Alert Camera Gadget – A Windows Gadget for Logitech Alert

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Version 0.8.0 (beta)
26 Sep 2012
Around 74 KB
Free

The Alert Camera Gadget lets you keep an eye on your Logitech Alert cameras by rotating through snapshots (still images) from all the cameras associated with your account. This gadget is not provided by or supported by Logitech in any way.

0.8.0 (26 Sep 2012)

  • Fixed a couple of bugs in the previous version related to alternate servers.

0.7.0 (25 Sep 2012)

  • Added an option for using an alternate server. This is an advanced setting that many people won’t care about.

0.6.0 (14 Apr 2012)

  • The gadget periodically refreshes the list of cameras from online.
  • You can list camera names (in settings) that you don’t want to be displayed by the gadget.

0.5.0 (17 Jan 2012)

  • Clicking on a snapshot takes you to alert.logitech.com.

Installation

  1. Open AlertCamera.gadget
  2. It will ask if you want to install it — choose “Install”
  3. The gadget will appear on your desktop
  4. Hover your mouse over the gadget and click the little wrench icon that appears
  5. Log in to your Logitech Alert account
  6. After a few moments, snapshots will appear from your cameras, cycling through all associated with that account

Troubleshooting

If you get an “unspecified error” message when trying to install, you might need to “unblock” the .gadget file. Right click on the downloaded file and choose “Properties”, and there’ll be a place near the bottom of the dialog to unblock it.

If the gadget isn’t working, you can run a little program called DebugView from Microsoft that will allow you to see the gadget’s log messages. If you find a bug, please email your logs to me to have a look.

12 thoughts on “Alert Camera Gadget – A Windows Gadget for Logitech Alert

  1. Very nice little gadget, I love that I can get a quick view of my cameras. Thanks for making this! In order to make it work, I had to right click on the gadget file and then choose to unblock it otherwise it would give me an “unspecified error” when trying to install it.

    • Hi Mike — Maybe you could tell me more about that. Is there a particular camera that you’re more interested in than the others?

  2. Great work. This is fantastic that I don’t have to fire up the logitech commander software.
    Question what protocol does this use to grap the image. The reason i ask is I am trying to configure an alternative program to view the image from my logitech camera and to grab a snapshot every few seconds. Do you know if this can be done?

    • Hi Larry,

      The image is retrieved via HTTP through the Logitech web services (which are not technically public, subject to change at any instant, will cause anger if abused, etc.). The tricky bit is that you need to be authenticated in order to make that request. You could just run DebugView (see the link in the Troubleshooting section above), and it will show you the URL for the image, including your “auth token”.

  3. thanks for the response eric to my last question. i am not sure if logitech updated anything on their side or changed the authentication, but the widget no longer is able to login

  4. Hi Larry,

    There was a maintenance outage for Logitech Alert yesterday and today that might have impacted things. If it hasn’t managed to log in by now, you might just click the “options” wrench and click “OK” to have it try again. You can also reset your password at alert.logitech.com if you think that might help.

  5. If I close the gardget on my computer, how do I reopen it without having to reinstall? Is it possible to install a link on my desktop? I can’t seem to find the windows sidebar on my computer or listed under accessories. I am using windows 7

    Thanks

    • You should be able to right-click your desktop and pick the gadgets menu item. That’ll bring up a window of all installed gadgets on your system, including the Alert gadget, which you can then drag to your desktop. You’ll need to re-enter your credentials, though.

  6. Hey Eric,

    Just wanted to drop a quick note to say how much I love and appreciate your gadget. It is by far one of my favorite things about the Logitech Alert system. I was saddened when I learned that Logitech stopped making these great cameras. I was also disappointed to learn that Windows 10 does not support gadgets.

    Any thoughts about other solutions that would allow similar functionality for other cameras and Windows 10? I love having a snapshot view of my camera on my desktop. Lastly, thanks for the support you have provided when I did encounter a problem with the gadget.

    • I’ve wondered about Windows 10 as well. Originally I thought that a “live tile” might work, but that doesn’t seem like the right approach. PC Magazine mentions 8GadgetPack (http://8gadgetpack.net/) for its ability to run gadgets in Windows 8 and 10, but I haven’t tried it personally. If you give it a try and it works (or not), please let me know.

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