I love a good ol’ fashion Wyze weenie-roast as much as the next guy, but I wanted to post about something I see a lot on here. No, I’m not talking about snow blindness in cats. I’m talking about WiFi coverage.
While my two biggest complaints about the Wyze cams have been a few security issues and bad follow up by the team, I do love the simplicity of their product. One thing I have never had an issue with was WiFi connectivity. My Wyze cams connect well and seem to stay connected with decent signal. Having said that, here’s a few tips I recommend to those implementing IoT devices into their world.
- More Signal is not always better. There is such a thing as too much RF. If you have your camera located six-inches from your router, that’s not going to be great for your RF.
- All routers/access points are not created equal. If you’re using a “router” provided by your ISP stop it. They buy the cheapest trash they can and rent it to you for quadruple what they paid for it. They are trash and you will have issues.
- I saw someone say they don’t understand why their connection keeps dropping when their router is only 2 ft above their camera. RF has a donut shaped propagation pattern. If you put your router above or below your WiFi camera, you’re largely in the hole. Unlike real donuts, it’s not a sweet place to be in.
- WiFi sucks, especially the 2.4 GHz bands. If you live in an apartment, close quarters neighborhood or you have more than one WiFi access point or router yourself you very well may be suffering from an overall poor RF condition. Imagine standing in the woods singing Kumbaya. If you’re alone, it’s a beautiful thing. Its just you and the bears to enjoy your angelic harmony. If you try the same thing in Manhattan it won’t go so well. There is too much noise pollution. Only the guy picking your pocket will hear your greatest performance ever.
- Outside Interference is real and comes from many things you wouldn’t expect. I’ve seen all sorts of things create interference for WiFi. It could be a failing microwave, an elevator, or your dad’s diesel powered fleshlight.
Anyhow, the point of this is to say that Wyze really does a good job overall on their connectivity. I can’t say there aren’t real scenarios where people have a terrible experience and it’s not environmental; however, more often than not it is. There are people out there who get paid > $100k a year to figure these issues out. They’re complex and consumers are setup for failure by the over-saturation of their environments with arbitrary RF. Many of the same folks complaining about their Wyze camera would have the same issue with other live streaming devices. Just my two cents.
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