I use my Wyzcam as a security feature to record authorized and unauthorized entry in my home during my absence.
Unfortunately, the 5 minute “cooling” period means that in any 9 minute period there can be only ONE 12 second video upload after a motion detection; the sound detection video is essentially wasted by the door knocking and unlocking.
So if I am unfortunate and a burglar enters my home while I am away on a trip he has ample time (8 minutes) to locate the Wyzecam and make himself a gift. After that he can take his hood off and take his time…
So, basically due to the 5 minute “cooling” period my Wyzecam is not fulfilling its purpose: record in the cloud video beyond 12 sec that might help identify the individual.
All this is because Wyze is concerned that the user will use too much of the free cloud space. This is ironic, since during a 2-4 week vacation, when no one is entering the home, there would be no cloud usage at all, yet Wyze with its 5minute cooling period is obstructing the very purpose of the security cam.
Now that I raise the issue - a serious one for me at least, I’d like to suggest a few possible solutions as well:
Reduce the cooling period by say, 1 minute for each day of 0 video uploads
Make the cooling period flexible, say start with an a delay of 30 seconds after the first video, 1 minute after the second, 2 minutes after the third, 3 minutes after the fourth, 4 minutes after the fifth, etc.
Sect a configurable delay, say records every 40 seconds, until a threshold is reached
after which set a longer - 5 minute delay.
Create a shortcut to be sat for “vacation” when it is understood that there would be only occasional alerts and video uploads,
Allow the user to monitor his available cloud space/14 day interval and let him manage the recording delays
There are many other options, the 1-4 above would be the easiest to implement. The best thing is that they would not increase the cost structure for Wyze.
I hope that Wyze will see that this is a totally reasonable feature request that will in fact make the Wyzcam a truly useful product.
Unfortunately, the way it is right now I believe it fails an important objective due to an unfounded concern - use of too much cloud space, when in fact during a prolonged absence there is not more but less use of cloud space.