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naw...I'm no MQTT pro :) I have MQTT working via Blue Iris & DSC 1864 alarm panel to Home Assistant via MQTT. I think I know the basic levels of MQTT.
What I do not understand is why bother with a Ring script to being with? MQTT is as simple as SMTP email.
Logic would say...RING publishes a topic to MQTT. Anything that can read the MQTT topic (Home Assistant, HomeSeer, another MQTT program) will act on what is published.
Why a script? Maybe the script acts as a go between RING and MQTT. So instead of 3 parties involved (Home assistant <> MQTT <> RING) there is actually 4 parties involved (Home Assistant <> MQTT <> script <> RING). That linked page talks about when this or that is restarted with auto-discovery. This is something I have no need to do when restarting Blue Iris or DSC alarm panel because Home Assistant does not care if something is restarted because it is only looking at that single MQTT publish variable and not the Blue Iris or DSC alarm panel itself.
My Home Assistant never discovered Blue Iris because it is using MQTT as a go between. But did discover my DSC alarm panel so that I can select specific alarm (motion detection PIR for example) which does not use MQTT. For some reason, was thinking my alarm panel uses MQTT which it actually does not.
 

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naw...I'm no MQTT pro :) I have MQTT working via Blue Iris & DSC 1864 alarm panel to Home Assistant via MQTT. I think I know the basic levels of MQTT.
What I do not understand is why bother with a Ring script to being with? MQTT is as simple as SMTP email.
Logic would say...RING publishes a topic to MQTT. Anything that can read the MQTT topic (Home Assistant, HomeSeer, another MQTT program) will act on what is published.
Why a script? Maybe the script acts as a go between RING and MQTT. So instead of 3 parties involved (Home assistant <> MQTT <> RING) there is actually 4 parties involved (Home Assistant <> MQTT <> script <> RING). That linked page talks about when this or that is restarted with auto-discovery. This is something I have no need to do when restarting Blue Iris or DSC alarm panel because Home Assistant does not care if something is restarted because it is only looking at that single MQTT publish variable and not the Blue Iris or DSC alarm panel itself.
The main issue is despite repeated attempts by folks on the Ring forum about opening up the Ring to allow API and other things, they refuse to do so, so workarounds are needed.

It would be nice to be able to have Ring issue an API out when my mailbox is opened that would swing the PTZ to that location, but there is not an easy way without adding more parties to the mix.
 
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The main issue is despite repeated attempts by folks on the Ring forum about opening up the Ring to allow API and other things, they refuse to do so, so workarounds are needed.

It would be nice to be able to have Ring issue an API out when my mailbox is opened that would swing the PTZ to that location, but there is not an easy way without adding more parties to the mix.
This is why I went the Blue Iris and Dahua camera route :) You would imagine...those in the know about IT & computers & cameras realize that Ring's API is totally locked down. One day, API could change or get all messed up (think NEST). Kinda spooky!
 

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This is why I went the Blue Iris and Dahua camera route :) You would imagine...those in the know about IT & computers & cameras realize that Ring's API is totally locked down.
Yeah it isn't a total deal killer for me and I have figured out other ways within BI to make it happen with an overview camera, but dangit I have that sensor in there and would like for it to be able to talk to something else LOL.
 
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Yeah it isn't a total deal killer for me and I have figured out other ways within BI to make it happen with an overview camera, but dangit I have that sensor in there and would like for it to be able to talk to something else LOL.
I should say...I have nothing against proprietary API's. I have a weather station that I have to rely on it's API to incorporate into my home automation.
 

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I made a reminder (e-mail is sent) to close the garage door if it is open after 21:00.
The email is sent with the screenshot of the garage (to make sure this is not false alarm).
Using raspberry pi and an old IP camera.
 

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The link I posted be
Why a script? Maybe the script acts as a go between RING and MQTT. So instead of 3 parties involved (Home assistant <> MQTT <> RING) there is actually 4 parties involved (Home Assistant <> MQTT <> script <> RING). That linked page talks about when this or that is restarted with auto-discovery. This is something I have no need to do when restarting Blue Iris or DSC alarm panel because Home Assistant does not care if something is restarted because it is only looking at that single MQTT published topic variable and not the Blue Iris or DSC alarm panel itself.
Looking at the link again, I think this is correct, the script acts as an interpreter between the Ring API and MQTT.
So it lets you talk to Ring devices using MQTT.

I don't plan to buy any Ring devices anytime soon, but if you already have them, this seems like a nice way to integrate them into a smart home.
 

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Using Home Assistant here to do several different things. Never was successful at getting Blue Iris integrated, mostly because I haven't tried very hard. Most valuable automation in the whole shebang? Light sensor in a south window to measure ambient daylight. Use it to turn on/off the outdoor lights every day. Have the Honeywell house alarm integrated, and for $70, Alarm Decoder works extremely well on a Raspberry Pi Zero W. Can now look at and around and inside the house (via Blue Iris app) anytime away from home, and remotely disable the alarm if necessary. No more beeping alarm panel when opening the house, because it's disarmed from the car, using the HA phone app. And there's no monthly charge for that capability, either. Just the initial investment and effort.
 

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Home assistant, running everything from an alarm system to turning my front light on and off. Garage doors, locks, I run an nvr but I also have frigate doing image recognition on cameras that home assistant takes and sends me a photo when a car or person enters my yard zones.
 
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