Installing WYZE Cam outside - one approach

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#104

Apparently I’m the only one.
I have 2 that despite being inside the typical enclosures and up under soffits, repeatedly get “feeble” after a couple days of below freezing temperatures.
If anyone has ideas of what I may be doing wrong, I’m all ears.


#105

That’s the first I’ve heard of it. Maybe some of the many people that get below zero can chime in. They would probably want to know what “feeble” is as far as symptoms. First thing I’d check is my connections for the power cable which may experience contraction and expansion and subsequent contact issues. You might also want to ask in one of the following threads.





#106

Hi Overwatch,

Those are very sound suggestions, But I’m doubtful since I’m using the power block and cable supplied with the cameras.

To bring you up to date, from a previous post:

“I’ve had slightly different results. I’ve used the Frienda iSmart cases mounted up under my eaves as close to the wall as possible, they worked flawlessly until the outside air temperature dropped below (approximately) freezing
for a few straight days, at which time performance dropped dramatically - intermittent communication, unreliable local recordings. As a result I’ve moved them all inside, looking through windows. I disassembled the cameras and covered the LEDs completely to
get around them “blinding” the cameras from the reflections, and use separate outside LED spotlights for illumination. I still have minor/medium reflection issues due to visible light, but will be experimenting with polarizing filters.”

Mark Brown


#107

I should have read your previous posts. That looks like a good sturdy mount. I went with the bird house style in black.
Are you using continuous recording or Event only recording? unreliable local recordings:

Intermittent communications? Is that watching live streaming, Playback or are you talking about Events not being in cloud? I’ve had issues with Events failing to upload and only recently seem to have resolved it.

I’m using separate IR sources as light myself and am greatly disappointed that IR control might have been removed from the latest beta version. Here’s my link on separate IR sources if you’re interested in non-visible floodlighting.


#108

Event recording only.

Mark Brown


#109

Sorry about all the edits to my previous post, I just wanted to point out the issues you are experiencing may be unrelated to the cold.


#110

Very coincidental then, but I’m open to all ideas.

Mark Brown


#111

Mine are outside, in the amazon cases with a little bit of overkill waterproofing (see previous post) and I’ve had zero issues with cold causing issues with operation. The cameras have been pelted with rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow… anything winter related and have had no issues. Getting hurricane force winds here in western NY later this weekend mixed with some snow so will see how that goes… as long as the power stays on!


#112

Maybe. Many factors to consider, like was the outdoor distance just far enough or just enough interference to cause problems. I went with continuous recording when I discovered the events only recording (V2) wasn’t tied to my sensitivity settings. My Events in the cloud worked great and then all of a sudden became intermittent. Re-adding the camera while next to the router and formatting the SD card in a Windows machine seemed to finally solve that. At least for now.


#113

Did you see this? Looks like the IR control might be pulled from the next release.


#114

I know. That’s what everyone else experiences too. I love these cameras and would really like to figure out what is causing my problem. If it was just one I’d chalk it up to something else, but I have 4, have rotated them around
indoor/outdoor locations, with repeatable results.

Even if I can’t resolve this, I’m still a huge fan and looking forward to NAS support and whatever other cool stuff happens.

Mark Brown


#115

Yeah, I’d be rather upset if ir toggle was removed as it is the only way I have quality night vision with any of my cams. I have mine set for continuous record btw, alert zone is set for “important” areas however I wanted the capability of reviewing footage from everything in view if I noticed something out of place, not right or damaged.


#116

Just a thought… have you tried rebooting your wireless router? I had some strange buggy operation issues a while back and a quick hard router reboot (unplugged for a min and restore power) and all was good again.


#117

LOL, I was waiting for that😉

Mark Brown


#118

Unfortunately, power cycling the equipment does solve many issues. Especially those with extenders, routers and separate modems. :+1:


#119

Sure does, My career involves traffic monitoring devices, cameras, electronics, routers, switches and modems… typically 9 out of 10 times a hard reset will bring everything back up to operational status. Crazy to think that with all the tech out there today someone would have to physically go out and reset something like that but I’m not complaining. That’s job security at its finest!


#120

Speaking of traffic monitoring devices, should I put this in as a #roadmap?


#121

Weird. My outdoor camera has survived -60 F windchill (-40 actual temp) this winter, and it’s just in one of those silicone sleeve things, completely exposed to the elements, bolted to a wall 2 stories in the air. Of course, it’s also only about 15 feet from the router, through the outside wall. Maybe the camera has a capacitor inside that looses some capacity when it’s frozen causing the wifi range to lower?


#122

I’m pretty sure that temp wouldn’t affect them… at least low temp situations. Higher summertime temps might be a different story… no expierence there yet. From personal experience with electronics and work related equipment the lower the temp the better… all of our equipment rooms are climate controlled and kept pretty chilly to say the least! As far as these little cams are concerned they crank out a fair amount of heat… enough that they stay unfrozen on the side of my house, hit them with an ir heat gun the last time the temp went down into the single digits and they all read above freezing so we’re talking a 30 degree temp differential! Pretty impressive and keeps the camera lense snow/frost free.


#123

Doesn’t look pretty but a good idea.

Does the material that covers the IR lights really matter? Would black electrical tape work?