So today marked the first time that my cameras (6 in all) could have demonstrated their ability to detect and capture people in my apartment. Please note that these people did have permission to enter, but they are not me. It was maintenance.
At 3:05, I got notifications from my DIY security system (Korner Security - cannot recommend). The patio door was opened just 2 minutes after I spoke with maintenance to disable the sirens (before they entered). So you would think that the two cameras with a view that includes the patio door (one is straight on, the other extremely oblique) would give alerts and capture a 12 second clip of a maintenance staff person entering my apartment. There is an alert at 3:05, but it is a sound alert and there is NOTHING in the image. No motion, no man entering. NOTHING. The other camera didn’t trigger at all.
Thank goodness I have SD cards, I can just use the playback feature. But wait, the utter lack of stable connectivity means I can’t do that remotely. I would have to go home, remove the card (shift the view of the camera because the mount isn’t fixed - magnet seems a good idea but it is a cheap solution that they play up as innovative) and then compile 60 second clips to see what happened. All of this likely hours after the actual event.
What is this all to say. Wyze Cams may be great for capturing wildlife, time lapse videos of clouds, keeping track of pets and inconsequential actions in and around your home, but if you want a camera that is reliable, connects on demand, records what it needs to record and can deliver video to you when you want it (read a DIY security camera), the folks at Wyze aren’t there yet.
I know based on my previous rant against Wyze that I will be met with the scorn of the fan boys (and girls), but this isn’t some unfounded negative stance. This is based on advertised performance and actual real world behavior. It’s now 3:42 and I still haven’t been able to connect to the camera to do the playback. Even if I were able to connect, it is more likely that the camera will disconnect before it even fills in the playback timeline.
Wyze V1 was never ready for market and these persistent connectivity issues are evidence. If I was the only one reporting connectivity issues, that would be one thing, but I see reports all over the place and even admissions from Wyze that there are issues. How was this not resolved during beta?