I would like to have an option for my Ring cameras to only record motion events when the alarm is armed. I want to choose which cameras are included and in which modes the cameras will record motion. This brings me several benefits that might lead me to buy more cameras. First, from a privacy perspective I’m not interested in recording my family walking the dog, swimming in the pool, grilling dinner, or generally living our life. However, if the alarm is armed and someone comes near those same entrances I definitely want them recorded. I might even put a camera inside if it’s only recording when armed explicitly in away mode. Second, we should save a lot of battery because we won’t be recording ourselves in the act of daily living all the time. When the alarm is armed there will be far fewer events recorded from our routine coming and going leading to longer times between charges and a lower effort experience overall.
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I would like to have an option on the keypad to always illuminate the alarm status led (disarmed, home, away), even if on battery power. It would be just as useful and use less power if it did this only in one of the armed states. I want to do this so that my family can more readily see the alarm status without walking all the way across the house. It’s convenient to glance at the keypad before opening a door to walk the dog without setting off the alarm or glancing to see if someone else has set the alarm for the night. The powered mode provides this experience, but it isn’t always practical to hardwire, or the look of hardwiring might not be desirable in all situations.
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