So I finally bit the bullet and did a full reset on one of my WyzeCam v2’s and successfully converted it to the Dafang CFW.
Boy was I not disappointed.
Many of you know that I really like RTSP. I’ve published a bunch of info on threads and topics to help people out, but there’s always the fact that the RTSP firmware is buggy and separated like an ugly duckling from the mainline (so not cool).
There are a bunch of issues with the current Wyze specific implementation that, as a community, we’ve identified and reported. My hope is that the next RTSP build that has been promised will address some of these, but they are:
- Cannot hard set IP address (static IP)
- DNS lease expiration causes MAC address reassignment (Wyze masks the hardware MAC)
- No event data or remote controls (ONVIF)
- Cannot run without internet connection
- No hardware ethernet support
- Consistent audio issues
- No ability to set quality for RTSP stream
Enter the world of Dafang CFW. I had played around with the Dafang CFW when I just got into the Wyzecams. I was struggling to get RTSP to work in general and tried it out. The biggest stumbling block I had wad the fact that I couldn’t run the camera at 1080p and so many of the concepts at that time were foreign to me. So, I stuck with the Wyze RTSP and worked out all the quirks on getting 12 cams to work with a custom Zoneminder system.
Fast forward to today and I wanted to again take a look at the CFW. I followed the instructions, installed a custom bootloader, and now have an RTSP camera that addresses every single issue I listed above and it goes further! And I can run it at 1080p!
There’s a web interface on the camera that I can access:
I can override video AND audio settings:
I can integrate with MQTT so that all of the sensors on the camera are exposed:
Once that’s setup, I can use Home Assistant to view all the info from my phone, computer, tablet…from anywhere in the world:
And if I want it all…I can have it:
The downside…I can’t use the Wyze app…but with Home Assistant, you really don’t need it. Yes I know it takes a little elbow grease, but for those of us that are technically inclined, running Wyze cams with Dafang with Zoneminder as a DVR and Home Assistant make a powerful solution for you.
You don’t need Dafang either…I have a mixed pool of Wyze RTSP and Dafang that I’m testing.
I hope Wyze can at least match what the community has created…because its pretty cool and good companies should take cool ideas and run with them