I want to say first off I love Wyze. As their offering of products have grown we have always been happy to support, and add them to our smart home inventory. We have mutliple Wyze Pan cams, bought two of their new smart plugs, got the Wyze Sense pack, and are eagerly awaiting their outdoor cams. We’ve got everything but their stationary cams (have the pans instead), and their lightbulbs, which we operate mostly on smart switches instead of bulbs but if we weren’t their bulbs would be high on our list and as they improve them (adding things like color changing) as our few old hue ones eventually go out we will likely go with Wyze.
That being said, with all of this we decided to try out IFTTT with Wyze… we had the motion sensor in our pantry and I decided to connect that with IFTTT to see if I could get the Philips Hue light in there to turn on and off. It has enough of a delay that using IFTTT to turn it on wasn’t really practical; no big deal. The main problem was the light getting left on when no one was in there… and pairing it with IFTTT even with a slight delay worked like a charm.
I got excited and ordered more to place throughout the house. The kids are always leaving things on. My plan was to put one in our dining room, kitchen, office, and family room. The family room was perhaps the most important as a couple lights and then two fountains we have (which are hooked up to the wyze plugs) regularly get left on when no one is in the room.
Linked the motion sensors into the various plugs and lights using IFTTT. Worked like a charm in testing. That was until my husband and I were both sitting down in the family room chatting… some motion but not much. Next thing we know everything is turning off.
This began a couple hours worth of trouble shooting efforts… checking info about sensor placement, moving it and seeing if we could overcome this problem, but to no avail.
Currently as this is going on I’m testing, within the Wyze app itself the ability to set triggers… right now we’re testing to see if the motion sensor is clear for 15 min, before it turns off the plugs. We are also testing to see if using the plugs as a trigger in IFTTT will affect another smart plug in the room (by wemo) and also the smart light switch we have in the room (Lutron Caseta).
Thus far the 15 min time within the app seems to working.
Has anyone else had this issue? Did you find a fix for it? We have placed them in areas with high visibility that shouldn’t be blocked from witnessing motion in the active areas of the room, and we’ve moved the sensors down to six feet or less. This didn’t seem to affect the sensor’s ability or liklihood to detect smaller movements. If we’re having this issue with Wyze plugs I imagine we’d be having the same issue with Wyze Bulbs.
I hope that perhaps in the future Wyze can allow the units’ sensitivity to be adjusted as I think this might be a fix for the sensitivity issue and make them a bit more practical as a trigger.