews here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ssg.icam&hl=en_US . Connection between the app and the doorbell is stable when both app and the doorbell are in the same Wi-Fi network. When I’m using the app via LTE then I have a problems with connection timeouts and when I finally connect the connection is not stable. I assume that some Chinese server is used to maintain the connection when I’m outside my Wi-Fi network and that is why I have those problems with connection quality.


#54

That’s a pity. And the image quality using ONVIF?

I am mostly interested in taking a snapshot from HA, although some sort of live preview would also be good.

I wonder if for example this one that uses Tuya would be compatible with the Tuya component in Home Assistant? Although I believe the component do not support cameras.


#55

The image quality is very good (I’m using motioneye https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneye/wiki to connect to doorbell and HA is connected to motioneye)
Night vision is also working correctly.