Tech Tips: How to use a Kasa Camera as a motion detector

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If you’ve ever opened the Kasa App and looked at the Smart Actions section, you may have seen the Motion Sensing option and thought, “Kasa has a motion sensor?”  Well, you might be surprised to find out the motion sensing smart action has nothing to do with a dedicated motion sensor product.  Instead, it uses a Kasa camera, and its motion detection features to trigger another Kasa product, such as a switch or a light bulb.  Curious about setting up this feature?  Here’s how you can:

 

  • Open the Kasa app, go to the Smart Actions section and tap on ‘Add an Action’

 

  • Tap on Motion Sensing

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  • Choose a trigger camera (i.e., Garage Camera)

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  • Tap ‘Save’

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  • Tap on the ‘Add’ button under “select a device”

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  • Choose the action device (i.e., Outside lights)

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  • Then tap ‘Save’

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  • Choose your notification settings

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  • [Optional] Tap on the ‘add’ button to add an auto timer.

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  • [Optional] Set a time from 1 to 180 minutes 

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  • [Optional] Tap on ‘Save’

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  • Tap on ‘Complete’

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  • Give your smart action a name, then tap ‘Done’

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  • Congratulations! You have completed your Smart Action setup.  Tap on ‘OK’ to end.

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