Turn the cameras on / off

Cupertino, January 30, 2021

I installed two Eufy security cameras, one in the house and one in my studio next door. The room in the house is set to light up when everyone leaves, off when we are home. The studio camera is always on, set to record when motion is detected. This configuration works well most of the time. However, Apple's method of determining when a person is at home is elementary at best, and my studio is close enough to home that my travel status is not usually triggered. So I was hoping to just tell Siri to turn on the camera in the house when I leave. No joy. Siri either doesn't answer at all or says "ok, they're on" (even if there's only one "room in the house"), but nothing happens. If I deactivate the location on the camera, the on / off command via Siri still doesn't do anything, however it responds as if it did something. Is there really no other built-in method of turning the cameras on / off than the dedicated camera app or accessing the Home app settings and manually changing the recording options each time? I know about the smart connection solution, but my wife won't allow the cameras in the house unless there is a physical lens shutter or, like these Eufy panoramic / tilted cameras, the camera rotates back into the case when turned off. A smart socket would leave the lens visible. I hope for smarter automation, with Siri enabled overwriting settings, while maintaining location-based rules.

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