A month back in, while upgrading the firmware, it bricked one of my Pan Cams. I got in touch with Wyze who diligently tried to helped me restore it via a SD card flash was unsuccessful, and because it was out of warranty, I was pretty much out of luck. However this issue was weighing on me and I needed to find the root cause. It didn’t make sense as camera worked well, really well, up until the firmware upgrade, and it was not the first firmware upgrade either. Needless to say a month later I figured it out (or at least I think I did).
We all know that a sudden interruption in a middle of a firmware upgrade is never a good thing and in most cases will brick/break your devices. The problem in my case and for anyone who has a similar setup will most likely encounter this.
Daisy chaining your Wyze cams. It’s a great thing if you don’t want to occupy too many of your wall sockets. But here is the down fall. Let’s say You have 3 cams daisy chained (A, B and C) with Cam A as the direct power source plugged into the outlet, Cam B is powered by A, and Cam C is powered by Cam B. If you do a firmware upgrade to ALL the cams at the same time and say Cam A (which is your main power source) is the first to finish the upgrade and reboots, Cam B and C will lose power and therefore the upgrade is interrupted potentially causing a bricked cam. If Cam B reboots, Cam C will lose power. You get the idea.
If this is your set up, whether it’s 3 or 6 cams daisy chained I would recommend that you DO NOT do an upgrade to all devices at the same time. Instead do it individually to each cam unless they all have their own dedicated power source. I hope this helps.