A piece of tape makes the cameras compatible with Logitech Circle 2 HomeKit batteries

Cupertino, April 28, 2020

A simple but incredibly useful hack for Logitech Circle 2 wireless cameras is to breathe new life into the HomeKit solution. While the wired version of Circle 2 has had support for HomeKit and HomeKit Secure Video for some time, the battery version has always been on the sidelines.

Recently shared by ReyG on YouTube, a piece of electrical tape is all it takes to bring HomeKit to your camera completely wireless. According to the video, Rey says that during a support investigation for a faulty Circle 2 wired camera, Logitech told them that the battery version could work with HomeKit, simply by inserting it into the existing wired media.

Subsequently, Rey received a suggestion from a viewer and, through a little research, they managed to get the camera added to the HomeKit with just a piece of electrical tape and without the use of older mounting. Because the actual camera portion of the Logitech Circle 2 is identical between the two versions, a HomeKit setup code is included on the battery model, even if unused.

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The frame in which the camera portion has a set of pins that make contact with the back of the camera to distinguish between the two models, thus allowing HomeKit only for wired cameras. For the hack to work, the camera just needs to be fooled into thinking it's on a wired mount.

This can be done by placing a piece of electrical tape over a single needle that rests on top of two other pins in a series on the battery / mount. Once the pin is covered and the camera is mounted, you can now add the camera to the HomeKit via the Logi Circle app or directly via the Home app.

Of course, there are some disadvantages to using this method. Lastly, the camera's battery drains incredibly fast when used with the HomeKit. According to Rey, you can expect to see about 12 hours of use before being recharged. You can, however, keep the camera connected to deny this problem, but it will almost certainly make the camera sensitive to external elements with the port and cable being uncovered.

As the hardwired version of the Logitech Circle 2 becomes increasingly difficult to find, this hack may be the best bet to score a solid, reliable camera that bears the company's name. For an in-depth look at the hack, be sure to check out ReyG's amazing video, which includes everything you need to know for it to work.

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