Network Attached Storage (NAS)

I love all the Wyze products released so far as we enter the last quarter of 2019, but the NAS is the differentiator that would have set the whole portfolio of solutions to the untouchable level!!!

Please find away to make an affordable, expandable, easy to use, consumer grade, plug and play solution!

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For several years, I have been using a Raspberry Pi running samba as a NAS with all the speed and features I need (backup on/off site, low power, battery backup and auto shutdown, etc.) It would be nice just to use that NAS without making a larger investment in another piece of hardware that may not be as feature rich.

Totally agree! To be really great, a wyze cam or bridge or device should be able to connect to any NAS accessible via an IP address and login. Mine is older than rasp pi’s - basically runs an embedded version of Linux for the various functions - samba, ftp, http, smtp, etc. Its an old Buffalo I got to replace an even older PC I setup as a samba server before the turn of the century. If it ever fails, I’d probably just go the rasp pi route or convert one of my old notebooks to Linux to run as a samba server.

There is a real need to have a consumer appliance, plug-play, affordable, Wyzecam, storage backup device, just in case the cameras get stolen, smashed, or the SD card gets pulled by an undesirable person.

I have been building my own computer related devices from high school, for the TRS-80, Commodore PET, Atari 400, 800 and 1200, and as the older people in the family get older they wanted Wyzecams. So we install a large amount of cameras at many homes and I have been tech support for Baby Boomers I would be great to have an appliance like the cable companies’ video recorder - which I still get asked for technical support for recording Korean Soaps. And the must recent questions were, where is the shift level in these new cars? whats’ that knob do?
“You mean we educated, supported and financed these younger generations and now they make cars we can’t understand!” was three weeks ago.

I’m happy to support Wyze products as long as non-techies can operate it, simply
because being free technical support gets old after 40+ years.

Cheers!

Been there done that. Being the youngest child by decade, all I have remaining is one older sibling so my tech support role is drastically diminished. I’d say enjoy your time with your family while it lasts. Although I always lived far away and for the most part my dad was a bit of a geek so was fairly easy to have him do things via a phone call.

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I would like to see an affordable, plug-and-play, IOT appliance that will back-up all the home’s installed Wyzecam’s SD memory cards and allow for an DVR-like user experience for non-Techies as well as “Tinkers”.

The device would allow being connected to standard 4K television screen for multi-cameras’ stream viewing as well as serve as a media server for IOT portable media devices for playback by all adult age (which includes Baby Boomers) groups.

This appliance would provide resiliency against, camera theft, vandalization, or hardware failures for the preservation of the recorded full-time videos, while potentially serving a hub for future new Wyze products with a longer transmission range, currently limited by the diminutive Wyze bridge’s antenna.

  1. Western Digital EX2
  2. RTSP would be perfect

I haven’t used it yet (since it requires loading from SD card) but there is official firmware that supports it.

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Synology NAS DS411

Synology here, RTSP will likely work fine but I’m hesitant about installing the RTSP firmware and losing some features of the regular firmware. Are there any plans to merge the RTSP functionality into the regular firmware? Or a support document which outlines which features in the regular firmware are currently missing from the RTSP one. Thanks.

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I am not exactly sure which features are missing, I think just person detection but I could be wrong as I do not use the RTSP firmware. I do know in the current cameras they cant be merged together due to limitations in the hardware. I don’t think it has enough space to hold both, again I could be wrong as to about exactly why but I think that was the reason.

Thanks for that info. I believe the Synology has a similar person detection feature so if that’s the only thing missing it might not be a big deal.

Off the wall idea - to accommodate all functions in a merged firmware, move certain less used firmware code to the SD card to open up space for code that needs to have the higher speed of the internal memory. With RTSP, losing stg on the SD card may be acceptable. Or partition card with hidden partition for the firmware space.

They don’t sell the cameras as requiring an SD card. My son has owned V2’s since they came out and has not bought an SD card yet, and he operates about 10 cameras.

I understand what’s done at present. Ideas are for future consideration. You missed the point. I’d prefer to hear why technically it is not a feasible idea.

Who is to say what

is?
I rarely need person detection, many think it is essential.

In my opinion, just mine, it would be a bad idea to require any portion of firmware to be put on the SD card for a few reasons.

  1. It would now require an SD card in essence making it a more expensive camera.
  2. SD cards can fail and are very finicky, that would bring all sorts of new issues.
  3. Like @gemniii stated, who decides what is less important, for many I am guessing RTSP in itself is not important, but for others it is.
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It’s an idea, not a firm proposal and not suggested as a mainstream requirement. Certainly can be discounted as foolhardy to even utter the words, but it seems for certain uses, there may be value in the possibilities to extend the capabilities of existing hardware while retaining all features. Might help if the rtsp firmware were released as an open source project. In my personal case, if I could have stock firmware on the cam but add rtsp, nas access, etc via a firmware extension on an sd card and have all features, then I’d be willing to give it a chance. Of course there may be more relevant tech issues such as the slower speed of memory access on the sd card.

The Android operating system used to allow for some apps to be moved to and run from an SD card. Not sure if that is still true but it was done. I can’t remember what precluded an app from being able to be run from an SD card.