Nice analogy! Now you’ve got me humming this.
I used to travel with a V2 and a battery-powered WiFi travel router (and an iPhone). Could set the camera up in locations where there was no internet, or in far-away locations where I had no cellular data access (roaming can be VERY expensive overseas). With the cam and the iPhone both connected to the AP, I could use the Wyze app to live view what the camera saw, and set it up for continuous recording to SDcard. Or for time lapse recordings. Then walk away, leaving the camera on its own, recording what I had configured it for.
I could subsequently view the recordings on iPhone via the travel router/access point. All without any internet connectivity to Wyze HQ. This functionality came to an abrupt end in early 2019. Too bad - there are lots of compelling applications for off-line recording like this. Wyze left money on the table by exiting this market segment, and caused many Wyze owners to become gruntled.
I haven’t looked closely enough at the new Outdoor cam to know if it was designed with such an off-line use case in mind.