Hello. I was using a V 2 Wyze camera outdoors where there is a lot of birds and squirrels I feed.
This is a side lot in South St. Louis so it also functions as a security camera. About 7 am I went out to the yard to toss the morning meal out and my camera had been bit off or cut off and is still missing. This was still plugged into the outdoors outlet nearby. Not sure if the fuse was thrown I can still check that out.
Also the front gate was open but the wind sometimes pushes it open.
I have two theories. A squirrel bit it off and carried it away somewhere. A thief had just entered the yard before I got there by a few minutes, saw the camera, cut the cord and ran out the gate with the camera.
I checked the footage but no sign of anyone but the timeout period probably blocked it out.
What do you think happened? Why didn’t anyone get shocked?
Yeah the critter theory makes the most sense. Even if a human thief were yanking on it he or she would have gotten it unplugged from one end or the other before severing or tearing the cable like that. Where was the camera sitting before the loss?
Every one of my outside cams have a window cam watching them. Works fairly well so far. They would have to bust my window out to get them. I try to arrange them where the maximum area is covered while being redundant and needing a ladder to reach. Unless your 7ft tall. Lol
Hmm, that’s certainly not the way it was advertised when I bought my first camera back in 2017. I suspect I am correct because each camera has a unique MAC address. WYZE can easily tell if that MAC address is already in use or not during the activation process. If the MAC is tied to another account already…WONK…your cam cannot be activated.
Maybe I’m wrong? (It wouldn’t be the first time.) Let’s get it settled from an employee.
I know for absolute fact that you are wrong (unless it has been changed). My son, not understanding camera sharing, re-setup several of my cameras (rather than me sharing them with him). They became gone from my account - with no notice at all to me. I just noticed that they had disappeared. Found out from the son what he did, and sure enough they were on his account. So I re-did the setup once again to put them back on my account, and they disappeared from his and were back on my account.
My son’s Wyze account and mine have no relationship to each other, and as it turns out, he had affiliated the cameras with a different SSID that I did (I have a dedicated SSID just for IoT devices). This occurred something around a year and a half ago.
first let me preface this…not an employee here, but I’m hoping maven ( or even moderator) input might suffice as Gwendolyn has been extremely busy as of late, although your tag will still be seen and more than likely replied too still ( eventually)
unless something has greatly changed in the very recent history you @Known1 are both correct and incorrect on different factors. lets start with the correct part,
each camera does have the unique mac address and is effectively “traceable” although in the past is has not been something Wyze has put into practice…YET…( a little cliff hanger for later in my diabtribe )
now the incorrect part,
the camera is not “locked” to an account and can therefore be re-activated if it were to be stolen. at the point it is reactivated as @K6CCC experienced, you lose your access to what that camera “had” such as cloud clips. this is a reason that if you ever have a camera stolen, as soon as possible download all relevant clips you can because as soon/if it is reactivated under a different account you lose them all.
one of our wonderful moderators @loki was kind enough to make a #wishlist topic for such an “issue” and it is currently marked as researching. to my knowledge, it has not been put into practice yet though.
I would suggest popping over and throwing your vote in
hopefully that gives some small insight to the current setup and thank you both as I hadn’t visited that wishlist topic in quite some time ( it is a couple years old now) and I was unaware it was finally in the researching phase.
now that I think of it, I do remember reading a little about that, but I have not tried it myself so I’m hesitant to claim it from experience. thanks for pointing that out though, I never think of the WCO, out of sight, ( literally) out of mind I guess.