You know how you’re forced to install and use different apps that essentially do the same thing? This used to be the case with IP cameras too. Good news is that you can now remote control your cameras without using different apps and you can now also remote control different estates using Alarmhandler verison 2.8 app that ships today.
Support for multiple estates
One of the major shortcomings of the apps provided by various IP camera manufacturers is the lack of multi estate support. Lots of people have access to multiple estates they would like to secure with IP camera surveillance. The camera apps just let you control the cameras individually, and allows for no logical grouping of cameras.
This has been fixed by Alarmhandler that lets you setup multiple estates each with their own IP cameras connected. In the menu, the select estate command lets you view the state of all estates and select which estate to control. The menu is similar to the list displayed on our recent Pebble smart watch app, see our blog post for more info. After the estate has been selected, all cameras of a group / estate are activated / deactivated by the press of one button in the app.
Remote control IP camera
Under Settings, you can now add new estates to the app. Each estate is considered a separate Alarmhandler subscription. This means that for each estate, you add inhabitants who can remote control the estate, connect cameras etc totally independently of other estates.
- Home: One estate could be your home, where you invite your spouse as inhabitant. This means both you and your spouse can control the alarm. You connect an IP camera mounted in your entrance and backdoor to Alarmhandler.
- Office: Another estate could be your office, where you invite your office colleagues as inhabitants who can control the alarm. You connect an IP camera mounted at the entrance door in the office to Alarmhandler.
We’ve also added nick names for estates, such that you can supply a name to an estate e.g. Office. We’ve also changed camera setup on Android to make it more consistent across different versions of Android. Finally, we’ve changed camera setup to work with the latest D-Link IP camera firmware updates, see our separate blog post.
Please keep your feedback coming to us. What types of cameras would you like to see support for in the automated setup etc. Thanks!
The Alarmhandler Team