Instead of -
- having to get the ladder, take it outside, set it right, climb up the latter to the camera, remove the camera, adjust the base of the camera to get to the reset button, push the reset button, wait for the prompt, show the camera the QR code, then get get through the updated settings, re-adjust the foot of the camera, se the camera back in place, look at the phone to see the camera’s feed, spend time adjusting and re-adjusting the camera to get the coverage you had before you touched it, then get down from the ladder, take down the ladder, go to the next camera, and repeat the process…
why not -
- use the Wyze app to create a QR code, stand in front of a camera with the code, the camera sees the code, checks authorization, and then updates the WiFi automatically.
Then repeat the process at the next camera.
- by Wyze updating the firmware in the camera to store a unique identifier in each camera. This identifier is a secret password that can only be generated by my Wyze account, and can be read by the cameras, even if they are now operating without an internet connection. So that if I generate a QR code produced by the Wyze app, it includes the identifier, and the new WiFi information, so the cameras can update themselves without me having to touch them.
This way, when I get a new cable box, with new WiFi.
I can log in to my Wyze account with my phone,
generate a new QR code that includes the password, and the new WiFI information for the cameras.
I show the camera this information and it does double verification:
First- it verifies internally that the identifier is correct.
it adopts the new WiFi information (holding the old WiFi info in a buffer)
Then it checks with the Wyze server to see if a new QR code has just been requested by this account.
If it has, then it continues to use the new WiFi information.
If either check fails, the camera returns to the old WiFi information.
This can work for more distant cameras as well- Use an iPad, or capture the QR code on the screen of the phone, print it out on paper. Walk around the house and show the paper to each camera.
"QR Code Scanned…
And on to the next camera.
No ladders, no touching cameras. No having to re-position each camera after updating.
And a house full of cameras can be updated in a couple minutes.
(Tech note- obviously use a hash for the entire string of data, so if anyone else sees the QR code, the identifier can’t be parsed. Even though an attempted rogue update would still fail the second test.)
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