Get started with 2N Intercoms

Learn how to connect and control your 2N intercom with the Seam API. Connect devices like 2N Verso, Solo, or IP Style, and use Seam to unlock the door, edit residents, list events & more.

Overview

Seam provides a universal API to connect and control many brands of smart devices. This guide provides a rapid introduction to connecting and controlling your 2N intercom using the Seam API. To learn more about other smart device brands supported by Seam such as Yale, Schlage, and August, head over to our integration page.

2N devices are currently required to be connected to the My2N cloud service to be controlled via Seam. If you are unable or do not wish to connect your 2N device to My2N, please contact us to discuss alternative options.

1 — Install Seam SDK

Seam provides client libraries for many languages, such as JavaScript, Python, Ruby, PHP, and others, as well as a Postman collection and OpenAPI spec.

npm i seam

Once installed, sign-up for Seam to get your API key, and export it as an environment variable:

$ export SEAM_API_KEY=seam_test2ZTo_0mEYQW2TvNDCxG5Atpj85Ffw

This guide uses a Sandbox Workspace. Only virtual devices can be connected. If you need to connect a real device, use a non-sandbox workspace and API key.

To control your 2N intercom via the Seam API, you must first authorize your Seam workspace against your My2N account. To do so, Seam provides Connect Webviews: pre-built UX flows that walk you through authorizing your application to control your 2N intercom.

Request a Connect Webview

from seamapi import Seam

seam = Seam()

webview = seam.connect_webviews.create(accepted_providers=["my_2n"])

assert webview.login_successful is False

# Send the webview URL to your user
print(webview.url)

Authorize Your Workspace

Navigate to the URL returned by the Webview object. Since you are using a sandbox workspace, complete the login flow by entering the My2N sandbox test account credentials below:

  • email: jane@example.com

  • password: 1234

After entering the credentials for My2N, you'll have to enter the credentials of an existing HTTP user on each device you want to connect. All sandbox devices have a single HTTP user with the credentials:

  • username: jane

  • password: 1234

Confirm the Connect Webview was successful by querying its status:

updated_webview = seam.connect_webviews.get(webview.connect_webview_id)

assert updated_webview.login_successful # true

3 — Retrieve My2N Devices

After a My2N account is linked with Seam, you can retrieve devices for this My2N account. 2N devices are represented as locks.

all_locks = seam.locks.list()

some_lock = all_locks[0]

assert some_lock.properties["online"] is True
assert some_lock.properties["locked"] is True

print(some_lock)
```python
# Device(
#   device_id='f0c074d6-34d0-4910-a16a-dfe078d5d178',
#   device_type='two_n_intercom',
#   location=None,
#   properties={
#     'locked': True,
#     'online': True,
#     'manufacturer': 'two_n',
#     'serial_number': '4c0e6e72-81da-48af-8825-ed92a6fb8186',
#     'two_n_metadata': {
#       'device_id': 1,
#       'device_name': 'Device 0'
#     },
#     'supported_code_lengths': [4, 5, 6, 7, 8],
#     'name': 'Device 0',
#     'image_url': 'http://localhost:3020/assets/images/devices/unknown-lock.png',
#     'image_alt_text': 'Placeholder Lock Image'
#   },
#   capabilities_supported=['access_code', 'lock'],
#   errors=[]
# )

4 — Locking & Unlocking a Door

Next, you can perform the basic action of locking and unlocking the door.

Unlock a door

POST https://connect.getseam.com/locks/unlock_door

Request Body

NameTypeDescription

device_id

String

# lock the door
seam.locks.lock_door(some_lock)
updated_lock = seam.locks.get(some_lock.device_id)
assert updated_lock.properties["locked"] is True

# Now unlock the door
seam.locks.unlock_door(some_lock)
updated_lock = seam.locks.get(some_lock.device_id)
assert updated_lock.properties["locked"] is False

5 — Creating Access Codes on 2N Intercoms

2N devices have a directory with residents. These residents can be assigned PIN codes to unlock the door.

Seam maps these residents to access codes and allows you to create and manage them through the Seam API.

# create an ongoing code
seam.access_codes.create(
    device=some_lock, code="123456", name="Personal Access Code"
)

# create a timebound code
seam.access_codes.create(
    device=some_lock,
    code="888888",
    name="My Temp Access Code",
    starts_at="2028-08-12T19:23:42+0000",
    ends_at="2028-08-13T19:23:42+0000"
)

# you can use a device or a device_id as the "device" parameter
seam.access_codes.list(device=some_lock)
# [
#   AccessCode(
#     access_code_id='af5272b1-2a49-4eb5-9388-2447fc7b5bd1',
#     type='ongoing',
#     code='123459'
#   ),
#   AccessCode(
#     access_code_id='8c2db4da-b137-4c08-a2c3-d611e6ff91b3',
#     type='timebound',
#     code='888888',
#     starts_at='2028-08-12T19:24:00.000Z',
#     ends_at='2028-08-13T19:24:00.000Z',
#   )
# ]

Next Steps

Now that you've completed this guide, you can try to connect a real 2N device. To do so, make sure to switch to a non-sandbox workspace and API key as real devices cannot be connected to sandbox workspaces.

In addition, if you'd like to explore other aspects of Seam, here is a list of helpful resources:

If you have any questions or want to report an issue, email us at support@seam.co.

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