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Detecting Smartphone via Bluetooth on Linux (Raspberry Pi 2)

After detecting my phone using WiFi (which does only work under Marshmallow while the phone is loading or the display is enabled) and detecting the fitbit device I came back to my original task to detect my phone using Bluetooth.

 

While there are many documents out there that describe this on different Linux and even raspberry variants none of those really worked for me. The raspberry 2 (Debian Jessie) seem to be a bit different there.

First of all you need a Bluetooth USB dongle. I buyed the Logilink BT00015 (available at amazon.com, amazon.de or elsewhere). I would expect that others work, too. But as always: On Linux, drivers can be tricky and it’s always good to know working hardware.

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Automate your Synology Surveillancestation with some simple Linux – commands

I own a Synology diskstation which has the “surveillance station” on board which records content from any LAN (or WiFi)-enabled webcam and sends an alarm when someone is moving at my home. It is possible to enter time schedules when the camera should be enabled and when it shouldn’t. But that does not really work the way I wanted. When I come home earlier or even have a day off I have to disable the camera manually.

So I decided that I want to use my smartphone to trigger the surveillance mode. Like most of us I always carry the phone with me. So it should be easy: If the phone is at home, I am, too. So the camera should be off. The same way when I am not at home.

The solution for this was surprisingly simple: A small bash-script first checks if the phone is in the network. The Surveillance station cam gets enabled or disabled according to this one condition.

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