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How to add your camera to Alexa



The INSTAR Cloud Skill - Ask Alexa to play alarm videos on your Amazon Spot or Amazon Show, count the number of alarm for specific cameras or ask to activate or deactivate Alarm Email notifications and Object Detection for your cameras.

The INSTAR Cloud Skill lets you watch alarm videos from your INSTAR IP camera directly on your Alexa device (only devices with a display are supported). To use this skill, it is necessary, that you have a INSTAR Cloud account which you can register at https://cloud.instar.de.

After you set up your camera to upload alarm videos into the INSTAR Cloud, you will then be able to use Alexa to display alarms based on certain filters, for example you can ask to show only the recent alarms, display recordings with a person, vehicle or animal or play all alarms of a particular camera.

This skill also allows you to check some account information such as the amount of storage space available, the amount of cameras in your account and other information.



Important information:

  • Make sure that you name your camera in a simple way that Alexa understands, this is the name you set inside the INSTAR Cloud.
  • Each camera name should be unique and different from other existing camera names to make sure Alexa knows which camera you mean.
  • Follow our examples in order to give commands to Alexa, even so Alexa should understand different variations of saying the command, there might be some ways that Alexa will not know what the command is.
  • This skill is limited to the INSTAR Cloud and does “not” let you control your camera directly. For this, a sperate skill will be available soon.

Enable P2P access to your camera

Click on "Edit Camera" in the Camera view:

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt

Open the web interface of your camera in a new tab and copy your P2P and Admin Login:

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt

And enter them in the input fields under P2P Information:

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt

By activating the service (IFTTT or Alexa) you give your consent that the INSTAR Cloud Platform may access your camera via P2P. Then click on Test to check the settings. If everything is entered correctly, you should see a Connection successful.

Permission for P2P access can also be granted and revoked via the WebUI (Full HD cameras only):

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt



Start the Alexa app on your smartphone and install the INSTAR Cloud Skill. During activation you will be asked for the login for your INSTAR Cloud Account. Enter your data to link your account with Alexa:

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt



Adding your INSTAR camera

You can use Auto Search to search for compatible devices. All cameras that you have previously activated in your INSTAR Cloud account should be displayed as available:

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt

If you look at the Device Overview, all cameras are displayed twice - once as IP cameras and once as security system. You need the latter if you want to be able to deactivate the alarm of your camera via voice command:

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt

Activate the function Disable voice command and enter a PIN code:

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt



Using the INSTAR Cloud Skill

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt

Wie man INSTAR Cloud Alexa Skill nutzt