I put my first WCO on the balcony railing intending to attach it more permanently once I figure out the overall plan for covering our house exterior effectively between different products. A (very) strong gust of wind and nearby curtain blew it off before I got that far. It fell 13 feet down to the concrete below and I’m writing this just to report that despite the case cracking and splitting, the device still works! No issues streaming video at all. Of course there is no more protection from the elements (see photo) but I can probably still use this indoors somewhere with no outlets. As an engineer myself I’m impressed that the internals survived a 13 foot drop. A typical height with expected survival for production testing on a consumer product like this would be more like 3~5 feet.
Welcome back to the forums! Thanks for posting. Sorry hear about your camera.
It’s amazing the camera is still working after hitting the concrete. Hopefully this will help others to be aware to keep their cams mounted at all times.
My WOC had a different type of test… apparently woodpeckers don’t care for the black plastic circle on the front of the camera. I noticed a few dings in it when I charged the camera the first time - then I couldn’t get it to respond when I put it back outside… went to cycle power on it and they had pecked a hole clear through the black front shield. Luckily, it power cycled and still works - so I’ll use it indoors. It would be nice to be able to pay to get it repaired…
@ttrantham Welcome to the Wyze community!
That’s a real bummer. I have a lot of woodpeckers around my house. I sure hope my outdoor cam doesn’t become a target for them. I’ll have to keep an eye on mine. Thanks for the warning.
Another user had a horrible experience with a crazy chipmunk. Take a look at this post below.
Wow, that is one tough camera. 13 feet is a death sentence for most of today’s tech. That’s a souvenir if you ask me!
As @Green_Cafe mentioned, 13 feet is a long way down for that WCO! Too bad it cracked, but at least it still works.
I’d suggest using the tripod mount for areas with strong winds.
a little silicone will seal that right up
Does it look like you could replace the case fairly easily? Get someone else’s cam that’s been bricked from a update and snatch up the case. One of my outdoor cams lost IR lights 2 at a time the first week or so of use until it got to the last 2 IR lights and so far they are still going. I watched it go from 8 to 6 to 4 then finally the last 2. Surprisingly I can still see fairly well in night vision mode.
I had not thought to try to fix this myself, but inspired by your question it was actually pretty easy. Removed thin white foam bumper, removed four bottom screws, removed 2 screws holding the USB+Button PCB in place, nudged things back into proper place, replaced screws, added superglue along the crack, and it still works just fine! Might place it under the eaves to prevent direct rain or does anyone have specific tape they’d suggest over a glued crack to reinforce against moisture?
Wow nice, there is a really good tape you can find at the rv/camper places I can’t remember what it’s called. But what I would use would be RTV clear silicon gasket maker. Or a clear automotive sealer. I’d smear it along the crack a nice thin layer trying to get the silicon down into what’s left of the crack. Let that dry and add one more thin layer
Even though these are water proof I prefer to mount mine out of the direct rain.
Make a film across the crack and a little ways out using RTV sealant
That should seal over the crack and a little ways out. Just make sure you get anywhere you think moisture might be able to get in
Edit: @jaketheone46 I typed my response really fast because I’m getting ready to do something, only to peek up at yours after mine posted and realize we had pretty much the same thing. Well played!
Ha ha yea no doubt the stuff works great for things like this. Well played indeed.
Thanks for the Welcome and all the feedback. Thought I would share a pix… I’ll try and seal it and then maybe use it in temporary locations. I did suggest to the Wyze team that they consider making that black portion metal - odd the woodpeckers didn’t touch the white plastic. I
Unfortunately, that won’t work because of the PIR sensor that’s in there. The camera needs that to detect motion.
Didn’t realize that. Ah well.
My assumption is in this type of situation is that the woodpecker looks/pecks for the weakest link.