I know that it has been discussed in meetings but there are still components that need to be sorted out before a firm decision can be reached.
I agree! I have 6 and Bluestacks just isn’t cutting it.
Please consider the PC/Browser viewer for those of us with big hands and poor eyesight. Thanks!
I agree. I didn’t realize how bad my eyesight is till I used my Wyze app.
I have progressive lenses which help me read tiny text but at night when I dim the screen a bit to reduce the harshness of bright white, the mint green and white color scheme becomes pretty much impossible to read, so I rarely bother at night since most days the only night activity is my neighbors car tail lights pulling into their driveway. Plus pulling the SD card to try to locate full events becomes a royal pain so I rarely bother. Thankfully this location is gated and has very light people traffic coming to the houses. But when we move, if we need video monitoring, it’s highly doubtful I’ll consider wyze a viable option unless there is a big change to offer computer viewing and NFS or NAS access. Too much lacking or requires a higher degree of hacking than I am comfortable fussing with.
It seems each set of Wyze products act differently. I see shortcomings but they are livable for me. I also see others with many problems and less patience. My equally tech-knowledgeable friends has issues with cams but not plugs. Another friend has problems with bulbs and switches but not cams. The variance in stability is concerning.
With the lack of a PC/Mac interface, I cannot recommend to less techy people like friends and family. Prospects for a PC interface looks doubtful with the “maybe later” status.
For the price it’s cool for hobbyists but I think I will let the dust settle and reassess the situation a year from now.
So, since a decision hasn’t been made, we can assume this is not included in the brand new cloud infrastructure mentioned below?
IF you’re an old dude managing even ONE Wyze Cam on a “smart phone” can be daunting with the tiny text.
Time for me to go back to my Raspberry Pi setup and re-learn Python and get going on a GOOD system that will drop files where “I” want them - and that is NOT the cloud. AND Wyze stated a year or more ago, maybe much longer that an outside model was coming soon. DUH, that is NOT soon. Raspebby Pi, here I come!!!
Excellent. I’ve got an unused Rasberry pi sitting on my desk.
Let us know what you come up with.
Agree. Been wanting to get a pi to goof around with. But also got an old 11” notebook I been wanting to put Linux on - too many projects and too little time!
PC/Browser viewing doesn’t really depend on the cloud infrastructure, per se – not any moreso than the app anyway. They’d just need to build a web portal that accesses the same cloud data.
When they talked about “cloud infrastructure,” I assumed they were talking about revamping the backend. Some of those changes might not be immediately obvious to end-users, but it might have some implications for the notification system, since the notifications are tied to the cloud recordings now. I’m hoping it might make immediate alerts possible in the future. We’ll see.
With the Raspberry Pi you should buy a GOOD case with it AND the latest camera version. ALSO check out their forum as you need to download the OS and flip it over to a chip. Once your RPi is up and running the camera is simple to plug in. Make sure and buy the long connector for it also as you might want to place the camera where the RPi cannot be seen. It has most of the functions that Wyze has and it may cost more, HOWEVER, you have your own files on your own system. I haven’t done it yet, but (with a wi-fi dongle if necessary on your computer) you should be able to port files onto your computer. I believe that you can also run the camera off of a much smaller Raspberry board also, although you MAY have to set it up on the RPi 2, or 3, or 4. Good luck if you jump ship with Wyze as too many promises and not enough action there.
Adding to the thread that a way to login and view streams from a browser would be very helpful! One of the top features i’d like to see.
Even a snapshot mode to let you verify a camera is working would be great!
There obviously already is a Wyze API. That’s what the Wyze app is using. That’s what Tinycam is using. It’s just not published. If Wyze doesn’t have the manpower to develop a PC/mac client, they should publish this API so third-parties can.
If they want, they can publish only a subset, so they can keep some features to themselves. But a PC/mac client is pretty much a necessity.
Windows, Linux, Mac client would be nice, they could easily build one using Electron.
I’ve submitted a concept device called a “Wyze Hub” for centralized camera upgrades, easier video playback/scrubbing, multiple device streaming, wireless network extension, and viewing/configuring devices from a PC/MAC/LINUX device (like a raspberry pi).
Having a centralized and dedicated device for this feature would eliminate the complexity of implementing this from scratch and the expense of using an online service. (For the Wyze App on computers it could connect to the online service for accessing devices when away from home and using UPNP and Hole-Punching access the HUB from anywhere.)
My concept Wishlist post is pending approval, so for now here is the concept image:
ehhh… could be cool I guess. I just want to be able to pull images off the camera automatically. And feed them to a website. However you make this possible is cool with me.
Adding an app to the imac store is not really different than an app on my iphone. With Catalina, that makes it much better than browsing through the web–seems like a no brainer… Then I don’t have to tie up my smaller devices to monitor an area
To everyone suggesting a work around or excuse please just stop. The subject at hand is viewing cam feeds using a browser. It doesn’t matter why, doesn’t matter other options, doesn’t matter how cheap cams are, or anything else. The ability to request and a voting system has been provided by wyze. If they aren’t going to use these things then take them away. Anything mentioned or discussed besides viewing cams on a browser should be split off into a separate discussion.
Some appreciate the work arounds as a temporary solution and this is the best place for them to easily find them.