Require existing account to release camera before it can be set up on new account

Not an impressive debut.

I agree, but it could be implemented as an option, like CreditReport.com did.
You can lock your Credit Account for free but it cost $10 to unlock it to release a report. :money_mouth_face:

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Relates to wyze product wishlist how exactly?

Very childish to disagree with my post when you haven’t given a single benefit to users that would make it worth prioritising this feature over others.

Denying use of stolen goods…now what is the benefit of that? I wonder.

Since you’ve let your ego get the better of you and reverted to name calling, what’s childish are your prior dismissive comments and an ego driven pursuit with that bloke, disguised as needing an explanation of the obvious :rofl::rofl::rofl:.

If you disagree with this feature then simply don’t vote for it. Have a lovely day

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Jason, no ego here.

I stand by what I said. This feature doesn’t bring any benefit that makes it worth prioritising over other new features that could be added.

Whilst it may give you some satisfaction to deny a thief the use of your stolen camera that’s not a benefit that’s worth prioritising over others that have been suggested.

I’m not being dismissive here, show me a benefit of this feature that makes it worth adding over the others and I will gladly vote for it.

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For Wyze outdoor products such as cameras and plug outdoor, possible Wyze should record the MAC address of equipment against your account in case it’s stolen. This would assist retrieving your equipment.

You can’t trace stolen equipment through a MAC address because routers don’t share them outside your local area network.

This is because doing so could make your hardware physically locatable to remote attackers which is a very bad thing.

Also MAC addresses aren’t always unique and can often be changed in the software so just aren’t a reliable way to trace or even identify stolen equipment.

I still agree with you that the whole idea is bad, but in truth the cameras are perfectly capable of reporting their own MAC address whenever they phone home to Wyze servers, which they do frequently. (They may already log the MAC or another unique ID.)

That service is available for Intel based platforms but the annual subscription cost more then a Wyze camera. Further, once it was exploited, the hack gave core access to the attacker.

A similar service is available for Garmin map products. Once you register your device to get updates and warranty you can also report it stolen. Once you submit a police report with the DR number, Garmin will supposedly prevent the theif from getting map and f/w updates.
Not only is this a lot of work but what does the thief care?

These products fall into obsolescence so quickly it is hardly worth the bother. Any means of protection is also an avenue to brick your device. Most stolen goods are not of any use to the thief, they just do it because they can.

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I don’t see how anyone can think it’s a good idea after that.

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Hello HDRock. How do you access the cloud recorded events after the camera is stolen?

You just start your Wyze app as usual and check the Events tab as usual.