Apple HomeKit Integration

This is a sign of a very poorly run company, not listening to a large market share. The profile is typical of an engineer sitting in the CEO seat. As an investment banker, this is the profile I’ve learned never to work with.

It’s a business. It’s a cheap product. They gotta do something to stay in business.

Latest HomeKit update allows for short video clips on the Apple Watch for HomeKit compatible cameras.

Adding my voice to the chorus of customers asking for HomeKit integration. This can be done via a firmware/software update. Other companies have done this without the need for a new hub device too.

Once again. RTSP and Homebridge. I can see all my wyze cams in HomeKit and Apple Watch. I can watch the videos smoothly from my Apple Watch. I use homebridge to integrate all my wyze devices into HomeKit. Over 30 devices.

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Could you send your coding setup? I am using the latest HOOBS and the tweaking I can get only gives me 7-10 second video load time. the native Wyze app is almost instant.

Thank you so much!!!

Yea I get a 6 sec load time but once it’s in, it’s about a 1 sec lag but plays smooth. Refresh home images are 6 secs as well. What do you man.

AI also have some cameras in HomeKit using RTSP and homebridge but this is very limited:

  • outdoor cameras don’t work
  • several Wyze features don’t work using the RTSP firmware
  • the lag time to start watching the video in HomeKit varies from 1 second to 7 or more seconds
  • no sound in the HomeKit (only video)
  • automations are not possible (ex: when a motion is detected in a Wyze camera, turn on the light or when I leave my house, turn on motion detection and notifications in my cameras)
  • we can only see video in one camera at each time
  • Just a few RTSP firmware versions were launched so far.
  • I don’t know why but I wasn’t able to install the RTSP firmware in some of my cameras while in others I had no problems (I follow the same installation process for alll cameras)

It’s really a pity not having this integration natively. I the past 2 years several brands appeared in the market offering HomeKit compatible cameras at a price slightly higher than wyze.

It’s going to be 2 years since the last update… any updates on homekit compatibility? Have you guys abandoned homekit?

We have not abandoned it but it has been a low priority compared to all the other work that we had to do to support all the new products. We are still looking at opportunity to bring HomeKit forward but we are also in a tough spot because Matter will bring the HomeKit compatibility soon so we have to pick between waiting for Matter and get compliant with it with an uncertain timeline at this point or launch an extensive work for HomeKit compatibility.
We will most likely used a mix approach.

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With the phrase “launch an extensive work for HomeKit compatibility” means that Wyze isn’t that close…

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If we could get where someone could make a plug-in to use all the Wyze devices with HomeBridge. That would be a huge plus. There are a bunch of other devices that only work with Alexa or Google, but with a Plugin and Homebridge, work great with Siri.

Using Homebridge is not to hard. But even simpler, HOOBS. Which is their own Interface on top of Homebridge running on a Rasberry Pie. The price is a little high, but it’s in a case and basically plug and go. Or you buy your own Rasberry Pie, and buy their $20 SD card to plug into it.

https://hoobs.com/

This allows you currently to control a fe of WYZE devices like light bulbs. It allow you to control the Nest or Ring with Siri also along with so many other devices. I’m using HOOBS myself. Now allows me to control my Blinds with Siri easily when it was Google/Alexa only before.