Yes and of course it’s not just cameras. There are SO MANY links in the chain for most smart home users. I’ve got a mix of Alexa and Wemo and Leviton and Firestick and Wyze and Chromecast and whatever vendor made those outdoor outlet controls and whatever that noname switch is, and maybe one or two I forget. Every piece of it is dependent on at LEAST one of 5 or 6 vendor servers staying online and responding quickly and accurately 24x7, in addition to the Alexa console function we rely on. Every “skill” I add to Alexa is yet another set of dependencies on server and software hosting from a vendor who sold me something a year or three ago and whom I’ve paid zero since.
Oh, almost forgot the robot vacuum.
And in the scheme of things I’m a piker who has barely tipped a toe in this stuff. Every time you install a new smart home app you’ve created another exposure to another vendor’s infrastructure.
Several of these companies have already gone belly up, leaving hardware owners stranded. This is really early days in this kind of thing, but I bet things get a bit worse before they get better. Heaven knows what actual resiliency or disaster recovery most of these have (my bet is zero), and let’s not even begin talking security.
I think maybe the manufacturers could turn over their server functions to a Google or Alexa under their massive umbrellas it would help stabilize and standardize, but as far as I know that is NOT the way the world currently works. The actual control for your Wemo device is left to a Belkin operated server, your Wyze camera to a Wyze operated server, etc., with the “skills” just bare bones links between the two. The economic model for keeping all these things afloat is shaky.
It is many, many points of failures. Frankly it’s a really pleasant surprise how well things have worked so far. I for one can get Alexa to turn on the lights nearly 9 out of 10 tries.