POE: Power Over Ethernet. Allows you to run an Ethernet cable to a location, add an Adapter to separate power from Data. I did this to prepare for the future.
I would definitely put an SD Card in each camera and either turn on Event Recording or Continuous. This will is not subject to the 12 seconds of record time nor the 5 minute cool down which you have without CamPlus. Adding CamPlus will still allow the SD Card to perform as expected - redundancy, but then the camera will store the event in the cloud for the duration of the event. In addition, there is no cool down either - which is a necessity if you want to use it as a Security Camera.
If I can ask the following as the going off-line is not the norm for me:
- What OS are you using - iOS or Android
- what is the version of the Wyze App being used
- What is the Firmware version of the Wyze v3 Cams you have
- how frequently doe sit go offline
Would like to try to resolve this for you.
Camera Firmware version can be found by launching the camera, going to the Gear (setting) in the top right,go to Device Info, the note the Firmware being use.
Also, what type of router are you using? This information would be helpful to try and determine why it is going offline.
As with everything, wired is normally better than Wireless. Wyze only allows Wireless and the NVR would be Wired - normally.
SD Card is not needed. It will always record to the cloud. Without CamPlus it will only send 12 seconds per event to the cloud and a 5 minute cool down. With CamPlus, there is no cool down or 12 second limit.
This is one of the short comings of trying to view the SD Card via the app. You can remove it and use a computer to search. However, I primarily do Event only and then I can simply hit the right or left arrow to get to the previous or next event. A little more risky as continuous would ensure you capture an event which may be missed.
Wyze is actually working on a Camera Dashboard. Not ready for release and still waiting to see if I can beta it when it is live. However, you can try TinyCam or TinyCam pro - that seems to work for individuals. I use TinyCam without issues. Sometimes there is a pause or it needs to reestablish connection. But better than using the phone to try and see something.