This is about managing customer expectations and Wyze doesn’t win any prizes here. The conditions set so Wyze can continue to tell potential customers there is 14 days of free storage (please read the fine print) include only 12 seconds of video and shutting down notices for 5 minutes with “cool-down”. Then, there is the clunky flow from event notice to playback to live stream camera A to camera B and visa versa. I just had some cat trigger a notice from my front camera and I tried to follow it as it casually walked around my house. I couldn’t follow a cat, casually strolling around my property, because I can’t view multiple cameras on my phone, web page or a pc app. Going from camera to camera is way to many steps, the cat was gone. There was no playback from the side camera, because I’ve had to crank the rectangular detection zone down so much so headlights don’t trigger it all night. Yes, I forgot to manually reset all my settings and zone to “daytime mode”.
Now, if I just buy a paid cloud subscription, I can let all cameras record everything, because there are no plans to let me store it locally, except on the microSD card, which is limited to 32gb and I can’t get the files off of it unless I playback record them or sneaker-net it. It’s like I’m in a maze and every turn is a dead end.
I’m the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator for over 70 homes and I can’t recommend this, except as a novelty. It’s fun to play with as I’ve obviously spent way too much time on.