Setting up in a hotel room

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#1

Tried setting up my Wyze Cam Pan in a hotel room this weekend.

Was unsuccessful. Did some research in the forums here and found the ‘no password’ option when connecting the camera to the hotel’s network (to thwart the hotel’s landing page). Tried that but still didn’t work.

, Any ideas on how to connect a Wyze cam to a hotel’s wifi? Would it have been advisable to connect a separate device (iPad as hotspot, hotspot, etc.)to use as a repeater for the wifi and THEN connecting camera?


#2

Unfortunately, iPads/iPhones don’t have the ability via their wifi radio to both broadcast an SSID (tethering) and be connected to separate wifi as the internet source. If you used an iOS device this way, you’d be eating away at your cellular data plan.

The only known way to use Wyze Cam on wifi with a landing page is to use a mobile router as an intermediate device. This requires purchase of the mobile router, approx. $20. Here are complete instructions:

https://support.wyzecam.com/hc/en-us/articles/360015185552-How-To-Connect-Wyze-Cams-To-WiFi-Networks-With-Portal-Pages

 


#3

RickO’s suggestion (a good one) is to use a mobile router/hotspot, such as the GL-MT300N-V2 router. I use a similar device from HooToo, the HT-TM01. It’s a combo router/hotspot and a 6000 mAh battery, all in a compact package. So it can power the camera as well as connect it to the hotel’s WiFi network. That provides some flexibility in hiding the setup in a hotel room or other location – no wires running to USB wall chargers. The 6000 mAh battery is enough to power a V2 cam and the hotspot for about 12 hours.

Another approach for ad hoc surveillance is to put a microSD card in your Wyzecam and configure it to record motion (ie., no network connectivity). Of course you lose any real-time viewing and motion notifications, but capturing video of interlopers in your hotel room may be adequate for your needs.


#4

These are both great suggestions. Sidenote: do either of these devices support VPN?


#5

The HooToo TM01 does not support VPN.

Some of the GL.iNet routers do, but I don’t know if the tiny MT-300N travel model has the horsepower to do so. Note the VPN tabs on the GUI interface for their V2 and V3 firmware, here:

https://docs.gl-inet.com

GL instructions for OpenVPN here:

https://docs.gl-inet.com/en/2/app/openvpn/