Lighthouse uses artificial intelligence to understand what it's looking at, so you'll only receive Pings, or custom notifications, when you want them.
The app includes a default security Ping that alerts you when the camera sees “Person-related activity while all invited users are away” to notify you automatically based on whether invited users are home, so you, your family and trusted guests can come and go without triggering unwanted notifications.
You can also set up your own custom Ping to let you know when there is activity that interests you, such as the dogwalker picking up the dog or the kids playing in the living room after bedtime. For more details about how Lighthouse keeps you in touch in real time, see below.
What happens when a Ping is triggered?
- You'll get a notification on your phone’s lock screen like a normal push notification. The notification includes an image of the activity that caused it. You can click to view more, and the option to snooze the Ping.
What happens if I miss a Ping?
- You'll be able to look up any Pings you miss in your event history, and open them to see the video clip.
What’s a Ping?
- A Ping is the notification you’ll get when you ask Lighthouse to show you when an interesting activity happens, such as invited users coming and going or pets entering a room.
How do Pings work?
- You can set up a Ping for whatever activity the camera can see: for example, "tell me when you see Joey," then you'll get a Ping as soon as that event happens.
- You can get a Ping if an invited user comes or goes: "Ping me when Jen leaves the house"
- You can also have Lighthouse notify you if something you're expecting to happen doesn't: "tell me if Jane isn't home by 5pm."
How do I set up a Ping to have Lighthouse notify me of something?
- It's easy! In the app’s Ask tab, just tell Lighthouse what you want to know about, and we'll send you a Ping as soon as it happens.
- For example, just tell Lighthouse "let me know if someone comes to walk the dog while I'm gone" and when the dog walker shows up you'll get a Ping.
Check out our Use Pings to set custom notifications help article for details and steps.
What can I set pings for?
- Pings can be set for anything Lighthouse can recognize:
- Adults, children and pets: You can ask for a specific person “tell me when Lucy gets home” or by classification “tell me when you see the kids” or “tell me when you see the kids with the dog”
- Time: You can ask questions like “ping me when you see anyone before 5pm” or “show me the first time you see the dog on Tuesdays” or "let me know if you don't see the kids by 5pm"
- Camera name: When you name your camera, you can search or create pings by camera name, so if your camera is named ‘front door’, you can ask “tell me if you see Tim at the Front Door”
- You can search or set Pings for any of the above. Lighthouse can't recognize every specific type of behavior (yet!), but can keep you aware of who's home, when they get back, if they don't get back by a certain time and more.
Take a look at our What can I ask Lighthouse? help article for all the details you can add to your Pings.
Can I mute Pings?
- You can, but you won't need to mute Pings! Other cameras trigger frequent false alerts, but Lighthouse's technology means you don't get notified unless you need to see something--no false alerts! You can temporarily silence Pings using a variety of snooze settings.